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Middlesbrough Direct Payment Employer Support Service

Personal Assistants/Support Workers Vacancies

Updated 29th January 2019

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 the Middlesbrough area 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: Middlesbrough Direct Payments Vacancies(Word). For a PDF version please click this link: Middlesbrough Direct Payment Vacancies(PDF).

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

Personal (Care) Assistant Ref: 1834

Description: A PA is required for a young lady living in Coulby Newham. The PA will be required for 8 hours per week for trips to the cinema and into town for a coffee and shopping. Assistance is also required to promote independence and to assist the SU to use public transport as-and-when needed.

Female applicants only as the service user is nervous around strangers particularly with males as permitted under Schedule 9, Part 1 of the Equality Act, 2010.

The PA needs to be confident and enthusiastic and able to use own initiative. A car driver is required for this position.

Duties: Trips to the cinema and into town for a coffee and shopping. Assistance is also required to promote independence and to assist the SU to use public transport as-and-when needed.

Hours: 8 per Week

Rate: £7.83 per hour

Must: All successful applicants will undergo references and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

How to apply: We do not accept CV's. For further information please contact DAD Employer Support Service on 01642 049920 and quote 1834 or apply by filling in the online application form, save it and email it to employersupport@darlingtondisability.org

Personal (Care) Assistant Ref: 2475

Description: An active PA is required for a 12 year old young man living in the Beechwood area of Middlesbrough with his family to provide support for activities out-and-about.

Duties: The PA will be required to support the service user to go for long walks to places like Roseberry Topping, Eston hills, biking and other sports and outdoor pursuits as he enjoys being very active. The service user dislikes being in crowded and loud places so the PA shall need to ensure that these are avoided. The SU needs constant supervision when he is out as he has no concept of danger.

The PA shall need to be active, enthusiastic, flexible and understanding; experience of autism and mental health is essential and qualifications in care would be desired. An essential car driver with the necessary business insurance is required and costs during the course of your employment shall be met by your employer.

Hours: 3 per week either Saturday or Sunday

Rate: £7.83 per hour going to £11.75 if working bank holiday

Must: An essential car driver with the necessary business insurance is required. Experience of autism and mental health is essential. This position is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

How to apply: We do not accept CV's. For further information please contact DAD Employer Support Service on 01642 049920 and quote 2475 or apply by filling in the online application form, save it and email it to employersupport@darlingtondisability.org

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 Disclosure and Barring Service 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 DAD Employer Support, 001 Cleveland Business Centre, Oak Street, Middlesbrough, TS1 2RQ. Or alternatively you can contact us on 01642 049920 or email employersupport@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.

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 Darlington Association on Disability 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.

What happens next:

1. After completing your application form and returning it to Employer Support, 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.