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Cafe / Re: Cats
« Last post by Sunny Clouds on 01 Jul 2022 08:35PM »
Noooo!  Not cute cats!  I'm suffering cat deficiency syndrome and now I wanna cat.  Gimme a cat!
Welfare Rights / Re: How to Fill in a PIP Review Form
« Last post by Monic1511 on 01 Jul 2022 07:55PM »
What you need to be careful of is the decision they made last time before it went to tribunal (if that happened) is what they base their new decision on. So you need the award letter showing what points you were awarded last time.
For example 2 points for food preparation as needs an aid, yes I still need an aid but if you do things slower than last time put that down as it got worse.
If you had to go to tribunal to get additional points I would put in a copy of the tribunal decision notice, the new decision maker is not automatically given that information.

Good luck
Cafe / Cats
« Last post by lankou on 01 Jul 2022 05:19PM »
« Last post by bulekingfisher on 01 Jul 2022 02:54PM »
Hello Sunny Clouds, Ditch Deweller, kizzy kazaer

Today 1/7/2022 I've just had an automatic reply from woman's hour (radio 4) because I've just told thewm about how I want to use a play/drama on how I want to get inter-gration/recantion in to main stream scoiety
Welfare Rights / Re: How to Fill in a PIP Review Form
« Last post by Sunny Clouds on 01 Jul 2022 11:23AM »
A concept - see form filling linguistically and translate your needs from 'Claimantspeak' into 'Assessorspeak'.

If I limp, for me it's a sign of strength and adaptation, using the bits of me that work to compensate for the bits that don't.  For an assessor, what  matters is if limping is a sign of weakness, if bits of me don't work properly.

An example of a 'Do not'. 

Personally I have a bad habit I urge others not to copy.  When filling in forms for myself, I panic and defensively go into absurd detail, nitpicking, hair-splitting, technical terminology etc. to the point of panic-stricken counter-productiveness.  Don't, don't, don't!!!  E.g. assessor thought 'attentional memory problems' meant 'dementia' and asked my GP if I had dementia or 'mild cognitive impairment', i.e. euphemism for early dementia.   Which brings me to my second point...

An example of a 'Do'.  An example of 'translation' that has worked for me in a range of form-filling contexts when I use it, which I always have when filling in forms for others.  (I have raised seven figures in funding from grants this way.) 

I looked in despair at some grant forms.  I wanted funding for providing help for people in an inner city area.  I  needed to prove that the demographics of the people our charity helped mapped onto local demographics.  But the official statistical boundaries were based around ward & constituency & city boundaries, not around our catchment area, which overlapped statistical areas.  Well, we just accepted anyone that wanted & needed our help.  Stuff what colour, religion, nationality, social class or whatever they were.  If they needed extra help to use our services, we fixed it up for them.  But the people assessing applications didn't know that.

Hmm, what to do?  I got it.  Don't divide by 'ethnicity' or 'nationality' or 'religion'.  Divide by generations of immigration.  This generation, parents, or unknown/further back.  Bingo, it mapped on to the official statistics.  If that hadn't worked, I could have tried other methods.

So I didn't misrepresent anything, I found more appropriate way to represent the key information truthfully.  They wanted to know whether we provided services to the local people that needed them without prejudice or exclusion so I found a way to say yes, we did.

To summarise

'Translate' your 'independence needs' from Claimantspeak into Assessorspeak.  Not how you describe them, how they describe them.  Not how you conceptualise them, how they conceptualise them.  Not what you think should gain you points, what they think should gain you points.

You and other regular posters will know me well enough for me not to need to say this to you, but to be clear for any lurkers -  I am not saying misrepresent your needs or lie about them.
Welfare Rights / How to Fill in a PIP Review Form
« Last post by ditchdwellers on 01 Jul 2022 10:11AM »
I've just received my PIP review form through the post, what joy, and it's so different from the usual PIP forms that I want to make sure that I understand how to complete it properly.

From what I've read, it seems that they are only interested in how or if my conditions have changed since my last assessment. Is this correct?

I have until July 22nd to return the form and have a copy of my last PIP form to refer to.

If anyone has any suggestions I would be immensely grateful.
Cafe / Re: Summer Fetes
« Last post by Sunny Clouds on 30 Jun 2022 06:36PM »
I know simply stopping altogether sounds logical, but it's like any other addiction, some people find cold turkey easiest, some people find weaning off easiest.  I've tried the former and it didn't work.  I'm doing the latter and I'm doing well.

I cope with reading in bed a bit, but it's really, really difficult once I start reading to stop.  I have to sort of rotate what I read to break the anankastic 'must finish' thing. What I'm using at the moment is mostly tree and bird identification books.

I'm now editing this, having thought about it overnight.  I've realised that I've got to go back to seeing the early morning thinking as positive problem-solving, followed by a second period of sleep.  That can then shift as it has in the past to getting up earlier and doing things in problem solving phase.

Also, I'm going to have another go at looking round a bookshop to see what sort of books would be worth a try.  In the past, joke books and poetry books helped.  I wonder whether 'how to do' books would be worth a try.  Not complex ones, simple ones.

Sorry to have diverted the thread.  It's amazing, though, how someone posts abotu one thing, the responses prompt thinking about other stuff, and before you know, someone (in this case me) has been helped.

Meanwhile, I walked past a school last night and saw signs saying they've got a summer fayre coming up.  I think I shall go to it.
Cafe / Re: Summer Fetes
« Last post by KizzyKazaer on 30 Jun 2022 06:19PM »
What's a 'morning'?


Regarding a 're-set', maybe stop altogether with the puzzling in bed - you could still do puzzles at another time of day in another place to break the link - and pick up a book or magazine to just read until you're tired enough to nod off?
Cafe / Re: Not for those on a diet
« Last post by KizzyKazaer on 30 Jun 2022 06:14PM »
Perhaps proper home-made ones taste better than the mass-produced things I've been disappointed with, so I'll take your word for it - enjoy your baking (and eating the result) :f_biggrin:
« Last post by bulekingfisher on 30 Jun 2022 05:52PM »
Hello Sunny Clouds

As I've heard nothing from radio York or radio 4 regaurds a drama about Wheelchair intergration in to main stream scoiety so today I've just wrote to York hospital radio today 30/6/2022  to see if they will broadcast a drama + I've said I START THE IDEA IN A NEWS LETTER CALLED OUCH TOO+ my friend SUNNY CLOUDS is surrporting me with this idea. I said I am  called BULEKINGFISHER
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