It’s not all bleak in benefits’ world…

Following months of speculation, there have been some benefit changes in the recent budget announcements. We now know what’s happening with important issues such as the uplift in Universal Credit (UC), lump sum payments for tax credit claimants, changes for people getting the Severe Disability Premium, and likely changes following recent court decisions. As always with benefits, headlines are followed …

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Adventures with Zoom

After delivering in-person training to the community and voluntary sector for over 20 years, it was very daunting to face the challenge of taking all of my training workshops online at the start of the pandemic. I had never attended a webinar let alone delivered one and I had grave doubts about how well a webinar could meet participants’ learning …

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We are excited to launch our new online training programme!

Whilst we hope one day to return to face-to-face training, we are very excited to launch our new online training programme. COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the sector and the way we work. Alongside the challenges of keeping staff and clients safe, the pandemic has brought about considerable change to the way we support and communicate with our …

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Mental Health Affects Us All

We all have mental health in the same way that we all have physical health and the state of our mental health changes in response to a number of influences and factors. Awareness of mental health has risen in recent years. More people are talking about it than ever before and the media are frequently running stories on the subject. …

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Benefits and Mental Health

BHT and I are putting on another course dealing with this tricky subject as so many local service users claim benefits on these grounds. This is reflected across the country, with growing numbers of Employment and Support Allowance and Personal Independence Payment claims being made due to mental health issues. Many people make a causal link, arguing that the stresses …

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Working Mindfully with Anxiety

In BHT Training’s latest blog, anxiety sufferer and BHT trainer, Paul Johanson explains how mindfulness can be a powerful tool to combat mental illness. Anxiety is the most commonly reported mental health difficulty: statistics show that anxiety-related problems occur at roughly three times the rate of depression-related problems. ‘Anxiety’ is the most commonly searched term on counselling websites such as …

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Staying fearless in the changing world of benefits

In BHT Training’s latest blog,  benefits guru and BHT trainer Jayne Knights brings you up to speed with the major news to affect all things welfare benefits-related. There is always a lively debate regarding welfare benefits, not least during an election campaign. Changes to benefit entitlement and provision has had a major impact on the lives on many people – …

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Where do we go From Here? Working With the Trans Community

BHT’s transgender awareness trainer Ryan Gingell blogs about the challenges faced by the trans community, and how a relatively simple change can make a huge difference to people’s lives We all have some experience of gender regardless of what path our gender identity takes. For most, this is a straight forward journey with few hurdles to overcome. But for those …

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