Personal Assistant (Support Worker)

Location: Merchiston

Contract Type: Permanent - Part Time

Closing Date: 10 January 2022

Salary: Starting salary £10 per hour (£20,280 per annum (FTE)) rising to £10.50 per hour (£21,294.00 (FTE)) plus generous benefits package, including a £500 welcome payment

Specific Hours: 20 Hours Per Week

Personal Assistant (Support Worker)

Job Purpose

Our Personal Assistants support people to lead full, active and socially connected lives, supporting people to achieve the things that matter to them.

Applicants should have, or be willing to work towards, a qualification meeting the standards required for registration with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

Job Details

We have a vacancy for a Personal Assistant (male preferred) to join the team that supports two men who live in their own home independently in Merchiston area. This position is for 20 hours per week.

About this opportunity

They are both friendly and kind and have many interests.

The first man is very friendly relatively independent. He likes to attend Gardening workshops, listening to music, buying music CD’s and DVD’s. He particularly likes Cliff Richard. He enjoys watching films, nature and animal documentaries. He likes going to Ocean Terminal shopping centre and is on first name terms with some staff in HMV. He enjoys going for bus rides and he likes swimming and bowlingHe also like cars and loves watching Top Gear.

The second man has an extensive knowledge on world politics, history, geography, human rights, law. He is fluent in several languages, so would really appreciate having a staff member who was multilingual but this is not essential for the role.

He enjoys collecting DVDs, CDs, books, train timetables, classical music, sci-fi, train timetables. He likes Greek & Nordic mythology, tennis, Xena & Amazons, reading Greek, German and Nordic plays. Restrictions permitting he loves train trips down to England, usually on his own. He also really likes watching real life Police programmes on Pick TV.    

You will require good communication and social skills to work effectively with family and other members of a small team dependant on the service. We are looking for someone with a warm and friendly personality, who can work professionally and use their own initiative. A driving licence is desirable but not essential for this post.

Are you flexible and responsive?   Do you have what it takes to support individuals to achieve and maintain a great life? Are you a unique person who wants to share their skills and gifts and make a difference to someone’s life?   Can you help build friendships and find ways to contribute and connect to the local community?  

Applicants must have, or be willing to work towards a qualification meeting the standards required for registration with the Scottish Social Services Council.

In return you will have the satisfaction of working for an organisation at the cutting edge of designing individualised support arrangements that make a real difference to people’s lives. You will receive excellent training on full pay and you will be eligible to apply for our fully funded SVQ and other benefits, such as a contributory pension scheme, childcare voucher scheme and Hospital Saturday Fund. 

Thistle Foundation is an Equal Opportunities Employer

Successful candidates will be subject to a PVG check which will be paid for by Thistle. 

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What we offer

We are committed to supporting you to develop your skills as a practitioner and creating career development opportunities. At Thistle, you will have access to sector-leading training courses and be supported to achieve your SVQ level 3 in Health & Social Care accreditation.

Employee Benefits

  • Starting salary at £10 per hour (£20,280.00 FTE) and rising to £10.50 per hour (£22,510.80 FTE)
  • Fantastic training (on full pay)
    This includes enhanced learning in person-centred practice, leadership skills, IT and other bespoke training courses.
  • SSSC registration paid for by Thistle
  • Support to achieve SVQ Level 3 in Health & Social Care
  • Support from regular meetings with your team, Lead Practitioner or Coach
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Non-contributory death in service benefit scheme
  • 30 days of annual leave, increasing by 1 day/year up to 35 days
  • Free Thistle Gym membership
  • Membership of the HSF Health Plan
  • Refer a Friend scheme, paying £250 for successfully referring someone to work with us
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