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Follow the links below to see our current vacancies

Vacancies for Females* only

Location: Granton. Hours: 20  + sleepover

Would you like to make a difference to a lady that loves to lunch? Would you like to expand a lady’s social life? This lady requires support with all aspects of her life and running her house. Could you be the person who could support her? A driving licence would be advantageous for this post.

Location: Craigmillar. Hours: 15 to 30 + sleepovers

Do you like listening to music? Are you interested in crafts? A lovely lady who lives in Craigmillar and enjoys knitting needs a new team member to join the ladies who support her to get out and about and enjoy a full life.

Location: West Edinburgh. Hours: 30 + sleepover

Do you like Elvis? Do you like to dance and sing? Do you fit the bill? We are looking for a female who could join a team that works with a lady in the West of the city. If you have good communication skills and can adapt your style this could be the job for you.

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.

Location: Leith. Hours: 15 + sleepover

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

Location: Penicuik. Hours: 20

This is an exciting opportunity to work with a young woman who lives at home with her parents. She is a very outgoing young lady and loves to socialise.

Location: Craigmillar. Hours 16 + sleepover

Would you like to join a team of female PAs who support a mature lady to live in her own home in Craigmillar? This lady loves watching her television and really enjoys watching nature programmes and loves animals. She likes to chat and is interested in people.

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?

Location: Craigmillar. Hours: 15 – 30 + sleepovers and waking nights

This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in a transformative period of someone’s life.  A young woman in her early 30’s is in the process of moving to her own home in Craigmillar. She has a good sense of humour and enjoys arts and crafts including card and jewellery making. She is enthusiastic and has an active lifestyle.

Location: Westerhailes. Hours: 15 + sleepover

Are you someone who has empathy for other people and a passion for supporting people to be independent? An independent lady is looking for a team of females to support her in her  new home with daily living tasks, some personal care, and building her confidence to enable me to be part of her community.

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.

Location: Various across Edinburgh. Hours: Between 10 and 25

Would you like to be part of a team that support 5 ladies with different social and daily living experiences? Would you like to be part of a supportive team that maintain a high level of communication and supportive network? Would you like to support people to seize the opportunities and experiences that life has to offer?

Location: Willowbrae. Hours: 5

A woman in her 40's needs support with daily living such as meal preparation and assistance getting ready for the day. She enjoys swimming as this is good exercise and helps her manage living with chronic pain. She would love to do more due to the benefits it brings. Are you someone who could support her to do more?

Vacancies for Males* only 

Location: Craigmillar. Hours: 39

 Can you drive? 2 sociable gentlemen in Craigmillar are looking for a PA to join their team and support them to enjoy many social activities and trips out to visit interesting places.


Vacancies for Males or Females

Location: Broomhouse. Hours: various contracts up to 37

 A driving licence is essential for this post. This young man enjoys being involved in his daily support including his daily routines, housework, cooking and baking. He also enjoys music of all genres, going for walks, playing and watching football, and going out in his car. He is very engaging with lots of energy.

Location: Craigmillar. Hours: 39

 A driving licence is essential for this post. A young man that we support is very passionate about technology and his car. If you would like to be part of a self-directed team that would work together to enable this individual to lead a good life, this role could be for you.

Location: Craigmillar. Hours: 18 and 35

 We are looking for a brand new staff team who will support a young man 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

Location: Edinburgh. Hours: 18 and 35 plus waking overnight

 Would you like to make a difference in a young lady’s life? A very sociable young lady is taking a huge leap in her life. She is moving to a house with a garden which she has wanted to for a long time and is looking for staff who are enthusiastic, committed and will take time to understand her.

Location: Leith. Hours: 16

 Could you support a young man who  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 includes gigs (wide range of music) and the theatre in Edinburgh and Glasgow throughout the year.

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.

Location: Craigmillar. Hours: 24 + sleepovers

 This able young man enjoys attending a specialised education service during the week, where he has many friends and enjoys a varied list of activities, of which many are fitness and wellbeing based. If you have experience of autism and will take the time to get to know him we want to hear from you

Location: Kirkcaldy. Hours: Pool workers - permanent contract of 10 -15 hours can be negotiated

Do you love walking on the beach, and being out and about in all weathers? Do you like swimming, music and drama? If so you could be just the person we are looking for to join the team of dedicated PAs that support a young man in Fife

Location: Craigmillar. Hours: 15

 Are you warm, empathic and understanding?  Could you join the team that supports two elderly gentlemen to enjoy music, the theatre, watching sports and meeting new people

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.

Location: Central West Edinburgh. Hours: various full (39 hours) and part time contracts are available

 A driving licence is essential for this post. Could you help support a group of adults to live their life to the full? Do you like your work to be varied and interesting whilst at the same time knowing you are making a huge difference to other people?


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 


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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