New Welfare Officer

New Welfare Officer

Annie Paterson, Welfare Officer

Annie Paterson, Welfare Officer

I’m Annie Paterson, the Welfare Officer at the PRS Memebers Fund since July. To those of you I have met so far, a big ‘thank you’ for making me so welcome, and the same to my colleagues and members of the Committee.

I have come into the Fund with over two decades of welfare experience as both volunteer and staff, largely within the military sector, and remain a volunteer case worker for, among others, the Royal British Legion – so have effectively swapped the military for music!

I was a Dental Hygienist for 30 years (which helps with looking at grants for any private or cosmetic dentistry). I left in 2005 to work in the Charity Sector.

I have extensive experience in benefits and specific areas of health and social care and will enjoy bringing this knowledge to the Fund.

Home Visits

 

We know every situation is different, and we find face-to-face meetings are an effective way to understand individual needs and offer the most relevant advice. We can arrange for our advisers to make home visits to discuss your circumstances, and advise on your benefit entitlements and ways in which the Fund can help.

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Debt Management Advice

 

We can also refer you to specialist money advisers for help with managing debts and reducing monthly expenditure.

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Short-term Loans

 

We can give short-term loans to members who have an unexpected financial crisis. We assess your circumstances to agree an amount and a timescale for paying it back.

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Regular Financial Assistance

 

We can arrange for regular small grants (up to £20 a week) to help members who are receiving benefits but still aren’t able to maintain basic standards of living. We can also help pay for things like telephone and TV rental and licence, gas and heating bills.

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One-off Grants

 

We are able to provide one-off grants in the case of unexpected crisis, and well as to elderly or disabled members who are finding it difficult to meet their living costs despite receiving all the benefits they are entitled to. It might be for anything from essential property repairs to replacing a broken fridge.

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Specialist Health Assessments

 

Together with our partners the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM), we provide a free and confidential medical service specially tailored to performers experiencing work-connected health problems.

BAPAM have in-depth understanding of the kind of physical and psychological problems that performing artists may experience and have been providing specialist diagnostic assessments to people in the music industry for the last 25 years.

BAPAM doesn’t deal with emergencies and isn’t a general medical service, but every appointment involves a thorough evaluation, practical advice and tips, and a referral for further treatment if it’s required.

A free diagnostic appointment with BAPAM is the gateway to understanding the problem, and a genuine chance to getting on the road to recovery.

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Sheltered Accommodation

 

In some circumstances we are able to help members find sheltered accommodation. This is arranged in association with Cyril Wood Court in Bere Regis, Dorset.

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Career Coaching

 

Do you need a change of career? Perhaps a change from songwriting or composing, or work that runs alongside it? We have two career coaches who work in different ways. If you would like a referral, please get in touch with us.

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Make a Donation

 

You can make one-off donation or set up a regular monthly gift simply and securely at justgiving.com/prsformusic or send a cheque payable to “PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund” at 2 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG.

Don’t forget if you’re a UK tax payer, we can receive an extra 28p from the Inland Revenue for every £1 you donate. Please tick the Gift Aid box when making an online donation on JustGiving or download the Gift Aid Form and send it to us with your cheque.

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Donate Copyright and Royalties

 
It is because of members who bequeath us their PRS payments, royalties and copyrights, that we can be there to support members who need our help. If these are made a Gift of Will, they will be exempt from Inheritance Tax. We recommend that you ask a solicitor for advice and we have produced will drafting notes to help you. Alternatively you can donate a percentage of your PRS royalties at each PRS distribution. If you’d like to do this please download the PRS royalties form and your donations will start from the next PRS distribution.

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Leave a Legacy

 

You can either leave a residuary legacy or a pecuniary legacy.

A residuary legacy is what is left of your estate after tax, expenses and other legacies have been paid. You can leave a percentage of your residuary legacy to the PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund. A pecuniary legacy is a fixed sum of money that may decrease in value over time.

You can make a new Will or change your existing Will at any point, and we recommend that you ask a solicitor for advice. We have produced will drafting notes to help you.

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