The 25% ME Group is a nationwide community based voluntary group. They have two members of staff paid for by the Lottery Fund and volunteers (most of whom are chronic ME sufferers). They provide a range of services to people affected by severe ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), many of whom are virtually housebound or bed bound.
The Lottery Fund has provided the 25% ME Group with sufficient funding to allow them to provide an advocacy service for a three year period. The service will provide the following:
- Benefits checks.
- Assist individuals to apply for identified benefits.
- Assist individuals to appeal if a benefit is refused.
- In some circumstances represent individuals at appeals tribunals.
- Advice and information regarding housing legislation.
- Assist individuals to apply for suitable housing.
- Advice and information regarding community care.
- Assist individuals to access and comment in respect of their care pans.
- Where appropriate advise individuals about local authority complaints procedures.
- In some circumstances provide representation at complaints hearings.
- Advocate for individuals with the various health services and assist them to access personal information.
- In certain circumstances assist in the preparation and representation of health board complaints.
- Assist individuals to claim assistance from the social fund.
- Advice with direct payments scheme.
- Advice regarding the Children (Scotland) Act 1995.
- Advice regarding The Human Rights Act.
- Advice regarding homelessness.
- Advocacy information sheets on various subjects.
Other services include:
- Twice yearly newsletter.
- Talking book service.
- Practical and emotional support.
- Telephone helpline.