East Sussex County Council’s Support With Confidence scheme checks personal assistants and care and support providers, approving them for quality, safety and training to ensure they provide a professional and trustworthy service.
Personal assistant Anita Brett-Everest has become the 200th accredited member meaning residents have a wide range of trusted professionals to choose from.
She said: “I would 100 per cent recommend that people join the Support With Confidence scheme. Having the kudos of being approved gives people confidence that there is someone they can go to if there was ever a problem.
“It’s such a professional set up and there are so many benefits to being a member, with all the training and backing you get.”
Among the many advantages for providers signing up to the Support With Confidence scheme are the free training, free DBS checks and support and guidance from the county council.
Cllr Carl Maynard, the county council’s lead member for adult social care, said: “I’m delighted to welcome the 200th member to the Support With Confidence Scheme. Putting your trust in someone to come into your home and provide care and support can be extremely daunting, but this scheme gives residents a huge choice of highly trained and trustworthy professionals.
“The more people we can recruit, the more confidence we can give those in needs of additional support to stay in their own homes and live independently, and I would encourage more people to consider joining the scheme.”
Members of the scheme offer a vast array of support services including personal care, meal provision, financial advice, beauty or therapeutic services, gardening, home improvement and transport.
Anyone who’s interested in becoming an accredited member is asked to call 01323 463440 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the Support With Confidence scheme, and to find an accredited provider, visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk/supportwithconfidence