Monday, 17 August 2015

About the Personal Assistants Online Guidebook

This online resource aims to provide anyone who is either already working as a Personal Assistant in social care or thinking of joining the profession with an up-to-date and accessible way to learn more about the role of the PA, gain awareness of the key issues PAs face and access sources of further information, learning and support. 
The Guidebook brings together some of the best freely-available online resources embedded alongside newly created videos and written materials in one place. 
The Guidebook has been written and compiled by key professionals from the partnership organisations below, including leading social work professional Dr Neil Thompson. 
We hope you find it interesting and useful.

The Partnership
This online guidebook for Personal Assistants in Wales has been developed by a partnership of the following organisations:
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UNISON Cymru Wales is the trade union for public service workers. We have more than 100,000 members in Wales working in public services. As the leading public-service union, we guide the way in the campaign to defend Welsh public services and public service workers.

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DigiSkills Cymru is a lifelong learning project created by UNSION Cymru Wales, hosted by WEA Cymru and funded by the Welsh Government's Wales Union Learning Fund (2013-16). The aim of the project is to lead the co-design of new opportunities for public service workers to develop their digital literacies and promote digital inclusion throughout the public services by recruiting and training digital champions. 

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Connecting Learners in South & Mid Wales is a lifelong learning project created by UNISON Cymru Wales, hosted by Community Lives Consortium and funded by the Welsh Government's Wales Union Learning Fund (2013-16). The aim of the Project is to support and compliment work based learning opportunities in social care and social housing – with a particular focus on the basic skills of literacy and numeracy.

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Torfaen County Borough Council is a local authority in South East Wales that provides a range of care and support services for those who are assesed as eligble. In doing so, Torfaen is a strong advocate of direct payments and recognises the essential value of being able to offer more choice, control, flexibility and person centred care to individuals.

Services for Independent Living (SIL) is a service user and family carer controlled charitable company. SIL provides services that enable disabled and older people to live independent lives in their own homes within their own community.

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Avenue Learning Centre: providers of high-quality innovative online learning solutions for the people professions. Dr Neil Thompson was commissioned to produce instructional videos and written materials for this resource.

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With thanks to WEA YMCA CC Cymru for their help and support, with special thanks to Buddug Wiliam.

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Licensing and usage
You are free to "clone" and remix this resource on and to reuse any of the original materials within it in line with the terms of the Creative Commons licence.
However, any freely available third-party materials embedded within it are not subject to the Creative Commons licence unless otherwise stated by the owners.
Although every effort has been made to select external resources from reputable sources, the co-design partners cannot accept responsibility for the quality and/or accuracy of the content of external websites linked to.

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