Finding a PA in Northern Ireland

Employing a personal assistant (PA) allows the person who is receiving support to decide who will support them, rather than support being provided by an agency. If you are looking to employ someone to meet your support needs, we know it can be a daunting task.  However, finding the right personal assistant is important to help you live independently.

For many people who employ their own PA’s the thought of having to go through the recruitment process brings on an impending sense of panic and it can be difficult to know where to begin to find that right person. Following on from our Facebook live chat this article discusses some of the ways you can find a PA in Northern Ireland.

 

Word of mouth

You may know someone who you trust who would be interested in being your personal assistant. It is important to think about how an employer/employee relationship may affect your personal relationship.

Local newspaper

This will reach a lot of people in your area and may mean that you get more applications; however, this can be quite an expensive option.

Online Job Boards

Online job boards such as Gumtree (found at www.gumtree.com) is a classified advertisement site, but you’ll need to pay a fee to advertise jobs. There may be other suitable websites.

Local noticeboards

Your local shops, supermarkets, church and voluntary organisations may also have noticeboards where you can place job advertisements.

PersonalCarer.co.uk  PA register

PersonalCarer.co.uk is a free PA register that provides a list of personal assistants that are advertising their services in Northern Ireland. The website is dedicated to helping disabled people find PA’s who meet their needs by providing an online forum for individuals and PA’s to connect with each other. You can search through the platform’s database of experienced PA’s, and choose one based on area, personality and requirements.

To find a PA register in your area go to www.personalcarer.co.uk and look at the ‘Find a Carer’ section.

 

Finally, the Centre for Independent Living can help you with recruitment.  We have access to template job descriptions, person specifications and example letters on our website that you can use. Don’t hesitate to contact us for further information and advice.