Remaining politically neutral during General Election 2024


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EDW
EDW Community member Posts: 12 Listener
Hi. I was in an acute mental health ward for 12 weeks last autumn. I have schizophrenia and psychosis. I had an appointment with a careers advisor on Friday. I have chosen a career in animal care. I am waiting for a job centre interview in the next couple of weeks which is work focused. I'm really anxious as I need to study gcse maths and excel online. I also want to study a level 3 in animal care online which is 2 hours a week for 12 months. What do I say to the job centre advisor as I'm still.under the recovery team and I'm not able to work more than 16 hours without burning out.

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,055 Disability Gamechanger
    edited January 29
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    Is it Universal Credit you're claiming? If so have you reported your health condition, supported by a fit note? This will then start the work capability assessment process off. (providing you're not earning more than 16xNMW/week, unless you're claiming either DLA/PIP or ADP https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-credit-if-you-have-a-disability-or-health-condition-quick-guide/universal-credit-if-you-have-a-disability-or-health-condition
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • WhatThe
    WhatThe Community member, Scope Member Posts: 1,143 Pioneering
    edited January 29
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    Hi EDW, I think JCP will be pretty impressed that you're already taking steps to improve your job prospects and manage your MH. The initial appointment is likely to be an administrative exercise but you can ask how frequently you will be expected to attend work-focused interviews (WFI's).  

    You can request additional support from them to write your CV and have reasonable adjustments put in place for your MH conditions. If you have a current 'fit note' (Med 3) then take it with you in case the agent can't find it on their system. 


  • Rosie_Scope
    Rosie_Scope Posts: 2,911 Scope online community team
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    Hi @EDW, welcome to the community. Looks like you're already getting some advice, but I just wanted to say hello and welcome :)

    Your animal care course sounds so interesting, and as WhatThe says, it should come across well that you're studying and thinking about your next steps. I hope you get on okay at your appointment!
    Rosie (she/her)

    Online Community Coordinator @ Scope

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  • EDW
    EDW Community member Posts: 12 Listener
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    Thankyou Rosie, I saw my mental health team support worker this afternoon, she is going to let the job centre know that volunteering part time is the way forward for me at the moment as i am still receiving recovery sessions under the team at the moment, ive found a 3 hour volunteer role local today animal orientated which if i get it will send me in the right direction career wise as i want to work with animal as a career change in the future. 
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