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Hi, my name is robertmooney!

robertmooneyrobertmooney Member Posts: 17 Connected
Hi. Not really sure what to put in here. What do people usually put?

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  • KarenO_ScopeKarenO_Scope Member Posts: 10 Connected
    Hello @robertmooney welcome to the Online Community. I think people usually just say hello, and some say a little bit about themselves and any of their interests. I was lucky @Adrian_Scope did my introduction for me as I work for one of the family services in Scope :) Hope you are finding your way round, just ask if you need any help.
  • janer1967janer1967 Community champion Posts: 851 Pioneering
    Hi @robertmooney Welcome to the community nice to have you on board.

    There are no rules about your introduction just tell us anything you feel comfortable with or you don't have to tell us anything.

    We are a friendly community here to support and give advice if needed or even just chat.

    Maybe tell us a bit about yourself and ask any questions you have.

    Have a look around the different sections the coffee lounge is a good place to start . Feel free to comment on any discussions or start a new one of your own.

    I hope you enjoy being part of the community 
  • emmarenshawemmarenshaw Community champion Posts: 551 Pioneering
    Hello @robertmooney I’m Emma, one of the Community Champions. Welcome to the community. People usually introduce themselves, maybe put a little about themselves if they feel comfortable. You can also ask for assistance. if you have any queries that Scope may be able to help you with.
  • chiariedschiarieds Community champion Posts: 2,297 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @robertmooney - Welcome to the community from me too. Well, everyone's said about introductions, so I'll just thank you for joining, & hope you enjoy being part of this friendly community. Please say if we can help/advise, & if you need any support we're all here for you. :)
  • robertmooneyrobertmooney Member Posts: 17 Connected
    Okay then. A few things about me. I have epilepsy, hydrocephalus and dyspraxia but work for another disability charity of sorts, St John of God Hospitaller Services. It’s good but my mental health hasn’t been great recently, as I don’t have enough to move out and live in a village which is limiting in my independence. I guess I’m just having a bit of a tough time mental health wise
  • maddragonmaddragon Member Posts: 6 Listener
    hello i new here to 
  • emmarenshawemmarenshaw Community champion Posts: 551 Pioneering
    edited May 22
    @robertmooney Sorry to hear you’re having a tough time at the moment, the community is here if you need any support. You can also phone Scope on  08088003333 or email [email protected]
     
  • robertmooneyrobertmooney Member Posts: 17 Connected
    I appreciate that. I think I’m just a bit sick of not having the independence and I accept we are in lockdown but at least I had the opportunity to go to work and get out for a bit before that. I’m now just working from home and the positive being I get to see my best friend for the first time since the lockdown tomorrow 
  • emmarenshawemmarenshaw Community champion Posts: 551 Pioneering
    @robertmooney I understand,  it’s hard. I’m glad you are able to see your friend tomorrow. Please let us know how you are getting on and if you need anything at all. We’re all here if you need us.
  • robertmooneyrobertmooney Member Posts: 17 Connected
    Thanks. I’m getting there. Just reached a bit of a breaking point the other day 
  • maddragonmaddragon Member Posts: 6 Listener
    @robertmooney if you ever want to talk i am willing to listen as i have mental health problems myself
  • emmarenshawemmarenshaw Community champion Posts: 551 Pioneering
    @robertmooney I hope it gets easier for you. You can pop on here anytime, even if it’s just for a bit.
  • robertmooneyrobertmooney Member Posts: 17 Connected
    Yes. Sorry. I sometimes just ramble on and rant. It gets it out my system 
  • robertmooneyrobertmooney Member Posts: 17 Connected
    maddragon said:
    @robertmooney if you ever want to talk i am willing to listen as i have mental health problems myself
    That sounds great. Not sure how to talk directly besides on here though
  • emmarenshawemmarenshaw Community champion Posts: 551 Pioneering
    @robertmooney Oh no, you’re not ranting in the slightest. It’s what the community is here for.
  • AilsAils Community champion Posts: 2,214 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @robertmooney and welcome to the Community.  It's nice to meet you and have you on board!  Thanks for sharing with us.  I'm sorry to hear you are finding lockdown so difficult.  It is a really challenging time for us all at the moment, but glad to hear that you are getting to see your best friend.  That will be nice.  Please don't think you are ranting as it is good to talk and get things off your chest and we are all here to listen and support you.  So please chat to us anytime you need us as there will always be someone on here to chat to.  Do you enjoy doing your charity work?  I hope you have been enjoying the good weather too.

    I hope you enjoy your time with us on the forum and find it a useful place to be.  If we can help or support you with anything then please just say.  I look forward to seeing you on here.  All the best.  :smile:
    Winner of the Scope New Volunteer Award 2019.   :)
  • AilsAils Community champion Posts: 2,214 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @maddragon and welcome to the Community too.  How are you today?  It's nice to meet you.  I hope you are coping ok during this time.  If we can be of any help or support to you then please just let us know.  I hope you enjoy your time with us on the forum and I look forward to seeing you on here.  All the best.  :smile:
    Winner of the Scope New Volunteer Award 2019.   :)
  • robertmooneyrobertmooney Member Posts: 17 Connected
    Ails said:
    Hi @robertmooney and welcome to the Community.  It's nice to meet you and have you on board!  Thanks for sharing with us.  I'm sorry to hear you are finding lockdown so difficult.  It is a really challenging time for us all at the moment, but glad to hear that you are getting to see your best friend.  That will be nice.  Please don't think you are ranting as it is good to talk and get things off your chest and we are all here to listen and support you.  So please chat to us anytime you need us as there will always be someone on here to chat to.  Do you enjoy doing your charity work?  I hope you have been enjoying the good weather too.

    I hope you enjoy your time with us on the forum and find it a useful place to be.  If we can help or support you with anything then please just say.  I look forward to seeing you on here.  All the best.  :smile:
    Hi. I do enjoy the work but it’s more stressful when it’s from home and I have college from home as well. I’m not enjoying the good weather as it’s been chucking it down here and we had a power cut for a few mins
  • AilsAils Community champion Posts: 2,214 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @robertmooney, I'm glad to hear you enjoy your charity work, but can imagine it can be stressful doing it from home along with your college work.  What are you studying?  That's a shame it has been raining where you are and that you had a power cut.  I hope your power wasn't off for too long!  It has been raining the odd day where I live too, but on the whole it has been nice and sunny.  I hope you get better weather where you live soon.  :smile:
    Winner of the Scope New Volunteer Award 2019.   :)
  • robertmooneyrobertmooney Member Posts: 17 Connected
    Ails said:
    Hi @robertmooney, I'm glad to hear you enjoy your charity work, but can imagine it can be stressful doing it from home along with your college work.  What are you studying?  That's a shame it has been raining where you are and that you had a power cut.  I hope your power wasn't off for too long!  It has been raining the odd day where I live too, but on the whole it has been nice and sunny.  I hope you get better weather where you live soon.  :smile:
    Hi. The power was off for about 5 mins. Not too bad. I’m hoping for better weather tomorrow. I study Business Admin but have a social media content production role. It’s a bit draining at the moment, especially when I have college and the work I have to do for SJOG and I’m at home all the time and my computer is seriously slow recently
  • AilsAils Community champion Posts: 2,214 Disability Gamechanger
    Oh well 5 minutes wasn't too bad for the power to be off then I suppose.  Yes, I think most of the UK has to get good weather tomorrow so I will keep my fingers crossed for you.  Oh Business Admin sounds interesting.  I have done Secretarial Studies in the past and have worked in various admin roles.  Your social media content production role sounds fabulous!  I wish you well with your studies!  I can appreciate that working and studying from home can all be a bit draining at times, especially during lock-down, but hopefully it won't be too long before some measures are eased up a bit and we can return to some kind of normality.  I know the feeling about having a very slow computer as my laptop is the same and think half the time it has gone to sleep before it even fires up!  Very frustrating!   :#  Have a nice weekend!  :smile:
    Winner of the Scope New Volunteer Award 2019.   :)
  • robertmooneyrobertmooney Member Posts: 17 Connected
    Ails said:
    Oh well 5 minutes wasn't too bad for the power to be off then I suppose.  Yes, I think most of the UK has to get good weather tomorrow so I will keep my fingers crossed for you.  Oh Business Admin sounds interesting.  I have done Secretarial Studies in the past and have worked in various admin roles.  Your social media content production role sounds fabulous!  I wish you well with your studies!  I can appreciate that working and studying from home can all be a bit draining at times, especially during lock-down, but hopefully it won't be too long before some measures are eased up a bit and we can return to some kind of normality.  I know the feeling about having a very slow computer as my laptop is the same and think half the time it has gone to sleep before it even fires up!  Very frustrating!   :#  Have a nice weekend!  :smile:
    I kind of find the business admin boring but I like the content production side. I have a degree in Journalism but apparently that’s not enough to get a good job in media that I don’t have to go back to college for 
  • AilsAils Community champion Posts: 2,214 Disability Gamechanger
    Yes, admin can tend to be a bit boring sometimes, lol!  Glad to hear you like the content production side though as that does sound interesting.  Oh wow, that's wonderful you have a degree in Journalism.  Well done!  That's a shame that isn't enough to get a good job in media, but I'm sure you will get there in the end and land your dream job one day soon!  I think working in journalism would be fascinating!  :smiley:
    Winner of the Scope New Volunteer Award 2019.   :)
  • robertmooneyrobertmooney Member Posts: 17 Connected
    Ails said:
    Yes, admin can tend to be a bit boring sometimes, lol!  Glad to hear you like the content production side though as that does sound interesting.  Oh wow, that's wonderful you have a degree in Journalism.  Well done!  That's a shame that isn't enough to get a good job in media, but I'm sure you will get there in the end and land your dream job one day soon!  I think working in journalism would be fascinating!  :smiley:
    Hi. Yes. I mean it probably is good enough but I do think that sometimes my disability plays a part in the decision and they just don’t say so. It’s basically legal if no one can prove it 
  • AilsAils Community champion Posts: 2,214 Disability Gamechanger
    Yes, unfortunately, I do know what you mean and can sympathise with you on that point.  I have often felt in the past when applying for jobs and going for interviews that my disability has played a part in me not getting the job.  It is unfair, but thankfully things are changing I think.  However, yes, it is a very hard thing to prove and shouldn't be allowed.  Hopefully you will get the job you are looking for.  Good luck!  :smile:
    Winner of the Scope New Volunteer Award 2019.   :)
  • robertmooneyrobertmooney Member Posts: 17 Connected
    Ails said:
    Yes, unfortunately, I do know what you mean and can sympathise with you on that point.  I have often felt in the past when applying for jobs and going for interviews that my disability has played a part in me not getting the job.  It is unfair, but thankfully things are changing I think.  However, yes, it is a very hard thing to prove and shouldn't be allowed.  Hopefully you will get the job you are looking for.  Good luck!  :smile:
    Ails said:
    Yes, unfortunately, I do know what you mean and can sympathise with you on that point.  I have often felt in the past when applying for jobs and going for interviews that my disability has played a part in me not getting the job.  It is unfair, but thankfully things are changing I think.  However, yes, it is a very hard thing to prove and shouldn't be allowed.  Hopefully you will get the job you are looking for.  Good luck!  :smile:
    I guess I just cope with the invisible discrimination. It just feels so annoying that they can basically do that and (even if they don’t intend it) limit independence, cause mental health issues. It’s just not on
  • AilsAils Community champion Posts: 2,214 Disability Gamechanger
    No it's not. @robertmooney, and with the help of great organisations such as SCOPE and disabled people like yourself, hopefully one day we will break down barriers and end such discrimination for good.  :smile:
    Winner of the Scope New Volunteer Award 2019.   :)
  • robertmooneyrobertmooney Member Posts: 17 Connected
    Ails said:
    No it's not. @robertmooney, and with the help of great organisations such as SCOPE and disabled people like yourself, hopefully one day we will break down barriers and end such discrimination for good.  :smile:
    I know. It just feels like I can’t quite get there right now. I’m working towards financial independence because I’ve pretty much accepted that without it, I’m never going to be able to get independence permanently 
  • AilsAils Community champion Posts: 2,214 Disability Gamechanger
    I'm sorry to hear this, @robertmooney.  I know things feel tough at the moment, but you will get there.  The fact that you are studying and doing your charity work shows was a determined and spirited person you are and employers will recognise this when you attend for interview, I'm sure.  

    Have you thought about talking to a Disabled Employment Adviser at your local job centre?   Obviously these will be closed just now, but there maybe a phone number you can phone to get in touch with one.  Just a thought for when you are finished your course.  Also Scope have a scheme called Support To Work who can help members with career advice/info and you will find some information about them below if you want to take a look -

    https://www.scope.org.uk/employment-services/support-to-work/

    Working will help a lot with your independence too, I'm sure.  If we can be of any help with anything then please just let us know.  :smile:
    Winner of the Scope New Volunteer Award 2019.   :)
  • robertmooneyrobertmooney Member Posts: 17 Connected
    Ails said:
    I'm sorry to hear this, @robertmooney.  I know things feel tough at the moment, but you will get there.  The fact that you are studying and doing your charity work shows was a determined and spirited person you are and employers will recognise this when you attend for interview, I'm sure.  

    Have you thought about talking to a Disabled Employment Adviser at your local job centre?   Obviously these will be closed just now, but there maybe a phone number you can phone to get in touch with one.  Just a thought for when you are finished your course.  Also Scope have a scheme called Support To Work who can help members with career advice/info and you will find some information about them below if you want to take a look -

    https://www.scope.org.uk/employment-services/support-to-work/

    Working will help a lot with your independence too, I'm sure.  If we can be of any help with anything then please just let us know.  :smile:
    I have had not too good experiences with the job centre before. I had to go on universal credit on pretty much the insistence of my mum and all they were focused on was getting me into any role they can find. They actually don’t care about your aspirations or what you want to do. I just felt like a number in their system. I’ll check out the scope support though 
  • AilsAils Community champion Posts: 2,214 Disability Gamechanger
    I'm sorry to hear that you have had such a bad experience of the job centre, but can appreciate your thoughts as I know of other people who have had similar experiences of the job centre also.  I found the Disability Employment Adviser to be really helpful in the past, but I guess I was just lucky!  Yes, see if Support to Work through Scope can help you and let us know how you get on.  :smile:
    Winner of the Scope New Volunteer Award 2019.   :)
  • robertmooneyrobertmooney Member Posts: 17 Connected
    And sorry for being so negative. I’m just having a bad mental health week. In mental health awareness week (how ironic). Hopefully things will get better soon 
  • AilsAils Community champion Posts: 2,214 Disability Gamechanger
    You aren't being negative at all, so don't worry!  You are only venting which we all do at times and that is what we are here for!  I'm sorry to hear that you are having a bad mental health week, but we can all feel like that at times and many of our members struggle at times too, so you aren't alone there.  Please chat to us anytime as there will always be someone on here to listen.  I'm sure things will get better for you soon.  All the best and have a nice weekend!  :smile:
    Winner of the Scope New Volunteer Award 2019.   :)
  • chiariedschiarieds Community champion Posts: 2,297 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @robertmooney - Welcome to the community, & thank you for joining this friendly & supportive group. Thank you for sharing about yourself, & the frustrations you're facing. I hope you don't mind me mentioning that there are also benefits that may help you become financially independent too. You might try looking at the following benefits checker. See: https://www.entitledto.co.uk/
    It could be that a combination of work & benefits may help. Just a thought. :)


  • robertmooneyrobertmooney Member Posts: 17 Connected
    chiarieds said:
    Hi @robertmooney - Welcome to the community, & thank you for joining this friendly & supportive group. Thank you for sharing about yourself, & the frustrations you're facing. I hope you don't mind me mentioning that there are also benefits that may help you become financially independent too. You might try looking at the following benefits checker. See: https://www.entitledto.co.uk/
    It could be that a combination of work & benefits may help. Just a thought. :)


    Thanks. I’ll check it out soon. Perhaps not tonight fully 
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Administrator Posts: 6,420 Scope community team
    edited May 26
    Hello @robertmooney. I just wanted to welcome you to the community. Did you manage to see your friend in the end?
    Senior Community Partner
    Scope
  • robertmooneyrobertmooney Member Posts: 17 Connected
    Hello @robertmooney. I just wanted to welcome you to the community. Did you manage to see your friend in the end?
    Yes. Yesterday. After two days of horrible weather, we had a really nice day, so we had a picnic in the park. It was good to catch up. 
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 8,360 Scope community team
    Hi @robertmooney and hope you have been able to find your way around the community.

    Here you can find recent discussions or you can have a chat in our coffee lounge with other members. :)

    I hope you managed to see your friend the other day.
    Community Partner
    Scope
  • robertmooneyrobertmooney Member Posts: 17 Connected
    Hi @robertmooney and hope you have been able to find your way around the community.

    Here you can find recent discussions or you can have a chat in our coffee lounge with other members. :)

    I hope you managed to see your friend the other day.
    Yes. It was really good to see my friend yesterday. We had a picnic (socially distanced of course).
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 8,360 Scope community team
    Really glad you managed to see them @robertmooney. :)
    Community Partner
    Scope
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