Personal Assistants


INDEPENDENT LIVING ALTERNATIVES

2019-01-04 20:10:10

salary: 13.00 British Pound . GBP Hourly

Job location London City, England, United Kingdom

Job type: fulltime

Job industry: Advert / Media / Entertainment

Job description

A unique opportunity has become available to work as a Personal Assistant to a disabled performance + video artist.

I am a severely disabled woman and require a team of assistants to support me in my day-to-day life and assist me in my art practice. A PA with the right range of skills has the opportunity to be involved in every aspect of my life, supporting my independence and gaining an insight into the life of a busy professional artist.

I direct PAs in all tasks and, including my personal care and in tasks around the house, a PA acts as an extension of my arms and legs. It is important that a PA is a good listener and is able to understand and follow my directions precisely, to enable me to be in control of my life and do things in the ways I choose to do them.

I often have multiple projects in my art profession, so I need a PA who is energetic and organised, and able to keep up with my busy schedule and fast-paced lifestyle. I work with satire and subversive humour to challenge negative perceptions of disability, so it's important that a PA understands the ideas involved in my art and is enthusiastic about supporting me in my practice.

The ideal Personal Assistant:

  • Is able to assist me with varied admin tasks including emails, invoicing, managing my schedule and updating my website. PAs should be comfortable navigating both PC and Mac and varied computer software such as Adobe Premier and Photoshop efficiently, according to my directions and able to type quickly and precisely.
  • Is comfortable with assisting me in my personal care e.g. washing, dressing, eating and going to the loo. All PAs are fully trained in this area, as even those with prior experience need to understand my individual requirements.
  • Has a full driving licence and is confident with driving me in my adapted van in and around London. I sometimes have to travel to other parts of the UK and Europe, so PAs may also be required to drive on these longer trips.
  • Has an understanding of the social model of disability and of contemporary performance/live art, or is keen to learn about these areas.
  • Has a high level of spoken and written English.
  • Is confident using a sewing machine for basic sewing and alterations.
  • Understands the role of a PA to an independent, professional disabled person. When assisting me at events, in performances, meetings or other social or professional engagements, it's important that a PA understands how to assist appropriately, and is there to support me without imposing or intruding.

After two years of working for me in all of the areas described above, one of my full-time PAs is leaving London to go travelling. She describes the role as:

"Totally different to anything else I've done - no two days are the same, as you get to be involved in every part of someone's personal and working life, and build up a really close working relationship with them. The mix of daytime and evening shifts works well for my lifestyle and gives me time to pursue other interests, and my own creative practice - which I wouldn't have in a 9 to 5 job. You really do get out what you put in, because if you're happy to be flexible and adaptable, learn quickly and have a go at things, then you gradually become involved in more and more different areas. I've had the chance to travel to lots of places and attend so many amazing, interesting events and projects through being a PA."

For the right candidate who is able to assist in all areas required, and be fully flexible, there is the opportunity to work full time: approximately 40 hours per week (a mix of daytime and evening shifts, usually spread over five days with two days off each week). There is also potential for a job share, with these hours split between two or more PAs, assisting in all areas or 'specialising' in certain tasks. However, all PAs must be able to drive, and must understand that due to the nature of my disability, some assistance with physical and personal tasks will be required.

The hourly rate for PAs who are registered as self-employed is £13 per hour. Alternatively, PAYE is available through an agency (ILA), at £10.55 per hour plus holiday pay and pension contributions which totals £13 per hour (the difference being that you will not be responsible for managing your own taxes).

There is single room accommodation available for one person locally at a cost of £40 per week inclusive of bills and internet. This would be discussed further at interview.

To apply, please email a CV and a bit about yourself and your suitability for the role.

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