Personal Assistant (Support Worker)

Location: Craigmillar

Contract Type: Permanent - Part Time

Closing Date: 06 December 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 are looking for a male* Personal Assistant to join the team of a lively young man who receives 24/7 support from Thistle.

The young man lives in Craigmillar, Edinburgh, and the position is for 15 hours per week. Sleepovers are included in this man’s support.

*Exemption under Equality Act 2010

About this opportunity

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

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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 £10 per hour (£20,280.00 FTE) and rising to £10.50 per hour (£22,510.80 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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