Job Title: Personal Assistant
Location:  Eastergate and out in the Community
Hourly rate:  £12.50
Reference:  VC6468
Hours/shifts:  Total of 11 hours per week.  10.00-15.30 every Monday & Friday (some flexibility appreciated).  Job Share considered - these hours could be worked by one or more PA’s

I am a positive-minded gay man in my 40s with a number of physical disabilities who has good days and harder days.
I am looking for a reliable, engaging and sociable person with similar interests to assist me in accessing the community.  I need social support to pursue my hobbies and interests to include visiting National Trust & RHS properties and Garden Centres, and going to the Cinema to name a few.  I also need assistance to attend medical appointments and fulfil work and training commitments. 
Tasks will include prompting me to eat, drink & take medication, as well as pushing me in my wheelchair and helping me get in and out of the car on harder days.  You should be a driver with your own car.   

Other Requirements
• Must be comfortable with cats 
• Must have a UK driving licence 
• Must have access to own vehicle 
• Other :  
All applicants must be willing to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check
Successful applicants will be entitled to Holiday pay and will be issued employment contracts.

Job Description
Typical duties:

• Accompanying and assisting employer in accessing social and leisure activities, such as visiting National Trust & RHS properties, Garden Centres and the Cinema
• Accompanying and assisting employer to GP/hospital/medical appointments
• Accompanying and assisting employer to access work and training commitments
• Occasional longer journeys (e.g. Southampton)
• Pushing the employer’s wheelchair when out 
• You should be a driver with access to your own car, the above duties will involve driving the employer in your own car, supporting him to get in/out of his wheelchair and the car and lifting a folding wheelchair in/out of car
• Ensuring employer’s safety at all times
• Any other reasonable task whilst out and about

• Prompting me to eat, drink if at home or when out
• Occasionally preparing drinks, snacks and meals
• Any other reasonable household task

Personal Care: 
• Prompting me to take my medications at the correct times and making sure I have these with me when out
• Minimal support with personal care required when out and about to include:
• help with accessing the toilet facilities
• ensuring employer’s safety at all times
• Any other reasonable personal care tasks
• Awareness of epilepsy and what to do in unlikely event of seizure

Person specification
The successful applicant must:    
• have a clean UK driving license 
• have access to own vehicle 
• Be comfortable with cats 
• Be respectful of the employer’s privacy and confidentiality
• Be trustworthy and reliable with good time-keeping
• Be able to both follow instructions and work on own initiative
• Be hygienic, tidy minded and well organised
• Be fit and healthy to undertake the required duties
• Be patient and possess excellent interpersonal skills
• Be cheerful and engaging
• Be able to speak and read English to a reasonable standard
• Be legally permitted to work in the United Kingdom
• Be able to work at all times to high standards of Health & Safety
Previous experience preferred but this is not as essential as a kind and common sense approach to the role.

Please note, if you are successful in your application for this role you will be employed through the individual employer and not Independent Lives.