User led organisation funding

Each year, we disburse funding to user led organisations to deliver training for individual employers and personal assistants (PAs). 

Last year  we funded 20 organisations to deliver a range of training courses becasue we want as many people as possible to be abe to access training.

The opening and closing dates for applications this year are:

  • opening date: 10:00 Monday 19 April 2021
  • closing date: 12:00 Monday 24 May 2021

All queries and applications should be sent by email to

 What impact has the funding had? 

In 2019/20, we awarded funding to 16 user led organisations, and it supported:

Training for over 2,900 individuals
training for 766 individual employers
training for 1,796 personal assistants

16 user lead organisations
Over 216 training sessions
Over 4,900 learning outcomes

These organisations reported positive outcomes of the training, including: 

  • individual employers improving their leadership and management skills
  • lower PA turnover
  • improved working relationships    
  • the ability to share experiences and knowledge through training.
  • delegates achieving a recognised qualification
  • PAs increasing their skills and knowledge

How previous organisations have used the funding

Organisations that have previously accessed the funding have used it to deliver a range of training courses and qualifications. You can use the case studies below to get ideas about the types of training individual employers and PAs find useful, and tips to help you arrange, advertise and deliver training.

  • Leeds Centre for Independent Living (CIL) 

Leeds CIL used funding from Skills for Care to work with Shulmans Solicitors to develop a ‘Getting the best from your PA’ workshop for individual employers. The workshop covered some of the key aspects of being an employer, including employment contracts, managing PAs and grievance and disciplinary processes.


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  • Embrace Wigan and Leigh

Embrace Wigan and Leigh used funding from Skills for Care to develop three training sessions for PAs around supporting people with neurodevelopmental conditions who display, or are at risk of displaying, behaviours which challenge.                                      


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  • Surrey Independent Living Council  (ILC)

Surrey ILC used funding from Skills for Care to design and deliver ‘Good boss’ training for individual employers. The training covers some of the key aspects of being an employer, including recruiting and managing PAs.

They’ve delivered the training for eight years, and review and update it regularly to ensure it continues to meet the needs of individual employers. 


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