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Personal Independence Payment Project - Lived Experience Required

Role description   

We are looking for people who have experience of applying for Personal Independence Payment.  

We think that you will need to spend half a day of your time each month for regular meetings or workshops. This time may be spent in online workshops or small group discussions. We expect the project to last for a year, but might not hold workshops some months. 

You will be paid £55 per session for the time you spend in our meetings, workshops. Turn2us will cover travel expenses. We do not want technology to be a barrier to getting involved, so please let us know if you need help with this too. 

It is very important to us that we have a wide range of people involved in this work. We will be happy to accommodate your needs. 

We are particularly keen to talk to people who have experience of: 

  • Living with a mental health impairment 

  • Living with a condition which causes exhaustion or fatigue  

  • Living with a condition which causes pain 

  • Living with a physical disability 

  • Living with a sensory disability 

  • Neurodivergent people 

Turn2us works to help people experiencing financial insecurity. It will be helpful if you have experience of financial insecurity. 

About Turn2us  

Turn2us is a national charity that provides practical information and support to people facing financial shocks. We work alongside those who have experienced not having enough money to live on to develop practical information and support that helps people cope with life-changing events such as job loss, illness or bereavement.   

About co-production  

We recognise that we can only provide the best support if we design it with the help and expertise of people with lived experience of the issue. 

That is why we are committed to people getting involved in everything that we do, from service design and delivery, through to communications, campaigns and research. We refer to this process as co-production. 

Your lived experience is an important asset that will give you a valuable perspective on what we will be working on. The main goal won't be to share your own story.   

Co-production goes beyond this and it is about working with you and achieving results together. Your views will be as important as everyone else’s. 

What you will do:  

  • Participate in workshops 

  • Set directions and priorities 

  • Contribute to decision making 

  • Work with other people  

  • Share your views and expertise  

About you:  

  • You will be interested in making a difference  

  • You will bring the expertise of someone who knows what it is like to make a claim for Personal Independence Payment  

  • You will be able to recognise that your experience is one example of a wide range of experiences  

  • You will be able to recognise that other people might have different experiences and different opinions. You will be comfortable expressing disagreement and having other people say they don’t agree with you. 

  • You will adhere to Turn2us’s values and policies including safeguarding and data protection legislation  

  • We are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion so will be seeking a diverse mix of people to be involved.  

What you will get out of this role:  

  • Opportunity to steer the direction of Turn2us’s work on Personal Independence Payment  

  • Gain experience of designing a new project  

  • Some of our coproduction partners have told us that doing coproduction has boosted their confidence 

  • Gain transferable skills to put on a CV 

Our work must be inclusive and equitable. We know that if we fail to approach co-production with an awareness of the structural oppression of minority groups, we accept that oppression. We particularly welcome applications from trans people and black, Asian, and minority ethnic candidates, as these groups are underrepresented within our organisation.  

How to join

Email telling us 

  • Why you would like to be involved 

  • What you think you can bring to the project

Deadline for getting in touch is 6 June 2022