To continue to help as many nurses, midwives and health care assistants as apply for assistance we depend on the generosity of individuals. You can donate through the website – click on the How to make a Donation tab or just remember our name if interested in the welfare of nurses.
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Five awards have been made to support nurses continuing education in 2016 so far and the Trustees were pleased to read from reports that the funds provided to assist additional training were not only appreciated but continue to be worthwhile. It was surmised that the reduction in the number of applicants may be because of the difficulties working nurses have in getting the time off they require.
The Trustees met in Edinburgh in April. These six monthly meetings allow the Trustees to review the welfare of our beneficiaries as well as the usual admin. matters. These included the review of our accounts and budgets for 2016 and the level of grants available for financial assistance.
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There are various changes that have recently come into force including, from 1 April, the new health and social care partnerships and we hope that this will in fact mean greater emphasis on enabling people to stay in their homes and receive the right care and support there. Other concerns are that the DWP is ending the Disability Living Allowance and replacing it with Personal Independence Payments. As the DWP say the PIP is different from DLA, there is no doubt that many people will be affected when assessed on their ability to carry out daily living or mobility activities.
Whilst welfare reform changes may well affect some of our beneficiaries, it is unlikely that the Referendum in June will have any immediate impact and the Trustees will need to wait and see, along with everyone else, what the outcome is.
Gifts by way of financial assistance continued to be made to new and existing beneficiaries with both periodic support and single gifts made to some 49 individuals this year so far. Applications continue to be received and the trustees also continued their regular visits in support of the beneficiaries.