PA wanted as part of a small team to assist me with administrative, domestic and social tasks to enable independent living. I am 29 and live in a flat in central Brighton with my cat. I have been living with PTSD for a number of years, so my life is very recovery focussed, but I still try to get fun, enjoyment and silliness when I can! My life has changed a lot since developing Functional Neurological Disorder 10 months ago, and I’m still adapting to new ways of accessing and developing my interests. The things I care most about are activism, community organising, LGBTQ+ politics and feminism. I used to love music and partying, but unfortunately can’t listen to much anymore due to extreme noise sensitivity. I am now exploring accessing art and creativity in ways I’ve always been interested in but previously hadn’t dedicated much time to. JOB DESCRIPTION Job title: Personal Assistant (PA) Reporting to: The PA will report directly to me, who is a disabled person. Purpose of the post: The purpose of the role is to assist with a variety of tasks and enable me to live independently. Independence for a disabled person does not have to mean carrying out all the tasks themselves; it means having control about when and how they live their life. Hours of work: Days and times to be agreed. 12-18 hours per week split between 2 to 3 shifts, with frequent opportunities for additional hours. (You would be working as part of a team of PAs). Pay and annual leave: Employees will be paid an hourly rate of £9.50 plus standard statutory holiday and sick pay. DUTIES TO INCLUDE Typical tasks might include the following: • Making phone calls on my behalf. • Computer based work, such as emails, online shopping and printing off documents. • General housework, cleaning, laundry, vegetarian food cooking and preparation. • Accompanying me to medical appointments and social activities. PERSON SPECIFICATION Essential criteria: • Must have a person-centred approach and an understanding of enabling independence. • Reliable, trustworthy, respectful of confidentiality and my dignity. • Good communication skills. • Patience and good at listening. • Emotional resilience to be able to support individuals facing challenges living day to day life. • Good organisational skills. • Basic literacy, numeracy and computing skills. • Good domestic skills. • Moderate lifting and bending (eg carrying shopping and my belongings on trips out). • Must be able to follow instructions but also able to work on own initiative when requested. • Must be able to work as part of a team. • Willingness to take the steps I ask to reduce my exposure to sound and light when my heath requires it, due to my sensitivity to these. • Good general health. DESIRABLE CRITERIA: • Experience of personal assistance, advocacy or support work. • Knowledge of food hygiene • Experience of assisting with mobility and prevention of falls on trips out. • First Aid training • Office-based ICT skills • Knowledge or experience of PTSD or trauma and surrounding mental health issues. • Similar interests to mine. Most aspects of the job can be learned, so experience is not essential, and extra training can be provided for the right candidate if you are particularly suited to this role.
Genders which may apply for this job – Female
Hours per week – 12-18 hours per week ( would ideally be split between 2 PAs)
Hourly rate – £8-10 depending on skills and experience
Area – Central Brighton
Driving licence required – No
Employer has pets – Yes
Employer is smoker – No
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