Personal Assistant (Support Worker)

Location: Craigmillar

Contract Type: Permanent - Part Time

Closing Date: 26 July 2021

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

Specific Hours: 15 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 male PA to join the team of a lively young man who receives 24/7 support from Thistle. He is full of energy and life and needs someone similar to help him through his day.

  • He leads a busy, full, life of scheduled activities which are in place to help him progress in his life, and maintain his home. Many of these activities include working and being in close contact with animals, so an interest in this is desirable as it is a big part of his life.
  • His team are expected to actively participate in some sporting activities he enjoys, which include cycling and trampolines. Household duties and personal care are also part of the daily routine, which you would be expected to help and encourage him to complete.
  • Sometimes, certain events can present a very difficult time for this young man. These can cause him to become upset and requires the utmost attention and diligence of his PA’s, working together to help him through these times and keep him safe.
  • This is an extremely fun, rewarding and challenging role. Prospective candidates require a good sense of humour, patience, resilience, understanding, willingness, excellent communication skills, ability to plan ahead and also think on their feet. The young man has his own car, so a driving licence is desirable to the role.

You would be joining an existing team who work closely together to ensure he leads the best quality of life possible. We achieve this by meeting regularly where we discuss and agree with him and his family how best we can help him keep progressing in a positive direction.

Shifts are to be discussed at interview, however these would likely to be two 9-5 shifts per week at the start of the contract. After a probationary period please note that these can include sleepover, where you are expected to stay overnight in the persons house and which you receive an additional payment for. We are looking for someone with flexibility and willingness to work occasional weekends.

In addition to this, a 20% of the post requires administrative duties within the team.

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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