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Personal Assistants/Support Workers Vacancies

Updated 23rd June 2017

The following vacancies are advertised directly by the disabled person who receives support from the Direct Payment Support Service. It is important to note that it is not Darlington Association on Disability that is the employer.

Would you like the opportunity to work for and assist a disabled person on a one to one basis to have choice and control in their life and live independently within their own home and in the community?

Do you enjoy the company of people, are able to work flexibly, reliable, have good communication skills and willing to learn how to meet the individual needs of the person you are assisting?

If the answer is YES to both of these questions then you may be interested to find out more about the various posts available to work in Darlington employed by a disabled person or carer using a Direct Payment.

Duties may include assisting with personal care, accessing community facilities, shopping and domestic tasks. Having access to transport is desirable but not essential. Previous experience is not essential.

A version of this information in Word format is available by clicking this link: Direct Payments Vacancies(Word). For a PDF version please click this link: Direct Payment Vacancies(PDF).

Personal Assistant Ref: 1182

A reliable Personal Assistant required to assist a lady in Darlington for four hours per week. Experience of supporting someone with mental ill health would be an advantage. The role will include supporting the lady with day to day organising and running her life to improve and maintain her wellbeing. This will include support around decision making, shopping, household tasks, finances etc.

Rate: £7.75 per hour

Access to own vehicle would be an advantage, mileage would be paid. 

‘Permitted under Schedule 9, part 1 of the Equality Act 2010’
Please contact the Direct Payments Support Service for an application form stating the reference above on 01325 360542 or directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

Personal Assistant/Support Worker Ref: 1337

An opportunity has arisen to work as a Personal Assistant to support a man with cerebral palsy to access social opportunities in the community with some personal care. The Direct Payments User is a Cantonese speaker but is fluent in English.

Duties: As personal assistant you would support me to access social opportunities such as shopping and day trips out to places of interest. Support would include helping to push my wheelchair and provide the companionship needed to get me out and about.
Training in manual handling would be preferable, however full training can be arranged.

Hours: 4.5 per week. 1 weekday per week and occasionally evenings or weekends. This can be organised flexibly with the employer and will be as bank staff when current PA is absent due to holiday or sickness.

Rate: £8.00 per hour.

Candidate must be creative, motivated, friendly and reliable. Some experience working with disabled adults preferred. Access to transport preferred but not essential.

Please contact the Direct Payments Support Service for an application form stating the reference above on 01325 360542 or directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

Personal Assistant/Support Worker Ref: 87

A Direct Payments user requires a personal assistant as Bank Support to cover sickness and/or holidays.

Duties: To support the lady with her morning shower and dressing.

Hours: 4 per week 2 on a Tuesday and 2 on a Thursday

Rate: £8.00 per hour.

Other: Please contact the Direct Payments Support Service for an application form stating reference number above on 01325 360524 or directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

Personal Assistant

A physically challenged gentleman is looking for a Personal Assistant someone who would enjoy a job with variety, and could assist him to maintain his independence in the many interest he enjoys.

Duties will include: Personal Care, Meal Preparation, Some Cooking, Shopping and Occasional Trips Away (Full job description will be sent on application)

Applicants must be: Flexible, trustworthy and reliable, a good sense of humour, a dog lover, hold a valid driving licence and be able to work in a smoke free environment

Hours: 8 hours per week (extra hours possible)

Hourly Rate: £8.50 per hour

Successful applicants will undergo references and an enhanced criminal records bureau check

Due to the nature of the job – preferably MALE APPLICANTS PLEASE
“Permitted under Schedule 9, part 1 of Equality Act 2010”

For further information and to request an application form contact: JOB VACANCY, PO Box 421, DARLINGTON. DL1 9WW

Personal Assistant Ref: 1708

An opportunity has arisen for a personal assistant to support a young boy.

Hours: 5 per week and an additional 7 hours during the holiday time (13 weeks per year),

Hourly rate £7.50 plus mileage

Duties: To support the boy to go out socially. The main support is for a Saturday or Sunday at present.

Applicants must be: Reliable and trustworthy. A car driver is essential.

’Permitted under Schedule 9, part 1 of the Equality Act 2010’

Please contact Direct Payments Support Service for an application form stating the reference above on 01325 360524 or directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

Personal Assistant Ref: 1648

Personal Assistant required to work across 5 days, which may include weekends. Providing care to gentleman based in Darlington. You may be required to work additional hours providing support during the day for the gentleman at his place of work.

Duties: You should be smart, presentable, comfortable dealing with basic paperwork and confidential administration as well as providing a high level of personal care dealing with a range of needs including dressing and undressing for bed, assisting in the toilet and making basic meals. You should be a car driver as there may be a requirement to drive a wheelchair accessible vehicle (transit van size) to various locations around the north-east.

Hours: A minimum of 15 per week with the potential to increase to 25 hours if required.

Rate: Up to £8.25 per hour

‘Permitted under Schedule 9, part 1 of the Equality Act 2010’

Please contact the Direct Payments Support Service for an application form stating the reference above on 01325 360542 or directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

Male Support worker Ref: 1759

An opportunity has arisen to support a young man with social activities.

Duties: will include supporting young man to go out and socialise, and support with independent living skills. Must be happy to work some evenings and weekends. The successful applicant would be required to drive the young man, or accompany him whilst he drove on outings.

Hours: 8 per week

Rate: £7.50 per hour

Applicants must be reliable, able to maintain confidentiality, flexible, trustworthy, punctual, have excellent communication skills, show initiative and be honest. A full, clean driver’s licence is essential.

'Permitted under Schedule 9, part 1 of the Equality Act 2010'

Please contact the Direct Payments Support Service for an application form stating reference number above on 01325 360524 or directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

Personal Assistant/Support Worker Ref. 1760

A female Personal Assistant is required to support a lady in Darlington.

Hours: 4 hours a week. Times are flexible and hours could be spread over a couple of days.

Hourly Rate: £8.00 per hour.

Duties: To sit with elderly lady whilst family are out. The lady speaks BANGALI SYLHEP so knowledge of the language is essential. Reading the Quran would also be an advantage.

‘Permitted under Schedule 9, part 1 of the Equality Act 2010’

Please contact the Direct Payments Support Service for an application form stating reference number above on 01325 360524 or directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

Personal Assistant/Bank Support Worker Ref: 3

A Direct Payment user living in the Horton area would like to recruit a female personal assistant to join her existing team.

Duties: Some personal care, manual handling and some cleaning.

Hours: For bank support only potentially leading to permanent work in the future.
Bank support is regularly used. Support is mainly used early mornings and evenings 7 days a week.

Rate: £8

Other: Reliable, trustworthy and be able to work with a team and provide holiday/sickness cover. The successful applicant will undergo a Disclosure and Barring check and references.

Please contact the Direct Payments Support Service stating reference number above on 01325 3360524 or directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

‘Permitted under Schedule 9, part 1 of the Equality Act 2010’

Personal Assistant/Support Worker Ref: 1056

A female personal assistant is required to support a young lady at swimming training to cover for sickness and holidays

Hours: 4 per week from 5pm to 9.30pm on a Wednesday.

Hourly rate: £7.50

Duties: Supporting this young lady with accessing social activities primarily to take to swimming training. Dressing and some aspects of personal care will be required.

Applicants must be reliable, fun, kind, supportive. Must respect confidentiality and have some experience supporting disabled young people. Access to transport is essential.

‘Permitted under Schedule 9, part 1 of the Equality Act 2010’

Please contact the Direct Payments Support Service for an application form quoting the reference number above on 01325 360524 or directpayments@darlingtondisability.org 

Personal Assistants Ref: 1025

A family require a personal assistant to, mostly, provide waking night support for a young teenager in the family home.

3 x 12 hours waking night shifts per week that will include every Sunday and two other nights. Candidates would be expected to cover holidays and sickness which would mean a day time working hours rather than nights. During this working pattern support to attend appointments may be necessary.

 £8 per hour

The role will include support with personal care, dressing, manual handling including the use of a hoist, ironing, laundry and domestic tasks.

Experience working with disabled children would be advantageous. Access to transport would be preferred but not essential.

Applicants to be aware there are pets in the household including a dog.

Please contact Direct Payments Support Service stating reference number above on 01325 360524 or directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

‘Permitted under Schedule 9, part 1 of the Equality Act 2010’

Personal Assistant Ref: 1793

A female Personal Assistant is required to work for a man in the Darlington area. The role will be to support him with personal care, including assistance with dressing, bathing, transfers etc.

Hours: 10 hours per week Mon-Fri 9am - 11am

Hourly rate: £8

Previous experience with Spinal Injuries or MS preferable but not essential.

‘Permitted under Schedule 9, part 1 of the Equality Act 2010’

Successful applicants will be subject to a DBS check, reference check and a three-month probationary period.

Please contact the Direct Payments Support Service for an application form stating the reference above on 01325 360524 or directpayments@darlingtondisability.org 

Personal Assistant - Town Centre Ref: 147

A gentleman with advanced M.S. is looking to recruit a PA with experience who will be able to fit into a well established team of 3 PA

Duties: Assistance with getting out of bed, getting ready for bed, meal preparation, assistance at mealtimes and general domestic tasks.

Hours: Approx. 12 hours per week - evenings and weekends and holiday cover.

Rate: £7.50 per hour.

Applicants: Some medical knowledge of MS would be advantageous. Applicants must maintain confidentiality, work for a close-knit family with pets, be reliable, have excellent communication skills and be able to work in a non-smoking environment.

Please contact Direct payments Support service for an application form stating reference number above on 01325 360524.

Personal Assistant/ Support worker Ref: 742

A personal assistant is required to support a child with severe Autism.

Hours: 3 -4 per week. Primarily on Sunday each week but there will be an opportunity for additional hours in school holidays

Hourly rate: £8.00

Duties will include: Supporting the young girl with daily routine, primarily with social outings. Some support may be required with dressing/changing clothes when necessary; some prompting might be required at mealtimes. She enjoys car journeys and is often happy to just go for a drive. She also enjoys places with soft play, toys and/or arts and craft opportunities and any indoor or outdoor place suitable for children particularly if they cater to disabled children.

Applicants must be: Honest, trustworthy and responsible. Having some knowledge of autism would be advantageous, and be aware of support needs. A female applicant would be preferred due to personal assistance being required. Access to your own vehicle is desired for outings.

Please contact Direct Payments Support Service for an application form on 01325 360524 or directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

'Permitted under Schedule 9, part 1 of the Equality Act 2010'

Important information for applicants:

Applicants must be: Able to work flexibly, good communicator, able to respect dignity and willing to learn from the employer.

All applicants will have to provide references and undergo an enhanced criminal records bureau check.

If you would like to apply for any of the above vacancies please download a copy of the Direct Payments Application Form. Please quote the job reference on the application form and return to us at the Direct Payment Support Service, Enterprise House, Valley Street North, Darlington DL1 1GY. Or alternatively,  please contact the Direct Payment Support Service on 01325 360524 or email directpayments@darlingtondisability.org quoting the job reference number and we will send a copy of the application form to you. You must complete a separate application form for every vacancy you apply for.

For further information please contact the Direct Payments Support Service on 01325 360524 quoting the job reference number or alternatively e-mail directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

A Direct Payment is made from the local authority to individuals to have control and choice over their own support. Many people who use a Direct Payment choose to employ a personal assistant or a support worker.

Successful applicants will be employed directly by the disabled person who receives support from the Support Service to do this. It is important to understand that it is not the support service that is the employer.

All posts include the statutory requirement of 5.6 weeks paid holiday and other usual employment rights.

It may be helpful to understand that there is a difference between that of a Care Assistant and a Personal Assistant. Although differing posts have varying requirements the general role of a personal assistant is the same. A personal assistant's role is to help your employer to live the way they choose. This means that a personal assistant should listen to their employer to understand and respond positively to any reasonable request for assistance. It enables disabled people to lead an individual, independent life equal to that of non-disabled people.

If you would like to apply for any of the posts please quote the reference number (on the top of each advert). To ensure a smooth recruitment process we ask applicants to apply for only one post at a time and if you are unsuccessful you are then able to apply for further posts.

If however you are looking for work, which is in excess of the advertised post - please speak to the Support Service, as there may be posts, which you could apply for together to make up the hours that you wish to work.

What happens next:

1. After completing your application form and returning it to the Support Service, your application will be sent to employers which you have requested and if indicated other employers which are appropriate.

2. If short-listed you will be asked for an interview, which will give the employer the opportunity to decide whether they wish to employ you. This is also the applicant's opportunity to find out information to decide whether you feel the position is appropriate for you.

3. Where you indicate as such your application form will be kept on file and passed on to an appropriate employer. This means that it may take some time before you are contacted.