Personal Assistant (Support Worker)

Location: Willowbrae

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: 6 - 8 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



Please note that a driving licence is essential for this position.

We are currently seeking 1 or 2 female* personal assistants to join a team of PAs who support a woman who lives in the Willowbrae area of Edinburgh with small shift patterns during the day from 2.5 hours to 4 hours.

In her own words…..

“I am a woman in my 40's who needs support with my daily living such as meal preparation, assistance getting ready for the day, etc. I enjoy swimming as this helps me with exercising as part of my day-to-day pain management. However, this is on hold at present. 

I prefer my team to drive and have a car as I have use of disabled badge. I am willing to subsidise fuel costs in accordance with Thistle expenses criteria (40p/mile) and for any costs to insurance changes that apply as they must have business insurance. 

My shift patterns are primarily in the morning for a few hours, but on the days I go shopping or swimming, I have afternoon support in place. I prefer to have variety from my team in that they do not support me one day after another as I feel this will be overwhelming for myself as well as my team.

I like to use the hours I have productively but need a stable team around my so that I can meet my outcomes that I set myself going forward in my life to the best of my ability with my teams support.”

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

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

*Exemption under Equality Act 2010

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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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