We have been receiving some enquiries from people who receive Direct Payments asking if they should be making use of the above scheme as announced recently by the UK Government.
This scheme has been designed to stop UK Companies from making large scale redundancies following the loss of business they are suffering due to the ‘Coronavirus’ shut down. Companies are allowed to place their staff on ‘Furlough’ and during this period the UK Government has agreed to pay up to 80% of these peoples wages.
We have looked at this from a Direct Payments perspective. We are of the opinion that the ‘Furlough’ scheme would not be appropriate for Direct Payments employers for the following reasons:
We hope that this helps to explain the situation regarding the Uk Government Furlough scheme. If you require any further help please contact the Direct Payments Office by emailing: email@example.com.
|Autumn Newsletter (Welsh)||Autumn Newsletter (English)|
There is a new PA Guidebook available and it can be found www.paonlineguidebookwales.co.uk.
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 Rowan Organisation has a small team covering Conwy, Denbighshire and Gwynedd, comprising of Karen Smith (Deputy Chief Executive Officer), Richard Roberts (North Wales Direct Payments Manager) and Independent Living Advisers; Jan Dodd, Fiona Owens, Jacqui Renwick, Gail Silver and Mandy Morsley.
Between us, we have a wealth of knowledge and experience and our aim is to provide you with information and support with regards to Direct Payments.
In the initial stages, we can provide general information about Direct Payments and of how they may suit your needs. Then, should you decide to proceed with Direct Payments, we can support you with the practical tasks such as opening a bank account, the completion of associated paperwork, recruiting new staff and of course, ongoing support to become, and continue to be, a good employer.
We hope that in time, people receiving Direct Payments will benefit from increased confidence and independence and naturally, this will result in you requiring less support from ourselves. However, should your circumstances change for any reason, and you`d like a little helping hand, please feel free to contact us and we will pick up where we left off.
Our Head Office is based in Coventry and we also have a Welsh office in Bangor, in order to provide our services bilingually. From here, payroll is processed for all welsh speakers in Wales.
Head Office is manned between the hours of 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
The Welsh office is manned Monday to Thursday 9.00am til 5.00pm and from 9.00am til 4.30pm on Fridays.
To contact us, please contact our Information Team on the freephone numbers of:
01248 668750 for Welsh Speakers
0800 783 1755 for English Speakers
Fax: 01248 668751
You can e-mail the Information Service.
The Rowan Organisation
Llys Y Dderwen,
We look forward to hearing from you!
|Karen Smith||Deputy Chief Executive Officer||Click here to see Karen's profile|
|Richard Roberts||North Wales Direct Payments Manager||Click here to see Richard's profile|
|Jan Dodd||Independent Living Advisor||Click here to see Jan's profile|
|Jacqui Renwick||Independent Living Advisor||Click here to see Jacqui's profile|
|Fiona Owens||Independent Living Advisor|
|Mandy Morsley||Independent Living Advisor||Click here to see Mandy's profile|
Peer Support Groups offer an invaluable opportunity to share ideas and suggestions as to how things may be improved...not only between yourselves, but to us, The Rowan Organisation, to your Local Authority and to other local community and voluntary organisations.
The group will give a great opportunity to meet and provide mutual support to fellow Direct Payments users, discuss matters of concern, share ideas and good practice and the opportunity to socialise.
If you are interested in starting a local group please speak to your local ILA or contact our Information Service on 02476 322860.
We look forward to meeting you.
To find out more about Direct Payments in Gwynedd, please visit their website here e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or refer to the http://www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru website for the contact details for each region.
Coleg Llandrillo Menai – Bangor (01248 370125), Dolgellau (01341 422827), Pwllheli (01758 701385) campws –gofynnwch i Siw Owen am cyrsiau yn Arfon ac Iona Jones am cwrsiau yn Dwyfor & Meirionydd. Chwilich am cyrsiau ar busnes@LlandrilloMenai. – Mae yna amryw o cyrsiau fel Thrin a codi
Coleg Llandrillo Menai – Bangor (01248 370125), Dolgellau (01341 422827), Pwllheli (01758 701385) sites –Ask Siw Owen for courses in Arfon and Iona Jones for courses in Dwyfor & Meirionydd. Check out courses on busnes@LlandrilloMenai. – Variety of courses including Lifting & Handling
Groundworks – 01978 757524 or email@example.com- Mae yna amryw o cyrsiau fel Thrin a codi
Groundworks – 01978 757524 or firstname.lastname@example.org – Variety of courses including Lifting & Handling
First.aid@4minutes – 01628 569922 – email@example.com – Andy Crowhurst MD. Dewis o gyrsiau ystafell ddosbarth yn unig / ystafell ddosbarth ac ar-lein neu ar-lein yn unig. Mae Cymorth Cyntaf yn y Gwaith (FAW), Cymorth Cyntaf Pediatrig, cwrs CPR (diweddaru blynyddol), cwrs Trin â Llaw (nid yw'n ymarferol os ar-lein - angen i fod mewn ystafell offer ar gyfer hyn). Ymhell i deithio i gyrsiau ond gallai ar-lein addasu rhai staff TU.
First.aid@4minutes – 01628 569922 – firstname.lastname@example.org – Andy Crowhurst MD. Choice of classroom only/ classroom and online or online only courses. First Aid at Work (FAW), Paediatric First Aid, CPR course (annual refresher), Manual Handling course (not practical if online – needs to be in an equipment room for this). Far to travel to courses but online could suit some DP staff.
Mantell Gwynedd – 01286 672626 or 01341 422575. www.mantellgwynedd.com- maent yn cynnig amrywiaeth o gyrsiau ac mae rhai yn berthnasol, e.e. Cymorth Cyntaf (15/03/18) a Bwyd mewn Arlwyo (21/02/18) ond nid Trin â Llaw.
Mantell Gwynedd – 01286 672626 or 01341 422575. www.mantellgwynedd.com- they offer a variety of courses and some are relevant e.g. First Aid (15/03/18) and Food in Catering (21/02/18)but not Manual Handling.
Medi – Tec – Bangor - 01248 672693 – Cyrsiau Cymorth Cyntaf, CPR a Epi Pens - dim Trin â Llaw
Medi – Tec – Bangor - 01248 672693 – First Aid, CPR & Epi Pens courses – no Manual Handling
Seren Cyf – Blaenau Ffestiniog – 01766 832378 – email@example.com – Cyrsiau sy'n agored i'r cyhoedd yw Cymorth Cyntaf Argyfwng, Diogelwch Tân Lefel 2, Iechyd a Diogelwch Lefel 2 yn y Gweithle, Diogelwch Bwyd Lefel 2, Symud a Thrin Diogel (pethau sy'n symud nid pobl). Nid ydynt yn cynnig Ymdrin â Llawlyfr â Holl. E-bostiwch am brisiau a gallwch ddyfynnu ar gyfer hyfforddiant grŵp.
Seren Cyf – Blaenau Ffestiniog – 01766 832378 – firstname.lastname@example.org – Courses open to the public are Emergency First Aid, Level 2 Fire Safety, Level 2 Health & Safety in the Workplace, Level 2 Food Safety, Safe Moving & Handling (moving things not people). They do not offer a Manual Handling with hoist. Please email for prices and can quote for group training.
SNAP Cymru – Cardiff (but office in Bangor) – 0845 120 3730 www.snapcymru.org – gweler y llyfryn hyfforddi sydd ynghlwm - dim trin â llaw ond rhai rhai diddorol eraill - gweler hyfforddiant arbenigol
SNAP Cymru – Cardiff (but office in Bangor) – 0845 120 3730 www.snapcymru.org – see training brochure attached – no Manual Handling but some other interesting ones – see specialist training.
If you employ your own care and support staff using a social care budget or your own money you can apply to Skills for Care to get money for training for you and your personal assistant. The money that is available is called individual employer funding.
Examples of the type of training you could use the money for are:-
To apply for the money and for further information please click here.
Fundraising camp - 25 September, Cardiff
Brought to you by UK Fundraising, WCVA, Institute of Fundraising and the Wales Millennium Centre, this ‘unconference’-style event is ‘informal and relentlessly practical’ and completely shaped by the fundraising questions you want answered!
Spend a day learning, talking about and maybe even solving the issues and challenges you face in your fundraising. Learn from other fundraisers in your area, find out how they've dealt with similar problems, and share your experience. Find out more about this unique event and book your place by clicking on the link above.
For further Events and Training dates please click here.
For UNISON MEMBERS working in a social care setting, e.g. local authority, private or charity-run/voluntary aided homes or employed directly by individuals.
For further information please click here.
Get the knowledge, skills and confidence to plan, prepare and deliver training sessions with this three day accredited course. One of our most popular courses, Training Skills gives you an overview of learning theory, provides practical planning tools for designing and evaluating, and helps prepare you for delivering your training. The course is ideal for those who are new to training and/or may have taken on a training role in their organisation for the first time.
For further information and details please click here.
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board are pleased to offer Leadership & management, Manual Handling and Violence & Aggression training.
New dates have been released for the following sessions:-
HCSW CPD Sessions, including:-
If you would to make a booking or further information regarding available courses or room hire across North Wales, please e-mail ABH.TrainingGroup@wales.nhs.uk.
Click on this link for further information.
The CADCentre UK Ltd is an approved training provider working in partnership with the Welsh Government to deliver the Work Based Learning training scheme. The aim of the scheme is to provide high-quality vocational training and assessment without incurring any financial costs to the employer whatsoever.
The training courses are FREE OF CHARGE and, after successful completion, the staff will receive City & Guilds certification. The training is predominantly for Welsh speaking staff, however if you have English speaking staff who are interested they can work on a 1:1 ratio.
Courses available are:-
For further information on the courses or to find out more please call Shareen Jarrett directly on Freephone 0808 2000 129 or you can e-mail email@example.com.
Denbighshire County Council is pleased to offer free training to Direct Payment Recipients and their staff, free of charge.
For further details, please visit their website or contact the Training Department at:
Workforce Development Team,
Alternatively, we can support you to identify courses with the local colleges, such as those offered by Llandrillo.
Coleg Llandrillo Cymru,
Telephone: 01492 546 666
Fax: 01492 543 052
Coleg Llandrillo Rhyl,
Telephone: 01745 354 797
Fax: 01745 334 315
G2G Communities are offering training courses and Open University flexible training courses, some of which may be free. All courses are supported and flexible with drop in sessions and virtual support.
More information is available in their leaflet.
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