PA Network Scotland

PAssport to Independent Living - Launch

Wednesday, 01 November 2017 15:59

The Personal Assistants Network Scotland attended the launch of PAssport to Independent Living book this week. This is a book full of amazing and inspiring stories from PAs across Scotland together with some information and resources for PAs and those looking to become PAs.


The book has been the brainchild of Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living (GCIL) although members of both the PA Network and SSSC were happy to be part of the team in bringing the book to fruition through sharing contacts, providing potential PAs and Employers, supplying content and working with GCIL to produce.

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We were joined by 11 out of the 14 stories represented in the book as well as a whole host of support organisations. It was great to see PAs, employers, colleagues, friends and even a dog (a very well behaved friendly guide dog) come together and celebrate their participation and recognise the work that PAs do and the difference they make in people’s lives.

Lilian Smith of GCIL made a statement that “Relationships were at the heart of everything we do” and that summed up the ethos of the book and the launch event itself. New friendships were forged, new contacts made and it was encouraging to see PAs sharing their stories first hand and swapping tips and advice with each other.

I enjoyed chatting to PAs who were new to the PA Network, encouraging them to sign up, take part and come along to upcoming events and it was great catching up with those we hadn’t seen in a while. To see PAs from across Scotland, from Dumfries to the Shetland Isles, and from a variety of backgrounds sharing their stories and bonding over common ground was brilliant.

It was a fitting celebration of all the work that had went into the book and I look forward to seeing many if not all of those who attended again soon.

Very well done to everyone who was involved in Passport to Independent Living!

If you would like a copy of the book please contact GCIL on 0141-550-4455


UPDATED : Following the event IRISS.FM published the article and podcast linked below, talking to contributors from GCIL, WEA and the SSSC as well as some of the PAs included in the book. - PAssport to Independent Living

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