Personal Assistance Café

pa-cafeThe 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 (ILA) is a disability organisation established in 1989 to promote the right of disabled people to live independently. Any PA User will tell you that whilst directly employing PAs offers a lot of flexibility and freedom, it also carries responsibilities and, the majority of time, PA Users and their PAs are working in isolation without colleagues to provide any mutual support, advice or guidance.

“The PA Café is a constructive and positive environment providing impartial advice from both sides and is a valid input in the working dynamics of the PA User/PA.”

The PA Café opened for business in August 2013 and provides support on any issue relevant to independent living and personal assistance. People vary in age and experience and actively encourage ‘newbies’ on their quest for independence, share information on equipment as well as the closure of the ILF – read more on this below – managing reviews and the significance of confidentiality between PA and PA User.

You can visit the cafe here.

If you’re a new or even a regular user of the PA Café, we’d love to hear your thoughts, either by email to or via our Facebook Group or Twitter Page.