Personal Assistant (Support Worker)

Location: Gorgie

Contract Type: Permanent - Part Time

Closing Date: 30 August 2021

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

Specific Hours: 22.5 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



We are looking for a female* Personal Assistant to join the team that supports a woman who lives in her own home in the west of Edinburgh. Please note that a driving licence is essential for this position.

  • This sociable lady uses a walker both at home and when she is out and about
  • She attends several regular groups including Boccia, Hobby craft, and goes to a tea-dance
  • She is a very keen music fan and has a wealth of knowledge on the subject and a huge repertoire of lyrics that she enjoys singing.
  • She requires minimal prompting to accomplish her housework, cooking and personal care
  • She is very close to her parents
  • She loves to dine in nice restaurants and have a good blether.
  • At home she likes spending time on her iPad and has recently discovered Alexa.

Previous experience is not necessary. Your personal values and your life experiences that you can bring to the role are more important. Thistle provides outstanding training and support that is ongoing throughout your career with us.

Support is provided 24/7 and this vacancy would be for a variety of shifts over the week and weekend. 

Shifts are planned on a rota basis in advance by the team. Sleepovers are available if required but not mandatory.

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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