Our steering group helps Skills for Care to develop new resources and support for individual employers, personal assistants (PAs) and organisations who support them. The group includes colleagues who support people to employ their own PAs through a direct payment (from social care or health) or with their own money.
Keep up with the conversation using #PAframework or join our ‘Supporting organisations’ group on Twitter*.
This month we’d like to introduce steering group member, Will Case.
Will is an individual employer and has employed his own PAs for eight years. He started a social enterprise called ‘Your Support Matters’, where he works as a self-advocate and independent disability consultant.
Will was awarded the Winston Churchill Fellowship in 2011 and was the first person with cerebral palsy to receive the award. With this award, he travelled to America and Canada where the idea of ‘Your Support Matters’ was born.
Will saw a gap in support for disabled people in the community. The organisation supports individuals and families to take control of their lives, and find the care and support that they want and need.
He’s passionate about supporting other individual employers to find the right PAs, and supports people to advertise for and interview potential PAs.
Georgina Turner, Head of Employer Engagement at Skills for Care, said:
“With more people choosing to employ PAs, we need to ensure that individual employers know where and how to recruit the right people to meet their needs and wishes.
“Will’s experience is invaluable as we continue to work closely with individual employers and support organisations to increase PA recruitment.”
Will’s also involved in providing training for individual employers and PAs through Your Support Matters. For example their ‘Hear our Voices’ course is for 18-35 year olds to build confidence and learn to self-advocate, and they run courses about how to be a good individual employer.
As an independent disability consultant, Will works closely with organisations, such as In Control, Change and Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People, to share his experiences and challenges of being an individual employer. This has included working with Bury Parents Forum to deliver disability awareness training for parents with disabled children.
His links with these networks brings great experience to the steering group. Will actively contributes to Skills for Care projects, shares his own personal experience as well as local and national best practice with the group, and consults with his contacts about the work that Skills for Care is doing.
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*We’ve also put together a Twitter list of steering group members, organisations and individuals with an interest in this area of work. Subscribe and keep up to date with the latest news and resources – go onto the @skillsforcare profile, click on Lists and select the Supporting organisations group.
You can also visit our Information hub for individual employers and PAs to download useful resources, including the Employing personal assistants toolkit.