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DASH Play Worker

Job Type: DAD

We are recruiting Play Workers for our holiday play schemes – DASH

Play Workers enable disabled and non-disabled children to access inclusive play opportunities in a fun and safe environment, whilst supporting individual requirements.

You must be over 18 years old and be available to work during the school holidays

Experienced and/or qualified or working towards a qualification in childcare / play work preferred

Based at premises in Darlington and outreach work to take children on outings.

Hours of work:            9.00am to 4.30pm (2 or 3 days per week) during school holidays

Rate of Pay:                £8.91 per hour plus £1.07 holiday allowance per hour

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Female Personal Assistant Job reference 3428

Job Type: Darlington (PA's)

Area: Off Geneva Road

Description: Female Personal Assistant required to support a lady on a weekend in accordance with Schedule 9, Part 1 of the Equality Act 2010.

Duties: Mainly to support the lady with her personal care and tidying round afterwards. The role can include supporting her when going out (shopping etc.) and more general housework tasks. The role may include some manual handling support.

Rate: National minimum wage

Hours: 4 hours over Saturdays and Sundays 11am to 1pm.

Successful applicants will be subject to DBS and reference checks.

Applicants be aware there is a dog in the household.

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Female Personal Assistant Job reference 356

Job Type: Redcar and Cleveland (PA's)

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 personal assistant will be required to assist the lady with personal care and general household duties. 

She 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: 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. The personal assistant for this lady will also extend to helping her to take part in leisure activities therefore, duties vary substantially so that no two days are the same.

Essential Criteria: A full driving licence. 

Hours: Up to 43.5 hours available per week which can be job shared. It is anticipated these hours will be worked over three to four days per week – times and days can be discussed at interview but it is anticipated full days will be required plus 'bedtime' calls. May particularly suit applicants local to Redcar. 

Rate of Pay: National minimum wage

The post may be subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring check 

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Independent Advocate

Job Type: DAD

DAD (Centre for Independent Living) is seeking to recruit an Independent Advocate who is passionate about advocacy and upholding and safeguarding the rights of people we support. 

All candidates must be committed to the values of equality, empowerment and supporting people to have their voice heard when decisions are being made about their lives.  If you think you have the right experience, values, drive and enthusiasm needed for this role, and in turn DAD will provide a team environment, with excellent support and conditions.

Experience and qualifications in advocacy is preferred, but a training post will also be considered for the right candidate.

Salary: £ 9.80 - 12.34 per hour depending on Qualifications and Experience

Please note: The  Higher pay scales will be awarded to successful applicants who are in possession of a Diploma in advocacy.*

Hours: 30 to 37.5 hours per week

Location: Based at the offices of Darlington Association on Disability (travel is expected across the Borough of Darlington, Tees Valley and regular travel to other areas in the North East.) Home working is also  expected during COVID restrictions and will be considered as part of your role outside of restrictions.

Holidays: 25 days per annum (pro rata if less than 37.5) Bank Holidays, entitlement increases with length of service up to a maximum of 30 days plus bank holidays.

Travel: A travel allowance is payable for travel in connection with the post

Other: A competitive sick scheme is available after the necessary qualifying period. Employee Assistance Scheme

To provide a range of types of advocacy support (subject to current training), including:

  • Relevant Person’s Representative, for people who are subject to a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard under the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Independent Mental Health Advocacy, for people subject to the Mental Health Act 1983.
  • Care Act Advocacy
  • Independent Mental Capacity Act advocacy.
  • General advocacy
  • Specialist mental health advocacy
  • Self advocacy facilitation

The role will involve supporting people to speak for themselves, to be fully involved in the decisions and processes that affect their lives, to obtain information and to understand their options and rights.  The role will also involve non instructed advocacy for people who are not able to give their views.

* All advocates will be expected to complete National Advocacy Qualifications which will be funded by DAD and completed within agreed timescales, some home study is expected. Where an advocate is not in possession of the Diploma in advocacy the lower rate will apply.


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Personal (Support/Care) Assistant Ref 334

Job Type: Darlington (PA's)

Job Type: Personal (Support/Care) Assistant Ref 334

This post is advertised on behalf of an employer using our service. Darlington Association Disability is not the employer.

Area: Darlington

Description:  Looking for someone to help take care of the needs of a 14-year-old boy, Mon to Friday on a morning and tea- time

Duties: To support with personal care needs, some hoisting will be required and to help mum with some duties required around the house 

Rate: £8.91

Hours per week: 7

The post is subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and references.

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Personal Assistant - Job Reference 1758

Job Type: Darlington (PA's)

Personal Assistant/Domestic support worker

Female only. 

Job Description:  A mum having long term physical disability with constant pain; seeking an honest, punctual, dedicated, compassionate, experienced, Professional, reliable, thorough, and discreet personal assistant who can carry out housekeeping duties and thorough cleaning.

Hours: 4 to 6 hours per week.

Days: Monday, Thursday, Friday. 

Wage: £8.91 per hour.(Mileage will be paid  if required). 

Essential Duties: 

 *Food preparation, e.g.; porridge, poached eggs, Washing and cutting of fresh fruits and vegetables. Confident and versatile home cook with the ability to make salad and cook when needed.

*Thorough General Household cleaning, Dusting, vacuuming, moping. Dish washing and rinsing.

*Laundry (hanging washing, folding) and ironing when needed. 

*Assistance in weekly food shopping if they have own car with clean driving licence. 

Personal Development:

• Willingness to undertake any training relevant to the post, e.g. First Aid, Food Hygiene, health and safety, Infection control, work ethics etc.

Experience relevant to the post:

* Experience of undertaking domestic household tasks and cleaning thoroughly. 

*Confident car driver with clean driving licence.

• Non-smoker.

A personal assistant's role is to help her 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.

The successful applicant will be subject to references and disclosure and barring checks.

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Personal Assistant Job reference 2036

Job Type: Darlington (PA's)

Description: To support a lady in her own home with general day to day activities 

Duties: Includes social support, some domestic support to help keep her home clean, cooking meals with the person and support to go to appointments.

Hours: 12 hour on a Wednesday 9am to 9pm plus absence cover for other staff member Monday 9am -5pm, Fri 9am -5pm,Sun 11am-7pm

Rate of Pay: National minimum wage 

Essential: Reliable, trustworthy, good communicator, can show initiative, be supportive and can prompt person.



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Personal Assistant Job reference 2406

Job Type: Redcar and Cleveland (PA's)

Area: TS6 postcode

Description: A worker required to support the domestic needs of a young family. 

Duties: Laundry and all aspects of housework. 

Rate: National minimum wage

Hours: 4 hours per week which can be worked in one shift on a Thursday or Friday (to be agreed with employer). Times can be negotiated

Essential: DBS and references checks will be required and paid for by the employer. 

Desirable: Non-smoker with experience of supporting disabled people. 

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Personal Assistant Job Reference 2966

Job Type: Darlington (PA's)

Area: Darlington

Description: Personal assistant required to support a 8 year old girl. She has a loving nature, doesn’t speak, sometimes throws things and needs a lot of attention

Duties:  To support the child in her own home and community with personal care, PEG feeding and social outings. Manual handling including hoisting will be required.  

Rate: National minimum wage

Hours per week: 16 hours - 4 hours over the weekend and the others during the week.

Essential Criteria: Applicant must have a caring personality and be flexible.

Desirable Criteria: Car driver but not essential. Relevant experience would be good, but is not essential as training can be given.

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Personal Assistant Job reference 313

Job Type: Darlington (PA's)

Description: A lady living in her own home requires a personal assistant.

Duties: Mostly the tasks will be around housework, laundry and supporting the employer’s application of body creams. Also, there will be some food preparation at times.

Rate: National minimum wage 

Hours: 2 hours per week with potential for more hours in the future including holiday/sick cover. Ideally this would be worked 1 hour on two separate mornings Monday to Friday but could be negotiated with the employer.

Desirable: Someone with holistic therapies experience i.e. massage.  

Other: The employer has two small friendly dogs.

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Personal Assistant Job reference 3320 (Revised Advert 04.05.2021)

Job Type: Darlington (PA's)

Area: DARLINGTON DL1 (Town Centre Area)

Description: To support a woman with her physical needs while promoting positive good mental health. Assistance with medication and personal care. A moving and handling plan is in place which full training by a qualified therapist will be given plus there will be on the job support.  To access community activities as and when appropriate. Employer has their own wheelchair adapted car which applicant would need to drive.

Hours: 20 hours per week - 8 hours to be worked over two weekday mornings per week plus Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 9am -1pm.

Wage: Meets national minimum wage.

Duties will include: During the week the main duty is to work alongside another staff member to support the lady to complete her rehabilitation exercises. At a weekend it will be domestic work, food preparation, medication assistance, personal care, manual handling and social support. Assistance with any medical appointments and accessing community activities may occur.  

Applicants must be: reliable, able to maintain confidentiality, trustworthy, punctual, car driver but a car is provided. Trustworthy and compassionate, some experience of mental health may be an advantage.

Paid holiday leave and pension available.

All successful applicants will undergo references and an enhanced DBS, which is paid for by employer. 

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Personal Assistant Job Reference 341

Job Type: Darlington (PA's)

Description: Personal Assistant to support a gentleman in his own home.

Duties:  Washing and dressing the man to get ready for the day. Some manual handling support will be required.

Rate: National minimum wage

Hours: 3 hours per week to be worked Saturdays 10am to 11.30am and Sundays 10.30am to 12pm. Holiday/absence cover may be available of up to 19 hours per week as needed.

Desirable Criteria: Full clean driving license is preferred but not essential if covering holidays. This would be to drive the employer’s vehicle to attend appointments.

Applicants be aware there is a dog and cat in the household.

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Personal Assistant Job reference 3540

Job Type: Redcar and Cleveland (PA's)

Description: Looking for a PA to support a mum of 2 with daily tasks and planning, while children are at school.

Duties: Domestic support, meal planning and preparation (special diet), correspondence and phone calls, budgeting planning, appointments and shopping.

Hours: 6 hours a week, Monday – Friday during school hours. Flexible and may differ week to week.

Rate: National Minimum Wage

Must be: reliable, show initiative, flexible, trustworthy and able to maintain confidentiality.

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Personal Assistant Job Reference 357

Job Type: Darlington (PA's)

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: National Minimum Wage + expenses.

Essential Criteria:   Applicant must be reliable, energetic, friendly and supportive. Being comfortable with dogs essential.

Desirable Criteria: Experience with ASD and supporting communication preferred, but not essential. Access to own transport would be highly desirable.

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Personal Assistant Job reference 3580

Job Type: Middlesbrough (PA's)

Description: A lady in the Middlesbrough area is looking to recruit a personal assistant to support a 13 year old boy, who has a learning impairment (disability).

Rate of pay: National minimum wage 

Hours: 6 per week  

Working pattern: Days and times would be Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday 4pm to 6pm

 The successful person will need to demonstrate the following values:

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.

A driver with a full clean driving license would be preferred

The successful person will be required to complete an enhanced DBS check (cost is covered via employer)

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Personal Assistant Job reference 3594

Job Type: Middlesbrough (PA's)

Description: A personal assistant is required to support a young man within the community with social activities. He particularly wants to visit the Dirty Dog Airsoft at Shildon which is similar to paintballing but without the mess and hurts less (according to the website). 

Pay rate: National minimum wage rates

Hours: 2.5 hours per week

Desirable: An individual with plenty of patience, and/or experience of working with people with Autism would be eagerly considered.

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Personal Assistant Job reference 510

Job Type: Darlington (PA's)

Description: To support a lady with physical needs

Duties: Support needed with activities of daily living including, personal care, food preparation, personal care, accessing activities, maintaining safety. The person also uses a hoist.

Hours: 30 hours a week, 8.30am - 6.30pm.

Rate of Pay: National Minimum wage

Essential: full clean driving licence as lady has own mobility car which the worker will be required to drive.

Preferred: previous experience is a plus but not essential as full training will be given.

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Personal Assistant Job reference 559

Job Type: Darlington (PA's)

Job Type: Personal Assistant

Area: Darlington

Description: Personal assistant (PA) required to support a gentleman in his own home.

Duties:  Preparing food, support with getting hair done, shopping and supporting the man in and out of the standing frame. There would also be light house work. 

Rate:  National Minimum Wage

Hours: Up to 10 hours per week

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Personal Assistant Job Reference 571

Job Type: Darlington (PA's)

Description: 1 or possibly 2 female PAs required to support an 11 year old girl.  'Permitted under Schedule 9, part 1 of the Equality Act 2010'

Hours per week: There are 22 hours available per week but if preferred applicants can apply for either the just evening shifts or just the overnight shift or both.

Shift pattern: Two evening shifts 3:30pm to 8:30pm  and one overnight stay 8:30pm to 08:30am

Some additional hours during school holidays may be required/available, flexibility is required.

Wage Rate: National Minimum Wage to £9.00 per hour, depending on experience.

Duties included: Personal care, assistance with medication and feeds, play, exercise and also walks.

Essential Criteria:  Applicants must be kind, patient, trustworthy and reliable. Some experience with people who have complex needs is essential e.g. peg feeds, epilepsy.

Previous applicants need not apply.

Desirable: Some experience with disabled children would be preferred.

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Personal Assistant Job reference 946

Job Type: Middlesbrough (PA's)

Female Personal Assistant - Job reference 946

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

Job Type: Personal Assistant

Area: Middlesbrough, Hemlington

Description and duties: A 33 year old university graduate requires a personal assistant to join her well-established, long-standing team who provide 24 hour support to her every day of the week.

This is an excellent opportunity to support this person in all aspects of her daily life including all personal care, manual handling/transfers, household duties including laundry, food preparation etc.  support with appointments and all aspects of general living. The lady, who lives in her own fully adapted home and has her own vehicle wants a personal assistant who can support and accompanying her with her many interests and hobbies which include music, crafts, shopping, keeping up with friends, festivals and foreign travel. The person has congenital Muscular Dystrophy and epilepsy. Her mobility is limited so she uses a powered wheelchair.

Applicants be aware the lady has a cat in the household.

Rate: National minimum wage plus an enhancement for on call cover.

Benefits:  Workers will receive statuary holiday paid entitlement and a statutory pension scheme is available.

Hours: 24 hours per week

Working Pattern: 2 x 12 hour shifts per week (7am - 7pm, or 7pm - 7am) on a 4 week rolling rota.

This will include one week every 4th week ‘on call’ duty as standby, to cover staff sickness.

Essential: Full valid UK driving licence, reliability, trustworthiness, an understanding of     high quality of care, caring nature, friendly and supportive, good communication skills, excellent timekeeping, team worker, high quality of hygiene.

Desirable: Experience of this type of PA support would be valuable however, training will be provided as necessary

Employment would be subject to satisfactory references and DBS check. 

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Personal Assistant Job Reference 988

Job Type: Middlesbrough (PA's)

Area: Acklam, Middlesbrough      

Description:  A young man with high functioning autism and wheelchair user, living with his family in the Acklam area of Middlesbrough requires a personal assistant to support him living independently. Although the service user has no challenging behaviour, his disability traits are centred primarily around issues with un-expected loud music and noises so a PA who can speak firmly to ensure his well-being is essential.  

Duties: To support the young man during shopping trips, visits to the bingo, walks and support when he visits ‘Belong’ at the Game store.  He loves eating- out, visiting the seaside for fish, chips and ice cream and using the slot machines.  Personal care support will also be required as and when necessary along with supporting him with his road safety and pavement awareness.

Rate: Meets National Minimum Wage

Hours per week: 8

Essential Criteria: Non-smoker, able to support the young man with his interests (as described and X box), must be honest and able to use own initiative. 

Desirable Criteria:  Experience of working with people with a learning disability. Share similar interests as the young man. As the service user has a mobility car, full driving license is preferred but not essential.

The post is subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and references.

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