Thinking of employing your own staff (or Personal Assistants) under Option 1? Thinking about working as a PA? Please feel free to sign up to this free course available via the University of East Anglia under Future Learn programme: The Role of Personal Assistants in Disability Support. It is an online course done at your own pace over a period of 3 weeks. You can choose to pay to have ongoing access to it/to get a printed certificate, but that is not necessary in order to access the materials. Let us know how you get on!
We are delighted to announce that we are partnering with Citizens Advice & Rights Fife (CARF) to provide Pop Ins at our High Street base on a monthly basis. Our Education Room is a confidential quiet space to spend time with an adviser from CARF. Timely money/benefits advice has helped many of our customers in the past.
Stefan will be taking bookings for Wednesday 21st February for the morning on this occasion. Current customers at DPHS can access this assistance by contacting your adviser here (either Housing or Self Directed Support service), or alternatively, asking Stefan to book you a place on 01592 803280
WE NEED YOU!!
We are interested in hearing your views on *Personal Assistant employment…..
You may employ someone to support you - we'd be grateful if you tell them about this research! If you are a Personal Assistant yourself, we'd be grateful for your views:
**** Why do you do this kind of work? What’s the future for this kind of work? How well defined is your role? Do you have access to training and ongoing personal and professional development? Keen to give your views?
Please participate in this online survey by Dr Amy Watson, Strathclyde University for the Scottish Centre for Employment Research.
If you are an employer of a PA, you may wish to give them details of the research so that they can join in. Similarly if your employment role brings you into contact with PAs or PA Employers you may wish to send the link on to them to ensure Dr Watson and the research team get as much feedback as possible. We are particularly keen for those in the Fife area to be able to feed into this research. Dr Watson will be holding a session here at our offices, Law's Close, 339 High Street, Kirkcaldy on Thursday 18th January from 2 – 3pm and you are welcome to attend to give further feedback. You can sign up for the event at the end of the survey.
*What’s a PA?
Personal Assistants (commonly known as ‘PAs’) are employed directly by people who need care and support to enable them to live their life independently in the way they choose.
Each role is unique and Personal Assistants carry out a wide range of tasks based on the individual needs of their employer, providing flexible support with things like personal care, healthcare, domestic tasks, employment and social activities.
The overall aim of PA work is to support someone to exercise choice and control and lead a full, active and independent life. Rather than being employed by an agency or other care provider, Personal Assistants are employed directly by the person they provide care and support to (these employers are sometimes known as ‘individual employers’ or ‘Direct Payment employers’). The employer may use their own monies to pay the person, they may use a budget via Social Work that they have been assessed as requiring and choose to use the budget to employ a PA (Option One), and they may choose to top this up with their own monies.
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Notice that the office will close for a half day today (from 12 noon Tuesday 12th December) in order to organise and celebrate our Christmas Lunch with our incredibly hard working volunteers, Board and staff team.
Our office will open with normal hours again tomorrow morning!
Staff this year are donating to The Cottage in Kirkcaldy who support families to have a good Christmas. Instead of Secret Santa or Christmas Cards we are donating toys to be delivered to The Cottage after Christmas Jumper Day (next Friday). If you'd like to donate an item, please feel free to hand this in to the office. Many thanks.
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We are looking to put together some useful tips and some short videos (with transcriptions) about specific parts of the SDS process and would like to know what information you would like to see and what specific topics/tips would be useful on our website. Please let us know!
So just how do you subtitle that cool video you have on your website? Will it take ages? Will it be difficult?
Here’s Stefan’s 6 Easy Steps to Sub Titling Your Video. Once you’ve done it once, there’ll be no stopping you!
Access video manager on YouTube, find the video you want to subtitle and click the arrow by ‘Edit’ (marked in red)
From dropdown, select ‘Subtitles & CC’
Click ‘Add new subtitles or CC’ and type in the language you are going to provide captions for, this does not have to be the language that the video is spoken in.
Then click ‘Transcribe and auto-sync’.
Step 5,…..nearly there…..
Just listen to the video and type out what is said word for word. The video will pause as you start to type and then continue to play once you stop.
Step 6….and finally
After you are done clicking ‘Set timings’ will allow you to correct any sentences that appear too soon or too late for the spoken words.
Once all timings are correct, clicking ‘Actions’ and ‘Publish’ will add and save your captions.
How straight forward was that?
Hope you enjoy sub titling your videos and please pass on the word!
THANK YOU to Stefan at DPHS(Fife) who figured this out all on his own!