PA Pool Member Top Tips

We’ve put together this list of member top tips to help you get the most out of your membership. Please note that this has now been updated for the new website, so please do take the time to familiarise yourself with it – it really will help your results! Profile – Make sure your profile […]

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Disability Sports on TV

Aspire have launched a new campaign to make it a legal requirement for public broadcasters to show disability sports on a regular basis. Aspire have created a new petition aimed at Karen Bradley MP – Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport – requesting a regulation that states disabled sports should be given the […]

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Funding for PAs and PA Users

Funding is available for PHB holders, direct payment receipts and self-funders who employ their own carers, with Skills for Care. Read our latest newsletter dedicated to sharing information about funding for training available for people who employ their own carers through a personal health budget (PHB), social care funding (direct payment) or with their own […]

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Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Following Gordon Reid’s triumphant win at the first ever men’s singles competition for wheelchair tennis at Wimbledon last weekend, our thoughts can’t help but turn to the Paralympics this Autumn. The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will take place after the Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) from Wednesday 7 September to Sunday 18 September 2016.  […]

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Have you bought your new Disability Rights Handbook yet?

The Disability Rights Handbook is the most comprehensive, user-friendly guide there is to welfare, benefits and social care. The Handbook will tell you everything you need to know about how recent legislative changes may affect what you or those you care about may be entitled to. This is […]

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Personal Assistance Study

The University of East Anglia (UEA) are researching the experiences and attitudes of Personal Assistants. Have you ever worked as a PA (personal care assistant)?  If so, then researchers at the UEA would like to hear about your experiences. The study looks at personal care assistance relationships – what makes them work well, but also […]

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#TalkAboutTakingPart

WheelPower, the national charity for wheelchair sport located in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, provides opportunities for disabled people to participate in sport and lead healthy, active lives across the UK. You can find out more about WheelPower via their website here. This new survey aims to find out what activities wheelchair users currently take part in, what […]

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Last opportunity to apply for funding with Skills for Care

Personal health budget (PHB) holders can still apply for funding from Skills for Care to pay for training for themselves or their PAs before the 31 March. The funding can also be used to meet the cost of travel or hiring replacement support if a PA attends training during working hours. So far over 30 […]

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Direct Payment Payroll

You might have seen the advert on the home page of our website this month from Smart Support Services, specialising in Payroll, Law, Pensions and Managed Accounts for Direct Payments. If you have access to Flash*, then you can view their video here. Alternatively, take a look at their website to learn more. *Please note […]

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PA’s Needed for Personal Assistance Study

This month we are once again assisting the University of East Anglia (UEA) with their studies and research activity… Have you ever worked as a PA (personal care assistant)?  If so, then researchers at the University of East Anglia would like to hear about your experiences. The study looks at personal care assistance relationships – […]

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Take Part in Channel 4’s Rescue Dogs to Super Dogs

Do any of these apply to you? Are You a Dog Lover? Do you have a challenging condition or disability? Could you give a rescue dog a permanent home? Have you ever considered that a dog could transform your life? If so, Channel 4 need you! This new series on Channel 4 will see abandoned […]

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Money for training – Skills for Care

Did you know that if you employ a PA (Personal Care Assistant), you can ask for a grant to pay for training and qualifications for both you and/or your PA(s)? This funding comes from Skills for Care’s individual employer fund and easy read guides, full details and application forms can be found on their website […]

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PAs Needed for Personal Care Assistance Study

The disability research team at the University of East Anglia (UEA) are researching the experiences and attitudes of Personal Care Assistants. To be a participant in their confidential telephone interviews and for more information (including the voucher), just visit their website here.

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Right Chair, Right Time, Right Now Campaign – Pledge Your Support Today

No doubt you’ll have seen the recent news articles of Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson in the press highlighting how few disabled people are being provided with the right wheelchairs to meet their needs by the NHS.  But have you pledged your support yet for the new Charter? Said Tanni, “We are asking people to write to […]

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Transforming Lives Through Sport

This month we’d like to introduce you to the charity WheelPower. WheelPower is the national organisation for wheelchair sport in the UK, and aims to help people with disabilities improve their quality of life through sport, and of course its also a great way of meeting new people! You might be more familiar with its […]

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