Relaunch of NLTU Service

Relaunch of NLTU Service

3rd August 2020

North Lanarkshire Tribunal Unit August 2020

We are delighted to announce the continued funding of the successful North Lanarkshire Tribunal Unit. This project will see the continued provision of Welfare Rights Advice and Representation across the five Citizens Advice Bureaux in North Lanarkshire.

Citizens Advice bureau are perfectly placed to provide this service with years of experience and a high level of trust in the community we serve.

Vince McKeown CEO of Airdrie Citizens Advice Bureau says “This continued funding provided by the Scottish Government Investing in Communities Fund is a recognition of the excellent and invaluable work undertaken by our advisers. The Citizens Advice Bureaux across North Lanarkshire have years of experience providing advice and representation to some of the most vulnerable and socially isolated in our communities.  We in Airdrie CAB have always striven to continue to innovate and deliver services that our communities tell us they need. As a result, we are delighted to be able to announce that we have been awarded funding from the National Lottery Improving Lives Community Fund, expanding our Tribunal Unit service provision. Clients will be offered volunteer befriending support, allowing them to have the confidence to engage in social activities, whilst also being able to offer support at medical assessments, ultimately reducing isolation and increasing community participation, resulting in improving life chances, health and wellbeing and building strong resilient communities.”

August will see the launch of the Befriending Project.

North Lanarkshire Tribunal Unit Befriending Support, is a 3-year project that will support clients who have been identified through the North Lanarkshire Tribunal Unit as being lonely and socially isolated, we want to safeguard the rights of the most vulnerable clients who may be isolated from their communities because of their health conditions. Giving confidence to the most vulnerable to empower them to make changes for the better, ultimately strengthening communities.  

Training and support will be provided throughout the befriending journey so that our volunteer befrienders feel fully equipped and prepared for their befriending responsibilities.

There will be regular support and supervision meetings with the Volunteer Coordinator, we are one team and the experience and opinions of our befrienders is invaluable. We are all committed to protecting the dignity and human rights of the vulnerable and socially isolated people on our community therefore we very much feel that a people centred approach is the way forward ensuring success of this new and exciting project.