Mum makes benefits work

Liam Parry with mum Michelle and Booths manager Dean Gibson.
Liam Parry with mum Michelle and Booths manager Dean Gibson.
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A MUM is urging carers of disabled relatives to take control of funds to give them a better chance of a working life.

Michelle Parry, from South Shore, whose son Liam, 18, has learning difficulties and epilepsy, has founded a website to advise other carers about the options for financial support known as Individual Funding.

The social care system changed 18 months ago to give families more choice.

Michelle has used some of Liam’s funds to arrange an eight week work placement at supermarket Booths on Highfield Road in South Shore.

She said: “We are using his personal budget to pay for a carer.

“Danielle Goulding from Progress Recruitment has helped with risk assessments and Dean Gibson, the manager at Booths on Highfield Road has agreed to let him go in. It will be a great opportunity for Liam.”

Mr Gibson said: “I am pleased to be able to provide work experience for Liam.

“He will be treated as an established member of the team undertaking a range of tasks across departments.

“He will spend time with staff, so he can learn all aspects of the job, which will stand him in good stead should any further opportunities become available.”

Michelle said people in control of their personal budget can purchase services and equipment more tailored to their needs.

She added: “I think it’s important to let people know they have a right to choose how their care is delivered and do things a little differently that may suit them, as we do not all fit a ‘tick box’ of services on offer.

“It costs me £286 a year to run, if anyone can help with funding I would be grateful.”


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