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*The office is closed from 3 pm on Tuesday 27th October and will reopen at 9 am on Monday 2nd November 2020

Corona Virus: Resumption of Service

The service reopened on 6th July. Our telephone opening hours are Monday Tuesday and Thursday 9 am to 12 noon and 1 pm until 3 pm, although there may not always be someone available to take your call. Please leave a voicemail and we will get back to you as soon as we can

 

*SUPPORT DART THROUGH THE LOCAL GIVING £1 MILLION CORONAVIRUS MATCH FUND CAMPAIGN*

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The match fund campaign launched on Tuesday 27th October 2020 and we are taking part in it. Could you please consider making a donation to support DART to ensure we can continue to deliver our service in the future?

 

Formed in 1984 DART was initially staffed by a team of 14, but due to funding reductions, over the years is currently manned by 1 person (paid) and 2 volunteers. To keep this essential service going we need your help.

To make a donation to DART go to:

https://localgiving.org/campaign/1m-coronavirus-fund/

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• The match fund works on a first-come-first-served basis. Once the match funding runs out the campaign will end and no further donations will be matched
• All one-time donations made during the campaign to any type of Local giving page linked to your charity will receive match funding. This includes your main page, any project pages, any appeal pages and any fundraiser pages

The campaign will work in two stages until the match funding runs out:

1. Between 10:00 on 27th October 2020 and 09:59 on 3rd November 2020 each donor can have their donations matched up to £75 - DART can benefit from an unlimited number of matched donations.

2. From 10:00 on 3rd November 2020 until the fund runs out (or 12:00 on the 9th November 2020) each donor can have their donations matched up to £5,000 - DART can benefit from an unlimited number of matched donations.

Localgiving does not charge a fee on the majority of donations made through the platform. However, due to the significant costs associated with securing, delivering and managing the Coronavirus Fund, donations that are made through the campaign will be subject to a 15% fee. All donations made through Localgiving are also subject to a third party processing fee. Each donation will secure match funding equal to the gross donation. Please note that we cannot distribute more match funding than your organisation receives in net donations and gift aid - we expect that the gift aid on donations will cover any difference with match funding secured.
Please note that the campaign has been launched to match online donations. We cannot collect funds offline and donate them through the website during the campaign. Any donations that are deemed to have not been made within the spirit of the campaign will have their match funding removed and our organisation may be removed from the campaign. You can find information about the campaign, along with some FAQs here: https://localgiving.org/about/covid-fund

Calderdale DART Current Services

 Funded by Calderdale Council           

From 1st July 2020 we are delivering a service a targeted service to people who are vulnerable due to physical/mental disability or caring responsibilities and are unable to access fixed based advice services.  Priority will be given to helping those people who are vulnerable with long-term disabilities, who are required to transfer from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and who would find it difficult to complete the complex forms and/or challenge decisions, without help. This service is available by telephone, email and a pre-arranged office appointment.

Because this funding is limited we will only be able to offer our support to some and not all of the people who contact us, this may mean we will have to signpost you to other services in the area.

The service is based at our town centre office. 

Clinical commissioning Group funded Cancer Support Service 

The funding for our Cancer Support Service ended on 31st May 2017. If you have used our service before and now have new issues you would like help with, please contact one of the following organisations:  

Macmillan Cancer Support Line 0808 808 0000

Advice for anyone with a cancer diagnosis, Helpline will do a benefit check and give advice around AA/PIP, will issue forms to client and confirm the advice in writing. No help given with form filling.

Macmillan Advice & Information Centre Calderdale Royal Hospital

Advice for anyone with a cancer diagnosis telephone 01422 222709 they can refer people to AgeUK; pension service etc. and offer other advice. They do not help with form filling

AgeUK 4-6 The Square, Woolshops HX1 1RJ Telephone 01422 399830 or direct referral via referral process Advice for over 50’s only.  Help with form filling, benefit checks, blue badges and other appropriate services. Office based and home visiting service.

Citizens Advice Calderdale Telephone Advice Line 0300 330 9048 

Open age. Initial contact through the advice line with follow up appointments offered if appropriate to help with form completion, benefit checks and/or self-help packs issued. Various venues - No home visits.

Pennine Housing – Telephone 0300555 557 Open Age – Initial contact though above number with follow up appointments offered to help with form filling, benefit checks etc. Various venues and home visits – Advice service for tenants of Pennine Housing tenants only

The Pensions Service Home Visiting Team – telephone 08456060265 - Help to complete benefit claim forms on a per issue basis, would need to re-refer for any follow up issues. Home visiting service

Calderdale Council Benefits Assessment Unit Telephone:  0845 0245 08000

Open age (adult) some help offered with housing and council tax benefit entitlement only. Appointments can be arranged at Customer First offices and some home visiting.

Please see the menu for opening hours, how to contact us etc.

We have new opening hours from July 2018. These are the times you can contact us by telephone subject to staff availability. Staff are in the office outside these times and messages are picked up at regular intervals.

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Peoples Postcode Trust Project Evaluation April2018 Disability Advice Resource Team.doc1.03 MB
DART Trustees Annual Report & accounts April2017 to March 2018.pdf642.88 KB
Trustees Annual Report and Accounts 2018-19.pdf6.97 MB