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What is life like for you? – Study by RNIB, Guide Dogs & TPT

What is life like for you a Study by RNIB, Guide Dogs & TPT

Take part in a vital study into the lives of blind and partially sighted people

Take part in a vital study into the lives of blind and partially sighted people
For the first time ever RNIB, Guide Dogs and Thomas Pocklington Trust are jointly carrying out an important piece of research to uncover the realities of life for blind and partially sighted people in the UK today.

We need to hear what you think! What is life like for you. How can we do better?

This research will be used to help us deliver better services and work jointly to make a positive difference to the lives of blind and partially sighted people.

The final results from the survey will be shared across the whole sector to improve services and support for people with vision impairment.

The research is carried out via a telephone interview by our research partner DJS research and Acumen which may last up to 50 minutes. Participation is entirely voluntary and you can withdraw from the study at any point. All data is anonymised so you cannot subsequently be identified. The only time this anonymity may be reviewed is if there were serious concerns about yours or someone else’s safety.

If you are blind or partially sighted, we would like to hear from you.

Tell us about your life and what’s most important to you!

 

 

In conversation with Charles Coyle 19 Aug

Career Advice: TPT In conversation with Charles Coyle

Join us (Thomas Pocklington Trust) in conversation with Charles Coyle from 5-6pm on Wednesday 19 August 2020.

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Image shows head and shoulders photo of Charles Coyle
Image shows head and shoulders photo of Charles Coyle

Charles has had a varied career to date, having worked in education, the sight loss sector and currently working within the civil service.

Blind since birth, Charles trained to become a teacher but soon realised his passion was away from the classroom, and set about taking every opportunity he could find to change career. After working for RNIB and TPT, he made the move into Local Government and went from strength to strength. He is now a fully fledged civil servant working in central government.

Martin Sigsworth, TPT’s Senior Employment Manager, will be in conversation with Charles to understand his career journey, what challenges and obstacles he has had to overcome, what it is like working in the civil service and what advice he has for blind and partially sighted people looking to get on or progress their careers.

 

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Registration for this webinar closes 19 August, 11am.

 

About Martin Sigsworth

Blind since the age of 11, Martin has worked for TPT’s employment team for the last five years helping blind and partially sighted people achieve their career goals. Before joining TPT he worked in television for channel 4, IMG media and MTV Europe.  He also spent time working in the recruitment industry and has seen first-hand how competitive the labour market is.  He knows what makes a good and bad candidate for recruiters and what can give people the competitive edge when applying for roles.

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Student Dosh: Finance-Ready Guide for University

Student Dosh Finance-Ready for University with MyBNK and TPT

Students with vision impairment can get finance-ready for university with Student Dosh

Like most students due to start university or college this Autumn, those with vision impairment (VI) will be looking at how to finance their studies.

And help is at hand with a new guide to getting finance-ready at university, created by MyBnk in partnership with Thomas Pocklington Trust.

Designed specifically for students with VI, Student Dosh covers everything they need to know – from banking accessibility to information on overdrafts and how to budget, including additional support on financing studies. There is also a useful ‘budget calculator’ to help students identify what money they have coming in and what they have to spend, so they can plan and manage their finances.

Student Dosh is available from the Thomas Pocklington Trust website:

https://www.pocklington-trust.org.uk/banking-what-you-need-to-know-about-overdrafts

for more helpful advice visit:

www.pocklington-trust.org.uk/student-support

Tara Chattaway, Student Support Service Manager at TPT, said: “I am delighted to launch this new guide from MyBnk, which is a UK charity that delivers financial education programmes to young people.

“This thorough online guide on managing money while at university, covers loans and overdrafts and how to apply, how to make money go further and advice on accessibility options offered by banks.

“These resources complement a wide range of information that can found on our website on Disabled Students’ Allowance and how to apply, finding a place during clearing, support during COVID-19, life in Higher Education and more”.

Guy Rigden, CEO, MyBnk said: “This project will have a big impact at a key transitional moment. For many young people managing money at university can be challenging and stressful. These resources will equip them with the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle their finances so they can enjoy their uni experience”.

Tara added:

“We know starting university can be challenging under normal circumstances for anyone with vision impairment, but in the current crisis, it is going to be even more difficult.

This is why we have created information around a whole host of topics”.

Students who have specific concerns or questions around starting Further or Higher education can contact the team via the Student Support Line 0203 757 8040 or via email: studentsupport@pocklington-trust.org.uk

They can also join the Student Support Facebook group to gain or share advice, ask questions and connect with those going through similar situations in a positive, supportive environment.

For more information visit: www.pocklington-trust.org.uk/student-support

 

 

Student Dosh: Finance-Ready Guide for University

Student Dosh Finance-Ready for University with MyBNK and TPT

Students with vision impairment can get finance-ready for university with Student Dosh

Like most students due to start university or college this Autumn, those with vision impairment (VI) will be looking at how to finance their studies.

And help is at hand with a new guide to getting finance-ready at university, created by MyBnk in partnership with Thomas Pocklington Trust.

Designed specifically for students with VI, Student Dosh covers everything they need to know – from banking accessibility to information on overdrafts and how to budget, including additional support on financing studies. There is also a useful ‘budget calculator’ to help students identify what money they have coming in and what they have to spend, so they can plan and manage their finances.

Student Dosh is available from the Thomas Pocklington Trust website:

https://www.pocklington-trust.org.uk/banking-what-you-need-to-know-about-overdrafts

for more helpful advice visit:

www.pocklington-trust.org.uk/student-support

Tara Chattaway, Student Support Service Manager at TPT, said: “I am delighted to launch this new guide from MyBnk, which is a UK charity that delivers financial education programmes to young people.

“This thorough online guide on managing money while at university, covers loans and overdrafts and how to apply, how to make money go further and advice on accessibility options offered by banks.

“These resources complement a wide range of information that can found on our website on Disabled Students’ Allowance and how to apply, finding a place during clearing, support during COVID-19, life in Higher Education and more”.

Guy Rigden, CEO, MyBnk said: “This project will have a big impact at a key transitional moment. For many young people managing money at university can be challenging and stressful. These resources will equip them with the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle their finances so they can enjoy their uni experience”.

Tara added:

“We know starting university can be challenging under normal circumstances for anyone with vision impairment, but in the current crisis, it is going to be even more difficult.

This is why we have created information around a whole host of topics”.

Students who have specific concerns or questions around starting Further or Higher education can contact the team via the Student Support Line 0203 757 8040 or via email: studentsupport@pocklington-trust.org.uk

They can also join the Student Support Facebook group to gain or share advice, ask questions and connect with those going through similar situations in a positive, supportive environment.

For more information visit: www.pocklington-trust.org.uk/student-support

 

 

TPT welcomes Disabled Students’ Allowance reform

TPT welcomes Disabled Students’ Allowance reform

TPT welcomes Disabled Students’ Allowance reform

Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) welcomes the announcement made yesterday by the Minister of State for Universities, Michelle Donelan, indicating significant changes to Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA).

TPT has campaigned for change to the DSA since January 2019 and met with Chris Skidmore (the then Minister for Universities) last year as well as the Department for Education (DfE) to raise the issues many disabled students face.

Charles Colquhoun, CEO at Thomas Pocklington Trust, said: “We know students often cannot access the equipment they need through DSA and recommended to the then minister and the DfE that there should be one budget rather than four separate sub-allowances. So, we are delighted they have taken these views on board and announced this reform”

In her statement Ms Donelan said: “I am announcing today changes to Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) that will increase flexibility for students to access the support that they need. The undergraduate DSA, which is currently structured as four separate sub-allowances, will be simplified into one allowance in line with the postgraduate DSA.

“The same maximum allowance (£25,000) will apply to both full-time and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate DSA recipients in 2021/22. This will apply for both new and continuing students. An exception for travel costs will be made to this maximum cap, which means that travel costs will in effect continue to be uncapped.”

Holly Scott-Gardner, who came to the meeting with TPT in 2019 to share her first-hand experiences of DSA with the minister, said: “This would have made a huge difference when studying as an undergraduate, as I’d have had greater autonomy over the support I received. Equipment for blind students is very expensive, which often meant that in the past students had to decide between two necessary pieces of technology. I am pleased to see that now they will be able to choose the support package that works best for them.”

Currently, students claim for support under the four sub-allowances under which the equipment grant is limited to a maximum of £5,849. By combining the sub-allowances, it gives students the freedom to choose how they allocate their grant.

Tara Chattaway, Student Support Service Manager at TPT, explains: “Students often reach the maximum amount of funding available without fully addressing their needs. The equipment required often needs to be a high specification and therefore costly. A braille reader alone can take up all of the equipment budget. This means students with vision impairment settle for equipment that is cheaper but isn’t practical and doesn’t meet their needs.”

Charles added: “Whilst for most students with vision impairment this is great news, I am concerned that the overall budget for students has reduced by just over £2000 a year which may mean those with the most complex needs will not be able to access all the equipment they need.”

The new rules will come into force in the 2021/2022 academic year.

The TPT Student Support Service provides resources and guidance to for students with vision impairment. This includes:

  • Covid-19 support: Guidance for students with vision impairment and professionals supporting students entering Higher Education during the current Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Student resources: A range of practical information and ‘how-to’ guides on meeting the challenges of Further and Higher education.
  • Student Support Facebook Network. This new Facebook group allows students to share advice and information, ask questions, and connect with those going through similar situations.
  • Student Support Line.  The telephone support line provides friendly and knowledgeable advice for students who have specific concerns or questions around starting Further or Higher education.
  • Student stories: Students are encouraged to share their experience and tips of Further and Higher Education, such as the challenges in accessing the Disabled Students’ Allowance.

The Student Support Service can be accessed via TPT’s website:
gton-trust.org.uk/student-support