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Personal Assistant

Personal Assistant

Job Type: Part-time

Pay: £15.00 per hour

Expected hours: 24 per week

Deadline of application: 14/6/2024 12:00

 

Job Description

Are you looking for rewarding, flexible work supporting a disabled woman to live independent, active and fulfilled life?

Then working as a Personal Assistant (PA) is for you!

At Action on Disability, we support individuals to employ their own care and support staff (we are not a recruitment agency; we are a support service). This means you will not be employed by Action on Disability, but directly by the individual themselves or by a representative who is acting on their behalf.

We are currently working with a disabled woman based in Hammersmith and Fulham who is looking for a Personal Assistant to start ASAP.

 

About Me:

I am a 58-year-old disabled woman with an elected role in local government. I am an effective verbal and written communicator, with good listening skills. My elected and civic role is my way of giving back to my community and I do this with diligence, a sense of humour and fun with a wider team.

I love music, movies, audio books and recently discovered balcony gardening! Not a fashionista but like my style, beauty treatments and perfume!

I love Italian food, chocolate and an occasional afternoon tea, although also I am also very happy with a “cuppa” and a jaffa cake!

I am a positive individual with a can-do approach and deeply care for people around me. I prefer to live in an organised and tidy way and work best with a routine and like to be well prepared on all occasions. This helps be pace myself and give the very best I can in my various roles.

Duties will typically involve:

  • To support and enable me to maintain my independence.
  • To get to know me so we can build a relationship of trust and ensure there is effective and kind communication between us.
  • To be a positive ambassador for me with my friends, family and supporting network
  • To maintain a positive and constructive approach during our time together, safeguarding my confidential information and dignity.
  • To do or accompany me doing general errands including collecting my mail from the mailbox, dropping and/or collecting dry cleaning, collecting medication, food and general shopping.
  • To help schedule and manage my personal diary and correspondence including read and type emails, book appointments via telephone and/or email and filing.
  • To attend various meetings with me, provide general assistance and note taking when required.
  • To organise transport when required, to prepare and accompany me to medical, political and social appointments which will include pushing my wheelchair and ensuring there is adequate battery support for my oxygen supply.
  • To drive when required and including drive a rental car.
  • To do general housework and support me keep my home in good comfortable working order e.g., changing beds, vacuuming, dusting, polishing, washing the floors, ironing, watering my plants, putting online food shopping away.
  • To provide some minimal support with dressing/undressing re fastenings and personal grooming
  • To plan meals and cook when required.
  • To support me with various project which may include organising my wardrobe, helping to organise redecorating, buying new furniture, and learning new skills.

 

Other information:

  • To carry out all reasonable tasks specified or requested by me.
  • To develop an understanding the role of facilitating my needs through effective two-way communication and self-led learning.
  • To respect my home, contents and personal possessions.
  • To used equipment as per instructions and guidance and seek my agreement in doing so.
  • To alert me when you have concerns for my health and wellbeing or have suggestions to improve our routine and activities.
  • To alert me if any changes in your health that may affect my health and wellbeing.

Working hours:

Normally 24 hours over the 7 days, with a 4-week planning cycle.  Hours are mainly in hours Monday-Friday with some variation around community access and assistance needs at the weekend.

For example accompanying me when shopping or meeting friends, keeping my home accessible and functional for me, planning my personal diary and care appointments and helping me keep a daily rhythm which ultimately helps me maintain my wellbeing, work and personal commitments.

Some flexibility in the working schedule is required, but that can be discussed during the interview.

Training:

You should be prepared to undergo training, if required, to meet the requirements of the job description or to improve your skills.

Supervision and Induction:

This will be provided by me, your employer. You will be expected to keep the lines of communication open, as dialogue between us is constructive and helpful to all parties. Any worries that you have must be reported to me immediately. I will also arrange for regular supervision meetings, but you are also expected to work under your own initiative.

Confidentiality:

You must respect my privacy and that of my family and friends. You must maintain a professional approach and not divulge any information gained during your employment, such as health condition, finances, personal circumstances or anything related to my work, except with express permission.

 

Person Specification:

QUALIFICATIONS/ATTAINMENTS

-ESSENTIAL

  • Basic education e.g. English and Maths.
  • Computer skills

-DESIRABLE

  • Certificates in Food Hygiene,
  • Moving and Handling,
  • Basic Health and Safety, First Aid.
  • NVQ in care
  • BSL

 

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

-ESSENTIAL

  • Experience of supporting someone to maintain their independence.
  • Knowledge of independent living and the Social Model of Disability.

-DESIRABLE

  • Experience of supporting someone to manage their schedule

 

SPECIAL APTITUDES/SKILLS

-ESSENTIAL

  • Patience and being able to explain things simply and calmly.
  • Understanding of Employer needs.
  • Problem solving and organisational skills.
  • Listening skills.
  • Communication skills.
  • Common sense.

-DESIRABLE

  • Problem solving as they arise.

 

GENERAL INTELLIGENCE

-ESSENTIAL

  • Able to work on own initiative
  • Able to anticipate problems

 

PHYSICAL REQUIRMENTS

-ESSENTIAL

  • Able to carry, lift, push and bend.
  • Full UK clean driver’s license

 

DISPOSITION

-ESSENTIAL

  • Confident, personable, cheerful, approachable, tactful, honest and trustworthy.
  • Good sense of humour and can-do attitude.
  • Laid-back and ability to communicate things effectively.

 

CIRCUMSTANCES & INTERESTS

-ESSENTIAL

  • Dependable and reliable.
  • Range of social interests and able to mix with all types of people.

 

Job Type: Part-time

Pay: £15.00 per hour

Expected hours: 24 per week

 

Deadline of application: 14/6/2024 12:00

Please use the application form provided and send it to

 

franklen.choi@aod.org.uk

 

 ( please quote this reference number: FC230524 )

 

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Please note that the date of the first interview of those shortlisted will be on either 27th or 28th June, 2024.

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