Blue badge success for Lisa!
Lewisham Speaking Up’s Community Advocacy service has helped Lisa to get her new blue badge from the Council.
Lisa’s dad had applied to Lewisham Council four times for the blue badge after it was cancelled. Each time they said he had not filled in the form correctly and he had to start again. This took a long time and was very frustrating.
In the meantime, Lisa’s family could not park near to where she needed to go. As a result it was difficult for Lisa to get to places.
An advocate from Lewisham Speaking Up called the concessionary awards team at Lewisham Council to find out what had gone wrong before. They were able to give our advocate useful advice about how to fill the form in. This meant that Lisa had the best chance of getting the blue badge.
Because of cuts to the Council’s funding they cannot help people face to face any more. This means it can be harder for people who need help with forms to get things like blue badges and freedom passes.
Our advocate helped Lisa and her dad to fill the form in again and to get together the right evidence to send to the Council. This time the application was successful and the Council has now sent Lisa her new blue badge. Blue badge success!
We think this is a great example of why having a 1-2-1 advocate helps people with learning disabilities to get the benefits they are entitled to.
We can help adults with learning disabilities with a whole range of problems and issues. If you or someone you know needs help then get in touch with us.
Find out more about the blue badge scheme on Lewisham Council’s website