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  1. Are you currently employed as a Personal Assistant and feel you could benefit from further training? Or do you employ your own Personal Assistants and want to further their skills and knowledge? If you answered YES, then this is for you! Disability Sheffield are working alongside Skills for Care and the Sheffield City Council to offer a number of FREE training sessions designed specifically for those working as a PA for individuals that have either physical and/or learning disabilities. We have a range of sessions throughout 2018, including: Safeguarding Adults Awareness Eating & Swallowing Dignity in Care Mental Health Awareness Emergency Food Safety Dementia Awareness Promoting Effective Communication & Relationships Emergency First Aid at Work The first session we have available is: Moving & Handling People training course for Personal Assistants on the 23rd of July 9.30-4.30 We are running this one day course with the Sheffield City Council to enable you to gain and understanding of safe methods and techniques for moving and handling. This course is fully certificated. To find out more information on this course or any of those mentioned above, or to book a FREE place, email tess.daly@disabilitysheffield.org.uk
  2. Are you looking to build your skills and knowledge in order to gain employment in the care industry? Are you currently employed as a Personal Assistant or do you currently employ your own Personal Assistants and want to access further training for them? If you answered yes to any of the above, Disability Sheffield are running a number of FREE courses for existing and aspiring Personal Assistants in conjunction with Skills for Care and the Sheffield City Council. Booking onto these courses is essential and numbers are limited. If you require any more information or to register for a place, please email tess.daly@disabilitysheffield.org.uk COURSES AND INFORMATION FOOD SAFETY LEVEL 1 (8th September, 9.30am-1pm - Moorfoot) A half day course that will provide you with information about the principles of food safety and to enable you to apply this knowledge and carry out safe practice. A multiple choice exam must be completed giving you the opportunity to gain a qualification in food safety. Participants must bring photo ID to enable them to sit the exam. This can be: - a valid passport - UK driving license - warrant card - other (i.e student card) WORKPLACE PENSIONS (28th September AND 6th December, 1.30pm-3.30pm - The Circle) Work place pensions is a complex subject but everyone who employs a personal assistant should understand what they are, what their responsibilities are in relation to them and who to turn to if you need help. This short training session will aim to give you that, it will cover the basics of the process, what you’ll need to know to comply with the rules and who to contact if you need support. HEALTH, SAFETY & FIRE AWARENESS (10th October, 9.30am-12.30pm - Moorfoot) A half day course outlining employers and employees responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act, Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations and other legislation. It also promotes a consistent pro-active approach to health and safety at work. SAFE RESTRAINTS - LETS TALK ABOUT IT (23rd October AND 15th January, 1.30pm-3pm - The Circle) A short course for both Individual Employers and their Personal Assistants to gain a wider understanding of the term 'restraint' and its implications. It is designed to promote the conversation between employer and employee about restraint and different ways to keep people safe EMERGENCY FIRST AID AT WORK (2nd November, 9.30am-4.30pm - Moorfoot) A one day course that enables learners to attain the knowledge and competencies needed to deal with a range of emergency situations, including managing an unresponsive casualty, assisting a casualty who is choking and assisting a casualty who is wounded and bleeding. There are practical elements to this course e.g. CPR and recovery position. Learners must be physically able to carry out these tasks and are advised to wear clothing that does not restrict their ability to take part. You must also attend the full session to be eligible for assessment. Participants must bring photo ID to enable them to obtain a final certificate. This can be: - a valid passport - UK driving license - warrant card - other (i.e student card) EATING & SWALLOWING (22nd November, 9.15am-12.30pm - Moorfoot) This half day course will enable participants to safely support people in practice with eating and drinking. This includes understanding what can go wrong with eating and swallowing, recognising the danger signals and when to refer, aswell as good practice guidelines. Participants will be encouraged to take part in eating and drinking activities. SAFEGUARD ADULTS AWARENESS (8th December, 9.30am-12.30pm - Moorfoot) A half day course to enable you to fulfill your roles and responsibilities within the South Yorkshire Safeguarding Procedures. This includes identifying adults at risk of harm, recognising the different types of abuse and how to proceed if somebody discloses abuse. MOVING & HANDLING PEOPLE (9th January, 9.30am-4.30pm - Moorfoot) A one day course to enable you to gain an understanding of safe methods and techniques for moving and handling. As there is a practical element to the course, participants must wear appropriate footwear and clothing to enable them to practice safely. DIGNITY IN CARE (12th February, 9.30am-3.30pm - Moorfoot) A one day course looking at how you can embed dignity into all aspects of your practice. This includes looking at how to maintain dignity in the workplace and how it can be compromised. Several of these courses meet a number of Care Certificate standards. Email tess.daly@disabilitysheffield.org.uk for more information. Booking onto these courses is essential and numbers are limited. If you require any more information or to register for a place, please email tess.daly@disabilitysheffield.org.uk or alternatively call 07541937171 The Moorfoot Learning Centre Floor 1 West Wing Moorfoot Building Sheffield S1 4PL The Circle 33 Rockingham Lane Sheffield S1 4FW
  3. Just a little update on our PA Register - after promoting it for several months, we now have a rapidly growing number of Personal Assistants signing up. Due to this, we have extended our FREE sign up period for employers as we want as many people as possible to be able to benefit from this service. So, if you are looking to hire your own Personal Assistants or care staff, please sign up using the code FREE3 and place an advert today!
  4. Make sure you don't miss out on this event! There are still spaces left for anyone that would like to attend! ---------- Post added 27-02-2017 at 12:30 ---------- We still have places available for this session on Wednesday! If you are interested in pursuing a career, whether it be part time or full time, in the social care sector - this is definitely the session for you! Simply email Tess.daly@disabilitysheffield.org.uk to book on or for more information
  5. Do you want to know more about one of the fastest growing professions in the country for both full and part time employment? If so, come along to our free information event and learning session at The Circle, Rockingham Lane on the 1st of March (1.30pm-4.30pm) This event is being held to give you an opportunity to increase your knowledge and understanding of the role of the Personal Assistant (PA) within health and social care. We are aiming to increase the recruitment and retention of those working in the PA role by giving you access to the information and resources required to gain employment in this line of work. On the day, there will be opportunities to chat to those who not only employ their own Personal Assistants, but also people who are currently working as PAs themselves. As well as Individual Employers and Personal Assistants being on hand to share their knowledge and experiences, we will be running informal learning sessions for you to take part in. Session 1 – Terminology and Differences This session is a short exercise that will help you understand the differences between the care roles in the Health & Social Care industry. Session 2 – What is the PA role? As well as covering what attributes an ideal PA would possess, this session also involves a short Q&A that will help to dispel any myths you may have heard about the role of a Personal Assistant. We will also present you with a number of scenarios that will lead you to question what a PA’s values, attitudes, beliefs and behaviours might be. Session 3 – Being a PA This session will be an informal discussion around what it might mean to support an employer in the various roles a PA may encounter. Session 4 – How to become a Personal Assistant This is a short film about being a PA followed by a discussion with supporting information and guidance about the PA Register. Session 5 – Personal Assistants sharing their experience. PAs telling their stories on how they became a PA There will also be lots of resources available on the day for you to take away with you. This event has very limited availability, so we ask that you email in advance to book a place. We hope you can come along and look forward to welcoming you to the rewarding role of the Personal Assistant! To book, or if you have any questions, please email tess.daly@disabilitysheffield.org.uk
  6. We had the pleasure of attending the Sshefield Care matters meeting in Sharrow on Saturday where we signposted people to important reports relating to social care. One report was by the the Independent Living Strategy Group (ILSG) – chaired by the disabled crossbench peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell – and published by the charity in Control, and focuses on the impact of cuts to social care on people’s independence and basic human rights. There are some vital statstics here that can help you inform others of the plight of disabled people in relation to the independent living. I promised to get the link up here: http://www.in-control.org.uk/news/in-control-news/report-on-the-independent-living-survey-2016.aspx Please also see this news piece from Disability News Service: http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/disabled-people-face-extreme-risk-of-harm-without-sharp-rise-in-care-funding/ The other news which outlines some worrying issues is the UN Committee on the Rights of Disabled Persons (CRPD) has found that “changes to benefits have ‘disproportionately affected’ disabled people.” Please follow link to the UN Report via our website: http://www.disabilitysheffield.org.uk/blog/un-grave-disability-rights-violations-under-uk-reforms-2016-11-10 In the meantime, please stay strong everyone and keep telling everyone how it is. Friends, relatives and elected representatives - both councilors and MPs - get them involved and get them to demand answers and guarantees for peoples safety.
  7. It's a very important meeting an great to see people coming together to express their views independently from other organisations. Representatives from Disability Sheffield will be attending the event.
  8. Hi there, there are indeed other websites that offer the same services, however many of these are nationwide whereas ours is the only one that is specific to Sheffield. The sign up fees for employers may seem a little steep, however we have researched other PA Registers to ensure we are offering a competitive service; if not cheaper in some cases. Ideally we would love to provide the register free of charge, however we do not receive any government or outside funding to maintain the service. In terms of receiving extra funding to cover the fees through the direct payment system, this is something you would have to speak to your social worker about or request during your assessment as I'm not entirely sure this is something the SCC would provide.
  9. Hi there, if you are looking for extra hours as a PA, please consider signing up to Disability Sheffield's PA Register - it is completely free for a PA to sign up, and on there you can advertise your availability as well as responding to adverts looking for PAs by potential employers. This is a relatively new service, so we are looking for as many PAs to sign up as possible – we currently have lots of potential employers but not enough PAs to fill the demand! You can the register at http://www.disabilitysheffield.org.uk/pa-register
  10. Dear Allan Many hundreds of thousands of disabled people will share your deep concerns. The gap between disabled people’s employment rate and the rest of the population has remained largely static for over a decade – now standing at some 30 per cent. There is obviously something very wrong with the way disabled people are treated within the job market. Locally we work with statutory agencies to influence better treatment of disabled people in the work place and try to influence local strategies to reduce disabled people's barriers to employment and full participation in society. Please keep a look out on our website for any developments locally. And good luck with the job hunt. DS
  11. Thanks manwithaview - it's good to know the service is welcome and we hope it alleviates some of the problems we know disabled people have in recruiting PA's. Please keep in touch with us at http://www.disabilitysheffield.org.uk - perhaps consider becoming a supporter - whilst Healthwatch Sheffield http://www.healthwatchsheffield.co.uk are the local watchdog on Health and Social Care issues - you may also be interested in the Disability Hub which seeks to involve local people on equality issues covering the wider range of services offered by Sheffield City Council - please folllow this link for further information: https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/your-city-council/policy--performance/how-we-will-deliver/other-strategies-plans-and-policies/equality-and-diversity/equality-hub-network/disability-hub.html Take care for now.
  12. Disability Sheffield has designed and developed a PA Register for adults, young people or children who are looking to employ a PA, and also for Personal Assistants looking for work within the social care sector. The register has been designed by people who have experience of recruiting PAs and who understand how time-consuming and frustrating a process it can be. We want to make the process of recruiting a PA as simple and hassle-free as possible for you. There are lots of people wanting to be PAs with a whole range of experience and there are increasing numbers of people looking for PAs of their own choice to meet their particular needs but there has been no easy way for PAs to find employers and vice versa – until now. The PA Register is a database which allows PAs to complete a FREE profile, and these profiles can be searched by potential employers. It also allows employers to advertise specific jobs, which are searchable by PAs. If a PA thinks they might be suitable for one of these advertised jobs, they are able to apply directly to the employer We invite both people looking to employ a PA and PAs looking for work to take a look at the register at http://www.disabilitysheffield.org.uk/pa-register and sign up today!
  13. Hi Folks The All Party Parliamentary Group for Disability has launched an inquiry into Halving the Disability Employment Gap The All Party Parliamentary Group for Disability invites written submissions to inform its inquiry into how the Government can fulfill its pledge to halve the disability employment gap. We would therefore like to ask disabled people to share their feelings and any personal stories of bearing the effects of unemployment or trying to stay in work. Please feel free to share them with us and are happy to use them as examples in our response. If you want to take part please complete our short survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FPB28Q8 Thanks
  14. We can't recommend care homes but wanted to check you knew of the Sheffield Directory which, as well as having a listing of Sheffields care homes it also has this useful checklist. http://search3.openobjects.com/kb5/sheffield/directory/advice.page?id=_SQ1YSr16tU Hope of some help to you both.
  15. Hi There A Personal Assistant or PA is someone you choose and employ to provide the support you need, in the way that suits you best. This may include cooking, cleaning, help with personal care such as washing and dressing, and other things such as getting out and about in your community. Your personal assistant can be paid through direct payments or a personal budget. Sometimes people refer to PAs as Support Workers but maybe Support workers are perhaps someone allocated to you by a care agency, rather tha someone you have picked. For people in employment who have someone to help them in employment can be referred to as a Support Worker. Disabled people prefer the term Personal Assistant. Good luck and hey - if you are thinking of a career in care please have a look at the Skills for Care website http://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/Home.aspx?gclid=Cj0KEQjwncO7BRC06snzrdSJyKEBEiQAsUaRjJXtBifiBBVTRSupPTAoVd3xyAJFyTvM7G8jRVqPJkkaAoGP8P8HAQ
  16. Hi Crookedspire Your views are certainly like many others at the moment. Certainly there is plenty of evidence that disabled people have been targeted quite unfairly during this period of austerity where everyone has been supposed to share the burden equally. Thankfully if a given Government gets its policies so wrong, we get u-turns on such policies as the proposed changes to PIP announced in the budget. The fact that the Government have announced there would be no further cuts on welfare spending during the tenure of this parliament maybe gives us some comfort and shows us, that by complaining vigorously enough, we can force a climb-down when it gets too much. The phone calls and complaints we receive very much echo your concerns about the care industry and the lack of trusted, quality care services that help disabled people maintain their independence and ensure they can play the part in society they want. In a positive sense there are so many charities and disabled peoples user led organisations campaigning vigorously and fighting for the rights of disabled people that once again we will start to move forward in creating a more level playing field for disabled people. Please keep in touch with us about your concerns and you can also contact Sheffield Healthwatch about your care concerns. The more evidence we have to collect and give to local decision makers the better chance we have of making an impact. Our main office number is 0114 253 6750 or email us at info@disabilitysheffield.org.uk and we have further information at http://www.disabilitysheffield.org You can contact Healthwatch on (0114) 253 6688 info@healthwatchsheffield.co.uk http://www.healthwatchsheffield.co.uk Take care for now Andrew
  17. check this site out Peaches, might be of some use: http://www.rightwheelchair.org.uk/
  18. Do you have a learning disability and struggle to make friends or find a partner? If so, come along to our speed date/friendship group on the 30th March at Farm Road Social Club at 7pm-10pm. This event has been designed and led by a small group of young people, with a learning disability as part of the Talent Match Protect, so why not come along and support them! £2 entry and carers for free. Pay on the door. Love 2 Meet U will also be there to support this event and give information about their services. Contact Kathryn on 01142536746 if you need more information or want to book a place. You can register your interest on our eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fast-friends-learning-disability-speed-datefriendship-event-tickets-22783945394?aff=eac2 Or simply turn up. thanks
  19. There are still places available on this vital piece of training! If you would like more info or to book a place, please email tess.daly@disabilitysheffield.org.uk
  20. 'Lets Talk About It’ - Safer Restraints Training for Individual Employers and their and PA’s: 12th of January 1pm-4.30 at The Circle, Rockingham Lane. This safer restraints training has been designed specifically for people who employ their own PA’s and those working with individual employers including social workers, practitioners and family carers. Recently, lots of information has been published around this topic, but it has mainly directed at people living in residential care. Also, it usually comes from the starting point of the ‘cared’ for being a passive recipient of care and being in a position where they are unable to give their consent or express their wishes or feelings. Restraint is not something that happens just to people with limited capacity; restraint comes in many forms and happens all the time in the relationship between disabled people and those who are providing assistance to disabled people to live independently. Restraint is not necessarily a negative thing and there are many forms of restraint that are appropriate, but it is only by having conversations about this subject can people come to an agreement on what is or isn’t acceptable. * Sheffield Individual Employer and PA group together with Disability Sheffield and Active Independence have worked collaboratively to design training that is specifically for this target audience and comes from the social model of disability rather than the medical model. Should you be interested in attending this training session, please email tess.daly@disabilitysheffield.org.uk - although the session is completely free, we ask that you book in advance as spaces are limited.
  21. Community Care Assesments and The Care Act: 14th of December 10am-12 at The Circle, Rockingham Lane. At a time when many support and community services are being cut, Disability Sheffield is hosting a free to attend training session designed to help individuals who are in the process of undergoing a community care assessment (or reassessment) in order to gain a support package. This session will examine many different aspects of community care assessments and will be led by solicitor and Disability Sheffield board member Kate Whittaker. She will discuss what to expect from the care assessment, eligibility for support, the support planning process and also how decisions are made about what people are entitled to. The ultimate aim is to help people understand their rights about getting and maintaining a good support package. Changes introduced by the Care Act will also be discussed, including information on personal budgets and the well-being principle. If you would like to attend this free session, please email tess.daly@disabilitysheffield.org.uk
  22. *Do you employ your own Personal Assistants or carers? Are you currently working as a Personal Assistant or carer? Or do you work with Individual Employers and Personal Assistsnts as part of an organisation or social work team? If you answered yes to any of the above then please read on!* Disability Sheffield are running a number of free information sessions around the city of Sheffield over the next few months in order for individual employers, personal assistants and frontline workers alike to get up-to-date on the training and learning opportunities that are available to them and their clients. These opportunities range from workbooks and online learning to workshops and formal training sessions. By informing employers and personal assistants about the resources that are available to them, we hope to achieve a more skilled and satisfied social care workforce. Also, by giving frontline workers an opportunity to learn what is available to their clients, it will enable them to pass the information on in order for more people to take advantage of what is available to them. The information session itself is to last roughly an hour long, and it will take on a very informal structure whereby people can ask as many questions as they would like. A short 15-20 minute presentation will be given on the different learning and training opportunities that are available throughout Sheffield. Should these require funding, who can receive this and how to go about obtaining it will also be explained. If you employ your own support staff or if you are an existing personal assistant or carer, please come along and find out what is available to you whilst having a cup of tea and slice of cake! Likewise, if you work with individual employers or personal assistants, please join us to learn about the invaluable opportunities that are available to your clients. The next sessions will be taking place on: 26th of January at 1.30-3pm at THE CIRCLE on Rockingham Lane 3rd February at 1-2.30pm at THE PARSON CROSS FORUM (full address below) Although the sessions are completely free to attend, we ask you email us to book a place in advance at tess.daly@disabilitysheffield.org.uk – if you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch! The Parson Cross Community Development Forum 56 Margetson Crescent Sheffield S5 9NB
  23. The next meeting of the Disability Hub will be on Thursday 26 November 2015, 1:30pm to 3:45pm, The Circle. Refreshments and networking from 1pm. The Hub is open to anyone interested in disability issues. Agenda and papers will be sent closer to the date. At the meeting, the Hub will be electing its Hub Representatives. (For more information about the role of a Hub Representative, visit the Equality Hub Network Board webpage.) At the last interim Disability Hub Committee meeting (which was open to the wider Hub) this Hub Committee structure was agreed: • 1 Hub Rep / Chair (dual role) – to be elected at the November Disability Hub meeting • 1 Hub Rep / Vice Chair (dual role) – to be elected at the November Disability Hub meeting • Other Committee Members – who can come forward without having to stand for election People who wish to stand for election need to submit a short statement to equalitiesandinvolvement@sheffield.gov.uk with subject ‘Disability Hub Rep candidate statement’. The statement should be no more than 200 words and include the following information about the candidate – who they are, which role they’re standing for (ie Hub Rep / Chair or Hub Rep / Vice Chair), what they can bring to the role. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday 18 November 5pm. If you need support with your statement, please get in touch. Please let us know by Thursday 19 November if you’ll be attending and if you need any reasonable adjustments/support (including travel expenses reimbursement) to attend. Hope to see you then!
  24. Join Disability Sheffield on International Day of Disabled People (IDDP) 3rd December, 2pm – 4pm, St Mary’s Church & Conference Centre, Bramall Lane Disability Sheffield are pleased to announce that we will be celebrating the International Day of Disabled People 2015. There will also be a chance to attend our AGM slot at the end of the event. There will be magic, ‘wibbly wobbly women’, poetry and film and a talk by Simon Fisher-Becker. Simon is a versatile stage, tv and film actor who specialises in comedy and character parts. The Doctor Who and Harry Potter actor will talk about his experience of living and working with disability within the arts. So come join us for a sometimes fun, sometimes difficult but always inspirational review of ‘the year that was’ for disabled people. Further info will be posted soon.
  25. Are bus drivers showing you enough respect when boarding? Can we do more to help staff have better awareness?
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