Easy Read versions of the recent Scottish Government/COSLA guidance, and the Scottish Government/Social Work Scotland FAQs which accompany the guidance
There are now Easy Read versions of the recent Scottish Government/COSLA guidance, and the Scottish Government/Social Work Scotland FAQs which accompany the guidance, available their website:
Scottish Government have launched a national Wellbeing Hub for the Health & Social Care Workforce. The hub includes information, help and resources to support for anyone working in social care including Personal Assistants and PA Employers.
SDS Community ~ Supporting each other ~ You build a community with bricks and mortar but most of all with people. To find out more about our SDS Community on Facebook - Phone us on 01592 803280 / E: firstname.lastname@example.org with 'SDS Community' in the subject header.
Elevenses happen weekly on Mondays - look forward to meeting you!
We played this video at last years Carers Week event. While it does reference unpaid carers it does ring true for many paid PAs / carers....who do we turn to? who asks us how we are? who is our support? Here in Fife, SDS Options Fife SDS Community support #carersweek2020 #makingcarersvisible https://youtu.be/gHQ6hQ3SQUMr
PPE for paid Personal Assistants - The Scottish Government has committed to providing information and advice and appropriate supplies of PPE. Here in Fife we already have plans for making PPE available to unpaid carers/family (Fife Carers Centre) and paid Personal Assistants (Sds Options Fife), as well as encouraging unpaid carers to access other support with their caring role. PE is available to paid PA's who meet the qualifying criteria. Please have a look at the poster below "How can SDS PA's access PPE?" If you qualify and you need PPE please contact Sds Options Fife as detailed. This is for an SDS paid PA: T: 01592 803280/ E: email@example.com If you are an unpaid carer, please contact the Carers Centre T: 01592 205472 / E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Message shared on behalf of the PA Network and SPAEN
Personal Assistants Required throughout Scotland
As the Coronavirus continues to spread this will inevitably result in many PA employers and PAs having to self- isolate as a result of either themselves or someone close to them being affected by the virus. We at the Personal Assistants Network Scotland are working in partnership with the Scottish Personal Assistant Employers Network (SPAEN) to try to mitigate some of the problems that this will undoubtedly cause for both parties.
We would like to ask all Personal Assistants who would be willing to work to help other employers, who may be suffering as a result of their PA being in self-isolation, to get in touch with either ourselves or SPAEN. It may be that your own employer is self-isolating and for a period of time your work hours have been reduced or that you are willing to work more hours to help those in need. Either way, if you get in touch with us giving us your contact details and details of the area that you are willing to work within, we will add you to our emergency PA list.
Anyone out there who would consider working to support vulnerable people during this crisis is also welcome to contact us and your details can be added to our contact list.
We can guarantee strict confidentiality at all times and we will not give your details to any prospective employer without your direct consent. If there is an employer within the area you are willing to work in who needs support, we will contact you. We’ll give you details of the job requirements, hours of work available, hourly rate of pay etc. and you can let us know if you are interested in speaking to the employer. Only then would we give an employer your contact details.
We are not acting as an introductory service or recommending anyone as being a suitable employee, the employer would still need to follow all the normal recruitment practices before employing you. We are simply trying to help people to shorten the timescale that this would normally take.
If you would like to register as being available for PA work please contact –
PA Network Scotland on 01563 522551 or email: email@example.com, alternatively you can contact SPAEN on 01698 250280 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
March 2020 is Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Older People Month of Action. Statistics show that older people are most at risk from fires. For more information and details about how to arrange a free fire safety visit please download the documents below.
SDS Options (Fife) and Disabled Person's Housing Service (Fife) will be closed for the holidays from 12pm on Tuesday 24th December 2019 and re-opens on Friday 3rd January 2020 at 9am. All the staff wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Some Useful Numbers:
Samaritans - 116 123
Breathing Space - 0800 838587
Social Work Out Of Hours Emergencies - 03451 55 00 99
Adult Protection Phone Line - 01383 602200
Child Protection - Police 101 or Social Work 03451 551503
NHS24 - 111
CARF - 0345 1400 095
Homelesss Emergency Number - 0800 028 6231
We have a new traineeship available at Disabled Persons Housing Service (Fife).
Traineeship – Reference 2019/001
PATH (Scotland) is offering a thirty-six month Positive Action Training Scheme, which has been specifically designed to redress the under-representation of black and minority ethnic communities in employment in Scottish Housing. PATH works in collaboration with Local Authority Housing Departments and Registered Social Landlords across Scotland to provide our housing training opportunities.
· Be from Black and Minority Ethnic Communities and committed to a housing career
· Be willing to undertake a demanding training and study programme over 36 months
· Have excellent communication skills
· Have a commitment to team work
· Have good customer service skills
Closing date for applications is Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at 12.30pm
DPHS (Fife) like to invite you to a conversation about creating a
Centre for Independent/Inclusive Living in Fife
10 January 2019
2.00pm – 3.30pm
St Bryce Kirk
St Brycedale Ave
Let us know if you intend to come
Also let us know if you have any access or transport requirements
Come earlier if you would like some lunch and to be around for our AGM
Contact 01592 803280 or email email@example.com