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See Life Differently

See our fantastic PA vacancies below. £9 per hour (£18,252 p.a. FTE)

Click here to apply for any one (or more) of the vacancies. 


Vacancies for Male or Female Personal Assistants 



Reference AMM201. Location: Craigmillar. Hours: various part-time and full-time


Would you like to make a difference in the life of a very sociable young lady who has just taken a huge step in her life?



Reference GC201. Location: Craigmillar. Hours: 16 and 30


We are currently looking for male or female personal assistants to become part of the team who support a mature man who has an acquired brain injury.




Reference AS201. Location: West Edinburgh. Hours: 27


A creative young man is seeking a new team member.....Please note A driving licence is essential for this vacancy



Reference CL201. Location: Broomhouse. Hours: various contracts of up to 37 hours


An engaging young man who receives 2:1 support is looking for a new team member. He enjoys being involved in his daily support including his daily routines, housework, cooking and baking.



Reference KA201. Location: Craigmillar. Hours: 38


Would you like to join the team that supports a lovely man in his 50’s who lives in Craigmillar? He enjoys a good life with many interests in both his local area and further afield.



Reference CD191. Location: Craigmillar. Hours: 18 + 35 + sleepovers


Would you like to make a difference to a young man who is entering a very exciting stage in his life?
He is looking for a brand new staff team who will support him on a 2:1 basis 24/7 to settle in to his new home and to support him with everything it takes to run a house, to motivate him to get out and about and explore new things



Reference KD191. Location: Craigmillar. Hours 8 plus sleepover



Could you spend one night a week supporting a music fan who loves to listen to, produce and broadcast his music? This busy sociable man lives in his own home with his cat. 



Reference: JDMC193. Location: Leith/Newhaven. Hours: 20


A fun, sociable couple (and their cat!) are looking for a PA to join their team on a temporary basis for 20 hours a week until the end of April 2020.



Reference: DF193. Location: Leith. Hours: 30


Have you got good IT/computing skills? A man we support is looking for a new PA to join his team. He works from home, but also has a busy social life and lots of interests.




Reference: RMc191. Location: Colinton. Hours: 20


We currently have a vacancy for a male or female Personal Assistant to join the team who support a young man who lives in his family home. This young man has a great sense of humour he enjoys watching movies and playing his xbox. During the day he enjoys socialising, and getting out and about. He requires support with washing, dressing and bathing



Reference: JG192. Location: Central Edinburgh. Hours: 25 +pool worker


A driving licence is essential for this vacancy. A fun-loving, popular man with a learning disability is recruiting sociable and outgoing people to join his small, friendly team.



Reference: JN192. Location: Leith. Hours: 16

Could you support a young man who is currently studying BA (Hons) English Literature and Creative Writing through the Open University and is learning Scottish Gaelic? He also has a wide range of interests which include gigs (wide range of music) and the theatre in Edinburgh and Glasgow throughout the year.



Reference: CB191. Location: Craigmillar. Hours: 20


Can you provide a flexible, responsive service to a young man who lives independently but requires support for some aspects of his life particularly building up his confidence, meeting new people, looking for new and different opportunities? He loves films and video games.



Reference: BW191. Location: Craigmillar. Hours: 30 + sleepovers


Are you a good listener? A man with a great sense of humour and a love of all things funny is seeking attentive PAs to join his team and support him to get out and about, especially to the gym. 




Reference: WBS194. Join the Wellbeing Support Team. Location: Craigmillar. Hours: 30 - 35

Established in 2018, the Wellbeing Support Team works alongside established teams within the supported living services to provide a back-up service through workforce; ensuring that our values are embedded and that continuity of support is provided.




Vacancies for Males* only



Reference FIFE201. Location: Fife. Hours: 38


This is an exciting new full-time post for a male* to work across the individual teams that support three young men who all live at home in Fife. Please note that a driving licence is essential for this post.




Vacancies for Females* only



Reference NW201. Location: Edinburgh New Town. Hours: 21 (mornings only)


Do you like to watch sports and enjoy eating out and home cooking? A hard-working, sociable young man is looking for a PA to join his team



Reference TAJ201. Location: Craigmillar. Hours: between 16 and 20


This is an exciting opportunity for an animal loving PA to support two different people



Reference JPR201. Location: Craigmillar. Hours: betwen 30 and 36


Do you have enthusiasm for supporting people expand their horizons and try new things?  Can you be creative, kind, understanding and able to develop positive relationships?



Reference MD201. Location: West Edinburgh. Hours: 30 + 1 sleepover


Are you an Elvis fan? Do you like to sing and dance? If so this could be the perfect role for you.....



Reference CM201. Location: Leith. Hours: 20


We are looking for a caring, compassionate animal lover  to join an existing all female team to provide support to a woman who lives in her own home in Leith (along with her three cats!).




Reference: VS191. Location: Comely Bank. Hours: 15


Could you join the team that supports a young lady with Downs Syndrome who is working hard to increase her independence?



Reference: RO192. Location: Edinburgh. Hours: Between 20 and 25.


Would you like to be part of a team that support 5 ladies with different social and daily living experiences?  If the answer is YES then why not make a difference and join our Thistle family....




Reference: TB191. Location: Craigmillar. Hours 15 per month


Are you interested in providing flexible support for a young woman who lives in her own home? Are you outgoing and friendly?




Reference RW192. Location: Newington. Hours 4


Are you friendly, approachable, understanding and able to listen? We are looking for 2 women* to join the team of PAs that support a young woman who lives in her own flat in Newington




Reference: KH191. Location: Restalrig/Lochend. Hours: 2 – 10 (mornings only)


Could you provide support in the mornings to a lovely lady who needs a helping hand getting herself and her three children ready for the day?




Reference: AD192. Location: Morningside. Hours: 15 and 30 + sleepover(s)


I am looking for 2 two people to join my young friendly team of women who support me to live in my flat in Morningside. I have been living here since finishing school and I am now 22 years old. I love shopping, going for coffee and cake, out for lunch, dinner and cocktails! I am sporty and enjoy swimming regularly.



Reference: LB191. Location: Granton. Hours: 15 + sleepover

 How would you like to make a difference in a young woman’s life who has just moved in to her own home? This is just the start of this exciting journey and the next part is supporting her to do the things she loves to do.



Reference: EM191. Location: Leith. Hours: Pool Worker


Are you up for laugh, want to join a great team of ladies to support a young woman who lives in Leith? This young woman enjoys watching TV (particularly crime and medical drama), going to the cinema, attending the theatre, watching sport (mainly football and tennis) and she attends football matches on a regular basis.





To apply for any one (or more) of the vacancies follow the Apply Here link below

Successful applicants will be invited to take part in the first part of our interview process which is a telephone conversation. The call is a chat which allows the person who is recruiting to get to know a little about you by asking some open, conversational questions and also to give you a chance to hear more about Thistle and our work and to ask any questions you might have for us.

 * Exemption under Equality Act 2010

 In submitting your application, you agree to Thistle Foundation keeping applications on file for a period not exceeding 6 months after the closing date of a vacancy. During this time Thistle Foundation may contact applicants in relation to any new vacancies. All unsuccessful applications will be permanently deleted after 6 months. If you do not wish for your application to be processed in this way or if you would like your application deleted sooner, please contact recruitment@thistle.org.uk.




Frequently asked questions

  • What kind of training will I get?

    We will to support you to be a confident and able member of our team and to keep learning and developing your skills throughout your employment. Everyone at Thistle takes part in our induction training within their first few weeks of joining us and our 4 day course, ‘Life is for Living’ within six months. We also run our own courses, enhancing learning in person-centred practice, developing leadership skills and we support all personal assistants to achieve their SVQ Level 3 accreditation

  • What’s it like working as a Personal Assistant at Thistle?

    Working as a Personal Assistant means flexible hours, superb training and the chance to make a real difference to someone’s life – just take a look at Alan and Steve’s story. 

  • Do I need previous work experience in health and social care?

    Experience is good, but not essential. It’s more important that you share our ethos and values. You’ll have the opportunity to take part in training to improve your skills and build confidence; we’ll also support you to gain qualifications, such as SVQ Level 3 accreditation. 

  • How does the recruitment process work for personal assistants?

    If you are invited to an interview then you’ll initially meet with members of our supported living team. If this goes well then we’ll invite you back for a second interview, where we’ll introduce you to the person you may support and/or their friends or family members. It’s important to us that the people we support are involved in the recruitment process – they have the final say on whether you’ll work with them.

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