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Direct Payment and Self Directed Support Service

Personal Assistants/Support Workers Vacancies

Updated 18th February 2019

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 (Care) Assistant Ref: 1977

Description: Support required for a girl to attend dance lessons in the community.

Hours: 3 hours on a Sunday, post to start March 2019 onwards.

Wage: £8.21 per hour

Duties: Support to attend dance lessons in the Darlington area.

Other: Must be outgoing and trustworthy, access to transport is a plus.

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

How to apply: Please send C.V. and covering letter to Direct Payments quoting the job reference. For further information please contact the Direct Payments Support Service on 01325 360524.

Personal (Care) Assistant Ref: 1578

Description: A Personal Assistant is required to support a young adult male wheelchair user.

Hours: 6 hours per week, which includes regular Sunday afternoons, and occasional full weekends.

Wage: £8.83 per hour

Duties: Transporting to/from/attendance at sports training and events, shopping,socialising and fundraising activities, appointments including hydrotherapy. Help with the preparation and cooking of meals, some personal care, including toileting and bathing. Will be required to use mobility equipment and training will be given.

Other: Reliable, trustworthy, confident, with a good sense of humour, be a good listener, willing to undertake personal care, a non-smoker. A car driver is essential, ideally with experience of driving larger vehicles including WAVs (wheelchair accessible vehicles). Please note that there is a large dog and elderly cat in this household.

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

How to apply: Please send C.V. and covering letter to Direct Payments quoting the job reference. For further information please contact the Direct Payments Support Service on 01325 360524.

Personal (Care) Assistant Ref: 1961

Description: Support required for 11 year old male with Autism, additional needs and restricted mobility to access the community. He has an interest in gaming, DC Comics and some European languages.

Hours: 2 hours per week, after school. Day and time to be agreed with employer.

Wage: £7.83 per hour.

Duties: Support to access the community, e.g. trips to the cinema and eating out.

Other: Must be motivated, energetic, punctual, reliable and have previous experience working with Autism.

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

How to apply: Please send C.V. and covering letter to Direct Payments quoting the job reference. For further information please contact the Direct Payments Support Service on 01325 360524.

Personal Assistant Ref: 122

Description: Are you reliable, a good communicator, enthusiastic and wanting to gain valuable experience? Would you like to support a child with physical disabilities to play and with personal care? Could you help a young adult with independence skills?

Hours: After school 3.45 to 6.30pm. Can be flexible on number of days, weekend hours available occasionally.

Wage: £8.00 per hour.

Duties include: Support required for two teenagers with learning and physical difficulties. Personal care, assistance with tea time and play.

Applicants must be: Hardworking, show initiative and motivation, be fun with a bubbly personality. Experience of working with children with a disability is desirable but full training can be given. Access to transport is a plus.

How to apply: Please send C.V. and covering letter to Direct Payments quoting the job reference.

For further information please contact the Direct Payments Support Service on 01325 360524.

Personal (Care) Assistant Ref: 1978

Description: Support required for a 15 year old young man in the Darlington area.

Hours: 4 hours per week, initially 2 x 2hr sessions Wednesday and Saturdays. This will be negotiable thereafter.

Wage: £7.83 per hour

Duties: Support with leisure activities, ensuring there is close supervision at all times to maintain his safety and wellbeing. No physical support required.

Other: Driver with own vehicle and experience with autism preferred.

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

How to apply: Please send C.V. and covering letter to Direct Payments quoting the job reference.

For further information please contact the Direct Payments Support Service on 01325 360524.

Male Support Worker Ref: 1943

Description: Support required for a young person aged 15 with cerebral palsy.

Hours: 4 hours per week, preferably Saturday/Sunday afternoon and possibly more flexibility in school holidays.

Wage: £7.83 per hour

Duties: Enable young person to access local facilities such as trips to the cinema, bowling, outings within the town centre, with occasional trips further afield such as visits to seaside and places of interest. Simply playing on the PlayStation as a way of companionship is also required. Support would include pushing the wheelchair when out and about.

Other: Car driver with access to their own car would be particularly helpful. Relevant experience is more important than formal qualifications.

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

How to apply: Please send C.V. and covering letter to Direct Payments quoting the job reference.

For further information please contact the Direct Payments Support Service on 01325 360524.

Personal Assistant/Support Worker Ref: 1052

Description: Support required for a 17 year old male, with autism.

Hours: 4 hours per week over a few days/evenings, to be discussed at interview.

Wage: £7.83 - £8.00 per hour

Duties: Support to access social activities, such as gaming at ‘The Box’, swimming or table tennis.

Other: Energetic, enthusiastic, patient, honest, supportive and trustworthy. Experience of supporting a person with Autism is preferable.

How to apply: Please send C.V. and covering letter to Direct Payments quoting the job reference.

For further information please contact the Direct Payments Support Service on 01325 360524.

Personal (Care) Assistant Ref: 1771

Description: Support required for a 14 year old boy who has Autism to get to and from school by taxi.

Hours: Monday to Friday term time only. Approximately 8am to 9am and 3pm to 4pm

Wage: £7.83 per hour

Duties: Escort and supervise boy.

Other: Applicants should have training and experience of supporting people with behaviour that challenges services. Experience of supporting a person with Autism is preferable.

How to apply: Please send C.V. and covering letter to Direct Payments quoting the job reference.

For further information please contact the Direct Payments Support Service on 01325 360524.

Personal (Care) Assistant: Ref 1863

Description: Personal Assistant required to work with a six year old girl who has Down’s syndrome and is on the Autistic Spectrum.

Duties: Support the young girl to go out into the community and do social activities. Support within the family home around schoolwork, meals and personal care.

Hours: 5 per week to be worked between one to three visits per week, can be negotiated.

Rate: £8.00 per hour

Must: Experience of Makton and/or supporting a child with additional needs would be an advantage. Own transport would be an advantage.

How to apply: Please send C.V. and covering letter to Direct Payments quoting the job reference.

For further information please contact the Direct Payments Support Service on 01325 360524.

Personal (Care) Assistant, Springfield area, Darlington Ref: 1315

Description: Support required for a disabled child to get dressed and undressed, morning and evening.

Duties: Assistance for employer and her children to get dressed and ready for school, and assistance with bedtime routine.

Hours: 10 hours per week, Monday - Friday, term time only. 07:30 - 08:30 and 18:30 - 19:30.

Rate: £7.83 per hour.

Must: Reliable, punctual and be able to maintain confidentiality.

How to apply: Please send C.V. and covering letter to Direct Payments quoting the job reference.

For further information please contact the Direct Payments Support Service on 01325 360524.

Support Worker Ref: 135

Description: Support required for a young 20 year old male in Darlington with special needs.

Duties: To offer emotional support, assistance with time management and have the ability to be firm but motivate another. Visits to the gym, support with finances, cooking and baking, support with dog walks, swimming and offer encouragement to undertake domestic duties.

Hours: 8 hours per week over 2 days, days negotiable.
Rate:
£7.83 per hour

Other
: Must be honest, friendly, patient, and animal friendly would be advantageous.

How to apply: Please send C.V. and covering letter to Direct Payments quoting the job reference.

For further information please contact the Direct Payments Support Service on 01325 360524.

Personal (Care) Assistant Ref: 71

A personal assistant is required to assist a gentleman with domestic, personal care and social care.

Duties: To assist with domestic tasks, and other PAs using stand-aid, with dressing the gentleman, bath time and personal care. Assistance with night time routine also required.

Hours: 8 hours per week (rota basis). Rota is 06:45 - 07:45, 16:00 - 16:30 and 21:00 - 21:30. Additional casual hours available ad hoc.

Rate: £8.00 per hour

Applicants must be: Honest, reliable and professional.

How to apply: Please send C.V. and covering letter to Direct Payments quoting the job reference.

For further information please contact the Direct Payments Support Service on 01325 360524.

Male Support Worker Ref: 68

Description: A Male support worker is needed to support a young person aged 17 with Down’s syndrome to access social opportunities. Relevant experience is more important than formal qualifications. This is a long-term position with opportunities for accessing training and development.

Duties: Support is needed to enable the young person to access local leisure centres for swimming and using the gym, as well as other social opportunities of interest such as the cinema, theatre local parks and occasional day trips to theme parks and other attractions.

Hours: 8 hours per week, evenings and weekends and flexible in school holidays. Opportunities to support voluntary work placements on a Friday morning may also be offered in addition to the 8 hours.

Rate: £8.50 per hour + mileage/expenses.

Must: Have experience of supporting people with learning and communication difficulties. Experience of dealing with challenging behaviour would be beneficial. Knowledge of sign language (Makaton) would also be welcome. Car drivers with access to their own vehicle would be particularly welcome however this is not a requirement of the post.

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

How to apply: Please send C.V. and covering letter to Direct Payments quoting the job reference.

For further information please contact the Direct Payments Support Service on 01325 360524.

Personal Assistant/Support Worker Ref: 1702

Description: A gentleman with a head injury and left side weakness is seeking 2 personal assistants to work together.

Duties: Social outings, personal care, occasional meal preparation and keeping the gentleman company.

Hours: 16 hours per week, over 4 days during the week, alternate weekend shifts, to be discussed at interview. Flexibility required.

Rate: £8.75 per hour.

Must: Applicant must honest, trustworthy, reliable and be able to work together with another member of staff as part of a team. At least 1 year experience in a similar role necessary. Clean driving license essential as the gentleman has a mobility car for social outings.

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

How to apply: Please send C.V. and covering letter to Direct Payments quoting the job reference.

For further information please contact the Direct Payments Support Service on 01325 360524.

Personal Assistant/Support Worker Darlington area Ref: 1946

Description: Support required for a happy, fun and energetic young female with ASD and additional needs in the Darlington area.

Duties: Support to maintain structure, supporting the development of independent living skills and to assist with social activities inside and outside of the home. Interests include singing nursery rhymes, walks, play parks, soft play and day trips out to places of interest.

Hours: 3 hours per week, over the weekend to be discussed at interview, timings are flexible. Hours may increase during school holidays. Some sleepovers may be required in the future but this is flexible.

Rate: £7.83 per hour + expenses.

Must: Applicant must be reliable, energetic, friendly and supportive. Experience with ASD and supporting communication preferred, but not essential. Access to own transport would be highly desirable and being comfortable with dogs essential.
'Permitted under Schedule 9, part 1 of the Equality Act 2010'

How to apply: Please send C.V. and covering letter to Direct Payments quoting the job reference.

For further information please contact the Direct Payments Support Service on 01325 360524.

Personal Assistant Ref: 147

Description: 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: Up-to 30 hours per week - evenings and weekends and holiday cover. This is a temporary role to cover maternity leave and sickness, with a possibility to be extended.

Rate: £7.83 per hour weekdays, evenings and Saturdays.

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

How to apply: Please send C.V. and covering letter to Direct Payments quoting the job reference.

For further information please contact the Direct Payments Support Service on 01325 360524.

Personal (Care) Assistant (up - to 5 x Posts) Ref: 89

Description: Support team required for a friendly lady in Darlington

Duties: 2 carers per visit, duties will include personal care/shower, food and drink preparation, position change, catheter care, some domestic duties and assistance with night time routine. Possibility of additional hours for grocery shopping, assistance to appointments and social time, to be discussed at interview stage

Hours: Visit times: 09:00 - 10:30, 16:30 - 17:30, 21:00 - 21:45. 7 days per week, part-time, on a shift rota basis

Rate:
£8.00 per hour

Other: Experience in manual handling and the use of a hoist advantageous, but not essential as training will be given. Staff must be punctual and respectful, maintaining the lady’s dignity at all times. Drivers licence essential for some, but not all applicants. Female Personal Assistants required for personal care aspect of the role, as permitted under ‘Schedule 9, part 1 of the Equality Act 2010’

How to apply: Please send C.V. and covering letter to Direct Payments quoting the job reference.

For further information please contact the Direct Payments Support Service on 01325 360524.

Personal Assistant/ Support Worker - Ref: 1337  

Description: 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: 3.5 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.  

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

How to apply: Please send C.V. and covering letter to Direct Payments quoting the job reference.

For further information please contact the Direct Payments Support Service on 01325 360524.

Personal Assistant/Support Worker Middleton St George area Ref: 1423

A personal assistant is required to support an 11 year old boy with special needs.

Duties: to take out socially, taking the bus occasionally to improve social skills. To go swimming in the summer and to play in the park. He likes playing video games, some support with schoolwork would be advantageous. 

Hours: up to 4 per week in the afternoons after school. These hours will be flexible to work round mother’s appointments.

Hourly rate: £7.83 plus mileage if using own car.

Applicants must be: Reliable, trustworthy, open and friendly.

How to apply: Please send C.V. and covering letter to Direct Payments quoting the job reference.

For further information please contact the Direct Payments Support Service on 01325 360524.

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

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.

How to apply: Please send C.V. and covering letter to Direct Payments quoting the job reference.

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

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.