Wednesday, 28 July 2010

New Personal Assistant Matching Service (PAMS) from Ryder-Cheshire Volunteers (Reading)

PAMS is for adults with disabilities, who use Direct Payments to pay for their care needs. The service was launched on 19 July at the Direct Payments Users’ Forum.

Ryder-Cheshire Volunteers (Reading) receives funding from the Department of Health and works in partnership with Reading Borough Council on this project.
When a disabled person is referred to PAMS, we will aim to match them with a suitable Personal Assistant whom they can employ. Our aim is to offer greater security when recruiting support for personal care needs.

In our first 3 months we accepted 7 people to progress to being ‘Approved Personal Assistants’. Some are already qualified to NVQ level and some, although unqualified, are also caring, dependable and willing
to learn. They must all pass basic training courses in social care provided by Reading Borough Council.
To find out more about our service please, contact: Jill Hunt, PAMS, Ryder-Cheshire Volunteers (Reading), 448 Oxford Road, Reading, RG30 1EE.

Tel: 0118 948 7042. Email: