Initial details of the next GMWRAG meeting now available.

GMWRAG is pleased to confirm that the next GMWRAG meeting will be taking place in October 2018 and will be hosted by Trafford Welfare Rights Service.

The meeting will be a full day meeting with the intention of having two speakers and will take place at the offices of Trafford Housing Trust, Sale Point, 126-150 Washway Road, Sale M33 6AG on Friday the 19th of October 2018. The venue is a very straight forward 14 minute walk from the Sale Metrolink stop (M33 2DG in case you were wondering) and is also on a main bus route. Drivers? You’ll figure it out 🙂

A quick reminder also that the minutes from the last meeting have long since been available and can be downloaded from our Minutes page. The agenda for the Trafford meeting will be published here as soon as it’s finalised and if anyone has either a great suggestion for a speaker or any other agenda items please contact GMWRAG in the usual ways.


GMWRAG in Manchester has been cancelled.

We are sorry to announce that, owing to circumstances beyond our control, the next GMWRAG meeting, which was due to take place in Manchester later this month, has been cancelled. Unless anyone fancies stepping into the breach for a late July meeting then the current intention is to allow our meeting rota to run as intended. This would mean that the next GMWRAG meeting remains as planned i.e. Trafford in October 2018. Manchester has now been moved down the rota so that the next meeting there will be in April 2020.

Our meetings page has been amended to reflect these changes.

URGENT! – Please note the change of date and venue for the next meeting of the North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Advisers Group.

The next meeting of the NWMHWRAG will be on Thursday the 24th May at 9.30am for a 10am start.

Kim Heyes from Manchester Metropolitan University will be giving a talk on “Virtual Mental Health Support”.

The meeting will be in room GM 326 in the Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, 4 Rosamund Street West, Manchester M15 6LL .

This is on the third floor, which is accessible by lift. It also has two accessible toilets (as well as other toilets!). There is a café in the building atrium and you are welcome to bring drinks into the meeting room. There are also water dispensers on the third floor with which you can fill your own drink containers.

There is an entrance on Oxford Road, directly opposite the Manchester Aquatics Centre, or a wheelchair accessible entrance just off Rosamund Street West. The best place for car parking is the NCP at the Aquatics centre.

Upon arrival (from the Oxford Road entrance) the lifts are in the far right, and the café is in the far left. You do not need to sign in at reception. Head for the third floor. As you come out of the lift, the toilets and water dispenser are round to the right. The meeting room is to the left and through the double doors. The floor is set out as a rectangle and the meeting room is along the back wall.

Apparently you “can’t miss it!”. Clearly these people have not met GMWRAG members!

Minutes of the GMWRAG meeting in Bolton plus presentation.

The minutes of the last GMWRAG meeting, held at Bolton at Home, are now available for download. Additionally, you can view the presentation from Amanda Phillips, Priority Service Lead at United Utilities here and both items will be permanently available in their usual locations within the site.

The next GMWRAG meeting is scheduled for Manchester late on in sunny June but dates, venues and speakers have yet to be finalised so we’ll publicise that information as soon as we have it.

Next meeting of the GM Living Wage Campaign

GM Living Wage Campaign hope you can join them on May the 22nd 2018 from 2pm – 3.30pm, at the Manchester Universities’ Catholic Chaplaincy, Avila House, 335-337 Oxford Road, M13 9PG. They are going to begin planning some action they hope will enable the Cooperative Group to agree to become an accredited Living Wage employer. The decision to target the Cooperative Group was decided at the last Campaign Meeting in March 2018.

Following this meeting, agreed actions will take place on May the 29th 2018 from 2pm onwards. They hope you can join them on both days. Alternatively, if you cannot attend on one or both days, but would like to get involved in other, future action, then please do get in touch via the contact details below.

Please join on May the 22nd and/or 29th. In the meantime should you have any questions, queries, comments or suggestions for the GM Living Wage Campaign, please get in touch via an email to Lynn or call 07948 549 485.

Details of the next NAWRA meeting in Nottingham are now available.

NAWRA’s quarterly conferences are held around the UK and include keynote speakers, workshops and a range of networking and professional development opportunities.

Here are details of the next NAWRA meeting:

Date: Friday the 1st of June 2018
Time: 10am – 4pm (registration from 9.30am)Nottingham Trent University
Location: Nottingham Law School, Chaucer Building, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham NG1 5LP

The meeting is kindly hosted by Nottingham Law School Legal Advice Centre and Advice Nottingham. Our guest speakers will be Dr Tom Vickers of Nottingham Trent University, Tessa Gregory (Leigh Day Solicitors) and Elizabeth Davey (Equality and Human Rights Commission). There will be workshops on PIP case law, financial resilience and CPAG’s new Upper Tribunal Assistance Project.

Download the full agenda along with information about travel, accommodation and our social evening.

NAWRA meetings are free for members to attend. There is no need to book a place. Please let me know you have any access requirements.

Agenda for this weeks GMWRAG meeting in Bolton.

The agenda for the next GMWRAG meeting this Friday in Bolton is now finally available for download.

The minutes of the last meeting remain available for download. Please print and bring your own copy as GMWRAG hosts have long ceased to have funding to cover the expense of printing copies and we can’t guarantee how many will be available on the day.

We are still awaiting confirmation of a p.m. speaker on Support for Mortgage Interest so we have kept a slot open for them. If this does not materialise then attendees may rest assured that the intention is that the meeting would finish earlier than usual. Anyone who attempts to fill any subsequent dead space with talking will of course be given a severe talking to (for a very short period obviously) :).

Please note that we have been advised by Bolton At Home that parking on site is severely restricted. Therefore members are asked to arrive as early as you can as you may need to secure parking elsewhere in the locality.

GMWRAG meeting in Bolton this Friday.

For those of you, like us, who are wondering what happened to the next GMWRAG meeting we can confirm it’s going ahead as planned this Friday and most of what you need to know can be found at

An agenda will be published in the next 24/48 hours. We’re sorry about the lateness of this but we’re waiting on a 2nd speaker to confirm their attendance. We are already in a position to confirm that our a.m. speaker will be Amanda Phillips who is Priority Services Lead for United Utilities and will be talking about

  • their Priority Services scheme.
  • who they can help, and,
  • details on our affordability tariffs.

Some of you may already be aware that United Utilities have already put something in place re: helping Universal Credit claimants. More of that on the day also.

We’re hoping that our second speaker will be talking about Support for Mortgage Interest but we’ll let you know as soon as we have anything positive to report.

A further chance to watch our GMSCG live stream of Kester Dean talking EA 10 damages from the county court.

Kester Dean from @kesterrights at the March 2018 GMSCG meeting.GMWRAG has been busy/otherwise engaged/pigging out on Easter eggs but now we’re back and you can expect lots of activity over the next few days leading up to our meeting next week in Bolton.

So, first of all a bit of housekeeping. Whilst the live stream of Lucy Cadd has long since been removed an edited version of the live stream of Kester Dean taking about the option of pursuing damages for EA 10 breaches in the county court remains available on YouTube. You can watch the full 30 minutes at

Please note that we haven’t forgotten there’s a GMWRAG meeting next week and we’ll publishing an agenda either at the end of this week or the start of the next. Minutes of the Salford meeting remain available in the usual place.