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Raising awareness and take up of benefits

WWRAS in the Community

WWRAS is committed to partnership working and recognises that this is the best way of ensuring that individuals are helped to access their full benefit entitlement.

We know that as a small organisation we cannot reach all potential claimants to offer them advice, so we try to spread information and expertise on benefits as widely as possible to those workers and agencies that they are in contact with locally.

We also take up policy issues where we identify that these are preventing people from claiming their full entitlements.

Supporting front line workers

As a "second tier" agency WWRAS is not open to the public but instead offers support services to front line agencies and their staff and volunteers.  This means that we work in very close partnership with many local organisations, both voluntary and statutory, across the county.

Our database includes over 800 teams, separate groups and agencies.  All of these receive our publications and training programme as well as having access to our consultancy advice and casework referral services.

Specific partnership projects

From time to time we secure funding for projects to work together with particular agencies.  In recent years we have:

  • Worked with all local Councils to promote the take up of Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit;
  • Done take-up work with older people in partnership with Age Concern, the County Council and the five District and Borough Councils;
  • Worked with low income families and lone parents to support and advise families with young children about benefits;
  • Tackled child poverty through working with Nuneaton and Bedworth’s Children’s Centres and HMRC;
  • Worked with local schools and local Councils in North Warwickshire, Nuneaton and Bedworth, and Rugby to increase take-up of Free School Meals and benefit income;
  • Worked with local Councils to help assist local residents affected by bedroom tax and benefit cap.

Children's Centres Take-Up Project

WWRAS currently provides a Benefit Take-Up service with and through the Children’s Centres in Nuneaton, Bedworth, Bulkington and Boughton Leigh in Rugby.  We offer benefit take-up advice to Children’s Centres' users and a back to work and/or disability benefit check where appropriate.  WWRAS provides high quality, independent and impartial advice on maximising benefits income and resolving benefit problems.

We secured £650,075 of additional benefit entitlement in 2013/14 for users of these Children’s Centres.

We also produce quarterly newsletters for the Children's Centre staff, to keep them up to date on benefits issues.  If you would like a copy of this please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  .