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Personal Assistants/Support Workers Vacancies

Updated 13th October 2017

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).

Bank Personal Assistant Ref: 1722

An exciting opportunity has arisen at Danesmoor Trust, we are looking to recruit personal assistants to support three young adults within their support living home and community activities.

Danesmoor Trust was founded in June 2015 by the parents of the young adults you may be supporting. The young we support are at the centre of everything we do and a person-centred approach is a must. We would like to think that the quality of support is of the highest standard and that everyone strives to achieve this. Hard work, thoughtfulness and respect is what we will ask of you at all times.

Personal assistants would be required to work evenings and weekends.

A minimum of a Level 2 diploma in Health and Social Care or equivalent is preferred but not essential as all training will be provided. A full clean driving licence and access to personal transport covered by business insurance is desirable.

Two satisfactory references and a disclosure from The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) will be required in the event of position being offered.

Positions available: bank positions.

Rates of pay: £8.25 per hour, £63.75 Sleep-over rate and mileage is paid at 40p per mile.

“Permitted under Schedule 9, part 1 of the Equality Act 2010.”

For further information or an application pack, please contact Lisa at Danesmoor Trust on 01325 469203 or email danesmoortrust@gmail.com

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: 1554

Personal Assistant require to support a lady in Darlington

Hours: 12 hours per week

Rate: £7.50

Duties: Support the lady to attend appointments and motivating her as needed, to do social activities. Assist with correspondence and telephone calls.

Applicants be aware employer has two cats.

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

Personal Assistant Ref: 122

Personal assistant to two special needs teenagers in Low Coniscliffe

Rate: £8 per hour

Hours: Most weekdays 4 - 7.30pm. One weekend day per month 12 - 7pm

Duties: Personal care, preparation of meals and assistance at meal times, light housework

Skills and Values: Caring, punctual, patient, self-motivated with initiative, hard worker, good with children. Conscientious and tidy, imaginative with play. Training in hoisting and medication will be given.

If you are successful you will undergo references and an enhanced disclosure and service barring check

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

Personal Assistant Ref: 125

Female Personal Assistant required to support a teenager with learning difficulties.

Hours: Variable during school holidays

Rate: £8.20 per hour plus mileage allowance

Duties: To take a teenage girl out for days out. Possible overnight stays/short breaks during school holidays.

Requirements:
Some understanding of learning disabilities.
Clean driving licence.
Own car and appropriate insurance.
Be able to engage and have fun with the young person
Be flexible.

The successful candidate will undergo an enhanced DBS Check.

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

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

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 Ref: 1857

Female Personal Assistant(s) required to cover Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6pm for a gentleman in Darlington. Job share considered.

Hours: Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6pm

Rate: £8.20 per hour

Duties: Duties will include meal preparation, medication support, personal care including catheter support, supporting with physiotherapy exercises, domestic tasks and keeping the gentleman company. It maybe in the future to support him to go out.

Other: Non-smoker preferred.

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

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

Personal Assistant Ref: 1182

A reliable Personal Assistant required to assist a lady in Darlington.

Duties: The role will include supporting the lady with day to day organising and running her life to improve and maintain her wellbeing. This will include support around decision making, shopping, household tasks, finances etc.

Hours: 4 per week

Rate: £7.75 per hour

Experience of supporting someone with mental ill health would be an advantage.
Access to own vehicle would be an advantage, mileage would be paid.

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

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

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 as cover for maternity leave, to assist a gentleman with personal care, household and domestic duties and social care. Starting December 4th.

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

A PA is required to carry out personal care for a young gentleman in his early twenties.

Hours: 6 hours a week consisting of 1 hour daily to reduce to 6 hours 3 days a week over 4 months. This could possibly lead to another 4hrs a week starting October to go to James Cook hydro therapy pool. This would be for a set period.

Hourly rate: £8.00

Duties: To support young man with standing frame. Some Light domestic work.  A male PA would be preferred due to personal nature of care.

‘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/Support Worker Ref: 139

An opportunity has arisen for either one or two personal assistants to provide care for two ladies.

Duties: The role will include support with personal care such as morning shower, commode, dressing and breakfast including using a hoist. Much of the time will be simply being there as company for the ladies. Some waking time may be needed at night.

Hours: 22 hours per week consisting of 7 hours from 3pm to 10pm, and 4 hours from 8am to 12pm on Wednesday and Saturday. Sleepovers from 10pm to 8am are also available, also on Wednesday and Saturday (weekends can be flexible). This post can be for one or two PAs depending upon your availability.

Hourly rate: £8.75. Sleepovers £50

Other: Experience using a hoist would be preferred. Also some knowledge of Downs Syndrome and Alzheimer’s and epilepsy.

Please contact the Direct Payments Support Service on 01325 360524 or email directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

Female Personal Assistant Ref: 269

A Personal Assistant is required to support a lady in Darlington with 3 cats to live independently in her own home and to access social activities. No experience necessary as full training will be given. Successful applicants will need to hold a full UK licence, though not essential. The successful applicant will be part of a team working various shifts including evenings and weekends.

Hours: 20 hours per week and will include some weekend work

Hourly rate: £7.50 during probationary period of 6 months with a view to raising to £8.00.

Duties: to include but not limited to; personal care, domestic duties, daily outings etc.

‘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 Ref: 1795

A personal assistant is required to support a young gentleman with social needs to access the community and provide social support to go to the gym, play pool and to go into town to do some shopping on occasion when needed

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.
 
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 Assistants/Support Workers Ref: 1855

Personal Assistants are required to work as part of a team to support a young gentleman with his daily activities. His interests include going to events and going to Voodoo cafe

Hours: 135.5 per week to be distributed with other PAs. Hours to be discussed at interview considering availability of candidate.

Hourly rate: 7.50 per hour for a probationary period of 3 months. With a possible increase to £8.00 per hour.

Duties:  include personal care, support with meals, shopping and food preparation. Also some laundry and domestic duties and support socially. Shifts are various and will include evening and weekends, PA’s would be expected to cover holidays and sickness
 
A driver would be preferable with clean driving licence but not necessary as gentleman has his own car.

‘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

Male Support worker 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: £7.50 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 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. 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/Bank Support Worker Ref: 3

A Direct Payment user living in the Horton area would like to recruit a female personal assistant to join her existing team.

Duties: Some personal care, manual handling and some cleaning.

Hours: For bank support only potentially leading to permanent work in the future.
Bank support is regularly used. Support is mainly used early mornings and evenings 7 days a week.

Rate: £8

Other: Reliable, trustworthy and be able to work with a team and provide holiday/sickness cover. The successful applicant will undergo a Disclosure and Barring check and references.

Please contact the Direct Payments Support Service stating reference number above on 01325 3360524 or directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

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

Personal Assistant/Support Worker Ref: 1056

A female personal assistant is required to support a young lady at swimming training to cover for sickness and holidays

Hours: 4 per week from 5pm to 9.30pm on a Wednesday.

Hourly rate: £7.50

Duties: Supporting this young lady with accessing social activities primarily to take to swimming training. Dressing and some aspects of personal care will be required.

Applicants must be reliable, fun, kind, supportive. Must respect confidentiality and have some experience supporting disabled young people. Access to transport is essential.

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

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

Personal Assistant - Town Centre Ref: 147

A gentleman with advanced M.S. is looking to recruit a PA with experience who will be able to fit into a well established team of 3 PA

Duties: Assistance with getting out of bed, getting ready for bed, meal preparation, assistance at mealtimes and general domestic tasks.

Hours: Approx. 12 hours per week - evenings and weekends and holiday cover.

Rate: £8.00 per hour.

Applicants: Some medical knowledge of MS would be advantageous. Applicants must maintain confidentiality, work for a close-knit family with pets, be reliable, have excellent communication skills and be able to work in a non-smoking environment.

Please contact Direct payments Support service for an application form stating reference number above on 01325 360524.

Personal Assistant/ Support worker Ref: 742

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

Hours: 3 -4 per week. Primarily on Sunday each week but there will be an opportunity for additional hours in school holidays

Hourly rate: £8.00

Duties will include: Supporting the young girl with daily routine, primarily with social outings. 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, trustworthy and responsible. Having some knowledge of autism would be advantageous, and be aware of support needs. A female applicant would be preferred due to personal assistance being required. Access to your own vehicle is desired for outings.

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.