Dorset LEP has a new website!

Following its recent rebrand, the Dorset Local Enterprise (LEP) has launched a brand new and interactive website that celebrates the immense reach and capability of digital communications. With social media features like the “Join the Dorset LEP Journey” that combines the power of Twitter and Storify, interactive maps identifying key and strategic areas of investment for the local area, and a new blog and media centre, the site provides easy to navigate and engaging content for all to appreciate in the digital landscape. To see for yourself go to www.dorsetlep.co.uk. WSX Enterprise News Article – 19th October...

FREE Funding for your business

The Dorset Growth Hub are offering the opportunity for businesses in specific areas across Dorset to access grant funding to help develop their business. Grants are limited and only available for a very short period time. Take a look below to see if your business may benefit. 1) Cyber Security (Poole Borough businesses only) – help is available for business owners in Poole to understand and protect their business from cyber threats and develop robust IT systems. For a free health check and access to potential grant funding call Tony Latham on 03454 586 480 or email info@dorsetgrowthhub.co.uk 2) Digital Capability (Poole Borough businesses only) – assistance is also available to Poole based businesses to help develop their digital capability including a free health check and potential grant funding. For further information call Tony on 03454 586 480 or email info@dorsetgrowthhub.co.uk 3) The South West Growth Fund (SWGF)  (All Dorset based businesses) –  This grant aims to support individual businesses to invest in projects that create or safeguard jobs in the private sector. For further information call Tony on 03454 586 480 or email info@dorsetgrowthhub.co.uk For general information on the Dorset Growth Hub services please visit www.dorsetgrowthhub.co.uk WSX Enterprise News Article – 19th October...

Supporting personal assistants

Working in partnership with a number of support organisations we’ve published two new guides for personal assistants (PAs) starting out, or already working in adult social care. If you want to know more about becoming a PA and what it involves our guide to Being a personal assistant is for you. It’s available to download at www.skillsforcare.org.uk/iepahub in the ‘working as a PA’ section. A practical guide to learning and development for personal assistants shows how you can grow in the role by gaining new skills and qualifications, reduce risk in the workplace, foster a better working relationship with your employer and much more. You can download the guide at www.skillsforcare.org.uk/iepahub in the ‘training and funding’ section. Skills for Care News Article – 19th October...

Making a Commitment

More than 2,500 employers have signed up to the Social Care Commitment, the sector’s public promise to deliver high quality adult social care. In December, those organisations who were the first to sign up in 2013 will be asked to renew their commitment for a further two years, and renewal rates are expected to be high. The Social Care Commitment was developed to give support to employers who want to improve and maintain the quality of care they provide, so can be used to meet Care Quality Commission (CQC) standards and as evidence for the Care Certificate. 85% of signed up employers surveyed said they have already seen, or expect to see, an increase in the quality of care that they provide. 83% said it has led, or will lead, to improvements in staff training and development. The Social Care Commitment is free and quick and easy to sign up to. Visit www.thesocialcarecommitment.org.uk. Skills for Care News Article – 19th October...

Resources for positive behavioural support

Skills for Care is committed to improving support for people who display or are  at risk of displaying behaviour which challenges so we’ve developed practical resources including guidance in arranging and paying for training around positive behavioural support. Positive behavioural support (PBS) is the best way of supporting people who display, or are at risk of displaying, behaviour which challenges services. PBS recognises a person’s individuality, human rights and self-determination. It rejects adverse and restrictive practices, and accepts that behaviours which challenge can be developed to serve an important function for people. Putting PBS approaches into practice requires: the right values in individuals and systems meaningful participation from the individuals using the service time to complete the process staff training, good practice management and on-going monitoring and evaluation. Visit www.skillsforcare.org.uk/pbs for updates, support with funding and resources. Skills for Care News Article – 19th October...