At Independent Lives, we’re continuously looking for ways to improve the service we provide to our customers by constantly listening and adapting to feedback.Image of Gareth Shephard, Communications Assistant

As a result, this will be the last general e-news published on a fortnightly basis – going forward it will be published monthly, on the last Wednesday of every month.

As always, if you’d like to get in touch with us about the e-news, please contact us by emailing feedback@independentlives.org 

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West Sussex County Council pushes to attract more children’s social workers

For those looking to pursue a career in children’s social work, there’s a special recruitment event taking place tomorrow run by West Sussex County Council.

Various council staff including social workers, managers and the family operations director will be at County Hall North in Horsham between 17:00-19:00 to answer your questions.

To find out more about the event, please click here


The Big Give is now accepting applications for health and disability funding

The Big Give’s Christmas Challenge helps charities in the UK raise funds to help them achieve their goals. Since the Christmas Challenge launched in 2008, it has raised over £78 million for nearly 3,000 third sector projects.

The Christmas Challenge offers charities the chance to receive funding and to incentivise donors by doubling donations on theBigGive.org.uk when the campaign goes live on 28th November 2017.

To apply for the Christmas Challenge 2017, please click here.

The closing date is Friday 07 July.


Think Local, Act Personal publishes Care Act 2014 survey results     

In August 2016, Think Local, Act Personal (TLAP) were commissioned by the Department of Health to find out the experiences of people with support and care needs, roughly a year after the care act had come into effect. TLAP has now published their findings.

The survey was carried out by 1,181 people aged 18 and over. Of these, nearly 400 were people who need care and support themselves, and over 600 were carers.

Questions focussed on a variety of different aspects including: Information and Advice, Wellbeing and Health, Advocacy and more.

To read the survey results, please click here

To read the survey results in easy read format, please click here

To read the background research that was carried out by TLAP in order to run the survey, please click here


Image of our training icon in blueEvents & Training

Do you or your staff need to complete the Care Certificate? We can help.

At Independent Lives, we work directly with disabled people, so we know what works in practice. We have designed affordable and easy-to-use training materials and a training service to support health and social care professionals.

Our workbook is the ideal tool to help your staff achieve the Care Certificate.

This workbook covers the minimum competence of the 15 Care Certificate standards – breaking down the information into bite size pieces to make it engaging and easy to understand – you can view a sample of the contents here.

We also offer formal health and social care training from as little as £15.

Our TrainerQuals Level 3 accredited trainers make these sessions accessible and flexible through a mix of classroom and online learning.

The training will enable your staff to work safely and effectively as well as increasing their confidence and developing their skills. Click here to take a look at the training that we offer.

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