Monday, 27 February 2012

This month's Ask an Expert session looks at the birth of a child


This month's Ask an Expert session focuses on those expecting a child.

It is often hard to predict the impact that the birth or adoption of a new child will have on your life. Turn2us has brought together a panel of experts from Gingerbread and Working Lives to answer your questions about welfare benefits which may ease any financial difficulties as well as offering advice on maternity and paternity rights, flexible working and other rights of potential parents and carers.

We need you to send us your questions on this topic by 28th February. Please include as much detail as possible so a full answer can be provided.

Submit your question to Ask an expert

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Netmums website reveals the financial struggle of UK families


A new survey commissioned by Netmums has revealed that 70% of families are struggling to survive financially.

The online community surveyed more than 2,000 of their members to find out how the UK's current economic situation was hitting family incomes and what impact rising prices was having on them. The survey found that:

- One in five mothers were missing meals so their children could eat.
- A quarter of families were living on credit cards.
- Almost half of families have sold or pawned goods to raise money.
- 16% of parents were being treated for a stress-related illness due to lack of cash.
- Two-thirds of families had less money coming in than this time last year.

If you are struggling to make ends meet, you may be able to find help on the Turn2us website. Use our Benefits Calculator to check your entitlement to welfare benefits and our Grants Search database to find out if you are eligible for help from a charitable fund.

You can read more from this Netmums survey here

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

We are looking for a Welfare Benefits Specialist


Turn2us is recruiting a Welfare Benefits Specialist (Maternity cover) to plan, develop and manage its welfare benefit resources.

We are looking for someone with an extensive experience of giving advice and writing and creating online resources in this area. The role will involve managing a range of projects and resources as well as providing expert advice on welfare benefits and the welfare benefits system.

The role would suit a self-motivated and passionate individual who is committed to make a difference to the lives of people in financial need.

If you feel that you meet these criteria, please send your CV and a supporting statement outlining your skills and why you would like to work for Turn2us to recruitment@turn2us.org.uk.

The deadline for applications is 5.00pm on Friday 24th February 2012.

Interviews will take place at our Hammersmith Head Office on Thursday 1st March 2012.

Download the job description and person specification


Please note: Due to the volume of applications we receive, we will not be able to respond to unsuccessful applications.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

New film reveals the reality of living in fuel poverty


Figures released by the Government show some 5.5 million homes in the UK may struggle with energy bills this winter. As the weather gets colder, more people than ever will be facing the prospect of running up unmanageable bills in an effort to keep their homes warm.

But what does it mean to be living in fuel poverty in human terms? Turn2us invited four women to describe their experiences of living in fuel poverty in a hard hitting new film on the subject. The stories reveal the bleak reality of struggling to survive when high energy bills are a constant worry.

You can view our fuel poverty film at www.youtube.com/turn2us

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Elizabeth Finn Care wants you to Wrap Up Against Poverty


Wrap Up Against Poverty is an online auction of clothing donated by top celebrities and designers to raise money for the charity Elizabeth Finn Care, of which Turn2us is part.

Elizabeth Finn Care knows people can struggle to afford the items of winter clothing they need to stay warm and healthy during the colder months. They provide direct support through grants to those in financial need and over half the people they help had to go without new clothes before they approached the charity. By bidding for the fabulous pieces available, you can not only boost your style credentials but also help people in financial need survive the winter months.

Bidders can go for the classic look of Sienna Miller’s Doma fleece coat, or follow in Dame Helen Mirren’s footsteps by opting for her striking Alberta Ferretti coat. Kimberley Walsh’s plush Louis Vuitton scarf will be up for grabs too, as will a beautiful Alexander McQueen suit from Fern Britton, and stylish winter coats from comedy heroes Mathew Horne and Ruth Jones.

To add to the spectacular celebrity list, exclusive designer items including a golden Martina Spetlova shift dress have been donated alongside items from high street stores such as Ted Baker and Topshop.

The auction is now live on eBay and is running until 26th February. To place your bid, please visit the Wrap Up Against Poverty Auction on Ebay