I woke up with a migraine today (I’ve had worse, though). Got ready, then set off for Erdington. I first went to Erdington Customer Service Centre (aka Erdington Advice Centre), so that a lengthy form I’d completed could be scanned & sent off with other important documentation. I’d pre-booked an appointment, was seen on time, and was dealt with courteously & efficiently.
I then walked straight to Erdington Jobcentre. I was more than 2 hours early for my “Signing On ” appointment. As I still had migraine, (and am still menstruating/bleeding (have been solidly for 4 weeks now)), I didn’t feel like going around the shops, or using the computer in the Jobcentre today. I asked “J” if “AH” could see me early today, she sent me upstairs to talk to “AH”. I quickly spoke to “AH”, then I sat to wait, as her next claimant/appt had already turned up. Luckily, “AH” was able to then see me. I explained my latest Jobseeking endeavours, and the jobs I’ve applied for. I “signed” electronically.
It was “AH” a couple of months ago who suggested “Access To Work”, but then when I’d navigated the lengthy on-line application process at home, where, towards the end, it asked me if I already had a job, & I’d selected “no”, the application terminated.
But today, “AH” said she’d spoken to colleagues “N” & “S”, who’d assured her that I didn’t have to currently have a job, to avail of its service. I’ve got several health issues/symptoms, that I’ve been asking for help with for years, but I get zero help to investigate/treat issues. I then went downstairs, and asked “J” if I could speak to “N” about “Access To Work”, but “J” said he may have just gone to lunch. “J” noted my contact details, and said she’d ask “N” to phone me. Then I went back home.