IMPACT Group – Personal Assistants and Individual Employer event feedback from 10 April event

Posted by on April 27, 2015 in Active & Supportive Communities, Home Page, Information & Advice, My Support My Money, Workforce | 0 comments

Despite dire warnings of high pollution, with sands from the Sahara forecast to enter UK airspace on Friday, 10th April, the IMPACT group were delighted that many of the 49 people on the delegate list were able to come along to their Personal Assistants (PAs and Individual Employer (IE)forum, held at the Queens Cross Centre in Dudley.

The IMPACT Group is made up of representatives of user-led groups, support agencies, Job Centre Plus, Skills for Care, Dudley Council and Black Country Partnership for Care. The group’s themed forums, dedicated to bringing PAs and IEs together in a friendly and comfortable environment, have been attracting more and more delegates as word has spread. There is always a lively exchange of ideas, information and chat, as well as useful and relevant updates on offer. The overall emphasis of the events is to make them enjoyable as well as interesting – we often have some form of entertainment, and we always offer refreshments!Impact event pic 10 April 2015

At the event, the key-note presenter, Miles Evans from Premier Care, delivered a talk on the new rulings around Pensions which most of the delegates were very keen to hear about.

The event also had a brief quiz on energy knowledge and ways to save money. The quiz encouraged some of the audience to raise queries about difficulties they were experiencing with their service providers which were making them anxious and frustrated. Sympathy, support and advice was offered accordingly.

After a fulsome afternoon tea-break, with the consumption of a variety of delicious cakes and lots of friendly and useful chat with other PAs and IEs, the event resumed with the second half of the Pensions presentation followed by an instructive and interesting workshop on the Care Act and how it is designed to improve the lives of IE’s and carers through person centred support and the advice and information local authorities now provide under new legislation in the Act. There was lots of audience interaction during the workshop and it was supported by some useful hand-outs.

Feedback from the event was very positive, with many remarking on the friendly and relaxed atmosphere as well as the knowledge of the presenters and the useful things the delegates had learned and had taken away with them.

Comments from the event included:

Very useful info on Pensions and has clarified a very complicated issue. Thank you for arranging it!”

“I liked the relaxed atmosphere, able to question at any point (and cakes of course!)”

“It’s been fun and enjoyable, nice and relaxed”

“The training/info on Pensions was excellent”

IMPACT would like to thank all at Queens Cross for their support and hospitality and to the members of the group for their hard work.

Also…….check out Impact’s video that they have put together at one of their previous events.

For more information contact: Jeni.kingston@wolverhampton.gov.uk or telephone 01902 551083 to find out when their next event is.

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