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Artistic, housebound lady in the North Laine

Hi there,

Please note I'm on a retreat from 18th June to 1st July, so I won't be able to respond at this time.

I need a PA to cover a couple of morning shifts a week possibly Saturday or Friday and Monday or Tuesday from 10am-1pm (or thereabouts). I'm looking for a professional, person-centred Personal Assistant who is kind, capable and covid-aware, to join my team and who will help me live my life well.

I’m a housebound artist with severe ME and balance problems living in the North Laine, Brighton. I love art, gardening/plants, watching road cycling, family history, clothes, documentaries and books.

I need practical support with domestic chores and admin. The domestic chores are things like cleaning/hoovering, laundry, rubbish to bins, post, watering plants (I have a rooftop garden) and also some meal prep. Admin includes tasks based on the laptop, telephone and paperwork. This isn’t a companionship role, but being an artistic and practical soul I may need you to help with sewing, sorting or occasional decorating. Personal care is non-intimate and I don’t need lifting, but sometimes plants, parcels and furniture may do!

You must maintain confidentiality, be non-judgmental, have an awareness of disability issues including positive language concerning mental health. An ability to separate personal from work-life, and not to bring personal problems into the workplace. In essence, seeing me as an autonomous person capable of making my own decisions.

I flourish in a friendly, trustworthy environment with person-centred PAs who can respect professional boundaries and follow instructions really well. My PAs are resourceful, caring, reliable, with good time keeping skills and a great sense of humour! They are willing to help me solve immediate or longer term problems I may have.

My symptoms include pain and severe fatigue so you need to be good at listening and taking cues on how to complete tasks, I have cognition problems where the PA needs to show patience and good interpersonal skills, and immune problems so you need to be in good health and be very aware of covid/flu protocols. It would be a distinct advantage if you are a competent driver with access to a car for occasional medical appointments/local outings.

My essential requirements are:
Ensuring a Covid/flu-safe environment e.g wearing PPE, preferred vaccine, good hygiene standards.
Non-smoker required.
DBS, proof of right to work/passport, minimum two references. I am in receipt of Direct Payments.
My needs change daily so being resourceful and able to cope with change is vital.

The rate of pay is:
Employee beginning rate £9.50/hr then up to £9.80/hr, plus holidays. Higher weekend rate.
Self-employed beginning rate £11.00/hr then up to £11.60/hr - must have up to date Personal Care Assistant Insurance, proof of ability to work in the UK and confirmation of Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR). Higher weekend rate.

If this sounds of interest, please contact me for further details.

Genders which may apply for this job – Female

Hours per week – 3hr morning shifts starting 10am

Hourly rate – Employee beginning/Training rate £9.50/hr then up to £9.80/hr, plus holidays. Self-employed beginning/Training rate £11.00/hr then up to £11.60/hr.

Area – Brighton Central

Driving licence required – No

Employer has pets – No

Employer is smoker – No

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