What is a Personal Assistant?
A Personal Assistant can be employed using Direct Payment funds to help support and enable citizens. Your role can be varied, here are just a few ideas of how support may be required:
- Support to access services e.g. leisure and social activities
- Promote independence
- Support with meal preparation and household tasks
- Accessing facilities and making use of public transport
The aim of the role is to support citizens to achieve their goals.
How does it work?
Citizens with Direct Payments have the option of recruiting PA’s. This means that the citizens who choose this option will be employing you. They have the same responsibilities as any other employer. They will also use a payroll provider to ensure your PAYE is accurate and complies with HMRC.
You could decide to come together with others who wish to provide support to others by creating a co-operative of Personal Assistants. By working in this way you can offer support to one another, share ideas and details of local activities, create new social opportunities and exchange ideas on supporting people.
If you were interested in this co-operative model Care to Co-operate can support you with this journey, helping with the practicalities of the process.
This could benefit you as a PA as you could connect with several employers to boost your hours. It also benefits employers as working together can help prevent a break down in support for an employer.
What are the benefits?
Being employed means you will have the benefit of any other employee, such as annual leave entitlement, maternity leave and sick leave.
There is often flexibility with such roles, this flexibility works both ways.
You will also have the opportunity to access training and qualifications to further your own learning and knowledge.
You’ll be in a rewarding role, helping others to remain as independent as possible, help with isolation.
What if I’ve been out of work?
Firstly not all citizens are looking for PA’s with formal experience in similar roles. The chances are you have supported someone in your own life and this alone provides experience which others can benefit from.
Training is available and is strongly encouraged. Some training may be mandatory but there opportunities to achieve this prior to starting or whilst learning your role.
Some Citizens only need support for a few hours a week, so this could benefit you and ease you back into work.
There are organisations which can also support you back into work helping to further your skills and confidence to enter work again.
Jobs are advertised on various sites and spaces e.g:
- Job Centre
- Social media
- Local social groups
- Leisure Centre’s
- Find a job
Get in touch with the Direct payment team to discuss current vacancies on 01352 701100 or DP.Support@flinthire.gov.uk