Monthly Briefings


November 2017


Member’s News


Please join us for our Festive Tea, with music by Yesteryukes, on Wednesday 20 Dec 1.45pm at Avenue Baptist Church Hall, Westcliff.


October talk


This was on the Council’s Home Adaptions team and presented by Samantha Reed and Anne Crossley.  Unfortunately the recording on the day is too poor to be of use so I’m reproducing the information from the council with some additions from my paper notes.

The service is for both the physically and mentally disabled.  It is funded by government and ring fenced in council.  Southend’s funding benefits from its older population.

What Works Can Be Carried Out?

An Occupational Therapist will visit your home to discuss your needs, review your property and make recommendations regarding the most appropriate adaptation(s) for you.

The most common forms of adaptation carried out are for stairlifts between floor levels and improvements to bathrooms (e.g. level access shower, low level WC and wash hand basin). However, any form of adaptation can be considered to help facilitate access to and from the property, improve access internally or improve the use of the property generally for the benefit and safety of the disabled person. These may include installing ramps, widening doorways or improving a heating system suitable for the disabled person’s needs.

We do not seek to limit the possible works which may be considered under a Disabled Facilities Grant. However, each case will be considered on its own merits. A grant for an extension, for example, will only be given where no other alternative adaptation or move to a more suitable property is possible.

Grants will not be given where works have already been started or completed.

Will I get a Grant?

Disabled Facilities Grant contribution calculations are based on complex guidance legislated by the Government. It is subject to a Test of Resources (or means test) that will calculate what, if any, contribution you will be asked to make to the cost of the adaptation work to be carried out. Children’s applications and applicants on certain benefits are not means tested. Benefits known as ‘passporting’ benefits currently include guaranteed pension credit, income support, income based Job Seekers Allowance, income based Employment Support Allowance, Housing Benefit and, as rolled out, Universal Credit. At the present time, the Council is also willing to consider, on an individual basis, applications from those in receipt of Council Tax Reduction only.

Depending on the total value of the works required, repayable grant conditions may be applied upon completion of the adaptation work for owner-occupier properties.

More information regarding the Disabled Facilities Grant provision within Southend, including more detailed information relating to eligibility, eligible works and financial information can be found in our DFG General Guidance download.

What Shall I Do Next?

If you would like to make an application for a Disabled Facilities Grant, please ring 01702 215008 for the Council’s Adult Social Care Department, and press 1 to speak to the Access Team. They will ask you a number of questions to help determine whether you should be assessed for an adaptation. They may also be able to help you with minor adaptation work to your property at the same time.


Something new-a recipe





2 whole chicken breasts, skinned and boned

1 tablespoon cornflour

1 tablespoon dark soy sauce

1 large egg white

2 cloves garlic, peeled and mashed or crushed

Half tsp hot chilli powder

2 tablespoons peanut oil

'/3 cup salted peanuts

1 large red pepper, seeded and cut into small squares



2 teaspoons cornflour

2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh ginger

2 tablespoons dry sherry      -

3 tablespoons dark soy sauce

4 teaspoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons wine vinegar


Cut chicken into 20mm squares.


Mix together in a bowl the cornflour, soy sauce, egg white and garlic. Add the chicken, mix well, cover and chill for at least 30 minutes.


Next mix all the ingredients for the finishing sauce in a bowl or jug and set aside, but not in the fridge.


Heat a wok until hot and add the oil. Then add the salted peanuts and chilli. Fry until the peanuts are golden.


To the wok and add the chicken mix and stir fry for 2 minutes. Add the pepper strips and stir fry for a further 2 minutes.  Remix the finishing sauce and pour in and stir.  Cook on low heat for 15-20 min ensuring pepper is al dente to soft as preferred.


Meanwhile cook sufficient rice for serving over.




Winter Driving


My mahonia bush flowered in October rather than its normal December.  That tells me to expect a hard winter.  Check you are carrying a torch, a blanket, deicer fluid and scraper and first aid.  Before you go, check TV text for road news.


Dates for your Diary



Every Tuesday except 3rd .  Age Concern hosts games, quizzes and talks at Wesley Methodist, Elm Road, Leigh.  2-4pm.  1 pound.


Ongoing at the Beecroft:  Exhibition showcasing the town’s war veterans.  Tue to Sat.  10 to 5pm.


Until 30 Nov:  Exhibition of Love Letters to Southend at the Beecroft.


15-19 Nov:  Nativity! The musical at the Cliffs by St Bernadette’s school pupils.  7:30pm


16 Nov:  Have your say on the Queensway redevelopment at the Deeping meeting room, The Forum, Elmer Square.  2 to 8pm.


18 & 19 Nov:  Winter Fayre at Chalkwell Hall.

11 to 5pm.


18 Nov:  Lights switch on in the High Street.  The fun packed day runs from 11 to 8pm.


25 Nov:  Christmas market hosted by St Luke’s Hospice at S Essex’s Basildon Campus.  11 to 3pm.  Entry and parking free. 


25 Nov Save our Southend NHS British Legion Hall Northview Drive  Westcliff 4.00pm


30 Nov:  Arts group Metal presents 40 artists to mark the town’s 125th.  At 21 on the seafront from 7 to 10pm.


2 Dec:  Carols and lights in Hadleigh.  St James the Less graveyard. 4:15pm.  Lights 4:30.


2 Dec Southend Alternative City of Culture, End of year celebration. Civic Centre 12.00-15.30pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            



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