Service available at libraries

Information and advice on Direct Payments for social care services will be available during sessions in Cambridgeshire Libraries – and you don’t need to book a place to attend.

The drop in sessions have been organised by the Penderels Trust, which works on behalf of Cambridgeshire County Council to provide a Direct Payments (DP) support service and to help people apply for a direct payment and to set up their own support services.

The events are open to people already using DPs or thinking of applying, social care professionals, voluntary sector organisations and members of the public who are interested in the payment system.

Information about DP will be available together with information about employing and managing staff, choosing and using a care agency, payroll services and managing finances.

Each session will take place between 11.00 am-3.00 pm, at:

* March Library, February 13

* Wisbech Library, February 19.

A Direct Payment for social care is a cash sum paid to a person to enable them to make their own social care arrangements. People over 65 with social care needs, people over 16 with a range of disabilities or health issues can apply as can anyone with parental responsibility for a disabled child or anyone who is a carer and aged over 16.

Information is also available from Penderels Trust via e-mail at or on 0345 6000 684 and further advice sessions will be arranged later.