This job entails general duty’s consisting of cleaning, shopping, cooking, helping with my wheelchair, helping work my exercise machine and a bit of admin for LCIL.
I was diagnosed with secondary progressive MS in 2002 and was expected to quickly deteriorate. By 2012 I was in a wheelchair but my condition hasn’t progressed much since.
This is mainly down to a change in diet,various alternative therapy (BDO, oxygen, acupuncture), good luck and a positive mind set.
I also have a exercise machine that I use for 2-3 hours a day. I live in a central house with Inverleith Park and the Botanic Gardens nearby. I am lucky enough to have visitors daily and my brother makes me delicious food every week. My diet is quite strict as I can’t have any dairy, gluten, egg or legumes. I mostly eat fish or chicken but sometimes I have a cheat day and have some fillet steak.
I’m a very organised person and house proud. Before I had MS, I was a chartered accountant. I’ve also worked as a sound engineer. I’ve owned my own recording studio, restaurant and even diving schools. I like to think of myself as a “Jack of all trades, master of none” who’s lucky enough to have lived a rich and varied life.
I enjoy passing the time in few ways, conversation, games, music, television, literature, watching sports and doing exercises on my hand that doesn’t really work.
I have two sons who are 23 and 20. Now they’ve grown up both are throwing themselves into their work and so I have them around less. Also my carer of 5 years recently left for personal reasons. The combination of these has left me feeling quite vulnerable, especially as my eldest just moved down to Bristol.
Applicants who only require 16 hours would be happily accepted as the job can be split in two. Experience is not the most important thing, a positive mindset is. One of my favorite expressions is ‘Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, that is why it is called the present, so live today’
Looking for aplicants who are good natured, calm, practical and punctual. Its important to remember that experience is not the most important, a possitive outlook is. Training on all machines will be easily given.
How to apply
Download an application pack with job description: SB IMC application pack 2021
Application forms or a CV and covering letter quoting reference SB IMC can be returned to PAjobs@lothiancil.org.uk