A scheme which provides vital assistance to help vulnerable people live independently has welcomed its latest recruits in Eastbourne.
Support With Confidence supports people to choose a personal assistant or care and support provider who has been vetted and approved for quality, safety and training to ensure they provide a professional and trustworthy service.
The East Sussex County Council-run scheme, which now boasts 157 accredited members across the county, welcomed its latest 16 new recruits at a ceremony held at The View Hotel.
Cllr Bill Bentley, lead member for adult social care, said, “Personal assistants and other support providers play a hugely important role in helping people live independent lives.
“It’s vital that people have complete trust and confidence in someone who is working with them in their own homes and as they go about their day-to-day lives.
“The real benefit of the scheme is the peace of mind it gives to service users and their families who can be sure they’re employing an approved provider who is able to give the highest quality service.
“People know they’ll be getting a provider who has been thoroughly checked and vetted, who is trustworthy and who will do the job professionally and responsibly.
“The latest members to join Support With Confidence, some of whom have transformed their lives by switching to a new and rewarding career, should feel proud that they are joining an ever-growing network of trusted and approved members working across East Sussex.”
A total of 31 new providers have joined the scheme in the past year, including 24 personal assistants, who may support people at home with household duties, cooking and personal care, as well as accompanying them to travel, visit family or attend social events.
Other new recruits to Support With Confidence include providers of home care, community support services, day services for people with dementia, mental health outreach services and independent financial advisers.
More information about the Support With Confidence Scheme is available online.