Check out Katy’s Christmas Cards!

Our founder Katy Etherington has designed a range of unique Christmas Cards for PA Pool.  Visit the website to find out more and to place your order here. All proceeds from the sale of Katy’s cards go towards helping support the PA Pool website.  Our dedicated online resource for disabled and elderly people recruiting PA […]

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New Television Series – Matching Disabled Individuals with PAs

We have been contacted by Ricochet, one of Britain’s leading independent television production companies with regards to their new TV series intended to challenge perceptions of disability and care. Are you young, disabled and stuck in a rut? Would finding the right carer broaden your horizons? Do you wish there were more young people like […]

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The Inaugural Invictus Games

“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” These are words from William Earnest Henley’s 1875 Invictus Poem which has become the anthem of the Invictus Games, and Prince Harry wasn’t the only one to be visibly moved on Wednesday evening!  One couldn’t fail to be inspired by the […]

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Personal Assistance Café

The personal assistance cafe provides support and information to disabled people, personal assistants and their families and carers. “I know I’m going to have a real conversation in the PA Cafe, not someone patronising me, and that conversation is going to point me in the right direction with the issue at hand.” Independent Living Alternatives […]

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Countdown to the ILF Closure

On 6 March 2014, the Minister of State for Disabled People announced that the ILF would close on 30 June 2015, to ensure that all social care support is delivered through the mainstream system, rather than two separate systems. This means that, from 1 July 2015, the funding and responsibility of ILF care and support […]

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Latest News?!

We are in the process of collating ideas, stories and updates for our Summer Newsletter. If you would like to add anything that you think could be of interest to our members, please drop us an email to admin@papool.co.uk. If you have not yet registered to receive our seasonal newsletters, you can do so here: […]

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Mobility Aids

This month we’re taking a look at products which could be useful to you either inside or outside of the home. Our thoughts were prompted by the revolutionary soft-wheel wheelchair, reported in The Guardian recently, apparently giving users a smoother ride with built-in shock-absorbers that let you “float as if suspended in mid-air”!  You can […]

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Independent Living Fund

Some months ago now, we were following the story and legal battle surrounding the ILF – the Government backed Independent Living Fund. Now we see that users have launched a fresh legal bid to halt its closure.  Previously thinking that they – the five original campaigners – had won the battle to avoid closure of […]

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Getting the most from your membership

We’ve put together these useful tips to help you get the most from your membership with PA Pool: Profile – Make sure your profile is 100% complete to optimise your opportunity to find work or to find a PA/Carer who can meet your needs. Remember to include the shift details you require or your profile […]

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Sochi 2014

Have your eyes been glued to the TV for the Winter Olympics? We can hardly wait for the Paralympic Winter Games to start, which are due to take place from the 7 to 16 March. There are four sports on the Paralympic Winter Games programme: Alpine Skiing, Ice Sledge Hockey, Nordic Skiing and Wheelchair Curling. […]

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National Personal Assistants Conference

Wednesday 12th March 2014 – FREE TO ATTEND! Working with Skills for Care, Ruils is delighted to announce that we are hosting a National Conference aimed at Personal Assistants. The conference will take place on Wednesday 12th March at the Friend’s Meeting House in Euston, London. As a Personal Assistant you will be able to […]

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An Inspiration To Us All

Did any of you catch the TV news last night? We were delighted to see young Natasha Lambert being awarded for her outstanding solo sailing accomplishments. Despite being labelled ‘disabled’ and born with athertoid cerebral palsy, Natasha was just 16 when she completed her solo journey across the English Channel in a 21ft-long (6.4m) boat. […]

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Supporting the AoC Charitable Trust

As a previous recipient of an AoC Gold Award, Katy and PA Pool are delighted to support the AoC Charitable Trust with a new fundraising initiative they are piloting this year, in aid of student funds. The purpose of holding a silent auction is to raise money to provide student bursaries to assist students to […]

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Unique Christmas Cards in aid of PA Pool

Members of PA Pool will know that, as a not-for-profit organisation, we very much reply on external funding, such as advertising, to help us to develop the website and continue to provide a viable and valuable service. One our members – John Burke – suggested the great idea of selling Christmas Cards as another means […]

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Charity calls for Government to rethink its Work Programmes

Disability Rights UK are urging the Government to rethink its support programmes aimed at helping disabled people find paid work, following a recent survey where it found “63% of those surveyed said the government support they received did not help them get a job”. Moreover the research found that “more than 500 disabled people in […]

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#heardwhilstdisabled

The hashtag ‘Heard Whilst Disabled’ is currently trending on Twitter, as reported by the BBC News this week. Apparently the hashtag is being used by disabled twitterers giving us a brief insight into just some of the thoughtless comments made to them directly or overheard.  Read the full story here:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-ouch-24064300.  You may or may not […]

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