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Middlesbrough Direct Payment Employer Support Service

Personal Assistants/Support Workers Vacancies

Updated 4th December 2017

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.

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).

Support Worker Ref: 013

A Support Worker is required for a young lady in the Stainton area of Middlesbrough. The role will involve helping to get her bathed morning and evening and depending on shift to put to bed on an evening. The role will also involve assisting to clean her teeth, applying eye drops and lotions, changing her sanitary dressings, feeding medication and food through a tube with guidance from her parent. You will also be required to provide support with ensuring that the young lady’s bedroom is clean and tidy and kept hygienically clean at all times. There is also an element of social care involved in this position to help your employer to gain more independence in the community. You will be required to assist with going shopping, bowling, swimming and going to theatres and shows and other activities that will keep her entertained.

As this role involves personal care, a female support worker is required as permitted under Schedule 9, Part 1 of the Equality Act, 2010 and as it also involves a social element, a car driver with access to their own vehicle is essential to and from the work place, your employer does have her own vehicle if she is needed to be taken out.

Hours of work from:-

Mon - Fri
8.00am - 9.00am
4.00pm -7.00pm

Sat & Sun
12.00pm - 3.00pm - Saturday
12.00pm - 6.00pm - Sunday

Holidays and days off can be shared

One support worker will be required to work alongside her long time workers, hours and shifts can be flexible.

4 hours a week over a probationary period - to build up to 10 hours per week - Probationary period of 12 weeks.

Rate of pay: £7.50 per hour

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

For further information please contact DAD Employer Support Service on 01642 049920 and quote 013

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.