Coming in March 2020

Direct Payment Support Service

Action on Disability are excited to announce a co-produced service, starting in March 2020. The service is guided by a steering group, a peer support group and local residents.

A Direct Payment gives you the opportunity to purchase your own support. The goal is to empower the individual by giving you more flexibility, choice and control over how services are provided. Money is made available by Hammersmith & Fulham Council to individuals who are eligible for social care services.

How We Will Support You

Set Up

If you want to receive a Direct Payment your social worker or assessor will make a referral to us. From there, we can meet you in a convenient location (including your home) to support you in setting up and managing your Direct Payment. This can include:

  • Options for managing your payments and staff
  • Choosing a suitable agency or provider
  • Paying for activities in your community
  • Explaining how the Council monitors your payment.

Recruiting a Personal Assistant 

We can support you in hiring a personal assistant. 

  • We will help you write a job description outlining what kind of person you are looking for and detailing the tasks involved
  • We can place adverts on job sites and set up a free profile on www.find-a-pa.co.uk
  • We can also assist with interviews, references, DBS checks, setting up insurance and providing contracts of employment. 

Advice and Information 

Are you thinking about using a Direct Payment, but would like more information? We will be here to any answer any questions you may have.

We can also:

  • Introduce you to other people who use Direct Payments
  • Signpost other helpful organisations 
  • Provide ongoing support while you are using your Direct Payment.  

Training 

We can direct you and your personal assistant (PA) to any relevant training that may be needed. 

Skills for Care have funding available for individual employers. We can help you apply for this funding. For more information, click here to visit their website.

Consent Form

Co-Produced Service

Additional Documents

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