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The Personal Assistants Project
Survey for Personal Assistants launched
FREE JOINT WORKSHOP ON HANDLING DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS – HOW TO MANAGE CONFLICT IN AN EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP
What is it?
Who is this aimed at?
When will it take place and where?
Places are limited so please book as soon as possible. It would help if you could state any access needs when you book.
Updated August 2014
Personal Assistants Update May 2014
Union project offers personal assistants and support workers training and employment rights advice – Project update…
ARE you a Personal Assistant
The Personal Assistants project is now into the next phase working jointly with the Workers Educational Association (WEA) looking to continue engaging with Personal Assistants across Scotland.
Initially through a series of local events with taster sessions, information stalls and workshops, we want to find out what support you – as a PA
• need at work
This might include further training such as refreshing your Communication Skills, Introduction to IT or something else.
We want to make sure you know what your rights at work are, and help you to have the confidence and skills to be a good PA. You’ll also get the chance to meet other PA’s doing similar jobs.
Interested in finding out more or to find out what’s happening in your area? Contact me at:
• WEA Scotland 0141 221 0003
Updated 16 May 2014
OCTOBER MEETINGS IN GLASGOW
The Adelphi Tria Cafe, Adelphi Centre Commercial Rd Gorbals 10am-12pm Monday 7, 14, 21or 28 October
Parkhead Library between 4.-6pm Monday 7, 14, 21 or 28 October
The Albany Centre cafe Ashley Street (Woodlands area) between 4-6pm Wednesday 9 or 16 October or 9.30-11.30am on either Friday 25 October or Friday 1st November.
The Bridges Centre Cafe Easterhouse between 1.00-300pm on Thursday 17 24 or 31st October.
The Clean Plates Cafe, Maryhill Burgh Halls Gairbraid Avenue Maryhill between 1-3pm on Wednesday 16th, 23, or 30th October
22 May 2013: News release – New union project offers personal assistants training and employment rights advice
The public services union UNISON has launched a new project offering networking, advice and support to personal assistants (PAs) who work for disabled and elderly clients.
See full press release here:
About the Personal Assistants Project
Lynne Rankin reports on her role in The Personal Assistants (PA) Project which aims to organise and recruit to UNISON this relatively new but growing group of workers.
22 May 2013
Personal Assistants or PAs, are employed by people receiving a direct payment and work in a variety of support/care roles doing different hours of work depending on their employers needs. Some may have already been UNISON members through previous employment with a local authority or voluntary sector employer but some will be new and might not be aware they have the same rights as any other employee including the right to join trade union and be represented at work. Indeed, before recruiting PA’s to join UNISON I need to find them first!
Nationally, there is also a similar UNISON project running in conjunction in Yorkshire & Humberside and we speak regularly to share good practise and discuss what works well. UNISON Learning and Organising Services are also looking at a “learning offer” for PA’s and this could provide training and development opportunities for this group of workers dependent on need or discounts to Open University courses.
If successful and we get PA’s to join up – this will mean a very different role for UNISON in terms of representation of members that could be establishing a mediation route in the event of any problems at work.
Progress so far
The response from employers’ organisations such as Scottish Personal Assistants Network (SPAEN) and Self Directed Support Scotland (SDSS) has been really positive, as has interactions with various local authorities as they recognise that whilst there is support for employers there is none for the PA’s and welcome working with UNISON to provide this.
Previous joint work saw the production of a pamphlet for PA’s entitled “Your rights at work” and this has been updated for 2013. The geographical spread of the project was initially to be 8 branches around Greater Glasgow but I was delighted to play a part on the SDSS Roadshows taking place in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth & Aberdeen and to take the lead in a workshop on PA rights at work.
I have also been out to a few branches to explain what the project is about and to get ideas where to meet PA’s in their areas and have met with employers support organisations in those areas. I managed to get four contacts from the Glasgow who are interested in taking part in a PA network for support.
The next step is to try and set up small local meetings for PA’s to meet and speak with other PA’s, and encourage them to join UNISON. Articles will be going in to the local papers promoting meetings in the area and I will be writing to managers responsible for Self Directed Support in local authorities’ asking them to promote and advertise these to their staff and clients.
Once a network is established, will look at what communication method is most appropriate to keep in touch whether this is using social networking, or maybe a dedicated section on the website. At the moment, it is envisaged PA’s will join branches according to the area they work in – but this may be a discussion for another day!
If you have any ideas about how we can reach Personal Assistants in your area or want more information on the project – please contact me at L.Rankin@unison.co.uk or phone 07903 853022.
Page updated 24 october 2013