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Redcar and Cleveland Direct Payment Employer Support Service

Personal Assistants/Support Workers Vacancies

Updated 11th July 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 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: 2467/356N

Description: A Female Support worker is required in accordance with Schedule 9, Part 1 of the Equality Act 2010 for a lady living in the Redcar area. The support worker will be required to assist the lady with personal care and general household duties. 
A lady living within the Redcar area is looking for support to help her with her daily needs. The lady herself is well educated and has a zest for life. The ideal person will be willing to support the lady to achieve her life goals.

Typical care duties are wide ranging. The job revolves around helping the lady with her immediate needs.

Duties: Duties include assisting to maintain her personal hygiene, including assistance with washing and dressing, as well as helping with basic day-to-day tasks within the home, alongside administrative tasks such as paying bills.

However, the care role also includes getting to know the lady personally and providing emotional support and company, which will contribute positively to her wellbeing.
As a care assistant for the lady this will also extend to helping her to take part in leisure activities, Therefore duties vary substantially so that no two days are the same.

Hours: Various Hours available

Rate: £ 8.21 per hour

Must have a full clean, UK driving licence.

How to apply: We do not accept CV's. For further information please contact DAD Employer Support Service on 01642 049920 and quote 2467/356N or apply by filling in the online application form, save it and email it to employersupport@darlingtondisability.org

Female Personal (Care) Assistant X 1 Ref: 713

Description: A female support worker is required as permitted under Schedule 9, Part 1 of the Equality Act, 2010 for a young lady living in the Redcar area. A vacancy has become available for a personal assistant.

Hours: 20 hours per week

Shifts will include days, evening’s weekends and bank holidays. The occasional sleepover shift may be required, some 12 hour shifts will also be required. The applicant must be willing to cover sickness and holidays.

Rate: £8.38 per hour

Duties: This role includes personal care, supporting with day to day activities and supporting the lady to a day centre. Preferable experience with epilepsy but not essential as training will be given. You will be a part of a small team that works 1:1 with the lady although sometimes you may be on a double up call. You will be employed by the ladies mother through direct payments. 

Shadowing shifts will be given until you feel comfortable working alone. DBS required but the cost will be covered by us.

Must: Have a NVQ level 2 or above, and a full driving licence. A 3 months probationary period is required, once this is successfully completed the contract will be issued.

How to apply: We do not accept CV's. For further information please contact DAD Employer Support Service on 01642 049920 and quote 713 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.