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disabled and no idea where to start!

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GreenGoth89 Thu 28-Jul-16 23:40:42

I've spoken to remploy who were a patronising waste of space, and I'm not sure what else I can do.

I've got several conditions which cause constant pain and there's probably 4 days a month where I'm completely out of it on pain killers and unable to do anything but otherwise I could do something from home or something office based if I could find a very understanding and flexible employer. - but do such things exist? I've been out of work for 5 years in education (uni and college) before that. I've got no idea what kind of jobs to go for - temping seems like a nightmare, and I can't do retail or anything which requires any kind of manual work.

Does anyone have any ideas about where I start?

WhatInTheWorld76 Sat 30-Jul-16 16:34:18

Do you still have a passion for the subjects you studied? Could you start up your own Etsy, eBay business? why not contact the relevant organisations or societies of the conditions you are suffering from and offer to help on their website? Volunteer for their cause? What do you LOVE and what cheers you up? Could you do a morning there? Could you do an hour a week at a community centre/read to the visually impaired/riding for the disabled/art group? What would you look forward to doing? You need to ignite your passions again then build up your tolerance, in my opinion. What are your strengths?? Play to them rather than focusing on what you can't do.
Read what colour is your parachute? That will narrow down your search criteria. Then use your volunteering to gain employment in that sector or start your own venture.
This is NOT the end. It's the beginning. Do what you love and life will improve, I promise you. Very best of luck!

GreenGoth89 Fri 05-Aug-16 19:43:06

I've got very little passion left for the subjects but some of the transferable skills do excite me - events management, heritage, etc.

I have tried to go down the route of voluteering for the websites but they often don't have the staff to manage any volunteer.

I've had a major set back and I'm really struggling even moving around the house is become exhausting and incredibly difficult even with 2 sticks. volunterring out of the house has become out of the question for the time being. I'm just not ready...again sad

hippydippybaloney Fri 05-Aug-16 19:49:26

Do you WANT to go back to work? If you're not able, you're not able.

GreenGoth89 Fri 05-Aug-16 21:15:37

Yes, I want to be bringing money in, I'm fed up of us having to cut back and cut back every single month because we don't have enough money to cover our basics and my disability related costs - new tires, new batteries, new cushions, things to help me get in and out of a car, sticks etc etc etc...I also know I'm going to be pushed by the DWP at some stage as they have reassessed me as in the work related activity group.

hippydippybaloney Fri 05-Aug-16 21:32:17

If your chronic pain condition is the one I think it is, there is a charity helpline specifically for helping you deal with the dwp side of things.

If you aren't fit for work you aren't fit for work.

Just5minswithDacre Sat 20-Aug-16 13:59:50

An employer that subscribes to the 'two ticks scheme' (actually recently renamed or superceded, I think, but worth investigating) might be a good place to start.

Just5minswithDacre Sat 20-Aug-16 14:01:11

https://www.civvystreet.org/employers/CivvyStreetEmployers/Resources/JobcentrePlusdisabilitytwoticksscheme.aspx

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