Possability People Release Facts From 2018

ableLocal charity Possability People, which supports disabled people across Sussex, has seen demand for its services increase during 2018.

Here are some key facts from the charity for last year:

  • Their Advice Centre had 4438 enquiries, a 10% increase in last year, and has supported nearly two and a half thousand clients.
  • Their Advice Centre had an average of 56 drop ins per month. This is a 12% increase from last year and can range from 7 to 12 people per drop-in day.
  • Their volunteers contributed an average of 18,720 hours each year. This is equivalent to £163,800 in annual salaried costs per year if paid the Brighton Livng Wage.
  • Link Back – which supports older people after a stay or appointment in hospital – had 273 referrals, making 125 support planning visits at home and 38 telephone support calls. 
  • Right Track – which supports people with musculoskeletal conditions in the community – received 273 referrals from teams across the MSK Partnership as well as additional new referral routes. 
  • Over the past year, over 500 people used their Shopmobility service to hire scooters and wheelchairs at a low cost.
  • Their Community Employment Service supported 535 people in 2018. 138 of them found paid work, while 256 went on to do work experience or volunteering.

Geraldine Des Moulins, Possability People’s Chief Executive said “There’s an awful lot to reflect on over the past year as we’ve supported thousands of disabeld people in a range of different ways. But sadly, the statistics from our Advice Centre reminds us that disabled people continue to be disproportionally affected by welfare reforms and poverty.

“We are all hoping, and will work tirelessly, to achieve better things for disabled people in Sussex in 2019”.