LSDS Forum Coordinator vacancy

We are recruiting a Coordinator to manage the operational activity of the Forum to enable sustainability and expansion of the forum as a vital resource for current and future members. The Co-ordinator will report to and support the strategic functions of the Forum’s management committee. Please find more information and how to apply in the attached document. Note: This is a self-employed role. Closing date for applications is: 5th September 2019. We look forward to recieiving your application.



PA Support Contract Tender for Croydon

Croydon Council and Croydon CCG are about to invite tenders for the provision of a Personal Assistant Support Service to the residents of Croydon.

Subject to further consultation the service could include:

a)     Supporting Croydon residents in recruiting PAs to assist them in their independence and personalisation of their health, care and support

b)    Developing a PA finder service for Croydon that will include accredited PA’s who have received training and had references and DBS checks.

c)     Supporting and maintaining Croydon’s PA Register – a web based portal for PAs to advertise their availability and for residents to recruit their PAs independently

d)    Supporting residents in retaining their PAs through being good employers

e)     Developing the capacity and capability of local PAs through the provision of training and other workforce developments and information through the PA Network

f)      Maximising local access to funds administered by Skills and Care UK for the development of PA skills

g)     Promoting Direct Payments and Personal Health Budgets as the first choice for accessing community based care and support and promoting Croydon’s online Direct Payments accounts systems.

Contract length

The contract will be let for two years with options to extend annually for up to a further two years.

Indicative Timetable

We are working towards the following timetable which is yet to be finalised

10 May

Market consultation meeting


Publish Invitation to tender on the London Tenders Portal


Deadline for tender submissions and tender evaluation


Contract award




Contract start date


The tender will be advertised through the London Tenders Portal at


Consulting with the market

Before going to tender the Council and CCG are interested in hearing the views of organisations who might be interesting in submitting a tender for such a service.

Interested organisations are therefore invited to attend a market consultation meeting to be held on the morning of 10 May 2019 at Croydon Town Hall.

Interested organisations can register their interest in attending this meeting by emailing Sean Rafferty on

Forum meetings 2019 - Save the dates!

The forum will meet on the following dates in 2019:

  • Friday 12th April
  • Friday 21st June
  • Friday 6th December

All meetings will take place at Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 9NA.


Further details will be ciruclated in advance of each scheduled meeting. 


Note: Forum meetings are for members only. If you wish to join please get in touch. 

Job opportunity working for Real DPO

A message from London SDS Forum member, REAL:

Real is recruiting to replace our team member who can speak Somali. We would love it if we could recruit someone who is a Somali speaker but if we can’t we will access Somali translation services instead.

Role: Direct Payment Worker

Where: Tower Hamlets and its surrounding community.

Salary: £30,398 per annum

Hours: 35 hours PT or FT (please indicate your preference for minimum and maximum hours)

Deadline for applications: 9 am on Tuesday 13 November 2018, with interviews on 15 or 16 November


Who are we and a little bit about the role? 

Real is a not-for-profit organisation and has delivered the Direct Payments Support Service in Tower Hamlets for over 10 years. Our objective is to support people to take control over their own care and support needs. We get great feedback from our clients, and are respected across the borough.

As a user-led organisation of disabled people seeking to represent the collective voice of our constituency, it’s important that we employ people who can engage effectively with the community that we are working with. For this position having a disability or long-term health condition, and/or speaking a local community language, would be an asset.

Existing experience of working with direct payments would be helpful, but it’s not essential. Anyone who has had a good track record of giving structured advice should be able to quickly learn the technical parts of the role, and we have a training programme to support this.

The role is office based and in the community.

This is an exciting time to join a successful and growing Disabled People’s Organisation and really make a difference. We look forward to receiving your application forms.

For more details and to apply go to:

Research opportunity

Francesca Pozzoli, PhD candidate University of Milan and London SDS Forum member is currently seeking participants for an exciting study on the topic of choice, personalisation and self-directed-support in the field of social care services for disabled adults and in the contexts of England and of the Italian region of Lombardy. See the attachment below for more details. Contact Francesca for more information: or +447459811712.


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