User led organisation funding

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

  • 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.

This year, we’ve funded 22 organisations to deliver a range of training courses.

We want as many people as possible to access this funded training. If you’d like to attend, please contact the organisation or visit their website to book a place, using the contact details below. Download the list  of organisations and their contact details.

The application process for organisations to apply for funding during 2021/22 has now closed and will re-open in 2022, sign up to our newsletter to keep updated.

If you have a question about the funding, please contact or call 0113 241 1275.

What impact has the funding had? 

In 2020, we awarded funding to 20 user led organisations, and it supported:

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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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