Investment project code: 125
Group Information (where you are based, number of members, normal group activities etc…): Based in Clydebank, we are a committed group with a number of volunteers who represent us at board level and in our efforts to address the issues associated with the illnesses which people in our community suffer arising from asbestosis: thereby ensuring that they rightfully obtain full compensation, welfare benefits and civil damages.
We are committed to adopting a holistic approach to each client whereby we will ensure that all clients receive the best possible service. This includes home visits, provision of a full benefit check, assistance to complete welfare benefit applications, and onward referral to other appropriate statutory agencies and charitable organisations.
During the pandemic we have continued to provide much needed services through virtual focussed meetings with our clients to ensure that their claims are processed fairly and within a reasonable timescale.
We will continue to help those in our community who rightfully claim Industrial Injuries Benefit and will provide assistance and advice on how to obtain legal advice and appropriate damages and compensation.
What will you use the money for?: We intend to support the continued employment of a young post graduate student in Politics and English Literature who recently hosted our virtual AGM in September 2020.
This young person delivered the virtual hosting in a very professional manner to the AGM and has continued to make significant contributions to The Clydebank Asbestos Group by positively assisting in administration and networking assignments.
The AGM which this person hosted was attended by our trustees, volunteers, a wide range of senior political supporters of our organisation, legal professionals, and council officers and by some of our clients families and representatives.
We intend to encourage this person to further develop their skills whilst delivering valuable assistance and support to the Clydebank Asbestos Group.
We will develop a training programme which will allow our staff and volunteers to further develop their skills in the context of procedural and legal aspects of our clients cases and associated needs and requirements during a time in their lives which can be extremely difficult and highly stressful.
Who will benefit from this money?: The local and wider communities to the Clydebank area will benefit from this initiative by being given additional support in their circumstances of being affected by asbestosis and by related illnesses.
The disease of asbestosis is usually delayed, thereby our main age group of direct support is with the over 50s.
Our clients will be provided with additional support in pursuit of reparation against, for example, former employers.
However, our support will cover all age groups as the dependants and other family members will also receive indirect support and benefit from the Clydebank Asbestos Group and its partnership organisations and agencies.
As stated, we work with a number of partnership organisations and agencies whom we have virtual meetings, including:
West Dunbartonshire Council Tayside Asbestos Group Macmillan Cancer Support WDC Welfare Rights St Margaret's Hospice QUEH Hospital Gartnavel Hospital
The development of a training package which reflects the increasingly complex needs of those affected by asbestosis will enable us to seamlessly navigate procedural and legal aspects of our clients' cases.
Proposed on behalf of: Clydebank Asbestos Group - £4800