Reach Out Nottinghamshire (RON +)

Disability Nottinghamshire has been successful in securing funding from the National Lottery Reaching Communities programme until January 2017 to develop and deliver an information and advice outreach service across Nottinghamshire.

Our new project will be called Reach Out Nottinghamshire Plus or R.O.N + for short. This exciting new project will provide a much needed service to individuals in Nottinghamshire, especially those in remote, rural or isolated areas of the County. The service is for disabled people and their carers who we recognise cannot always attend our Mansfield office. We can offer advice and assistance on many subjects in relation to disability, these include welfare benefits advice such as assisting in form filling and an appeals service.

We will also be offering  Peer support groups which will provide disabled people with a local forum to share, learn and take proactive control of their lives. These will be set up in 4 different localities, led by a peer support co-ordinator and supported by local disabled volunteers adopting a ‘user-led’ approach. The Peer Support Groups will provide a focus for: (i) work skills training including volunteering as a route to employment, (ii) providing advice and support to access disabled facilities’ funds, (iii) help disabled people increase independence, choice and control and, (iv) improve access to a range of social care & health services .

Reach Out Nottinghamshire (RON +) Volunteer Opportunities

First Contact Advisor’s – Will be assigned a particular area based Peer Mentor group to work with and give technical and in depth knowledge about a range of subjects from welfare benefits to accessing services to independent living.

Peer Support Group Leader – Will support the Peer support co-ordinator at a local level and be the main conduit for communication and organisation in the local area.

Peer Mentors – Will support the Co-ordinator and group leaders in each area to organise, promote, engage and deliver workshop sessions

Admin – Support for each of the groups with regards to general administration duties, for example booking rooms, arranging guest speakers, making posters/leaflets etc.

You do not need to worry about experience as full training and support will be given to anyone interested by our friendly team.

For more information about the project please contact any of the following:

Gary Baird (Senior Welfare Rights Advisor)

Simon Mee (Senior Welfare Rights Advisor)

Leah Hill (Administration)

Claire Staples ( Peer Support Co-ordinator)

Lucy Sims (Administrator)


Telephone: 01623 625 891

Funded by:

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