Personal Assistant (Support Worker)

Location: Craigmillar

Contract Type: Permanent - Part Time

Closing Date: 09 August 2021

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

Specific Hours: 30-35 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



Would you like to make a difference in the life of a very sociable young lady who has just taken a huge step in her life? She has recently moved to a house with a garden that she has wanted for a long time and is looking for one more male or female PA who is enthusiastic, committed and will take time to understand her.

Her staff need to be able to keep calm when situations get a bit fraught and this can happen at times when she is anxious and feels vulnerable. Although it is a very exciting time, this life changing transition is a big adjustment for her and brings with it the need to feel safe. Staff will need to be resilient and work together using a structure and approach to help her feel confident and safe; it will also be a time that requires patience and understanding from the team.  Staff will need to help her enjoy her life and connect with her community especially in her new neighbourhood.

You would be working in a small, friendly team and will build a relationship with the lady and her family.

We are looking for people with these wonderful attributes:-

  • a creative mind
  • a music lover
  • flexibility
  • good at forward planning
  • plenty of initiative

Thistle has a good reputation for being at the heart of person centeredness and you will receive excellent training as part of your induction and ongoing support and training opportunities. If this sounds interesting to you, we would love to hear from you.

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

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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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