Find a personal assistant
A PA assists people with their everyday life. This can include helping with shopping, household tasks and help with personal care such as bathing and getting dressed. They can also support people to access community resources e.g. the library as well as community activities and leisure facilities such as the cinema and the local bowling alley.
A PA understands that each individual is different and the support they deliver gives the people that employs them choice and control.
List of PAs that have been accredited by London Borough of Barking and Dagenham:
Personal assistant finder (PDF, 7 MB)
PAs on this website are not employed by the council
Please note: We are currently undertaking some changes to the PA service which will see a new provider take over this role from April 2020. The current list of PAs is maintained by the council but will soon move over to the new provider. We are therefore not taking any new registrations for the PA list at this time, however if you are interested in becoming a PA and would like to find out more about the new service then please email PersonalAssistants@lbbd.gov.uk
Employing a personal assistant
A personal assistant (also known as a PA) is employed by people who need social care, either because of their age or disability, to enable them to live as independently as possible.
A PA will be employed by the individual person who requires the support or by the appointed ‘suitable person’ on behalf of the individual if the individual does not have the mental capacity to direct their own support.
Skills for Care have developed an interactive online toolkit with lots of useful information about employing a PA, managing your PA, the benefits of having PA and more.
We have created a handbook with lots of useful information:
Important information for PA employers (PDF, 287 KB)
If you are unhappy with a PA and you feel they should NOT be on the council's accredited register, contact Adult Services to discuss your concerns