I am a warm, upbeat and personable 49 year old woman with a progressive attitude, and who is eager to make the most of life. I have a lively mind and many interests.
I live with a complex mix of physical health issues and a mental health condition. These cause me varying degrees of impairment from day to day. My daily capacity is never ‘normal’ but my level of impairment, and indeed incapacity, fluctuates.
I require some assistance to manage some aspects of my daily life in order to be able to thrive.
I am looking for someone who can assist me to live life to the full despite disability. You will mostly be working with me on Friday afternoons and will act as an encouraging exercise ‘buddy’ supporting me to engage in and joining me in activities such as going for walks – perhaps in parks or along the Union Canal or Water of Leith – swimming and, in the future, possibly a light game of badminton in a community centre close to my home. You will provide a safe presence for me to improve my fitness level, increase motivation and confidence.
Additionally, if my incapacity is such that I cannot go out, you may be required to provide me with company and a degree of emotional support and encouragement at home. I do have exercise equipment at home – a treadmill, exercise ball, weights and resistance bands which can be used. It’s vital that I improve my fitness level – which once was very good. I do enjoy exercise and it is an essential component of the successful management of my health conditions.
Occasionally, you may also be required to assist with light tasks in the home such as taking out recycling and changing ceiling light bulbs.
There may also be occasions when you will be asked to cover my Tuesday P.A.’s hours and tasks, in the event of sickness or holiday.
The rate of pay is £9.46 per hour.
The working hours: Friday from 1.30pm till 3.30pm. Hours can be further negotiated during interview.
The ideal candidate will preferably have experience in mental health and physical disability, or at least have a willingness to learn. It is essential that candidates are open-minded, non-judgemental and able to demonstrate both understanding and compassion.
You will be confident, personable, reliable and organised, with an ability to work on your own initiative once familiarised with my routines. A cheery disposition with a good sense of humour would be greatly valued.
Since the Friday support will mostly consist of physical activity and some form of exercise, students of physiotherapy, sports science or similar disciplines may be interested in this role and are encouraged to apply, but such experience is not essential. It is however vital that candidates have a good level of fitness and an interest in it. A confident swimmer is also preferred.
Although you do not need to have your own vehicle, in the future I will be seeking to take membership of the ‘City Car club’, and a confident car driver would be appreciated. I also have a pass which provides free bus travel for me and a ‘carer’ companion.
For the occasional covering of the Tuesday P.A. role, when I receive assistance with batch cooking, excellent hygiene standards, kitchen cleanliness and reasonable kitchen and cooking skills are essential.
Membership of the PG scheme is preferred.
The applicant must be a non-smoker.
The post will be offered subject to successful references.
How to apply
To download an application pack please click here: Job Application Pack RMA CG Oct 2020 PA 2 or call our recruitment line on 0131 475 2558
Closing date: Friday 06 November 2020
Please note Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living (LCIL) provides support to individual disabled employers. LCIL is not the employer and only provides the recruitment and administrative support to the individual employer.