Personal Assistant (Support Worker)

Location: Thornton

Contract Type: Permanent - Part Time

Closing Date: 02 August 2021

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

Specific Hours: 2 x 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



Please note that a driving license is essential for this position.

We are looking for two female* Personal Assistants to support a young gentleman as he transitions to his new home.

He says:

"I currently have a vacancy for X2 Female* Personal Assistant/Assistants to support me as I transitions to my new home. I am a young man with a condition known as Friedreichs ataxia which is a degenerative condition. I need to have people around me who are confident, have outgoing personalities, and are keen to get involved and encourage me to build on my independence. Being a confident driver is a must as I enjoy visiting Edinburgh/Glasgow and and hope to travel further afield in the future. I require individuals who can provide full flexibility for this post.

I have a variety interests which include football, politics (left wing/independence) and current affairs. I also want to build on my daily living skills with being in my new home when able and fit to do so - on certain days I can be very lethargic and unable to do so. I enjoy spending time with my family, socialising with friends, etc. It would be ideal for me to start doing other activities with my support hrs and the hope is to embrace what life has to offer me. I’m open to suggestions of what these new ventures can be. I require support with my personal care.

I am great fun to be around and meeting the outcomes that I hope to achieve with your support. An adaptable person to support me is desirable as my needs can vary day to day so I can plan my activities, events and dreams.

Do you believe you can be that supportive person to help me make that move to my new home and new life as well as help me live independently?"

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. Experience working with individuals with neurological conditions is desirable but not essential. A driving licence is essential for this post.

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?  

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. You will receive excellent training on full pay and you will be eligible to apply for our fully funded SVQ and other benefits, such as a contributory pension scheme, childcare voucher scheme and Hospital Saturday Fund.

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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