Blog

Our blog features stories from across Dosh sharing stories and ideas about supporting people with money.
We also welcome guest bloggers so if you would like to write something for us, please get in touch!



Vote for Dosh to win funding for a new project!

We are really excited that Dosh has been shortlisted for the Natwest Skills and Opportunities fund! We have applied for funding to run a series of money and life skills workshops to young people with a learning disability. Please vote for us to win in the ‘Midlands and East’ region! Dosh believes that everyone should be able […]

    April 6th, 2018
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Dosh Newsletter Winter 2018

Welcome to the  Dosh Money Pack Newsletter for Winter 2018! This edition of the newsletter was put together by Lia Herbert, our Dosh Financial Assistant. Download the full newsletter to read all our updates and tweet us @DoshTweets or contact us to tell us what you think. This is a quarterly newsletter and the next one […]

    March 19th, 2018

Dosh’s commitments for 2018-19

Dosh has been putting together our Business Plan for the next year: April 2018 to March 2019. In our plan, we have written 6 commitments: 1.   We will show that people with a learning disability can lead our company 2.   We will make sure our systems and processes are ready to support more than 1000 people […]

    February 16th, 2018

Being an appointee – part 2

By Meike Beckford, Financial Advocacy Manager for Dosh   Here at Dosh, we’ve been thinking about what it means to be an appointee for someone’s benefits. In part 1, we talked about the basics of what you have to do as an appointee. Now, we are going to give you some tips, as well as […]

    January 18th, 2018
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Being an appointee

By Meike Beckford, Financial Advocacy Manager Here at Dosh, we’ve been thinking about what it means to be an appointee for someone’s benefits. 100,000s of people across the UK have an appointee, many of whom are family members doing a great job for their relative without any training and only limited information. If you’re just […]

    January 8th, 2018
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Dosh Newsletter Autumn 2017

Welcome to the Dosh Money Pack Newsletter for Autumn 2017! This edition of the newsletter was put together by Lia Herbert, our new Dosh Financial Assistant. Download the full newsletter to read all our updates and tweet us @DoshTweets or contact us to tell us what you think. This is a quarterly newsletter and the next one will […]

    December 11th, 2017

Dosh is 10 – love the job you are in

Dosh is 10 years old today! The idea was born in 2007 that there was a different, better way to support people with their money. This focused on financial advocacy and putting people in control of their money and how this affects their lives. From this idea came Dosh. Since starting to support our first […]

    November 29th, 2017

Lynn’s story for #FinCap week

This is Part 3 of our series for Financial Capability Week. You can read Part One and Part Two to learn more about the work we are doing in this area. Budgeting can be a really difficult subject for people with a learning disability, as numbers can seem really abstract. It takes a lot of […]

    November 17th, 2017

Ben’s story of financial capability

By Maddy Hubbard, Dosh Financial Advocate in the North West Part two of our Financial Capability week series, you can read part one here. Dosh has been supporting Ben for a few years, in which time he has massively built his financial capability. When I first met him, Ben was just getting by on his […]

    November 16th, 2017

Building financial capability – the Dosh way

By Meike Beckford, Financial Advocacy Manager Originally posted at: http://blog.fincap.org.uk/2017/11/15/building-financial-capability-the-dosh-way/ Dosh supports people with a learning disability to be more independent and have more control over their money. For us, this is all about building financial capability, so we wanted to write something for #Fincap week to talk about what we have found that works. […]

    November 15th, 2017

Supporting disabled people into work

Although the majority of people with a learning disability want to work, only 20% of working age people with a mild or moderate learning disability and just 6% of people with a severe learning disability are in employment. Compared to 79% of the general population, this means a huge number of learning disabled people are […]

    October 12th, 2017

Prepaid Funeral Plans – the pros and cons

From Maddy Hubbard, our Financial Advocate in the North West Around 1.3 million people in the UK have bought prepaid funeral plans, based on the promise that they are fixing their funeral costs at today’s prices. Dosh supports many people who choose to buy funeral plans, so we wanted to do some more research into […]

    September 28th, 2017

Dosh Newsletter Summer 2017

We have published the Dosh money pack newsletter for Summer 2017! This edition of the newsletter was put together by Katie Scott, Dosh Financial Assistant. Download the full newsletter to read all our updates and tweet us @DoshTweets or contact us to tell us what you think. This is a quarterly newsletter and the next one will […]

    September 28th, 2017

Dosh Newsletter Spring 2017

We have just published the Dosh money pack newsletter for Spring 2017! This edition of the newsletter was put together by Katie Scott, Dosh Financial Assistant. Download the full newsletter to read all our updates and tweet us @DoshTweets or contact us to tell us what you think. This is a quarterly newsletter and the next […]

    May 3rd, 2017

Interview with award-winning advocate!

By Mike Kitcher, Financial Advocate for East Anglia Our financial advocates work in partnership with over 60 different support providers across the country. One of our advocates in East Anglia, Mike, recently won an award from one of the support providers he works with – Thera East Anglia. The award recognised the great support he providers to […]

    April 28th, 2017

Benefit changes 2017-18

Will my benefits change this year? Most benefit amounts have stayed the same for a few years, but from April 2017 some of them will go up. Here is Dosh’s guide explaining the changes:     Why do benefit amounts change? The amount that people get in benefits often goes up each year in April because […]

    March 28th, 2017
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Moving to PIP: our top 5 tips

By Maddy Hubbard, Financial Advocate for the North West Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a new benefit for people with disabilities and long-term health conditions. Many people currently getting Disability Living Allowance (DLA) are being asked to move to PIP and have to do a new application. We know that it’s not easy making a […]

    March 3rd, 2017

Dosh Newsletter Winter 2017

We have just published the Dosh money pack newsletter for Winter 2017! This edition of the newsletter was put together by Katie Scott, Dosh Financial Assistant. Download the Dosh newsletter to read all our updates and tweet us @DoshTweets or contact us to tell us what you think. This is a quarterly newsletter and the next […]

    February 7th, 2017

Annual review 2016 results

By Meike Beckford, Financial Advocacy Manager for Dosh Between March and June 2016 we held an annual review. We asked the people we support and their families, support teams and care managers how we were doing. You can download the Dosh annual review 2016 results and read more about it here. We were really pleased with […]

    January 25th, 2017

Myth busting direct payments

By Sam Fiske, former Finance Assistant for Dosh In social care today, there are so many more possibilities for those who receive support than ever before. Today, if you want to have more choice and control in how your support is arranged, you can ask to receive your personal budget from the local authority as […]

    January 4th, 2017

What is Financial Advocacy?

By Maddy Hubbard, Financial Advocate for Greater Manchester and the North West Dosh is unique in providing advocacy specifically around money, but many people don’t fully understand what a ‘Financial Advocate’ is or what we do day to day. ‘Advocacy in all its forms seeks to ensure that people, particularly those who are most vulnerable […]

    November 29th, 2016
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I, Daniel Blake: a financial advocate’s perspective

By Maddy Hubbard, Financial Advocate for Greater Manchester and the North West I, Daniel Blake follows the story of a joiner from Newcastle who has to stop work due to a heart attack and encounters the benefit system for the first time. The film follows Daniel through his “claimant journey” (to use DWP language) of […]

    November 7th, 2016

Going the extra mile

Supporting someone to get the Right to Reside By Maddy Hubbard, Financial Advocate  for Greater Manchester and the North West James* is a young man with a learning disability that Dosh supports in the South of England. Most of the people Dosh supports have lived in the UK for a long time and are allowed […]

    November 3rd, 2016
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Dosh Newsletter Autumn 2016

We have just published the Dosh money pack newsletter for Autumn 2016! This edition of the newsletter was put together by Katie Scott, Dosh Financial Assistant. Download the newsletter to read all our updates and tweet us @DoshTweets or contact us to tell us what you think. This is a quarterly newsletter and the next one […]

    November 2nd, 2016

Why are we scared of SDS?

By Meike Beckford, Financial Advocacy Manager for Dosh  A few weeks ago I attended a Highlands Brokerage Network meeting in Inverness and it got me thinking about self-directed support. We had a great discussion with lots of people from the Local Authority, care providers, advocacy organisations and housing providers with lots of positive ideas and […]

    October 20th, 2016

Supporting people to make decisions – What I learnt from buying a car

A few weeks ago on a cold and wet winter’s morning I found myself stood on the side of the A1 next to my rather poorly car, having just broken down. As well as the immediate concerns about getting the breakdown service out, getting my car to the garage and getting to that day’s board […]

    September 22nd, 2016

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