Personal Assistant maternity cover for young disabled woman MSc student - LEEDS - LS2
Job Reference (ff875df5)
£9.43 per hour (rising to £11.74 for any weekend hours subject to funding approval)
Part Time
Fixed Term until 31st August 2021, possibility to be made permanent depending on staffing and living situation in September.
8 hours per week (rising to 9-10 hours per week subject to funding approval, and up to 14 hours per week should colleagues need to self-isolate)
Statutory holiday pay included.  

I’m Rebecca, a 27-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 for maternity cover 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 women (including trans women) and non-binary people are actively welcomed. Previous care experience is not necessary. 

Current proposed hours are: Wednesday 10:30-11am, Thursday 5:30- 9pm, 2 hours for grocery shopping and 2 hours for cleaning at a mutually convenient time. However, these hours are flexible so if you can’t work these specific hours please do still apply. See below for a full typical weekly schedule.

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 (This is likely to require the use of public transport).

Person Specification


·        Must be willing and able to follow my Coronavirus policy strictly. You will be provided with a copy of the policy if you are invited for interview, but please contact me if you would like a copy before you decide to apply.
·        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 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

·        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.

Typical weekly schedule (total between 3 PAs)

Monday:10:30-11, 17:30-19:00
Tuesday: 10:30-11, 17:30-21:00
Wednesday: 10:30-11, 17:30-19:00
Thursday: 10:30-11, 17:30-21:00
Friday: 10:30-11, 17:30-19:00
Saturday: 17:30-19:00
Sunday: - 17:30-21:00

+ 4 hours to be worked at a mutually agreed time

Extra hours for social activities may also be offered

 To apply

Please click the apply button. If I like your application, I will contact you within a few days for a brief Zoom interview, to start from 2nd June. 


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  • Social + Leisure activities
  • Support to remain independent

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