Personal Assistant (Support Worker)

Location: Merchiston

Contract Type: Permanent - Part Time

Closing Date: 04 October 2021

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: 15 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 currently have vacancies for one male* Personal Assistant to support a gentleman who lives with his partner together in their own home. They have lived together for several years. Most of their support is separate, but because they live together, they need staff that they can both get along with. This position is to support the gentleman primarily.

The couple lives in Merchiston, Edinburgh. The position is for 15 hours per week.

*Exemption under Equality Act 2010

About this opportunity

He says:

"I am a man in his early 40’s. I love doing DIY and help other people who live in my building with odd jobs. I’m pretty good at putting together flat pack furniture too! I like cooking, soup is one of my specialities. I am a kind man and like helping people when I can. I love having a laugh and a joke. I have a powerful sound system and like to blast the tunes to help me get motivated. Dance music is my favourite. I would like a male* worker who has an interest in DIY, although it is not essential, as I like showing people what I know. I used to go to the gym before lockdown and would like to start going again. I would like my worker to be a good listener, be kind and understanding."

Do you believe you can be the supportive person that we require?

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.

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? 

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 £9.50 per hour (£19,266 FTE) and rising to £9.64 per hour (£19,549.92 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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