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Redcar and Cleveland Direct Payment Employer Support Service

Personal Assistants/Support Workers Vacancies

Updated 11th December 2018

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 Redcar and Cleveland 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: Redcar and Cleveland Direct Payments Vacancies(Word). For a PDF version please click this link: Redcar and Cleveland Direct Payment Vacancies(PDF).

The following vacancies are advertised directly by the disabled person who receives support from the Redcar and Cleveland 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: 2495

Description: A female Personal Assistant as permitted under Schedule 9, Part 1 of the Equality Act 2010 is required. An enhanced DBS will be required for this job role (Paid for by the employer)

A lady in the Redcar area is looking to recruit a female support worker regardless of qualifications, but experience would be desirable. The employer will care more about the successful person sharing and demonstrating the values that she cares so passionately about and these are:

• Seeing the possibilities to make positive difference.
• Valuing and celebrating individuality and diversity.
• Supporting rights, needs, choices and dreams.
• Being responsible, sustainable and innovative in your work.

Duties: The duties of the successful person will be supporting the lady to ready her children for school five mornings per week, take the children to/from school (dependent upon the employer’s health at the time). Therefore a person with a full clean driving licence and car owner will be required.
The lady will also require support in the community to complete her shopping, but at times the successful person will need to do this for the employer.

Hours: 10 per week Monday to Friday mornings 8am to 10am. Further hours will be available to cover for holidays, sickness etc. for the other PA.

Rate: £8 per hour

Must: full clean driving licence and car owner will be required.

How to apply: We do not accept CV's. For further information please contact DAD Employer Support Service on 01642 049920 and quote 2495 or apply by filling in the online application form, save it and email it to employersupport@darlingtondisability.org

Personal (Care) Assistant, Redcar area Ref: 2458

Description: A Gentleman living in the Redcar area, is looking for support to help him maintain independence within his home and the community. The gentleman is seeking an individual that will be able to provide personal care, as this is a major role of the support that they will require. The successful candidate will be one of a team of four, and will be expected to be a strong team player.

Duties: Assistance with personal care, shopping, appointments to the doctors and hospital for appointments.

Hours: 8.5 per week plus holiday and sickness cover when required.

Rate: £8.15 per hour

Must: A clean driving licence is essential. It would be a huge benefit to applicants if they have a cheerful disposition.

How to apply: We do not accept CV's. For further information please contact DAD Employer Support Service on 01642 049920 and quote 2458 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.