Signposting - Benefits money grants - Direct payments - Free Training Courses for Personal Assistants

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Free Training Courses for Personal Assistants

If You Employ a Personal Assistant (PA) using Direct Payments or a Personal Budget, you might be interested in FREE PA Training Courses

Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living (Wilts CIL) have been awarded funding for PA training. This is a fantastic opportunity for people who employ a PA to invest in their PA’s learning and development, helping to protect the future of the PA workforce.

Dates and locations will be available from Wilts CIL in due course via a separate flyer.

The courses available will be:-

  • Supporting Independence
  • General Induction
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Moving & Handling
  • Health & Safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Communication
  • Dementia Awareness
  • Understanding Behaviour
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Learning Disability
  • Autistic Spectrum Conditions



To put your PA’s name down for a course please contact Lucie on 0300 1233 442 / lucie@wiltshirecil.org.uk Places will be awarded on a first come, first served basis and there will also be the opportunity to apply for back fill funding.


Skills for Care Individual Employer Funding – NOW OPEN
If you require training for your PA (or yourself as an employer) but the topic is not covered in the Wiltshire CIL training plan and/or they are unable to attend any of the listed courses, individual employers can book their own training independently. They can then apply for the money to be reimbursed via Skills for Care. Courses covered under the funding application include Diplomas in Health and Social Care. You can ask for money to pay for the direct costs of training and qualifications, travel and the cost of hiring replacement support whilst your usual PAs attend training.

To find out more about the funding and to download an application form please go to: [Skills for Care] or contact Lucie on 0300 1233 442 (option 3) / lucie@wiltshirecil.org.uk