Job Title: Asbestos Victims Support Group Worker
Organisation: Greater Manchester Hazards Centre
Location: North West
Job Role: Adviser – Welfare Benefits
Salary:  £30,001 – £35,000
Closing Date: 22nd July 2019
Job Type: Permanent
Working Hours: Full time

Description

Welfare benefits experience essential.

Greater Manchester Hazards Centre (GMHC) provides advice, information and campaigning on occupational health and safety.  GMHC established the asbestos victims support group in 1994 and employs the three GMAVSG workers.

GMAVSG’s main work involves staffing a helpline for people suffering from asbestos-related diseases and making home visits throughout Greater Manchester and sometimes the wider North West, to assist in claiming benefits and Government compensation. Almost all referrals come from hospital Macmillan nurses or consultant respiratory physicians. Nearly half referrals are people diagnosed with mesothelioma, a fatal tumour in the lung pleura. Our client group’s average age is 67.

Also fundamental to GMAVSG’s work is campaigning: against constant legal challenges to compensation, inadequate state benefits, and contributing to the international campaign to stop mining and use of asbestos.

Job Summary:

a) Staffing a help line and making home visits to provide information and assistance primarily around benefits and compensation to people affected by asbestos-related diseases.  Referring to and liaising with appropriate external agencies, maintaining databases of clients, maintaining case files.  The office is based in Manchester; home visits may be anywhere in Greater Manchester, and occasionally Lancashire and Cheshire.

b) Involvement in campaigning on asbestos issues, including making presentations about GMAVSG’s work, assisting in events and demonstrations, media work, attendance at relevant meetings and committees.

c) Assisting in organising GMAVSG support groups.

d) The worker may be asked to assist with general GMHC work, particularly how work about asbestos links with wider health and safety issues.

Closing date: 22nd July 2019

Interview date: 31st July 2019

Start date: mid September 2019

Application form, job description and person specification: download from www.asbestos-victims-support.org/  If you have problems with this, Tel: 0161 636 7555

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