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User Led Organisation Funding

We distribute funding each year to User Led Organisations (ULOs) to deliver training for individual employers and personal assistants (PAs). The aim of the funded training is to improve the knowledge/skills of employers and their PAs.

The grants are awarded to pay for training which will improve the knowledge and skills of personal assistants (PAs) and their employers (individual employers). This year, we’ve funded 22 organisations to deliver a range of training courses.

Some of the reported benefits from people taking part in traing put on by user led organisations are, lower PA turnover, improved working relationships, PAs/individual employers increasing their skills and knowledge, achieving a recognised qualification as well as the ability to share experiences and knowledge through training.

 

Applying for a training course

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See the list of ULOs delivering funded training courses to find out what's available to attend. Contact the organisation or visit their website to book your place to attend any of the courses.

 

Application

Applications are now open and will close on Monday 20 June 2022 at 12:00

Organisations who are run for, and by, people with a disability or long-term health condition (disabled people’s user-led organisations) can now apply for a learning and development grant from Skills for Care which is called ULO funding.

ULO funding grants are awarded to pay for training which will improve the knowledge and skills of personal assistants (PAs) and their employers (individual employers). 

  • Individual employers are people that employ their own care and support staff using a personal budget (social care direct payment from their local authority, or a personal health budget from the NHS) or their own money.
  • Personal assistants (PAs) are people who are employed directly by individuals (or families) who require care and support, rather than care providing organisations.

 

Disabled people’s user-led organisations who have direct contact with individual employers and PAs are eligible to apply. These are organisations who are run for, and by, people with a disability or long-term health condition.

Organisations must be able to identify the learning and development needs of individual employers and PAs and able to deliver a training programme that meets those needs.

This tendering process is being undertaken subject to confirmation of funding from the Department of Health and Social Care, and NHS England and NHS Improvement.

We will consider applications to fund, via a grant, the cost of learning that meets the needs of individual employers and PAs, for example:

  • assisting and moving
  • first aid
  • food safety
  • disability equality training
  • understanding the role of an employer or employer responsibilities
  • managing staff
  • boundaries and expectations of the employer and employee relationship
  • training to support specific conditions (e.g. autism, dementia etc)
  • knowledge elements of the Care Certificate standards and where appropriate assessment that leads to the award of the Care Certificate
  • prospective PAs (pre-employment training) – this should be part of a structured programme which includes subjects such as awareness of the PA role, PA/IE working relationship and boundaries, disability and equality awareness, working in a person-centred way, rights and entitlements, finding PA roles and preparing for recruitment, plus any other training.
  • people who are thinking about becoming an individual employer (pre-employer training) who have already been pre-approved for a personal budget by their local commissioner (LA/CCG) – this should be part of a structured programme which includes subjects such as awareness of their legal and other responsibilities of being an employer (e.g. employment law, contracts of employment, pay, tax, pensions etc.), using values based recruitment, PA/IE working relationship and boundaries, undertaking induction and supervision, developing their PA etc.

The above list is not exhaustive. 

Applications can include the direct costs of training, travel for the learner and the cost of hiring replacement support whilst the employer’s usual PA is attending training during their normal working hours. 

Because the grant is to pay for learning and development, funding cannot be awarded to pay for the normal running costs of office facilities nor the purchase of IT equipment. 

A small portion of the grant can support project management, but the majority of the funding should be used to pay for training.

 

Complete the application form and full cost breakdown spreadsheet. Send both to funding@skillsforcare.org.uk by 12:00 on Monday 20 June 2022. 

Applications received after this deadline will be rejected. 

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We advise reading the guidance contained in the application form and full cost breakdown spreadsheet first. 

Attend a virtual Q&A session on Wednesday 8 June 2022, 10:00 – 11:00. 

To sign up for this session email funding@skillsforcare.org.uk, with the details of your organisation and names of individual’s attending. A confirmation and link to Zoom meeting details will be sent. 

The Q&A session will be recorded and made available on the Skills for Care website after it has taken place to ensure that those that could not attend will have access to the same information. 

If you have a question about the funding or completing the application, please contact funding@skillsforcare.org.uk or call 0113 241 1275, before the 20 June 2022 deadline.

 

 

Contact us

If you have a question about the funding, email funding@skillsforcare.org.uk or call 0113 241 1275.

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