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Talking Support Worker/Personal Assistant – DPSS571


Between £8.30-10.00 Per Hour

Part Time

Direct Payment Support Service

Closing Date: 18/09/21

Job description
Listed below are details of the purpose and general tasks of the job to provide some insight of what is involved. It is advisable to refer to this when submitting your application for the post.
Job Purpose
Providing talking support and support with accessing the community to a lady with mental health support needs.
Location: Swaffham, PE37
I am looking for a supportive Personal Assistant with previous experience around mental health to provide talking support and support with accessing my local community. This support is intended to create a safe space for me to talk about my feelings, emotions, and any issues I might be experiencing with my mental health.
To begin with I am quite a reserved person as it takes me a little while to get used to new people. Once I feel confident, I am quite an open and outspoken individual. However, my mental health can fluctuate from day to day and this can sometimes cause me to come across as withdrawn or stand offish, so it important that you are patient and have a genuine desire to work in mental health support roles.
Some of my interests include taking my dog for a walk when I feel able to and being out and about when the weather is nice. I am a keen gardener and have been a member of my local archery club for the last 10 years, and would be interested in my Personal Assistant helping me explore other groups and activities that I might enjoy.
Duties to include:
  • Domestic tasks such as tidying, washing up and doing laundry to help me maintain a clean and tidy home.
  • Support with accessing the local community and identifying recreational activities and local groups of interest.
  • Support with preparing meals to help me maintain a healthy diet.
  • Providing talking support to help me discuss and process my emotions, feelings, and any issues I might be experiencing with my mental health.
Person specification
Listed below are the skills, competencies and qualities that are essential and desirable for the post. My assessment of these, both on application and at interview, will be the main factor in determining if you are successful. Please refer to these when submitting your application.
  • Previous experience working with clients with mental health support needs essential.
  • Driving license holder with own vehicle and appropriate business insurance cover essential.
  • Must be comfortable working in an environment with a dog.
  • Must be comfortable supporting someone who identifies with the LGBTQ+ community.
Summary terms and conditions
  • The rate of pay for this position is £9.37 per hour.
  • You will be reimbursed for any agreed expenses incurred as part of the role
  • Hours and times of work: 5 hours per week. This will be allocated as 2/2.5 hours talking support and accessing the community, and 2/2.5 hours support within the home. To be discussed further at interview.
The post is subject to the following
  • A satisfactory enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check, the cost of which will be covered by the employer.
  • Satisfactory references from two referees, one of which must be your current or last employer.
  • Completion of a satisfactory probationary period of 3 months.