We are a team of volunteers which works collectively to offer support with :
* completion of applications and assessment questionnaire forms for Personal Independence Payment
* completion of assessment questionnaire forms for Work Capability Assessments (either for Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit claims)
* we offer information on challenging social security benefit sanctions
* we can also help with referrals to the appropriate service in cases where advice, or representation in appeals is required
If you would like a PDF copy of the poster on our home page please click here
We operate on a 'drop-in' basis. No appointment is required. However, please bear in mind, if your requirement is for support in completing PIP or WCA assessment forms, it can take up to two hours to do this. It is advisable therefore to arrive no later than 2 p.m. if you want to complete the form at a single visit. There may be occasions, when our team of volunteers are all busy working with callers, when you may be asked to choose whether to wait until one of us is free, or to come back at a later time.
If you require an appointments based service, there are two other services within Stockport which offer support with completing PIP or WCA assessment forms and these both operate on an appointments basis. These are :
Citizen's Advice Bureau - call in at the Stockport or Cheadle CAB offices, for an initial 'Gateway' interview, from which an appointment for support with completion of forms can be made. Opening times and location details are on the CAB Stockport website here
Stockport Council Direct Local Centres - call in at any of the local centres to make an appointment for support with completion of forms. Or phone 0161 217 6003. Or email [email protected] Opening times and location details are on the Council's website here
If you are under the Community Mental Health Service or a Consultant Psychiatrist, the Council's Welfare Rights Service has two dedicated Mental Health Specialist Welfare Rights Officers. If someone is under a CMH Team or a Consultant Psychiatrist, they need to ring the Mental Health Resource Centre for their sector (i.e. either Councillor Lane, Cheadle 0161 716 4100 or Baker Street, Heaton Norris 0161 716 4200) and ask for an appointment with Welfare Rights.
If you need to find out what benefits you might be entitled to or need
help to complete a claim form and you are unable to leave your home, for
example because you are disabled or have caring responsibilities, the Council's Information, Advice and Guidance service can arrange to do a home visit. Requests for home visits can be made online here
Anyone who is interested in volunteering with Solidarity Drop-In is very
welcome to drop in and chat to our team. Training is
available to learn the role.
We are part of the Stockport Wellbeing Centre, which is located in Disability Stockport's building at 23, High Street, Stockport, SK1 1EG. If you would like to see us please call at the reception desk and let them know that you have called to visit the Solidarity Drop-in; one of us will then meet with you. You will be made most welcome. The offices are fully accessible.