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sadpunchingbag

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I forgot to mention mine (orange pass) works on trains too :)

One year with my mental health walking group we went to various towns and cities via train doing Christmas shopping.
omg really ? any train ? do you know the exact name of the form also what else did you get it seems you got someone who was good who knew exactly what you was entitled to
 
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My support workers are the best, they always go above and beyond with their clients.

That's all I got, my ESA and travel pass, they filled in all the forms for me so couldn't say what they were called, sorry.

I even got a little bonus on my ESA (£30 or so) because I go to their social and walking groups which are classed as 'support groups'.
 
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My support workers are the best, they always go above and beyond with their clients.

I even got a little bonus on my ESA (£30 or so) because I go to their social and walking groups which are classed as 'support groups'.
I am a little confused by this.. Do you get to go in the support group of esa because you go to social and walking groups? Is that what you mean ?
 
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Apparently, the social and walking groups are setup and run by my early intervention team so I'm with other people who have been through psychosis and we do 'support' each other.
 
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Apparently, the social and walking groups are setup and run by my early intervention team so I'm with other people who have been through psychosis and we do 'support' each other.
So if you don't go to the walking groups will you be taken out of the support group of esa and placed in the working group?

I think I am getting confused with your support group at the intervention team and the support group of ESA
 
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I think when my time is up with the early intervention team very soon and I get put on a long term team that doesn't run groups I'll have to inform the DWP and tell them I'm not eligible for their support group money, I'll still get ESA if I can prove I'm unfit for work but at a reduced rate.

But I believe a hearing voices group may be starting in my local area so that may be classed as a support group even though it's independent of my mental health team.
 
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Whoa.
Being part of the support group means that you do not have to take part in extra activities. Regardless of if extra support is laid on by your intervention team or a government run working activity session. You can attend on a voluntary basis but by being in the dwp Esa support group it is not mandatory.

Esa support group is for people who are deemed to be unable to get back in to work. Unlike the wrag group who in there eyes can be modified to get back to work hence the back to work interviews.

You do not in a Esa assessment have to tell the assessor that you have attended social events or walking events put on by your intervention team.

The extra Esa money for beinging in the support group is for additional needs and not for attending social events.
 
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Independant support groups have no bearing on if you are untitled to Esa support group extra money.
So by saying that if you attend a hearing voices network support group will keep you in the support group of Esa then this is wrong.
 
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I think when my time is up with the early intervention team very soon and I get put on a long term team that doesn't run groups I'll have to inform the DWP and tell them I'm not eligible for their support group money, I'll still get ESA if I can prove I'm unfit for work but at a reduced rate.

But I believe a hearing voices group may be starting in my local area so that may be classed as a support group even though it's independent of my mental health team.
I am in the support group of ESA. I have never attended any such groups as you state i.e intervention or hearing voices network yet I still get the extra money that you get
 
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I must have misinterpreted it then, thought the extra money was for travel expenses etc.

I guess I'll still be entitled to it then, thanks for that.
 
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