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August 2019

PA Training in August

We have two training sessions in August including:

  • Emergency First Aid at Work training on Wed, 21st August 2019 at the SILC offices
  • Health and Wellbeing training on Thu, 22nd August 2019 at the SILC offices

You can book a place on any or all of these courses by contacting Bob Hall on 07514 093 616 or emailing training@surreyilc.org.uk

Training beyond August is available on our PA Finder website: https://www.pafinder.org.uk/training.php

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August 2019

Pride in Surrey

Pride In Surrey 2019 will be the first LGBTQ+ Pride for Surrey.

The confirmed date is Saturday 10th August with a Parade running through Woking Town followed by Pride Celebration in Woking Park. This is a FREE event.

You can see more information on the Pride in Surrey website here: https://prideinsurrey.org/

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July 2019

Inclusive Swimming in Surrey

We have been working with Cliff Bush (Co-Chair of The Surrey Coalition of Disabled People) and Active Surrey on developing an Inclusive Swimming Programme in Guildford – Guildford Dolphins.

For full information or to get involved (as a participant or, as a volunteer) please contact Cliff on cliff.bush@surreycoalition.org.uk or 07752 054 370.

 

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June 2019

GP Carer Break Programme heralded by SCIE

The GP Carer’s Personal Budget programme is heralded as a practice example for commissioners and providers who are called by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) to be more flexible and innovative in their approaches to respite and carer’s breaks.

As part of Carers’ Week, SCIE published guidance on supporting carers. The full press release can be found here: www.scie.org.uk/news/mediareleases/carers-respite-press-release

 

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June 2019

Courts rule that ‘self-employed’ carer is employee

The Employment Appeals Tribunal has upheld the decision of an employment tribunal in Chatfeild-Roberts v Phillips & Universal Aunts Limited, that a live-in carer was an employee of the client, even though they viewed her as self-employed. This case is a useful reminder that employment status is not a choice, and that a court will consider the reality of the working arrangements, rather than the intentions of the parties, when determining employment status. Read the full news item from the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group here.

Skills for Care has a guide to support individual employers called ‘Understanding the employment status of PAs’.

 

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June 2019

SILC training courses 2019-2020

“Attending SILC’s “Good Boss” training and having bespoke training for my PAs means that I am receiving better care and support. I am much more confident in my role as an employer – because I now know what it entails. My PAs are always eager for more training and so am I!”
- Christina Candey, the winner of the 2019 Skills for Care ‘Best Individual Employer’ award.

We are proud to announce that we have once again been awarded funding from the Skills for Care Workforce Development Fund to provide training to employers and their PAs in 2019-2020.

Our courses will be running in: Guildford, Richmond upon Thames, the London Borough of Ealing and the London Borough of Croydon as well as Dudley, Ipswich and Bury.

For full details of the courses that are available please visit: pafinder.org.uk/training or contact training@surreyilc.org.uk

Skills for Care supports Individual Employers and Personal Assistants to access training by awarding funding from the Department of Health and Social Care.

You can also visit this page on the Skills For Care website to download useful resources, including their toolkit which can be found at: www.employingpersonalassistants.co.uk

 

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May 2019

More Supported Pathway to Employment courses for 2019/20

'Providing a supported pathway to employment for people with a disability or long term health condition'

Following the ongoing success of our Supported Pathway to Employment (SPE) programmes over the past couple of years, SILC is pleased to announce that we have been commissioned to deliver a further 3 courses during 2019/2020. The first of these is already up and running in Staines with the other 2 being held in Camberley (starting in July) and Weybridge (starting in November).

Our SPE programmes are tailored for people with a disability or long term health condition and who have had a long period of unemployment or have particular challenges or barriers with returning to work.

These current courses will consist of 4 training days (including a sandwich lunch), 4 tailored 1:1 sessions and 4 group/employer presentation sessions during the first 12 weeks and a further 12 week ‘keep in touch’ period for additional individual support.

    Each course covers
  • An opportunity to meet others in a similar situation
  • Confidence and self-esteem building
  • Managing your health condition/disability
  • Identifying transferable skills
  • Preparing for work skills
  • Career guidance
  • Individual employment pathway support

The SPE course is facilitated by SILC’s Community Employment Manager, Dave Smith. Dave has run these courses previously using his own experiences of living and working with a disability.

Quotes from past attendees:

  • “This course had been informative, useful, confidence boosting and fun”
  • “I just wanted to say how much I've enjoyed the course, after being initially sceptical. I feel that I've learnt something new every week, and you have clearly put a lot of effort into making the course engaging and informative without being too formal. As you know I have started volunteering recently and I feel strongly that the course has played a large part in giving me the confidence and the drive to pursue that”

To find out more about our SPE programmes, please contact Dave on 07719 554487 or via email at d.smith@surreyilc.org.uk

 

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May 2019

Our Fact Sheet on self-employed personal assistants has been updated

Our Fast Facts 8 has been updated; we've made the information clearer and addressed additional questions people had with regards to their PA being self-employed. You can see the update on our Fast Facts page here

 

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April 2019

Changes to PA rates & Pension Contributions

Following April’s increase to the statutory ‘National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage’ the lowest hourly rate a PA over 25 years of age can be paid is £8.21 (£7.70 for PA’s ages 20 to 24, £6.15 For PA’s ages 18 to 20 and £4.35 for PA’s under 18). The minimum employer pension contribution has also been increased to 3% of The PA’s gross wage. If you want to make sure that your Direct Payment funding has been increased to cover this please contact your local Social Care Team.

 

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October 2018

Supported Pathway to Employment

Following the success of our Supported Pathway to Employment project in Woking, SILC is pleased to announce that we are now running another of these courses in Weybridge! 'Providing a supported pathway to employment for people with a disability or long term health condition' tailored, supported programme for people who have had a long period of unemployment or have particular challenges or barriers with returning to work. Covering:

  • Opportunity to meet others in a similar situation
  • Confidence and self-esteem building
  • Managing your health condition/disability
  • Identifying transferable skills
  • Preparing for work skills
  • Career guidance
  • Individual employment pathway support

The SPE course is facilitated by SILC’s Community Employment Specialist, Dave Smith. Dave has run these courses previously using his own experiences of living and working with a disability.

This SPE programme will consist of 4 training days (including buffet lunch), 4 tailored 1:1 sessions and 4 group/employer presentation sessions during the first 12 weeks and a further 12 week ‘keep in touch’ period for additional individual support.

To find out more call us on 01483 458 111 or email our Community Employment Specialist, David Smith, at d.smith@surreyilc.org.uk

 

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March 2018

NHS Health Complaints Advocacy service

We are pleased to announce that from 1st April 2018 we will be providing the NHS Health Complaints Advocacy service in Surrey.
Most of us use the NHS at some point in our lives and many of us use these services regularly. Whilst the NHS works hard to make sure that people are satisfied with the services sometimes things do go wrong. The NHS complaints procedure is in place to make sure that issues are resolved at a local level.

We are able to provide free, confidential and independent support and assistance to people who live in Surrey and wish to make a complaint about an NHS service.

If you would like more information about this service, please contact us on 01483 310 500 or nhsadvocacy@surreyilc.org.uk.

 

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March 2018

Skills for Care awards

Congratulations from all at SILC to Christine Candey for winning The Skills for Care (National) Individual Employer of the Year award!

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March 2018

Hub Epsom and Hub Redhill are now closed

We are sorry to say that our contract with Surrey County Council for providing the Hub information centres in Epsom and Redhill has come to an end. Both Hubs are now closed.

We would like to thank all the staff and volunteers who have worked hard to provide this valuable service over the years.

 

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