Independent Lives DBS Update

Due to the national lockdown announced on 04 January, the Independent Lives office will not be open for customer visits until further notice.

DBS ID and other documents will need to be posted to our Worthing office for processing. Our address is below.

Independent Lives, Southfield House, 11 Liverpool Gardens, Worthing BN11 1RY.

If you have any questions about this, please call our advice team on 01903 219482 ext 301 or email [email protected].

Free PPE for West Sussex DP Customers

West Sussex County Council (WSCC) can now offer free PPE to non-CQC registered organisations.

This new offer has been made possible as more PPE supplies have been made available for the county council by Central Government.

Now all those providing care who are not registered with the Care Quality Commission and who need to wear PPE due to Covid-19, can request this free of charge.

This is in line with the Government’s PPE Strategy to stabilise and build resilience and is available until the end of March 2021, after which time it will be reviewed.
Examples of those who are included - but is not limited to - are:
• Direct Payment customers employing Personal Assistants;
• Shared Lives Schemes;
• Homelessness providers;
• Day Services;
• Hospices; and
• Informal carers.

All people need to do is register their interest with the county council and complete a form confirming their required PPE supply.

When you order PPE, you will receive items of a specific type and quantity which varies on the amount of people who are being supported.

Because of this you may receive items of PPE that you did not request.

For more information about this and to complete the registration and order please click here. You can view the items of PPE and their quantities by clicking on the ‘order limits’ tab in the ‘Non CQC-registered free PPE requests’ section.

If you need any further information, please contact us the WSCC PPE team by emailing: [email protected]

Resources and Advice for Supporting Home Learning

In light of Monday’s announcement by the Prime Minister that all schools are to close until the February Half-Term, we wanted to signpost you to a series of online resources and advice for Home Learning created by Central Government.

The links to various resources are below:

Help children aged 2 to 4 to learn at home during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Help primary school children continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Help secondary school children continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Help children with SEND continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Reaching Families Spring Workshops

Reaching Families are starting 2021 off with a series of workshops on a variety of interesting topics, including: wellbeing, support at school, challenging behaviour and Personal Independence Payment.

The events run from January 05 – February 09.

All the workshops are free to attend and will be delivered online via ZOOM.

For more information, please click here or email [email protected]

Have you heard about the West Sussex Parent Carer Forum?

The West Sussex Parent Carer Forum (WSPCF) is a membership organisation for parents and carers in West Sussex. They provide information and support to parents and carers of disabled children within the county.

WSPCF is run by a friendly group of parents who work closely with local authority, education, health, social care and other providers to ensure the collective voice of parents and carers of children and young people with disabilities and learning difficulties is heard during the planning and delivery of services to meet the needs of disabled children and their families.

You can access the forum through their Facebook page, by clicking here