Vital training courses run by Trafford Centre for Independent Living

Places still remain on two of Trafford Centre for Independent Living’s training courses for people with disabilities and their personal assistants (PAs).

The project is being delivered as part of the Skills for Care programme and project co-ordinator Jules Kennedy is urging people to sign up to the Supporting Individuals To Be Good Employers and Total Communication courses so they can pick up important advice and information – for free.

Supporting Individuals to be Good Employers offers disabled people advice on everything from how to set up a pension for their PA to holidays and insurance matters.

Project officer Becky Simister, who works on the Skills for Care project with Jules, said it’s important for people to attend courses like this so they can keep up with rule changes to affecting things like pensions.

Jules added that its “mandatory” now for all employers to provide their employees with a pension, regardless of the size of the business.

The Total Communication course aims to highlight the tools that are available to help people who can’t communicate verbally.

Becky said these tools don’t have to be hi-tech or costly and can include items like a talking mat, which disabled people can use to get their message across using images.

Jules said the Skills for Care courses take place all over Greater Manchester.

She added: “We’ve got a budget so if people need help with transport we can pay for that and we can get BSL interpreters in if people want that. If carers are struggling to come on the training because they’ve got caring requirements that they need to take care of we can supply some money to have someone else do the caring so they can come on the course.”

Further information about Skills for Care is available from Jules on 0161 850 0645 or email Further information is also available by emailing

The full programme of courses offered under the Skills for Care programme are as follows:

  • First Aid, both accredited and standard
  • Moving and Handling
  • Total Communication (learning tools and techniques to communicate more effectively with people who have limited verbal communication)
  • Rights and Responsibilities training for people who employ a PA to help them with their care
  • Pensions Regulator, how to set up a pension for your PA and your legal responsibilities