Network event for personal assistants

ARE YOU a personal assistant who can help someone live independently in their own home?

The first meeting of the East Sussex Personal Assistants Network (ESPAN) is taking place in Eastbourne next week.

PAs are people who help the elderly and others to lead a full and active life.

They support people with the daily routine which might include personal care (washing, grooming), taking medication, shopping and cooking.

The meeting is at 3VA, 8 Saffrons Road on Monday, September 10, 7pm-9pm.

It will offer the opportunity to network with staff from East Sussex County Council’s ‘Support with Confidence’ scheme. It is hoped there will be further meetings in other parts of the county in the future.

ESPAN is led by PAs for PAs working in their local community. It is supported by the County Council to help raise the profile of PAs as well as help them develop skills.

PAs now account for 20 per cent of jobs in the adult social care market and it continues to grow.

Many are working alone, without support, advice or access to training. ESPAN, and the County Council, aim to put this right.

So any PAs who attend will have the opportunity to discuss issues that affect them and to learn from others.

Cllr Bill Bentley, the Lead Member for Adult Social Care, said, “We can provide support, advice and training to ensure that the whole community benefits from the skills that PAs bring to the people they help.”

The main purpose of ESPAN is to provide:

r support and advice for Personal Assistant’s using the combined knowledge and skills of the Network.

r a source of referral for new business and cover for sickness and holidays.

r an information share of local resource and services.

r a welcoming point for new and potential PA’s and people/customers interested in the work we do.

r An access point for introductory training and further development.

For more information contact Debi Campbell on 07990 734424 or email: