Funding for training for PA employers and their PAs

If you employ a Personal Assistant (paid private carer), you might be able to get funding for training.

Skills for Care has funding for “Individual Employers” – people who use a social services direct payment / personal budget, or who pay from their own money to employ someone to help them live an independent life in their own home.

This funding can be used to get training for the Personal Assistant – to help them support you better, or for you as a PA employer – to help you be a better employer.

Training could include social care qualifications, or specific modules – such as Dementia Awareness. It could be for general courses around personal assistance – such as moving and handling, safe food preparation, first aid – if this would be part of their role with you. It could also be for training for non-traditional support, where it would be of use to you – for example, if you have a lot of discomfort and feel that you PA having massage skills would be of use.

As an employer you might like extra training on employers responsibilities, supervision and/ or training techniques…

You can find out more information, and a video, on the Skills for Care Individual Employer Funding web-page. They also have lots of other resources for people employing Personal Assistants.

If you want training for yourself as an employer, or you PA, and you need help to apply for this, contact Jenny on 020 8960 8888 or email for help to complete the form.



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Daybed / wheelchair – for private sale.

A message from an ADKC member about an item for sale privately:

Amazing daybed/wheelchair for sale

I have an air comfort Hill Heath Care deluxe daybed/wheelchair for sale, with footrests and tray.

It is in excellent condition as it was only used for 4 months.

It is one continuous pressure mattress that adapts to different positions and has padded side panels and headrests that can be collapsed to allow a transfer from a hospital style bed.

It enabled my husband who was paralysed to be taken out and visit our local lexi cinema and the Tricycle theatre.

The chair sits high off the ground ,is easily pushed and is very manoeuvrable because of the fantastic engineering which has gone into it. Details are on Action Mobility Centre- Pressure Relieving Air Chair.

I originally paid nearly £2000 and would like £1000 for it.

Telephone  020 8459 7346 or 07502 122 337 and ask to speak to Heather

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Inclusive Swimming – back by popular demand!

A notice from colleagues at Kensington Leisure Centre -

Come along to out FREE swimming sessions -

When: Friday’s 14:00 – 15:00

Where: Kensington Leisure Centre – Teaching Pool

Who: Melinda

Duration: We’ll be hosting this session every Friday from 7th July 2017 – 30th March 2018

How much?: Free! Access via the Leisure Pass (Inclusive Swimming Initiative)

People will just need to complete a short monitoring form on arrival.

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Calling all Disability Equality Trainers

A message from colleagues from Transport for All:

Are you a Disabled person able to run inspiring Disability Equality training sessions? Apply now! 

Transport for All and Inclusion London, two leading Deaf and Disabled Peoples organisations, are looking for new freelance trainers.

Our training opportunities focus on transport providers and a range of public and voluntary sector organisations – all of whom want to improve the accessibility and customer service experience for their Disabled customers.

We have established an excellent track record in designing and delivering bespoke Disability Equality Training, firmly rooted in the Social Model of Disability, that equips frontline and operational staff as well senior managers with the knowledge, skills and confidence to better serve the needs of Disabled customers.

We are now looking to grow our team of freelance Disabled trainers at an exciting time of growth.

As a freelance trainer, you will deliver high quality training designed by us for our clients. You will have excellent communication skills, a passion for Disability rights and the Social Model of Disability, an in-depth understanding of how to use a social model approach to improve service delivery and a winning hearts and minds personal style.

Essential experience required:

  • Lived experience as a Disabled person;
  • Experience of delivering Disability equality training to a variety of audiences using a variety of training approaches;
  • Experience/knowledge/interest in the issues faced by Disabled people in particular around access to transport services and/or improving accessibility of services;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Good IT skills.

Payment: to be negotiated.

To apply please send your CV and a one page covering letter addressing the essential experience detailed above to by the 11th July.

Interviews will take place on the 18th at our offices in Brixton.

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Grenfell Tower – updated information

For up to date information for people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, please see the council’s link -

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Independent Living and Care Fair -postponed

We have just found out that we will not be able to hold the Independent Living and Care Fair on Monday.

As you will all undoubtedly be aware – the tragedy affecting residents of Grenfell Tower and their families and friends, has lead to the entire community coming together to donate time, comfort and items. So great are these kind donations that the venue we were due to use is now being used to hold donations and coordinate support . We are therefore cancelling the event… but I am sure you will agree that this is for good reason. 

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Grenfell Tower advice

We are all aware of the terrible fire in Grenfell Tower this morning.

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea have provided this official advice. 

There is a dedicated emergency line at the casualty bureau 0800 0961 233 if you are worried about people unaccounted for.

Residents who are displaced due to the fire can call 020 7361 3008

 Chelsea and Westminster and St Mary’s Hospitals, as well as other London hospitals, are really busy dealing with the injured and the discharge teams and British Red Cross are deploying extra staff to cope with the numbers so please only attend A&E if it is an emergency and use NHS 111 and GP surgeries wherever possible.

The main rest centres for displaced residentsare as follows: 

·         Rugby Portobello Trust, Walmer Road, W11 4EY

·         St Clement Church, Treadgold Street, W11 4BP

·         Westway Sports Centre, Crowthorne Road, W10 6RP – Please use Westway Sports Centre if possible as the other two are reaching capacity.

However the following is a list of some of the other organisations in the local area providing shelter and provisions:

  • The Clement James Centre
    95 Sidar Road, W11 4EQ
  • The Venture Centre
    103A Wornington Road, W10 5YB
  • The Latimer Christian Centre
    Bramley Road, W10 6SU
  • St. James Church
    St. James’s Gardens, W11 4RB
  • Notting Hill Community Church
    Kensington Park Road, W11 2ES
  • Griffin Gallery
    21 Evesham Street, W11 4AJ

RBKC local Mental Health providers, Hestia, Smart and Kensington and Chelsea Mind are providing emotional support to those affected directly or indirectly by this event so please refer people onto them as required, contact details on their websites.

The rest centre for those concerned about friends and family is Salvation Army, 205 Portobello Road, W11 1LU

If you would like to volunteer to help with the support effort please contact 020 7361 3008 and let us know your skills

For any further updates please check the Council’s website on

Kensington and Chelsea Social Council also add:

How to help
The main way you can help is by directing anyone in need of assistance to Portobello Rugby Trust (RPT), 221 Walmer Road, W11. This is now the main rest centre for those who need immediate assistance. Those directly affected and in need of assistance should be signposted there.

You can also help by offering a space to friends and family. The RPT team is on site right now with many of the residents and we will let everyone know as soon as possible what is needed. They are collecting information on what is needed and what is available on their Facebook page.

There will be many people needing long-term support and supplies and to be most effective in supporting them, they are asking everyone to please hold off on dropping anything to RPT until they can put together a list of what is needed.

Giving Donations
The Kensington and Chelsea Foundation has launched an appeal for funding with support from London Funders and the London Emergency Trust Fund. To find out how to donate please click on the link Donations  and when you have indicated the amount you wish to donate, tick the box Grenfell Tower Appeal. Every penny raised will go to those affected.

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Social Care special – Surgery with Marcia Richards postponed

At our March 17 Disabled People’s Quesition Time meeting, Triborough Director of Adult Social Care – Stella Baillie,  suggested that members with social care questions / issues might value having a surgery with senior social care managers.

As a result, Marcia Richards Head of Services – Royal Borough of Kensington has agreed to hold an Adult Social Care Surgery at ADKC on 21st June, between 1.30-4.30 where anyone with a question or complaint about care services, can come and get one-to-one advice.

Marcia has visited our Personal Budget User Group before and has come along to our Question Time event in October 16, and members have found her approachable and knowledgeable.

To ensure that Marcia is able to properly respond to the question or issue that you wish to raise – she will need full details at least a week in advance.

Therefore, it is vital that you contact Jenny Hurst by the 12th June with details of the issue / enquiry so she can pass on the outline of your issue, and book you a private appointment with Marcia. 

You can contact Jenny at the office,  on 020 8960 8888 or email

Don’t forget also to come along to our Independent Living and Care Fair on the 19th June!

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Royal Academy – InMotion Tours

A message from our colleagues at the Royal Academy for people with mobility difficulties


InMotion: Tours for mobility impaired visitors

This season, join us for tours of our newest exhibitions, designed for wheelchair users and mobility impaired visitors. Read on for more details.

These events includes refreshments, and volunteer support is provided.
Sessions are free but have a limited capacity. Please book in advance

Summer Exhibition 17

Summer Exhibition 2017

Monday 10 July, 9–11am

Join us for an early morning tour of the Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition.

This is the world’s largest open submission contemporary art show. See new and recent art created by everyone from emerging artists to the biggest names in contemporary art and architecture. Book now.

A person showing another visitor a painting

Matisse in the Studio

Monday 18 September, 9–11am

Join us for this early morning tour as we explore the eclectic collection of Henri Matisse, drawn from the far corners of the world.

Our tour will reveal how these objects took on new life in Matisse’s transcendent art. Book now.

How to book

Tickets can be booked online or by contacting our Ticketing Team by emailing or call us on 020 7300 8090.If you intend to use one of our wheelchairs during your visit, please be aware that there are a limited number available. We strongly advise you reserve these while booking your ticket.
Book now
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Spring 2017 Newsflash now out

Our Spring 2017 Newsflash is now available.

If you are an ADKC member and would prefer this to be sent to you in a different format, pleaase let us know.

This newsflash and our other publications can also be found on our publications archieve page


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