I’m recruiting a PA in Leeds!

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I’m recruiting a PA in Leeds to provide support while I finish my Master’s course. Full details below. The ad is also attached as a MS Word document at the bottom of this post. Please share this with anyone you think may be interested. Thanks!

Leeds                                                   
£9.43 per hour weekdays; £11.74 per hour weekends
Part Time
Fixed Term until 11th December 2021, possibility to be made permanent depending on staffing and living situation in January.
9.5-12 hours per week (rising to 14 hours per week should colleagues need to self-isolate)
Statutory holiday pay included.  

I’m Rebecca, a 28-year-old disabled queer woman and powered wheelchair user. I’m studying MSc Inequalities and Social Science at the University of Leeds and I’m seeking a Personal Assistant to support me while I finish my course. I am based in Woodhouse, a 10-minute walk from the university campus. This role is not open to men. Applications from trans women and non-binary people are actively welcomed. Previous care experience is not necessary.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assistance with personal care including bathing
  • Assistance with more challenging aspects of dressing eg. Buttons and shoes
  • Preparing and cooking meals
  • Assistance with grocery shopping and collecting medication
  • Housework including cleaning, tidying and laundry
  • Assistance with social activities such as going out for meals or to the cinema, when I feel safe to do so (This is likely to require the use of public transport).

Person Specification

Essential

  • Must be willing and able to follow my coronavirus policy strictly
  • Advanced level of spoken English
  • Good understanding of a PA’s role in enabling choice and control for disabled people
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good food safety knowledge and cooking skills; comfortable preparing and cooking meat
  • Strong commitment to the principles of Equality and Diversity
  • Must be queer friendly, willing to support me to go on dates and to attend LGBTQ events/venues
  • Reliable, respectful,  discreet, sensitive, friendly, and pro-active in the role
  • Able to work quickly and efficiently, sometimes under pressure
  • Flexible- willing and able to change working hours at short notice, cover for colleagues should they have to self-isolate and be contactable in an emergency
  • Willingness to learn and develop

Desirable

  • Able to travel to work/ to do grocery shopping on foot or with a car to minimise the use of public transport
  • Good intercultural awareness and communication skills
  • Similar interests, especially in sociology, politics, literature, podcasts and/or TV.
  • Experience of/ interest in challenging social injustice

Please note, smokers are welcome to apply, but you will not be permitted to smoke when working in my flat.

Hours Available

I’m seeking a PA to cover the following hours:

Monday 10:30-11:15
Tuesday 10:30-11:15
Thursday 10:30-11:15, 18:00-21:30
+ 3.75 hours per week any weekdays for groceries and cleaning
(This is a maternity cover role, which may be less likely to be extended after Christmas 2021)


*The Monday, Tuesday, Saturday role previously advertised is no longer available.*

These hours can be flexible so if you are unable to work these exact times, please do still apply. You will still be expected to be flexible and cover for colleagues when necessary. Please see the full weekly schedule below.

Typical weekly schedule (total between 3 PAs)

Monday: 10:30-11:15, 18:00-19:30
Tuesday: 10:30-11:15, 18:00-21:30
Wednesday: 10:30-11:15, 18:00-19:30
Thursday: 10:30-11:15, 18:00-21:30
Friday: 10:30-11:15, 18:00-19:30
Saturday: 14:00-19:30
Sunday: 18:00-21:30
+ 4 hours to be worked at a mutually agreed time

To apply

Please submit a cover letter style application via UKCIL or send a CV of up to 2 pages and a short cover letter directly to rf.assistance@gmail.com as soon as possible. If I like your application, I will contact you within a few days for a brief Zoom interview, to start as soon as possible.

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