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School to train independent carers opens in Basingstoke
A SCHOOL which will train people up to become independent carers, opens in Basingstoke today.
The Independent Carer School, which will be run in partnership between social enterprises All Inclusive and Hampshire Wellbeing Services, launched today, offering a free course at United Reformed Church, in London Road.
Independent carers support people with physical, mental, social or cultural disabilities, providing them with the assistance they need to live independently on a day-to-day basis. Iain Speed, managing director of All Inclusive, who will deliver the course, developed it for people who want to become independent carers or are existing carers.
Mr Speed, who has Cere-bral Palsy and has been employing independent carers for 15 years, said: “Being an independent carer is not just about personal care – it is about helping disabled people in all aspects of their lives.
“I have realised that there is a need for a ‘toolbox’ of skills to approach the job professionally and these ‘tools’ will inspire people with the confidence to adapt and to work with disabled individuals in supporting them to live the life they choose.”
The course will run Monday to Wednesday from 9.15am until 2.30pm. Annie Noble, Hampshire Wellbeing Services director, said: “Older people, those with long-term illnesses, or people with disabilities will be looking for a carer who will improve their quality of life and wellbeing by supporting their needs socially, linguistically or culturally.
“The Independent Carer School provides bespoke training to meet the needs of these individuals.”
To enrol on the free course, contact Jayne Morgan on 01256 423830 or 07855 697 897 or email firstname.lastname@example.org of an enrolment form.
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