Support networks for personal assistants

East Sussex Personal Assistants Network (ESPAN)

East Sussex Personal Assistants Network (ESPAN) allows personal assistants to share their thoughts and concerns and benefit from the experience of others.

These regular, friendly, and informal meetings are led by personal assistants or care and support services in their local areas.

ESPAN meetings are independently run, but our Support with Confidence team regularly attends to update on new developments.

The meetings take place by area, but you are welcome to join any meeting:

Meeting dates

The Havens - Mondays

To request an invitation, email: The Havens

Eastbourne - Wednesdays

To request an invitation, email: Eastbourne 

Hastings and Rother - Thursdays

To request an invitation, email: Hastings and Rother 

National Association for Care and Support Workers (NACAS)

NACAS is a professional association for self-employed care and support workers, including personal assistants. It offers a paid subscription service which includes:

  • advice and guidance
  • a 24-hour helpline
  • documentation, such as contracts, invoicing templates and risk assessments
  • training
  • liability insurance

For more information, visit: NACAS

Skills for Care

Skills for Care offer support and resources for personal assistants and their employers, including:

  • recruiting and employing a personal assistant
  • wellbeing resources
  • advice on finding work, training, working with different client groups, and managing a relationship with an employer

Visit: Skills for Care information hub