Here are some sites that are of general interest to PA Employers, and where you can get further advice. Tell us about other websites that you think we should link to here.
ACAS aims to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations.
Independent Living Alternatives ILA is an organisation of disabled people providing a comprehensive range of personal assistance services. ILA aims to enable people who need personal assistance, to be able to live independently in the community and take full control of their lives and thereby have individuality and spontaneity. ILA provides personal assistance either by providing personal assistants or by enabling individuals to employ their own personal assistants. ILA establishes the necessary personal assistance as a direct part of an individual’s life to enable disabled people to have direct control over their own lives
PA Pool provides members with a browsable database of PAs and PA Users, where information about each person, plus who or what they are looking for, can be accessed at the click of a button.
Premier Care offer insurance specifically for those on direct payments or with a personal budget. The insurance offers the most cover in the market at a competitive price. Both policy options include professional legal help and advice for employers. The plus policy also covers legal expenses and compensation awards, and there are also shorter respite options available.
PERS Provides a range of free and affordable services to employees and employers of Voluntary and Community Organisations on all aspects of employment law and good practice.
National Disabled People’s Organisations
People First is there to help people with learning difficulties speak up for themselves, with help and support if needed.
CHANGE is a leading national human rights organisation, working for the rights of all people with learning disabilities. At CHANGE we employ people with learning disabilities on an equal, living wage to produce accessible resources and deliver training.
Regard is the national organisation for LGBT disabled people, run by the members for the members.
Shaping Our Lives is an independent user-controlled organisation.
Alliance for Inclusive Education is a national network led by disabled people which campaigns to eliminate discrimination within the education system.
Not Dead Yet Disabled People campaigning against euthanasia and proposed assisted dying legislation.
TUDA The Trade Union Disability Alliance –is an organisation of Disabled Trade Union Members. We are a campaigning group with individual members from over two dozen different Trade Unions.
FASD Trust This is a national organisation supporting people affected by Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), an umbrella term for several diagnosis that are all related to prenatal exposure to alcohol (i.e. while a baby is still in the womb).
Regional Disabled People’s Organisations
The Derbyshire Coalition for Inclusive Living is an organisation of disabled people, Europe’s oldest CIL. We provide a range of services for disabled people in Derbyshire and surrounding counties.
Disability Equality NW Furthering the rights of Disabled people across the North West.
Greenwich Association of Disabled People The Mission of GAD is to be a force for positive change in society’s perception of disabled people, to support human rights for all disabled people and to be a source of empowerment for disabled people living in the London Borough of Greenwich.
The Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People campaigns for the rights of disabled people and does this through providing information and advice and organising events.
Services for Independent Living is an organisation controlled by disabled and older people that provides independent living services to disabled and older people (Service Users).
Southampton Centre for Independent Living is a democratic membership organisation run and controlled by disabled people committed to campaigning for the full civil rights of disabled people.
Care Quality Commission The independent regulator of health and social care in England. Our aim is to make sure better care is provided for everyone, whether that’s in hospital, in care homes, in people’s own homes, or elsewhere. We regulate health and adult social care services, whether provided by the NHS, local authorities, private companies or voluntary organisations. And, we protect the rights of people detained under the Mental Health Act.
Skills for Care Working in consultation with carers, employers and service users, Skills for Care aims to modernise adult social care in England, by ensuring qualifications and standards continually adapt to meet the changing needs of people who use care services.
The Department of Health provides health and social care policy, guidance and publications for NHS and social care professionals.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is here to promote opportunity and independence for all, help individuals achieve their potential through employment, work to end poverty.
Social Care Institute for Excellence was established to improve social care services for adults and children in the United Kingdom. Information about their training resources, publications, news and events, vacancies.
Nottinghamshire County Council There is a lot of information coming out about the changes happening in social care – if you want to know more about what is happening in Nottinghamshire about personal budgets, self directed support and Putting People First then visit www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/puttingpeoplefirst
Violence and Abuse
Women’s Aid Posters and a leaflet for disabled women, including abuse from PAs and carers.
Disabled Travel Advice contains more than 50 articles, constantly added to and updated, which are useful for disabled travellers. Some information may also be of use in training PAs.
The Open University will support you all the way with financial help, with the study skills you need to succeed in higher education, or advice to help you develop or maybe change your career. And there is a wide range of services for disabled students.
Benefits and Work Useful information on work-related disability benefits and others.
Rehab4Addiction is a free and national helpline assisting people suffering from addiction and mental health problems. You can contact them on 0800 140 4690