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Welcome to Birmingham

Office Contacts
Title Name
Service Manager Rachel Bradley
Independent Living Adviser Rasila Patel
Independent Living Adviser Marcia Reid
Independent Living Adviser Louise Beck
Independent Living Adviser Nikki Farrell
Independent Living Adviser Maria Prust
Finance Officer (Managed Accounts) Muhammad Khan
Clerical Officer Winfred Ngahyoma

Services in Birmingham

If you have been referred for a direct payment for the first time, your social worker will arrange for your direct payment package to be set up and established in a way that is appropriate depending on whether you choose to use personal assistants from a care agency or you are going to employ your own personal assistant(s).

Once your direct payment package is established, there are a number of additional services that you may choose to purchase to make managing your direct payment even easier.

There is a cost associated with each service; we will help you to work out how you can use your direct payment to fund the service(s) you require.

Free Training for Direct Payment Employers and Personal Assistants (PAs)

Birmingham City Council and The Learning and Development Service are putting on a number of training courses for direct payment employers and PAs.  All sessions are full funded and free to attend.

Developing the Role of the Personal Assistant (for PAs only)

6th December 10 a.m to 2.30 p.m. (The Hub, Kings Heath)

If you are newly employed in the role of personal assistant or even if you have been doing this work for a long time, this one day course will enable you to be informed about the following:

  • To understand the vital role you play as a PA
  • To appreciate your responsibilities as a PA
  • To understand what person-centred care means in your role
  • To know your rights as an employee
  • To understand your responsibilities as an employee

Please note this session is for personal assistants only in dorder for them to create an environment where they feel comfortable to learn, share their experiences and network.  As a courtesy, the trainers ask that employers do not attend.

First Aid Awareness (for direct payment employers and PAs)

13th December 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. The Hub, Kings Heath

Would you/your personal assistant know what to do if you had a fall? Are you confident in your resuscitation technique and the correct use of the recovery position?  Would you know what to do if someone was choking?  This session will give practical tips on how to hlep until the emergency services arrive.

Safeguarding Awareness (direct payment employers and PAs)

18th December 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. The YMCA Erdington

  • Do you want to understand the principles of making safeguarding personal?
  • Recognise the signs of abuse and abusive activities/situtaions?
  • Know what to do if you have concerns about possible abuse?

This session is about helping adults keep themselves safe and give you some insight into what to do if and when you come across a safeguarding issue.

Safer People Handling (for PAs)

30th November 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. St Barnabas, Erdington

This course aims to give PAs practice for a range of manual handling skills. The aims of the session are:

  • To be able to transfer safely on your own
  • To safely use hoist and slings
  • To develop awareness to reduce risk
  • To signpost to additional learning and support available

This course will give you the opportunity to practise and develop skills to move and position people safely as part of their care.  You will be taught the skills to enable you to perform basic sitting and standing transfers safely, as well as recapping the practical risk assessment points from when this is not suitable or safe.

Please contact the trainers on 0121 303 0990 or email tlds@birmingham.gov.uk to ask any questions and to book your space.

Useful Links in Birmingham

Please find below links to other websites that you may find useful.

Find It In Birmingham - www.finditinbirmingham.com/

The Silver Line (helpline for older people) - www.thesilverline.org.uk - 0800 4 70 80 90

Accessibility at Birmingham Airport - www.birmingham-airport-guide.co.uk/disabled-facilities.html 

Contact Us

Penderels Trust

Room G12, Fairgate House
205 Kings Road
B11 2AA

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