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Personal Assistants/Support Workers Vacancies

Updated 17th April 2018

The following vacancies are advertised directly by the disabled person who receives support from the Direct Payment 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 Darlington 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: Direct Payments Vacancies(Word). For a PDF version please click this link: Direct Payment Vacancies(PDF).

Personal Assistant - Ref: 987

An opportunity has arisen for a personal assistant to support a lady and her child with their own home.

Duties: To support me with daily routine and all aspects of day to day living. Some personal care will be required.

Hours: 16 per week, flexible. Likely to be over 2 - 3 weekdays. Hours will be needed before and after school times and will include the school run. Sleepovers when required.

Rate: £8.00 per hour and £40 for sleepovers.

Other: A driver with own vehicle is essential for school run, appointments and social outings.

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

Please contact the Direct Payments Support Service for an application form stating the reference above on 01325 360524 or directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

Personal Assistant Eastbourne area - Ref 23

Description: A working man is looking for a personal assistant with a sense of humour to cover as BANK support, who enjoys variety and is able to cook.

Hours: As and when needed.

Wage: £7.83ph for probationary period, raising to £8.20

Duties: Personal care (including showering, washing, helping with toilet and dressing), preparing evening meals (sometimes using fresh ingredients), and concern for accuracy with domestic duties. Also requires assistance with his bedtime routine.

Applicants must: Be flexible, trustworthy, conscientious and reliable.

Please contact the Direct Payments Support Service for an application form stating the reference above on 01325 360524 or directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

Personal Assistant/ Support Worker - Ref: 1337  

Description: An opportunity has arisen to work as a Personal Assistant to support a man with cerebral palsy to access social opportunities in the community with some personal care. The Direct Payments User is a Cantonese speaker but is fluent in English.

Duties: As personal assistant you would support me to access social opportunities such as shopping and day trips out to places of interest.  Support would include helping to push my wheelchair and provide the companionship needed to get me out and about. Training in manual handling would be preferable, however full training can be arranged.  

Hours: 3.5 per week. 1 weekday per week and occasionally evenings or weekends. This can be organised flexibly with the employer and will be as bank staff when current PA is absent due to holiday or sickness.  

Rate:  £8.00 per hour.  

Candidates must: Be creative, motivated, friendly and reliable. Some experience working with disabled adults preferred. Access to transport preferred but not essential.

Please contact the Direct Payments Support Service for an application form stating the reference above on 01325 360524 or directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

Female Personal Assistant Ref: 1840

Description: Support required for a 14 year old girl to access the community and take part in various sporting activities of her choice.

Hours: 3 hours, usually on a weekend but flexible.

Wage: £7.50 - 8.00 per hour (dep on experience)

Duties included: Support to access various sporting activities, such as swimming and trampolining. Visits to the cinema, shopping or trips outdoors to the park.

Applicants must be: Honest, reliable and be able to motivate, support and encourage participation. Own car essential.

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

Please contact the Direct Payments Support Service for an application form stating the reference above on 01325 360524 or directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

Personal Assistant Ref: 1806

Description: Support required for a lady in Darlington.

Hours: 16 hours per week to be discussed at interview, 1 x waking night shift will be required on the occasional Sunday.

Wage: £8.00 per hour.

Duties included: All aspects of personal care, turning and keeping her comfortable, interacting verbal and non-verbal, light meal preparation, assistance at meal times, administering paracetamol 4 x per day. Some light domestic duties during the waking night shift.

Applicants must be: Honest and reliable. Experience with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Dementia preferred but not essential.

Please contact Direct Payment Support Service for an application form, stating reference numbers above on 01325 360524 or email directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

Male Personal Support Assistant Ref: 1759

An opportunity has arisen to support a young man with social activities.

Duties: will include supporting young man to go out and socialise, and support with independent living skills. Must be happy to work some evenings and weekends. The successful applicant would be required to drive the young man, or accompany him whilst he drove on outings.

Hours: 8 per week

Rate: £7.85 per hour

Applicants must be reliable, able to maintain confidentiality, flexible, trustworthy, punctual, have excellent communication skills, show initiative and be honest. A full, clean driver’s licence is essential.

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

Please contact Direct Payment Support Service for an application form, stating reference numbers above on 01325 360524 or email directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

Male Personal Assistant Ref: 1919

Description: Support required for a teenage boy to assist him to integrate and socialise in the Darlington area.

Hours: 6 hours per week.

Wage: £7.80 per hour.

Duties included: Using buses, attending the gym and other sport and leisure activities including swimming. They would need to support the young man with social situations and deal with the social aspects of community integration. Support required for him whilst changing clothes for sport activities and aspects of personal care.

Applicants must: Be confident and be able to promote the teenager's independence, safety, money and time management skills.

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

Please contact Direct Payment Support Service for an application form, stating reference numbers above on 01325 360524 or email directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

Personal Assistant - Ref: 1895

Description: Support required for a 5 year old boy to access the community in Darlington.

Hours: 5 hours per week on Saturday/Sunday, additional in school holidays.

Wage: £8.00 per hour.

Duties included: Accessing the swimming pool, visiting sensory play areas and art activities. Some light meal preparation and personal care included. His interests include singing, dinosaurs and the solar system.

Applicants must: Have access to their own transport that can be used for work. Knowledge of first aid preferred.

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

Please contact Direct Payment Support Service for an application form, stating reference numbers above on 01325 360524 or email directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

Personal Assistant/Support Worker Ref: 1052

Description: Support required for a 16 year old male, with autism.

Hours: 4 hours per week over a few days/evenings, to be discussed at interview.

Wage: £7.50 - £8.00 per hour.

Duties included: Support to access social activities, such as gaming at ‘The Box’, swimming or table tennis.

Applicants must be: Energetic, enthusiastic, patient, honest, supportive and trustworthy.

Please contact Direct Payment Support Service for an application form, stating reference numbers above on 01325 360524 or email directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

Male Personal Assistant Ref: 1892

Description: Support required for an 18 year old male.

Hours: 4 hours per week to be discussed at interview. Flexibility is required.

Wage: £8.00 per hour.

Duties included: Support to access new social activities, such as swimming and the pub to play pool.

Applicants must be assertive, encouraging, trust worthy, motivated and have a mature attitude.

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

Please contact Direct Payment Support Service for an application form, stating reference numbers above on 01325 360524 or email directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

Female Personal Assistant Ref: 1384

Description: Support required for an 11 year old girl to access various sporting activities.

Hours: 4 hours on a weekend.

Wage: £8.00 per hour.

Duties included: Support to access various sporting activities, such as swimming, football and trampolining.

Applicants must be: Honest, reliable and be able to motivate, support and encourage participation. Own car essential.

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

Please contact Direct Payment Support Service for an application form, stating reference numbers above on 01325 360524 or email directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

Female Personal Assistant Ref: 950

Description:A Direct Payments user is looking for a female PA to support her 8 year old daughter.

Hours: 10 hours per week over 2 week days, 3:30-8:30 plus 1 overnight stay. Some additional hours during school holidays, flexibility is required.

Wage: £8.50 - £9.00 per hour, depending on experience.

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

Applicants must be: Applicants must be kind, patient, trustworthy and reliable. Some experience with disabled children would be preferred.

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

Please contact Direct Payment Support Service for an application form, stating reference numbers above on 01325 360524 or email directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

Personal Assistants/Support Workers Ref: 1855

Overview: Personal assistants are required urgently to work as part of a team to support a young gentleman with his daily activities. His interests include music, TV, Films and going out into the community.

Hours: 9am-6pm, 10 days out of 14, to be discussed at interview. Both weekday and weekend shifts on rotation.

Wage: £7.83 per hour for a probationary period of 3 months.

Duties: Personal care, support with meals, shopping and food preparation. Some laundry, domestic duties and social support. PA’s would be expected to cover sickness and holidays.

Applicants must: Own car preferable and clean driving license but not necessary as gentleman has his own car.

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

Please contact Direct Payment Support Service for an application form, stating reference numbers above on 01325 360524 or email directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

Personal Assistant Ref: 1575

Description: Support required for a 14 year old boy with complex needs to get out and about socially. Own transport preferred but not essential. MAPA training would be advantageous.

Hours: 4 hours per week on weekends, some additional hours during school holidays, flexibility is required.

Wage: £7.75 per hour.

Duties include: Accessing the local shops, trips to squash training and an indoor climbing wall.

Applicants must be: Honest, reliable, trustworthy, patient, outgoing and have excellent communication skills.

Please contact Direct Payment Support Service for an application form, stating reference numbers above on 01325 360524 or email directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

Personal Assistant Ref: 1692

Description: Support required for a young child with physical needs to enable access to the community. Manual handling and hoist training will be provided. Own transport is preferred.

Hours: 4 hours per week on Saturdays, increasing to 7 hours per week during school holidays, flexibility is favoured. The post is subject to 3 months’ probation period.

Wage: £8.00 per hour. Mileage paid. Holiday entitlement 5.6 weeks, per year, pro-rata.

Duties include: Accessing the local library and trips to the swimming baths. Assistance required with food and drink, and some personal care. Must be reliable and honest and hold excellent communication skills. The ability to work well using their initiative is essential.

Please contact Direct Payment Support Service for an application form, stating reference numbers above on 01325 360524 or email directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

Personal Assistant/Support Worker Ref: 1578

Description: A Personal Assistant is required to support a young adult male wheelchair user with social, sports activities and appointments. Some personal care, including toileting, will be required.

Hours: 6 hours per week (on the same day) initially, although this may rise. Occasional days during weekends may be required.

Rate: £7.75 to be reviewed after 6 months

Applicants must be: Reliable, trustworthy, with a good sense of humour, willing to undertake personal care, a non-smoker. A car driver is essential for social activities and appointments, ideally with experience of driving larger vehicles including WAVs (wheelchair accessible vehicles).

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

Please contact Direct Payment Support Service for an application form, stating reference numbers above on 01325 360524 or email directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

Personal Assistant Ref: 93

12 - Month Maternity Leave Cover

A physically disabled outgoing couple living near Barnard Castle, require a “Personal Assistant”, someone who would enjoy a job with variety, and support them in the many activities they enjoy. Flexibility is important-hours are daytime very little evening work, occasional weekend, a dog lover, hold a valid driving licence and able to work in a smoke free environment

Hours: 16 hours per week (extra hours possible)

Rate: £8.50 per hour

Duties: Duties are varied and interesting including trips away-visiting shows, personal care, meal preparation, some cooking, shopping etc.

Successful applicants will undergo references and an enhanced criminal records bureau check.

For further information and to request an application form contact:
JOB VACANCY, PO Box 421, DARLINGTON. DL1 9WW 

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

Personal Assistant/Support Worker Middleton St George area Ref: 1423

A personal assistant is required to support an 11 year old boy with special needs.

Duties: to take out socially, taking the bus occasionally to improve social skills. To go swimming in the summer and to play in the park. He likes playing video games, some support with schoolwork would be advantageous. 

Hours: up to 4 per week in the afternoons after school. These hours will be flexible to work round mother’s appointments.

Hourly rate: £7.50 plus mileage if using own car.

Applicants must be: Reliable, trustworthy, open and friendly.

Please contact the Direct Payments Support Service for an application form stating reference number above on 01325 360524 or directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

Female Personal Assistants/Bank support Ref: 1025

A mother and son require a personal assistant to cover as bank support, to support with personal care and putting to bed for the young boy.

Duties: Support with bath-time, dressing and personal care. Waking nights will be likely to include possible waking periods.

Hours: would be to cover either 30 hours consisting of three 10 hour waking nights, or 11 hours per week. These are spread over 1 hour every evening from approximately 6.45pm to 7.45pm, then an additional 2 hours to be worked Saturday and Sunday (1 hour in the morning and 1 hour in the afternoon).

Rate: 8.00 per hour

Other: Applicants must be willing to lend a hand to most jobs. Be happy, fun loving, friendly, motivated, gentle person who can think outside the box. Experience working with disabled children would be advantageous. Access to transport would be preferred (due to buses being somewhat irregular) but not essential.

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

Please contact Direct Payments Support Service stating reference number above on 01325 360524 or directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

Personal Assistant Ref: 71

A personal assistant is required urgently as cover for maternity leave, to assist a gentleman with personal care, household domestic duties and social care. Starting November 20th.

Duties: To assist with other PAs using stand-aid, with dressing the gentleman, bath time and personal care, household and domestic duties.

Hours: 12.5 per week, working from 6.45am to 8.45am Monday through Friday. The other 5 hours can be decided at interview.

Rate: £8.00 per hour

The successful applicant will undergo references and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks. Please contact the Direct Payments Support Service on 01325 360524 or directpayments@darlingtondisability.org quoting the above reference.

Personal Assistant/Support Worker Ref: 1765

Support required for a 26 year old male with limited dexterity in his hands.

Hours: 19.5 hours per week, over 6 days.

Hourly rate: £8.00

Duties: Assistance with wash and dress. Aid with 30 minutes physio on a daily basis and 1 hour in the standing frame. Help with light domestic duties and some personal care. He may also need some assistance to the gym, shops, cinema and some social outings may apply.

Applicants must be: Trustworthy, reliable, punctual, and responsible and have previous experience. You must work on own initiative. Own transport preferred but not essential. The post holder must possess excellent communication skills. Previous training would be advantageous but training will be provided.

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

Please contact the Direct Payments Support Service for an application form stating reference number above on 01325 360524 or email directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

Personal Assistant Ref: 1795

An energetic and outgoing personal assistant is required to support a young gentleman with social needs to access the community.

Hours: 10 hours per week with possibly extra hours occasionally to provide a short break as needed. Hours to be discussed but would include some weekend time.

Hourly rate: £8.00 per hour, plus mileage.

Dut include: To provide social support to go to the gym, play pool and to go into town to do some shopping on occasion when needed.

Applicants must be: Highly motivated and a male would be preferred as the gentleman goes to a male gym and requires support for this. Also, a car driver is preferred with own car. Expenses for travel will be paid.

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

Please contact the Direct Payments Support Service for an application form stating the reference number above on 01325 360524 or email directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

Personal Assistant

A physically challenged gentleman is looking for a Personal Assistant someone who would enjoy a job with variety, and could assist him to maintain his independence in the many interest he enjoys.

Duties will include: Personal Care, Meal Preparation, Some Cooking, Shopping and Occasional Trips Away (Full job description will be sent on application)

Applicants must be: Flexible, trustworthy and reliable, a good sense of humour, a dog lover, hold a valid driving licence and be able to work in a smoke free environment

Hours: 8 hours per week (extra hours possible)

Hourly Rate: £8.50 per hour

Successful applicants will undergo references and an enhanced criminal records bureau check

Due to the nature of the job – preferably MALE APPLICANTS PLEASE
“Permitted under Schedule 9, part 1 of Equality Act 2010”

For further information and to request an application form contact: JOB VACANCY, PO Box 421, DARLINGTON. DL1 9WW

Personal Assistant Ref: 1708

An opportunity has arisen for a personal assistant to support a young boy.

Hours: 5 per week and an additional 7 hours during the holiday time (13 weeks per year),

Hourly rate £7.50 plus mileage

Duties: To support the boy to go out socially. The main support is for a Saturday or Sunday at present.

Applicants must be: Reliable and trustworthy. A car driver is essential.

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

Please contact Direct Payments Support Service for an application form stating the reference above on 01325 360524 or directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

Personal Assistant/Support Worker Ref. 1760

A female Personal Assistant is required to support a lady in Darlington.

Hours: 4 hours a week. Times are flexible and hours could be spread over a couple of days.

Hourly Rate: £8.00 per hour.

Duties: To sit with elderly lady whilst family are out. The lady speaks BANGALI SYLHEP so knowledge of the language is essential. Reading the Quran would also be an advantage.

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

Please contact the Direct Payments Support Service for an application form stating reference number above on 01325 360524 or directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

Personal Assistant/ Support Worker Ref: 742

A personal assistant is required to support a child with severe Autism.

Hours: 4 hours per week on weekends, some additional weekday hours during school holidays, flexibility is required

Hourly rate: £8.00

Duties will include: Some support may be required with dressing/changing clothes when necessary; some prompting might be required at mealtimes.  She enjoys car journeys and is often happy to just go for a drive.  She also enjoys places with soft play, toys and/or arts and craft opportunities and any indoor or outdoor place suitable for children particularly if they cater to disabled children.

Applicants must be: Honest, reliable, trustworthy, patient, outgoing and have excellent communication skills. Own transport is essential.

Please contact Direct Payments Support Service for an application form on 01325 360524 or directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

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

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 criminal records bureau 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 the Direct Payment Support Service, Enterprise House, Valley Street North, Darlington DL1 1GY. Or alternatively,  please contact the Direct Payment Support Service on 01325 360524 or email directpayments@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.

For further information please contact the Direct Payments Support Service on 01325 360524 quoting the job reference number or alternatively e-mail directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

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 the support service 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.

If you would like to apply for any of the posts please quote the reference number (on the top of each advert). To ensure a smooth recruitment process we ask applicants to apply for only one post at a time and if you are unsuccessful you are then able to apply for further posts.

If however you are looking for work, which is in excess of the advertised post - please speak to the Support Service, as there may be posts, which you could apply for together to make up the hours that you wish to work.

What happens next:

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

3. Where you indicate as such your application form will be kept on file and passed on to an appropriate employer. This means that it may take some time before you are contacted.