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: Up to 20 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



A young lady that we support is at a new stage in her life. She is in the first phase of moving to her own home and is looking for a lovely female* staff to join her team and to support her through this exciting time.

She is very sociable and enthusiastic and it is really important that she has a regular and structured routine.  She loves going out to discos, loves dancing, enjoys the cinema, cafes, meals and hot chocolate is a real favourite. Her phone is really important to her as is going to work in the kitchen and also attending drama. Both are held at Garvald.

If you would like to be a part of making this a good experience and being part of this exciting transition we would love you to get in touch. Hours can be discussed at the interview stage, but there are vacancies for one part time permanent position.

  • Up to 20 hours, 1-2 sleepovers weekly  

As this is a new service the shift pattern is still to be determined but it could look like, for example,

3.30pm -10pm followed by a sleepover until 8.30 am four days a week.  3 days a week would be 7am-10pm followed by a sleepover.

Although it is not an essential criteria, a driving licence would be desirable for this post.

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

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.

Thistle Foundation is an Equal Opportunities Employer. Successful candidates will be subject to a PVG check which will be paid for by Thistle

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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