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Personal Care Assistant for Disabled Artist

Posted: 39 days ago
Place: Greenwich, Greater London

Support a disabled artist with independent living alternatives in greenwich/deptford, se8

25  Hours per week Saturday 1am-Sunday 10.30am and Sunday 6pm-Monday 10.30am (part-time considered)
£9.18 Per hour plus holiday pay and pension contribution from 6pm-1am.
£10.20 Per hour 1am-10.30am
Immediate start with training (paid at £8 per hour)
Starting date: 21st May 2018

This position is for a minimum of 6 months, ideally one year.
You need to be able to make a regular, weekly commitment to one or two night shifts per week.
If you are interested please email an introductory letter as to why you are interested in this position and why you feel you would be a suitable PA along with your current CV.
Do you want to work in an environment where every day you are empowering a disabled woman to do what she wants to do? Not following a care plan or rushing from client to client between 30 minutes calls with no time to really get to know someone! You need to be flexible, intelligent and open minded – an added bonus would be if you have a background in art and to have capacity to support a disabled person in the community.
A Personal Assistant is required to assist a disabled woman with her day-to-day living and her art practice. You don’t need any experience to work as a Personal Assistant with Independent Living Alternatives, just an open mind and a willingness to learn new things.
Being a Personal Assistant includes personal care, dressing, washing, going to the toilet and feeding as well as practical tasks such as housework and gardening. This placement also includes assisting me with typing, all social activities, accessing the computer and assisting with the practical aspects of running an arts project or a performance. The role of a Personal Assistant (PA) is an extremely varied and interesting one and you will have a unique insight into an individual’s life and learning skills (from assisting someone at work or in social activities to assisting at a conference or demonstrating outside Parliament!).
Please not that there 2 cats and 3 very small dogs on this this placement.

Personal Assistants are great communicators, have lots of patience, excellent listening skills and are able to follow instructions to do what the disabled person asks them to.
Personal Assistants tell us that they have great working relationships with the disabled people at ILA.
Disabled people tell us that Personal Assistants are flexible and Personal Assistants enjoy the diversity of disabled people they work for including artists, accountants, activists and homemakers.
Over 75% of ILA Personal Assistants stay for more than a year on their placement.

We believe that everyone has a right to live independently and to have control over their own life. We believe that everyone should be in control of when they get up and go to bed; what they eat; where they go; when they go out and when they come home; every decision and choice is up to the disabled person - needing assistance does not mean losing control and independence.
If you agree with this, you should consider working as a Personal Assistant with Independent Living Alternatives:

Independent Living Alternatives is a user controlled organisation – the people who use the service control the service.
We offer free online training for The Care Certificate, First Aid, Health and Safety and Being a Personal Assistant and you don’t pay for your DBS.

Registered Charity: 802198

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