Responsible to: Direct Payment Employer

Hours: x1 Day shift (8am-6pm) and 1 x night shift (5pm-11am)

Days/Nights to be agreed but to work as part of a 24/7 team

This will include some weekend working

Hourly Rate: £10.83 per hour

Location: Birtley, Gateshead


A fantastic opportunity has arisen to join an established team of Personal Assistants.  Supporting me to remain independent within my own home and accessing my community. You will provide all the support needed to facilitate daily living.


About me

My name is Steven, I have been employing my own team of support staff for the last five years. I am looking for some additional staff to join my established team of friendly support staff.  I live independently and you will work from my home. I am 60 year old, I have two sons who visit regularly. I love films especially any film with some action in it.  I enjoy a trip to the cinema to watch the latest releases. I enjoy going out for meals and my local is the Lambton Worm where I enjoy a nice steak.  I have a great sense of humour. In the house I have a home cinema set up and I enjoy using the PC. I like to use Amazon and do a lot of my food shopping online. I used to manage and run my own business in industry insulation.  Outside of work my biggest past time was parachuting.

I am quadriplegic due to a spinal cord injury in a parachute accident 23 years ago.  Therefore, I now require support in all aspects of independent living and personal care.  My support staff are my arms and hands. I use a power wheelchair, which I control with my chin.  All my transfers are done by hoist.

Training will be provided in all aspects of my support and care.

You will work alongside another PA during the hours of 5-6pm and 8am-11am

From midnight on the night shift you will be able to sleep until 7:30am, although you will be required to provide assistance if I need it through the night.

I have a room that is used as my PA room and there is a bed in there for night shifts.  You are also free to make use of the kitchen for hot drinks.  There will be some free time during the day and evening so if you are a student there could be times for study or if you enjoy reading there will be time for that or a small hobby such as drawing, knitting etc.


For more information please see the job description

All posts will be subject to a probation period, clear DBS checks and two references.


Closing date: 18th January 2024

At the time of starting their employment, the successful candidate must have permission to work in the U.K.

This advertisement is not just about wiping an arse!

Wage: £11.25 per hour then will rise to £12.50 upon successful completion of probationary period.

Weekend / Weekday work available. 12-hour shifts. Shifts to be discussed with applicant. Potential for shift flexibility in the future.

Location: Birtley, County Durham Area.


I’ve increasingly began to notice people refusing to apply for this job advert due to not being able to “wipe an arse”. Have you tried wiping an arse? It’s a fairly easy process that requires smooth hand motion. You wipe your own arse, don’t you? Please don’t tell me you still get your family to help you with that, even I’ve surpassed that stage!

On a more serious note, you do not need any previous experience in providing support or care. I deem care and providing physical assistance as two different entities, as there is huge amount of associated stigma with the word “care”. This job involves providing me with physical assistance to empower me to live my best life. I see it like renting out your body to complete my daily tasks, just like you would rent out a hire car to get you from destination A to B.


Who I look for:

  • Someone who likes to talk about history, politics, philosophy, science, psychology, sociology, football, music (all genres) and UFC.
  • No experience required, as I can teach you how I like things to be completed.
  • Someone who is willing to help me out to the best of their ability and hopefully we’ll develop a friendship from that.
  • Have a sense of humour. I’m not an individual who gets easily offended.
  • Likes deep conversations about the world we live in.

There is an opening to work as part of my small team of personal assistants. The main criteria of the role is that we get on, but you should be able to work on your own initiative when I am busy, to maintain organisation and cleanliness of my house whilst assisting me to optimize my productivity in many areas of my life. The role essentially involves working with me and helping me succeed at my long-term goals. I am a Theoretical Physics student with a love of all thing’s uni-life.

I like going for coffee, going to music/orchestra events, attending political and science conferences, productivity and optimisation, career driven, football, UFC, going to museums, visiting heritage sites and the occasional night out. If you like any of the things above, I may just have the ideal job for you. These are not limited to.

Now for the small print – the post involves you basically being my hands, as I cannot physically do things for myself due to having Spinal Muscular Atrophy (type 2). I will need help with cooking, eating, getting dressed, personalised support, driving my car (not essential) and anything else that I require. It would be ideal if you are flexible, able to cover other PA’s holidays and absences and available to travel if necessary; however not essential, as long as you can commit to a shift pattern. If this sounds like a job you would be interested in, I would love to hear from you!

It is the job of a personal assistant to enable me to carry out personal, domestic, and social tasks. The personal assistant will work under my direction to meet my requirements for physical assistance. They should always ask first what I require, continuously listening and acting upon my requests and under my directions.

The personal assistant should be able to handle the physical tasks of hoisting, handling, pushing, pulling, and bending. The personal assistant does not need to be physically strong to do the job well. However, good general health and stamina are important.


Closing date: 10th January 2024

At the time of starting their employment, the successful candidate must have permission to work in the U.K.