Registered office is based in Tottington Bury Lancashire and people are welcome to visit with prior appointment Monday-. We hold drop in/outreach advice sessions in a number of places monthly in the North West which are open to the public.
Our CIC registration document is below, (we are trading as A4DP as a trading name of Fightback4justice,) and are registered as a non profit Community Interest Company non profit and with asset locked status, meaning even if we had to close, (which we won't, ) then all computers etc. would have to be given to a similar organisation as we cannot benefit from Fightback. We are fully insured both Personal Indemnity, volunteer & staff also have Public Liability Insurance and have up to date Data Protection Registration and Training.
Everything we receive in donations goes back into running Fightback each month and helps expand our reach and services including the donations from our form completion service, without this we would fold. We also have 6 advocates manning the 3 VIP advice lines part time and further funding will go towards increasing these hours, and training more advice line volunteers in order to meet demand. This also applies to the VIP service which allows people to be prioritised and gain access to hundreds of useful documents in order to help guide them through the appeal, application process with our helping hand.
As founder I have an LLB with Honors in Law from University of Bolton 2012, and a certificate of Legal Education from Manchester Met University and A.S Law. I have studied for 2 law degrees over the years. I also qualified and was certified as a voluntary Gateway Adviser with CAB in 2013 and worked for them full time as a Law Advisor/Outreach Benefits Advisor in 2012-13, and attended many numerous training sessions from PIP (DWP own course) to The latest Care Act course by solicitors Irwin Mitchell. I have worked for a local solicitor's running the Welfare Benefits Department and training staff in 2014. Since then, as most of you know, I've gained further experience by founding and running Fightback, along with my eldest daughter Chloe who works full time and some of my best friends 2 of which are lawyers and 2 medical (NHS) Health Care Professionals, one a children's nurse of 30 years. All of which I have personally trained in depth to the highest of standards and have regular updates on changes occurring in legislation/trends in assessments and news. We attend regular meetings with ATOS and 3 monthly at the PIP forum in London where the assessors, DWP and other organisations meet to discuss changes and improvement options.
Further training courses, internally and externally are ongoing and all of our caseworkers and phone advisors are trained in data protection, safeguarding and benefits to City and Guilds standard, we keep up to date with the latest DWP/ATOS Tribunals on a daily basis mostly in person during our dealings with officials in each area. We also work with local MP'S and charities in the area to help provide free advice sessions. I have been guest speaker at 6 events for various groups in the North West at no charge other than basic travel expenses.
Experience is our greatest trainer and we have assisted with hundreds of successful PIP/ESA claims, Appeals and Advocated in Court, supporting in 800 plus assessments and over 1000 court hearings since inception in 2013. We also offer face to face assistance in completing Disability Benefits Forms, Appeals Advocacy, Over payments, and allegations of Benefit Fraud.
Want to know more? Then you can find out my full background on linked in or 'More about us' on the website. Fightback consists of 5 wonderful volunteers, 3 part time staff and 4 full time advocates who all work tirelessly in order to bring you daily help and man the advice line as best we can, some of whom are qualified in their own right or you can call us/email.
Michelle Cardno Llb (Hons)