The Carers Manchester welfare and Benefits advisor will work across two areas of work.
Carers Manchester Network (CMN) Learning and Development Programme
The CMN L&D programme is commissioned by Manchester Health Care Commissioning to deliver learning opportunities to unwaged carers in the city. The programme has been ongoing since 2017 and has been extended to run until July 2022. Learning opportunities come in the form of workshops, currently being delivered remotely, which range from First Aid training to cooking and exercise classes. In its final 12 months, the programme intends to reinitiate face to face workshops and enhance its delivery of opportunities to young carers.
The programme sits within the Carers Manchester pathway, which acts as a key referral point. Workshops are often delivered in collaboration with Carers Manchester network organisations and their new and existing support groups.
As part of the L&D team your core role will be to deliver Welfare and Benefits Workshops for carers, which provide an overview of the range of benefits available to carers and the people they care for. In addition to this, you will also be expected to manage a caseload of follow on benefits Advice work delivered to carers who have attended the workshops.
Carers Manchester Pathway
Carers Manchester is a partnership of voluntary and statutory organisations, working together to improve the services available to carers in the city. As part of the Carers Manchester pathway, you will be expected to work alongside the Carers Manchester Contact Point, supporting carers who require Welfare and Benefits advice and support.
In addition to this, you will be required to work to develop the knowledge and understanding of welfare and benefits within other Carers Manchester staff and Carers Manchester Network organisations through the delivery of Benefits awareness sections and 1-1 staff support.
This will involve working extensively with Statutory, Voluntary sector partners and within the existing carers Manchester services to enhance the support that is offered to carers in Manchester.
To improve the knowledge and access to welfare and benefits support to carers in Manchester by delivering 1.1 and group advice, guidance and support to carers and professionals. Fulfilling the role will require the development and management of effective relationships with Carers Manchester Network members and a range of partners and Community based organisations in Manchester.
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