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Food Banks

​The Growth of Food Banks in Northern Ireland

In 2013, advisers from the independent advice network reported seeing increasing numbers of people seeking advice who were in a critical financial situation, where there was no immediate support available from the social security or tax credit systems.

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Upcoming Training

  • Level 3 Certificate In Independent Advocacy - Unit 304 - (24th Jan 2016)

    24 January 2017 - 09:30

    The Certificate in Independent Advocacy allows Independent Advocates to learn, develop and practice the skills required for employment in their Independent Advocacy role. The course includes knowledge and skills based assessments and involves learners demonstrating competency in work related tasks...
  • The State Retirement Pension for Beginners (Including Pension Reforms)

    26 January 2017 - 09:30

    The State Retirement Pension has seen its most significant reform in two generations and is set to continue to see further changes. This short and practical overview will help you understand just how the State Pension actually works now and what it might look like in the future. It will cover: •...
  • Nutshell: Everything You Need to Know About Housing and Welfare Reform

    31 January 2017 - 10:30

    This session will cover the key reforms to housing related benefit payments including; The “Bedroom tax” ; Changes to Support with Mortgage Interest Payments; What’s happening to Housing Benefit, Local Housing Allowance and Supported Accommodation; Changes to financial assistance for Rates; and...
  • Level 3 Certificate in Independent Advocacy Portfolio Day

    07 February 2017 - 09:30

    The Certificate in Independent Advocacy allows Independent Advocates to learn, develop and practice the skills required for employment in their Independent Advocacy role. The course includes knowledge and skills based assessments and involves learners demonstrating competency in work related tasks...
  • An Accredited Guide to Welfare Reforms (Run 4 - Belfast - February 2017)

    08 February 2017 - 10:00

    This interactive course covers all aspects of current welfare reforms including PIP, ESA changes, Discretionary Support, and changes to housing related benefits. It explores sanctions, mitigations, and challenging decisions (e.g. mandatory reconsiderations). The course will fully equip advisers...
  • NI Advice Standard Training: Case Recording and Quality of Advice Audits - 9th February 2017

    09 February 2017 - 10:00

    This course is to prepare managers and advisers for the Northern Ireland Advice Quality Standard. It will provide a practical guide to improve the quality of case recording and how to evidence continuous personal development. It will also cover the Advice NI recommended quality assurance activities...

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