PA workforce development

Independent Lives is working with West Sussex County Council to increase the range of care and support options for people in the Chichester area by recruiting, training and supporting more personal assistants (employed and self-employed).

Through this project, we are working to develop the personal assistant care market, meeting the adult and social care needs in the area.

With increased numbers of self-employed personal assistants we can improve the provision of social care to people living in rural or hard to reach place and increase the numbers of people able to receive a Direct Payment.

Why become a personal assistant?

Becoming a personal assistant in social care offers a fulfilling and impactful career path. This role is ideal for those who are compassionate, organised, and enjoy helping others live their best lives. Personal assistants provide crucial support to individuals, enhancing their independence and wellbeing. You'll develop strong relationships with those you assist, gaining a deep sense of personal satisfaction from making a real difference in their lives. Whether supporting daily activities or accompanying individuals in the community, this role offers a unique blend of personal interaction, responsibility, and flexibility, making it a rewarding career choice.

Benefits of being self-employed?

Being self-employed offers significant benefits, especially in terms of autonomy and financial potential. While personal assistants may need to align their schedules with their clients' needs, they still enjoy the flexibility to choose their clients and manage the number of hours they work. This control allows them to balance professional responsibilities with their personal life more effectively than traditional employment might permit. Additionally, self-employed personal assistants have the opportunity to set their own rates, which can lead to greater earning potential. This career path also encourages building a diverse client base, leading to varied and enriching experiences, and fostering personal growth and satisfaction.

Setting up as a self-employed personal assistant may seem like a big task, however you will be guided and supported through this process by our PA market development officer who will make sure you have everything in place to start your new journey being a personal assistant.


Get in touch

To find out more about the project or to discuss how you could become a personal assistant, please contact our PA market development officer, Beata using the details below.

Telephone: 07955 265546