New Drop-in Zoom Classes start this week!

 

All classes are suitable for MS but can help everyone. Everyone is welcome.
Participants must do only what is comfortable and safe for them.
Depending on demand, classes may run for more than the initial four weeks.

To access, you will need to sign up by phone, computer, ipad or tablet to the free website, Zoom.

All classes and groups are still free but donations are very welcome.

 

Seated Yoga for Every Body with Louise Windsor on Wednesdays at 11am-12noon

Yoga can help manage anxiety and develop peace of mind. Its physical benefits are an increased mobility range, strengthening of muscles, and improvement to posture, balance and the communication between brain and body. This seated class will include gentle movement for all abilities, breathing exercises and meditation to help calm the nervous system and soothe the mind. Louise has been running Chair Yoga classes at the Centre for the past 6 years.

To join the class go every time to https://tinyurl.com/ycvq85zs
then type the password: 968415

Pilates with Miki Floyd on Thursdays 10.30-11.15am

Miki, our Pilates instructor, has been teaching live online classes since lockdown. This class is tailored specifically for MS. Its aim is to provide routine, keeping you active during this period of isolation. You can work from the floor or on a chair, if you are not very mobile. You can even do the class from your bed.

To join the class go every time to https://tinyurl.com/yc5ts3yz
NB There is no password.

Seated Physio Exercise with Viola Santa on Fridays at 12-12.40pm  (not 2, 9, 16 October due to holidays)

Exercises are uplifting, easy to follow and aim to improve flexibility, strength, posture, balance and body awareness. Some exercises in standing may be included, if attendees are able. Viola, our physiotherapist has been teaching one to one physio sessions online since lockdown. If you have questions about the class, would like to book a one to one session or want help with zoom, please email her on violapsanta@outlook.com

To join the class go every time to https://tinyurl.com/yawpyegu
then type the password: exercise

Classes and groups are still free but donations are very welcome either by Bank transfer to Sussex MS Centre, Lloyds Bank
Sort Code: 30-98-74, Account No: 01813557
Please use one of these references: /Yoga/Pilates/Physio
There is no need to enter your name. We will see your name on our bank statement.
or you can visit virginmoneygiving.com/fund/Donation-for-Classes and there are suggested donations of £5 for one class or £20 for four classes to choose from – You can specify a completely different amount if you prefer.

 

 

 

Benefits Update June

Just a few words to reassure anyone who is worried about their benefits situation. The main message is that the DWP currently has a lot more to worry about than PIP, DLA, Universal Credit on grounds of sickness and AA, so all benefit awards have been extended and all reviews have been suspended. The slight fly in the ointment is that the DWP has been unable to stop sending out computer-generated letters. So, if you get one with a deadline, ignore it for the time being. (More details below.)

Headline News

  • There will be no reviews or re-assessments for ESA or PIP  until 17th June. For Universal Credit, on grounds of sickness, the reviews are suspended until 24th June.
  • New claims for PIP and ESA will be processed and backdated to the application date BUT there will be no face-to-face assessments for the next six months.
  • For Universal Credit on grounds of sickness there will be no face-to-face assessments until June 17th, 2020.
  • If your benefits award was due to end, it will be extended.
  • There will be no transfers from DLA to PIP until after 17th June. Any letters saying that you must claim PIP before this date can safely be ignored as can follow-up reminder letters.
  • All time limits for returning forms have been extended

Flies in the ointment

  • The DWP has not been able to stop letters with deadlines from being sent out.
  • The DWP has said that face-to-face assessments will be replaced by paper or phone assessments. If you are notified that you will be assessed by telephone and would like to talk to a member of the benefits team before this happens please contact yasmin.benefits@mssussex.com to arrange for one of the benefits team to either call you or to invite you to a Zoom meeting. Be aware that we have heard that people have been receiving such calls at short notice, whereas under the PIP regulations the DWP must give you 7 days’ notice.
  • Phone calls to the PIP and ESA helplines are taking even longer to answer than usual.

Problem areas (only affecting a few people)

  • If you currently get Contributory ESA and are due for a review, you may have to apply for a Mandatory Review. If you are in this situation, please contact the benefits team by emailing yasmin.benefits@mssussex.com She will arrange a telephone or internet chat to talk you through it.
  • If your condition has changed or for any other reason you think you are entitled to a higher rate, your claim may take longer to process than usual. However, you should still apply now because, even if it takes longer to come through, your higher rate will be backdated. Again, if you are in this situation, contact the benefits team by emailing yasmin.benefits@mssussex.com and she will arrange a telephone or internet chat to talk you through it.

New Claims:

If you have not previously claimed PIP or Universal Credit on grounds of disability but would like to, please contact yasmin.benefits@mssussex.com to arrange for a member of the benefits team either to call you or to invite you to a Zoom meeting. All areas have now transferred from Employment Support Allowance (ESA) to Universal Credit on grounds of disability. Please note that we have no experience of claiming Universal Credit for people who have lost work due to the lockdown.

We are still here for you

Although the benefits team are unable to come into the Centre, we have had successful meetings over the phone and via Zoom on the internet. If you are worried about anything to do with you benefits, please email yasmin.benefits@mssussex.com and we will arrange for one of the benefits team to talk to you. We are all in self-isolation, so the chat will be by phone or internet.

If you want more details and the most up-to-date information, look at these links on the internet.

https://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/coronavirus-updates?utm_source=iContact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Benefits+and+Work&utm_content=25+March+2020+newsletter

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Note: things are constantly changing, and both these links are being updated regularly, so the information they contain is likely to be more accurate than our notes above.

Most of all

Don’t worry. Stay safe. Take care. And stay well!