Welfare project begins at People First

Vicci (left) with staff and members of People First.
Vicci (left) with staff and members of People First.

A new welfare project has been launched in Fraserburgh to support people with learning disabilities in the AB43 postcode area.

The ‘Lend A Hand Project’ has been set up at the People First office on 57 Cross Street and is aimed at helping people with additional needs in Fraserburgh and surrounding communities.

People First already deliver an IT project, a music project - Lighthouse Rock - and a drama project, which recently focused on the referendum campaign on Scottish independence.

However, the new welfare project hopes to give support to adults with learning difficulties on everything from understanding benefit forms to help with appeals decisions and mandatory reconsiderations.

The service is now employing a Welfare Rights Officer, Vicci Roberton, who has been in her new post since August.

Vicci is based at the People First centre on Cross Street, where office spaces have been set up so clients can come in and discuss their concerns confidentially.

Commenting, Vicci Roberton said: “I think it’s a very worthwhile cause and I think it’s a very much needed service.

“We welcome anybody who has a learning disability who needs help and advice on their welfare benefits.”

The Lend A Hand Project is welcoming self-referrals and referrals from other agencies. To contact Vicci, you can call 01346 515816 or 07975563708.

Alternatively, email vicciroberton@gmail.com

People First in Fraserburgh also have a drop-in service which is open from 1pm to 4pm each day.

All decisions made at People First are made by the board members themselves, who are supported by a steering group.

People First are a Self Advocacy organisation which aims to help and encourage individuals with learning disabilities.