Exciting news! Join our first virtual meet-up with Katy, the Founder of PA Pool Posted on in News

I'm excited to announce our very first live online event, and you're invited to join me and the team for an engaging and interactive session!Date: Wednesday 28th FebruaryTime: 7pm - 8pmPlatform: Google Meet (you don’t need a Google account to join)What to expect This meet-up is a unique opportunity for you to connect directly with [...]

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Building a Community of Care: The Heart of PA Pool Posted on in News

Today, I want to share something close to my heart - the vision we have for PA Pool as more than just an online platform. We're building a community, a space where Personal Care Assistants (PAs) and PA Employers (PA Users) come together not only for employment but for the overall wellness of each member.As [...]

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Free Training for PAs working for People needing High Physical Support Posted on in News

Pathfinders Neuromuscular Alliance is now delivering training aimed at PAs working for people with high physical support needs.Do you work with, or want to work with people who have high physical support needs? Whether it’s understanding ventilation, the importance of positioning, or how to fit around someone’s job, family, and life, the Pathfinders Neuromuscular Alliance [...]

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Do you want to grow your skills and experience as a PA or PA Employer? Posted on in News

Pathfinders Neuromuscular Alliance is now delivering training aimed at working for people with high physical support needs and managing your care team when you have high physical support needs.Do you have high physical support needs?Learn how to get the best from your care, from recruitment to rotas, designing your training to difficult conversations in a [...]

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Have you got something to share? Posted on in News

Sharing your lived experience is a powerful way to make services, like health and social care, better and more inclusive. It’s also a great way to make new connections, gain experience, and get paid too!If you’ve got something to share but aren’t sure where to start, Shaping Our Lives has launched a new guide and [...]

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Warning Over Rocketing Benefits Costs Posted on in News

Research shows benefit payments could rise to more than £10bn if support for long-term illnesses is not improved…Research by pension consultants LCP claims that PIP (Personal Independence Payment) benefits could rise by 75% by 2033, because of an increase in health problems including back pain, heart disease and mental illness in people about to retire."The [...]

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New Subscription for PAs Posted on in News

At the beginning of July we introduced a subscription fee for PAs to try and increase very necessary revenue to fund the website and make more improvements. There have been a few concerns raised by PA Users and PAs since and we wanted to explain how the PA subscriptions work and reassure members that we’ve [...]

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Recent Website Updates Posted on in News

PA Pool is constantly developing and maintaining content to meet the needs of our members. Below is a brief summary of the activities that have taken place so far this year: We changed the background of the "My PA Pool" dashboard so it is now blue when your status is “I’m Sorted” and green when [...]

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Empowering Young Disabled People Posted on in News

Are you Disabled and aged under 30? Share your opinions and you could win a £50 voucher! Shaping Our Lives is a user-led organisation which focuses on inclusive involvement – making sure that everyone can have their say, including those who face the biggest barriers. They, and we, believe that everyone’s lived experience is valuable [...]

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New PA Subscription Tier Posted on in News

From the 1st July 2023, we will be introducing the new "Prime PA" subscription, which PAs will need to be able to send messages to potential clients (ie, to PA Users). The new subscription will only affect the sending of message, PAs will still be able to receive and read messages under the Standard PA [...]

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Tips for Employing a Personal Care Assistant Posted on in News

Employing a PA (Personal Care Assistant) can be a great way to get the support you need to maintain your independence and live your life to the fullest. Here are some tips to help you get the best experience from employing a PA: Be clear about your needs: Before you start looking for a PA, [...]

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Tips for Personal Care Assistants Posted on in News

The role a PA (Personal Care Assistant), is to help your employer live a fulfilling and independent life. Here are some tips to help you provide the best experience for you and your employer: Build a good relationship: One of the most important things you can do is to build a strong relationship with your [...]

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Introducing Curam Approved Badges for PA Pool PAs Posted on in News

To bring you an additional level of assurance, PA Pool has partnered with Curam Care, one of the UK's largest online care platforms with over 7,000 approved and vetted carers nationwide. We're excited to announce a new feature on the PA Pool website that allows PA members to specify if they are Curam Care approved [...]

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All in a Day’s Work Posted on in News

Last month, Rebecca Lewis, the Fundraising Manager for SMAUK (Spinal Muscular Atrophy UK) approached PA Pool’s founder, Katy Etherington, about a photoshoot they were organising. The charity specifically wanted some images of someone with SMA living life, living with a PA, and showing different types of equipment in order to update their marketing and social [...]

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Appeal Court Ruling Offers Hope for Disabled People Posted on in News

PA Pool hopes there is light at the end of the tunnel after a high court ruling led to a campaign for compensation for disabled people who have been financially disadvantaged by Universal Credit. The original case was brought by two disabled men, who took the Department for Work and Pension (DWP) to court after [...]

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Pressure Ulcer Prevention at Home Study Posted on in News

The University of Leeds is looking for people to help with a research project about pressure ulcer prevention. You don’t need to know anything about pressure ulcers or research to take part. They are interested in what is important to individuals and how people care for themselves (or others) day-to-day. They would like to hear [...]

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