Personal Assistant (Support Worker)

Location: Inverleith

Contract Type: Permanent - Part Time

Closing Date: 09 August 2021

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

Specific Hours: 16 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 currently seeking a Personal Assistant to join a team that supports a young man who has a physical disability. He lives at home in Inverleith. The job is varied and interesting.

He requires support with:-

  • keeping fit (he especially enjoys dancing and trampolining)
  • socialising with friends and family
  • daily tasks such as bathing, dressing and meal preparation
  • his team accompany him to concerts, shows, and support him to maintain his interests in art, media and film
  • his love of travel, which may mean being away from home for multiple days

Support is provided 7 days a week. The shifts run from 9am until 10pm, followed by a sleepover, and then from 7am to 9am the following morning.

The successful candidates should have the capacity to pick up extra shifts for cover, training etc.

About you…………

  • A driving licence would be preferable as the young man has his own car
  • You will be positive and flexible
  • You will enjoy supporting people to live a full life
  • You must have, or be willing to work towards a qualification meeting the standards required for registration with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

The successful candidates will be provided with a training and development programme that is second to none and will be able to access a range of excellent employment benefits including a heavily subsidised health care scheme. 

If you would like an informal chat about this vacancy please contact 

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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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