Looking for rewarding work with flexible hours?
Published: 28 January 2021
Become a personal assistant offering care and support
Do you have a genuine interest in people? Are you looking for a new opportunity?
More and more people in Surrey are looking to recruit personal assistants to help them lead the lives they choose despite disability, illness or increasing frailty.
This isn't the kind of role that involves managing a diary or taking phone calls. Personal assistants offering care and support, help people with their daily lives in more fundamental ways, often working in residents' own homes and supporting with a range of needs which vary according to the person.
Some people have mainly social needs – such as support with accessing activities in the community - while others need help with mobility or personal care. More than anything, the role is about supporting people to live as independently as possible.
Work with an adult or child
You can choose to support an adult or work with a family to support a child.
Perhaps you've never worked in care before but would be interested in rewarding local work with hours that suit you and competitive pay, or perhaps you've worked in a different care role, such as a care home or with a care agency. Maybe you volunteered to help your community during the pandemic and would consider a formal role.
Whatever your situation, we at Surrey County Council are encouraging more people to consider taking on the vital role of personal assistant (PA).
We're also encouraging more people with care and support needs to receive social care in the form of a personal budget, known as a direct payment, so they are able to employ a PA.
Underlining our commitment to giving residents choice and control, we recently overhauled direct payments to enable residents to pay PAs in Surrey £10.75 per hour.
While residents can choose how they spend their direct payments, they are encouraged to pay the new rate.
Visit the Support Finder website to find out more about becoming a PA and to register for jobs working with an adult or child. You can also email PAinfo@surreycc.gov.uk with any queries.
Read more articles in this section
If you can't get out to get shopping
Stuck for getting groceries?
Be prepared for flooding
Is your home at risk of flooding?
Looking for a reputable trader?
From roofers to range cookers we help you choose
£100m for community projects
Your Fund big ideas are coming in thick and fast
Technology to help you stay independent at home
Do you know what is available to support you or your loved ones?