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ANGELA

Chief Executive Officer

How long have you worked at DASH?

I came to DASH 19 years ago.


What do you love about DASH?

I joined DASH because I was inspired by the people who founded DASH and how they had challenged the way people were being excluded by society. My mother had a disability and it’s always been very important for me that people are treated with dignity and respect and helped to achieve as much from life has possible, meeting their full potential.


What’s special about working here?

Seeing the difference in people when they first come to DASH activities, seeing them progress and enjoy themselves, and come out of their shells to find something that they love to do. It’s a team effort from staff and volunteers and we have a group of really exceptional people who are truly committed to what they do.

VANESSA

Advice and Advocacy Project Manager

What do you love about working for DASH?

I love getting the right outcomes for clients and securing them the benefits that they are entitled to, which helps them become truly independent. There are a lot of people that wouldn’t get their full benefit entitlement without our help and support and I get a great sense of achievement ensuring that people obtain what they are entitled to.


What’s an interesting fact about yourself?

I have four dogs – and I love spending as much time with them as possible.


Tell me a bit more about some of the people you’ve helped?

I’ve supported a lot of young people and it’s very rewarding to see them develop and become more independent. DASH really does have long term relationships with the people that we support, and we never stop supporting them, they’re always welcome to (and they do) keep coming back to us. DASH is a really important part of the community and I’m proud to be part of it.

BEN

Transitions Officer

I love seeing the people we support achieving their goals and being the best person they want to be. I really like to see people improve over a long period of time – some of the people we support start by attending one or two of our sessions and then before long they lead their own activities and get involved helping out our work. 

What I love about DASH: Seeing how much the charity has grown over time. We started by only doing a couple of sessions per week and now we have a full timetable for the whole day, all week, offering a wide range of activities. People love attending them.

SUE

Direct Payments Support Worker

I support clients that need help with care and the paperwork associated with finding someone to help them with their needs. Some of our clients need extra support to fill out paperwork and I assist them. I love helping people, it’s really rewarding and helps them become independent which is what they deserve.

Why I love DASH: I supported a client that had Multiple Sclerosis, she was housebound and really needed a wheelchair. When I met her, she was really down and didn’t have any support. We managed to secure her funding for a wheelchair and helped with her psychological wellbeing which meant she got listened to and managed to claim some independence which made her so much happier. It was really rewarding.

SIMON

Welfare Benefits Advisor

What do you love about DASH?

I enjoy interacting with a variety of people , hearing their story and supporting them through what can be a difficult and traumatic time.


Tell me an interesting fact about yourself?

I have supported Reading Football Club for the past 21 years, and I still don't know why!


Whats special about working here?

Each day is different, working in a team of people who all share the same goal is very rewarding. There is always lots of variety and the day passes very quickly.

SHAHEENA

Advice and Advocacy Project Worker

When we get good results for our clients and rewarding successes, and seeing the difference it makes to people. When I was supporting someone for an ESA appeal, I discovered that they'd not been assessed for a form of support that they were definitely entitled to and they didn't even know the support could be available. 

They were then approved for the additional support and it made a massive difference to their livelihood and they were so grateful. It's people like that which are really special and it's why I love DASH.

 

SUE

Administration

I started off as being a support worker here, and now I look after all the day-to-day admin at DASH.


What I love about DASH: Really great people. I love helping people and the rewarding feeling of the praise when I help people out.

A little while ago I had a client who I helped claim Personal Independence Payment (PiP). I worked with the client to help support their mother in law. At the end when she was awarded the benefit she was so grateful and said "thank you for saving her life". I'm so proud to be able to support people here. I'm also a very proud nan of twin boys.

GENA

Direct Payments Support Worker

I really enjoy working with disabled people. It’s really rewarding helping them with their personal budget and finances. The team here are really great and the charity does some excellent work and empowers people to become independent. I have a really great relationship with some of our clients.

Why I love DASH: One of my clients really needed a wheelchair but didn’t have the money to purchase one and couldn’t leave the house without it. She didn’t know she was eligible for the funding for it. When we managed to secure her one it helped her so much with her mobility and gave her the independence she really wanted. It was such a rewarding thing to be part of.

LAUREN

Sunday Club Assistant

Working for DASH is incredibly rewarding, it's fantastic seeing the service users/clients build caring and lasting friendships with one another. Also I have never finished a day at DASH Sunday club and not felt entirely uplifted and positive (even after having a rubbish week!). I'm a terrible baker but will never fail to prepare a baking activity each week for the service users/clients and we can either succeed or, more often than not, fail together (with lots of laughs, of course).

The service users inspire me every day to work as hard as possible in my studies to be a supportive and successful advocate for adults and young people with disabilities throughout my future career so that hopefully one day I can return some of that love and inspiration. 

MAGGIE

Advice Project Worker

I am an advice worker, so I help people with PIP forms, ESA forms, appeals, face to face and universal credit.


I love it when the people that we are supporting get the right outcome, so it helps them have a more fulfilling life.


I had one lady, she was refused PiP, she was housebound for over a year because she didn’t have the money to leave the house and couldn’t walk anyway. At appeal, she was awarded the enhanced rate and could go to church meetings, events, out with her husband, holistic events outside, and could join groups and build a social life. It gave her a massive increase in her quality of life.


I also like the people I work with aswell, there’s a great camaraderie about here and I can always ask someone; we’re a hard working team working together.

SUE

Finance and Admin Officer

How long have you worked at DASH for?

I have worked for DASH for just under ten years.


What do you enjoy about working at DASH?

I love working for DASH, as I enjoy helping people with all types of disabilities.


Have you got an example of someone you supported?

When people contact DASH to discuss the support available to them, I am their first port of call. I really enjoy speaking to people for the first time, making them feel welcome and seeing how they then progress through DASH to getting the support they need.

DANIEL

Activity Leader

What do you love about working for DASH?

I really enjoy helping people to learn new skills. DASH is such a welcoming place for everyone and a fun place to be. It is so rewarding and uplifting to work at DASH and really helps me to develop my own skills.

What's an interesting fact about yourself?

I have been playing football since I could walk and used to play semi-pro. I also support Chelsea FC.

Tell me a bit more about someone you have helped.

I have particularly enjoyed supporting an individual who is non-verbal and uses simple sign to communicate. I taught myself some sign language to be able to communicate better with him and to help him engage with other participants at the hub.

BECKIE

Activity Leader

What do you love about working at DASH?

I enjoy seeing people have a great time with their friends at the Hub. I feel I directly facilitate that and this helps to improve their lives.

I have enjoyed seeing new friendships blossom and grow to become supporting relationships.

MATT

Sunday Club Assistant

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SALLY

Wellbeing Support Officer

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VAL

Well-being Support Coordinator

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