Support for Personal Assistants

When Personal Assistants (PAs) are supported, the people they care for are supported.

As a Self-directed Support (SDS) advisory service, our clients are our priority. Our team of SDS Advisors, as well as our administrative staff, are dedicated to supporting individuals who have opted to direct their own social care under SDS, whether theyre recipients of care or representatives.

That said, we also know that SDS PAs sometimes feel they’re missing out on some of the independent and peer-to-peer support available to their fellow PAs working in other care settings such as residential or agency – support that would enable them to be the best at what they do.

For these reasons, weve recently appointed a dedicated PA Advisor, Gemma.

As a single point of contact for SDS PAs across Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City, Gemma will:

  • provide confidential support and advice for SDS PAs;
  • signpost PAs to other organisations for specialist support and advice;
  • set up local support networks where PAs can share ideas, explore local resources and make the most of training opportunities;
  • proactively encourage other PAs to consider careers in SDS; and
  • survey PAs to gain an understanding of specific support needs, common goals and challenges.

“I’m delighted to have joined the team at Cornerstone SDS. I’m excited to start working with you, our client’s PAs, to find out what really matters to you. I know we can work together to develop a positive and supportive workforce.”

Gemma, PA Advisor


Are you an SDS PA interested in benefitting from Gemma’s support? Here’s how to get involved:

Step 1

Sign up to join Gemma’s SDS PA group so that she can contact you in future to find out how you’re getting on in your employment, let you know about opportunities and events for PAs, and invite you to share your story as a PA with us.

Step 2

Got an idea, question or concern which you’d like to discuss with Gemma? Send Gemma an email, or give her a call on 07825 050091.

Step 3

Contribute to an understanding of the specific support needs, common goals and challenges of SDS PAs at the national level by taking part in our SDS PA survey.