Personal Assistant (Support Worker)

Location: Craigmillar

Contract Type: Permanent - Part Time

Closing Date: 23 August 2021

Salary: Starting salary £9.50 per hour (£19,266 per annum (pro-rata))

Specific Hours: 15 Per Week

Personal Assistant (Support Worker)

 Job Details

Job Title

Personal Assistant

Line Manager

Lead Practitioner




£19,266 FTE


Supported Living


Director of SL


Thistle Foundation, 13 Queens Walk, Edinburgh, EH16 4EA


Full-time & part-time


39 hours



We have a vacancy for a male or female Personal Assistant to join a team of PAs who support a very busy man who lives with his beloved cat in his own home in Craigmillar.

This gentleman needs a level of assistance with everyday tasks such as shopping, cooking and housework.

He likes to be able to do as much as possible from the confines of his wheelchair, and will work with you to prepare meals, clean his home etc. He does require more support with personal care.

He works 2 days a week at Ikea, and if you are successful in your application you would be expected to undertake an Ikea induction as well as the requisite Thistle Foundation training.

He is also an active volunteer at Thistle and is involved in our induction programmes.

A driving licence is essential for this role as he has his own car. As well as his job he has a very active social life and has regular nights out as well as hosting friends at his home. He is close to his family and visits weekly. He is a confirmed music lover and not only listens to music but also produces some and he has a radio broadcasting licence too. He likes weekends away in Blackpool and aspires to have a holiday at his family’s villa in Spain with the support of his team.

Due to Covid-19, some activities/opportunities have been put on hold, but this doesn’t stop him staying involved with various classes online and keeping in touch in friends/family virtually.

Support is provided 7 days a week.  This vacancy is for one shift per week, starting at 9am followed by a sleepover and to 9am the next day. However, there may be opportunities for additional shifts to cover other members of the team at other times of the day/week. Part of the contracted hours will also include admin time e.g. work on rotas/updating My Life My support plans, arranging meetings and taking minutes so basic IT skills are required.

Experience/knowledge of cerebral palsy would be advantageous, but full training will be given.

If you would like an informal chat about this vacancy please contact Sophie Dolan on

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As a Thistle employee you will have access to our fantastic training programmes (on full pay).

Everyone at Thistle takes part in our induction training within their first few weeks of joining us and our 4 day course, ‘Life is for Living’ within six months.

We also run our own courses,

  • enhancing learning in person-centred practice,
  • developing leadership skills

and we support all personal assistants to achieve their SVQ Level 3 accreditation because we are committed to creating career development opportunities.

You will have regular support and supervision meetings with your Lead Practitioner and team meetings, all of which are paid.

Some of our other staff benefits include…..

  • a contributory pension
  • The “Refer a Friend Scheme” which pays £150 for every successfully recruited person that a staff member recommends.
  • Free access to the Thistle Gym.
  • FREE membership* of the HSF Health Plan which gives, amongst other things,
    • money back for everyday healthcare costs,
    • a GP advice line,
    • shopping discounts.

*This membership can be extended to cover immediate family members after completion of a satisfactory probationary period.  

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