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Free workshops about welfare changes for Young People with Disabilities


Family Voice Surrey

Family Voice Surrey, the county’s official parent-carer forum is to host four workshops to help demystify the recent changes to the welfare system for young people and adults living with disabilities.

The changes have brought worry and uncertainty to many disabled people who rely on payments to help them live as comfortably or independently as possible.

Children with disabilities who are under 16 can still claim Disability Living Allowance but those aged16 or over will be moved to the new Personal Independence Payment and may have to undergo a face to face assessment to determine their continued eligibility.

Families of young disabled people are concerned about what the future will hold if benefits are stopped or they are deemed no longer to be entitled to a higher mobility allowance which often pays for vital Motability vehicles. Some disabled young people have also been inappropriately placed in a work-based group following an assessment.

To help people become fully informed about the changes and their options, Family Voice Surrey are hosting workshops in:

  • Friday 28th June: Potter's Gate Children's Centre, Farnham, GU9 7BB
  • Friday 5th July: Children's Trust, Tadworth, KT20 5RU
  • Wednesday 10th July: Disability Challenger's Centre, Stoke Park, Guildford. GU1 1TU
  • Friday 12th July: White Lodge Centre, Holloway Hill, Chertsey, KT16 0AE

Each event will be from 0930 to 1300 and will consist of a presentation about the changes with Alaster Calder, Benefits Consultant at Surrey County Council. There will be plenty of opportunities for questions during the workshop.

The events are specifically for young disabled people and/or their parents/carers of rising 16 year olds up to 25 years old.

The event is free and refreshments are provided. However, there are limited places due to venue sizes and so anyone interested should register via as soon as possible.The Family Voice website is at


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For more information, please contact Tania Tirraoro at or Angela Kelly at
Press welcome to attend by prior agreement.