The Undateables’ final episode was really funny – and that’s OK, right?

This was the online headline from Metro 17 April 2012.  Rachel Tarley went on to write “Tonight’s third and final episode of The Undateables followed 27-year-old Sam, who had Down’s Syndrome, 24-year-old Haydn, who suffers from a facial disfigurement and 20-year-old Kali, who has Williams Syndrome. There were fewer moments of mirth than in previous […]

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We all make mistakes, so don’t let the lack of insurance be one of yours!

Fish Insurance are the leading disability insurance specialists and have been providing specialist insurance products for the past 35 years. Did you know that your PA – particularly those who are self-employed or deemed self-employed – may not be adequately covered against key risks, such as public liability and medical negligence claims, which can be […]

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Disabled people’s magazine taps a ‘niche for positivity’

Our good friend and PA Pool Member – Martyn Sibley – and his partner Srin Madipalli, have made the Press with a review of them and their online magazine ‘Disability Horizons’. The website aims to counterbalance negative attitudes to disabled people. Read the full article in the Guardian here:www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/mar/13/disabled-peoples-magazine-niche-positivity. To visit the Disability Horizons website, […]

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F.R.I.E.N.D.S Charity

Earlier in the year we were approached by the Independent Living Fund with information about a charity one of their users had set up. We always like to help and inform where we can, so the details are as follows: The purpose of F.R.I.E.N.D.S Charity (Financial Resource for Independence Educational Needs of Disabled Students) is […]

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Disabled & Sexy – See my smile. See my style. See my Disability.

We are a group of young people planning a fashion show to raise funds for a well deserving charity (Jennifer Trust for Spinal Muscular Atrophy) whilst putting across the message that people can be disabled AND sexy. We’re all very different people who live in different parts of the UK, but one thing we have […]

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Seminar – improving support for people recruiting using Direct Payments

Derbyshire County Council are holding an event on Monday 6th September to share thoughts and ideas on improving support for people who recruit their own staff using Direct Payments, PHBs or Individual Budgets. If you live in Derbyshire and are interested in attending or know someone else who may be interested in attending an event […]

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RADAR recognises PA Pool for “Doing Care & Support Differently”!

PA Pool has been named as one of six finalists in the Doing Care and Support Differently category in RADAR’s People of the Year Awards 2009. RADAR’s People of the Year Awards, celebrates excellence and achievement by both disabled people and those organisations with a commitment to furthering the equality agenda for disabled people.rector/founder Katy […]

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Featured in the ILF’s new Living magazine!

The Independent Living Fund has launched a new magazine for over 21,000 disabled people as part of its 21st anniversary celebrations. The new magazine, ‘Living’ , has been specially designed to be a practical and interesting lifestyle/feature-based publication containing ILF news, information, inspiring user stories and practical advice. Katy Etherington founder and director of PA […]

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Woman makes national business awards

Berkhamsted’s Katy Etherington has Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Her condition means she has been a wheelchair user since childhood and relies on full time carers to help her live independently. But this has not stopped the 36-year-old, who is a freelance graphic designer, from setting up a successful businesses, PA Pool, which has been named […]

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PA Pool celebrates another award success!

PA Pool was named as one of four finalists in the Creative Innovation category at the Hertfordshire Business Awards 2008. The Hertfordshire Business Awards celebrate the achievements of businesses throughout the county and the Creative Innovation Award award recognises businesses who are prepared to conceive, test and practice new ideas. PA Pool founder Katy Etherington […]

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PA Pool makes Eastern Region Finals at the Barclays Trading Places Awards!

PA Pool has been selected as one of the top ten businesses in the Eastern Region. Barclays Trading Places is a uniquely focused set of Awards for anyone who has taken the challenge to change their life – by setting up a business. The government backed Awards, presented in association with The Prince’s Trust, National Federation […]

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Happy 1st Birthday to us!

On the 1st June 2008, PA Pool, the website for PA Users (disabled people) who are recruiting and for PAs (carers) who are looking for work, celebrated its first birthday. PA Pool has received a fantastic response from users and supporters alike and in its first 12 months has provided a much needed resource to […]

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