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Statements from recent course participants;

“The course trainer was welcoming and made it interesting not boring like other courses.”

“I have enjoyed every session of the course, a lot to take in but very useful.”

“Nice warm room! Good Company!”

“Interesting, informative and challenging.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed this course. John is an excellent trainer and has a great source of knowledge, plus he’s funny!”

“The trainer was brilliant and made the course interesting.”



BRC training courses - March 2015

BRC’s popular “General Benefits Course” runs in March and April and once again it will be free to local voluntary organisations


Welfare Benefits - A Comprehensive Introduction to the changing benefits system.

7 week course running on Mondays 9.30am – 3.30pm at BRC


Starting Monday 9th March until Monday 27th April – on 7 Mondays (no training on April 6th – Easter Monday)


Tutors: Bal Athwal & Mike Quiggin


Free course – but places are limited – please register for the course by sending your contact details to or write marking your envelope “WR course bookings” to BRC, 17-21 Chapel Street, BD1 5DT.


These are confusing times for advisers on social security entitlement as roll out of the dramatically new welfare benefits system the government aims to introduce is delayed. For some time we will be in a period of transition, but it is important that advisers get as much information as possible as to how the changes will work.


For over 30 years Bradford Resource Centre has run a general benefits training course that has provided a comprehensive understanding of the welfare benefits system. This is being continually rewritten to take account of all the changes that have recently taken place, and is updated to take account of the details in social security regulations as the government announces them.


Our course comes heavily recommended by previous course participants. The course looks at how Universal Credit (UC) will work and how it relates to other components of the benefits system, including housing and council tax benefit, the social fund and disability benefits. We will look at the new Personal Independence Payment and problems arising from its introduction.


The course includes case studies and calculations. It is suitable for those wishing to become advisers in welfare benefits and for existing advisers who wish to refresh and update their knowledge and skills.

This Course is aimed at: Anyone wanting to advise claimants. New advice workers and volunteers who want an introduction to the main benefits system. Advisers with some experience who want a refresher on benefits in the context of recent and proposed changes.


For further information or to book a place please email Mike Quiggin



BRC training courses - March 2015

Immigration, European migration, nationality and benefits - training course


Free three day course for people involved with local voluntary and community sector groups: Mondays 9th, 16th and 23rd March 2015 - 9.30am to 3.30pm each day.


Tutor – John Martin

The course is free to local voluntary sector organisations


What is unique about this course is that in looking at migration rights generally, it relates these to the UK benefit system.


Participants will benefit most of they attend all three days. But this is not necessary – the days are related but each day is self-contained. This is a new course that has been devised following requests from participants on our previous training, and in the light of the recent far-reaching and drastic changes in immigration law.


Day 1 will be an overview of the immigration system and a detailed look at British nationality including language and citizenship requirements


Day 2 will focus on entry clearance and leave to remain in the light of the changes brought into effect in July 2012 and how these have been affected by recent court decisions


Day 3 will look at the European dimension. This is not part of immigration law but deals with the rights of members of the EEA in the UK. In addition to the rules we will be looking at benefits entitlement in the light of the “right to reside” and “no recourse to public funds” tests


The course is participative – course participants will learn by looking at case studies and in discussion with others. The aim of BRC courses is to increase knowledge and self-help – the course is not just aimed at professional advice workers.


Places are limited – please register for the course by sending your contact details to or write marking your envelope “WR course bookings” to BRC, 17-21 Chapel Street, BD1 5DT.