Personal Assistant (Support Worker)

Location: Penicuik

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: Part Time

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 recruiting a female* personal assistant to join the team that support a young lady who lives at home and is supported by her family in the Midlothian area.

She is very sociable and outgoing, likes meeting people, spending times with friends, socialising, eating out, music and dancing and it would be helpful if you shared these interests.

You will require good communication and social skills to work effectively with the family and other members of a small team.  This young lady needs help with everyday aspects of life as she can be very vulnerable. She also has additional support needs both physical and emotional and would benefit from having staff that have good attention to detail and a calm nature.  There is also has a long term medical condition that will require your assistance and support and also to assist with personal care.  

You should be able to use your initiative to develop opportunities so that she is fully included in everyday community life as this is very important to her and her family. 

We are looking for a personal assistant with a warm and friendly personality, who can work professionally with the family and with support from other members of the team.  

Support is provided Monday – Friday from 8am to 6pm, and this vacancy is done on a rota basis which are decided by and agreed upon by 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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