Reference #

3622800 / 41MT 

Status

Complete

Title

Miss

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Last Name

Address 1

Address 2

Town

Treharris

County

Merthyr Tydfil

Post Code

CF46 

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Email Address

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Please read the Job Description carefully before providing information in this Section of the Application Form. Give details of your previous employment or experience which you think would help you to do this job

Having worked with vulnerable people my whole life I have a great deal of knowledge and understanding of the problems and issues that surround people with mental health problems, working with disabilities, understanding dementia, Asperger's and autism. I began by working with children in a play centre setting based in deprived areas of Cardiff. Here I provided stimulating art based activities and projects to help children learn about different activities outside of school and providing a safe environment where children could freely express themselves.
Following this I worked in a lottery funded art/skill based centre for people who were either homeless, suffered with mental health, had autism or Asperger's and who were lonely and isolated. Here I ran the art room and provided art therapy sessions. There was also a music studio, drama classes, a catering kitchen, a woodwork room and IT suite. The aim was to teach new skills and to build confidence and help people rebuild their lives. Unfortunately the funding ran out after seven years.
Following this, I worked in a council run mental health day centre where I converted an unused room into a fully functioning art room and provided art therapy as well as running badminton sessions, walking trips and I also provided IT sessions for people who wanted to learn about computers. Due to this job being part time and needed full time work I took a secondment within the council and worked with the elderly in a care home setting where I provided art based activities. Working in a care home setting taught me a great deal about working with people with dementia and also physical disabilities. As well as providing various art based activities I also helped with personal care and underwent training on wheelchair use, walking aids and disability awareness.
I returned to my previous job two years later as a full time post was available and continued here for a further six years until unfortunately my job was cut due to huge council cuts. Understanding the huge effect that council cuts had on our essential services I decided to start my own business helping vulnerable people in my local community. I provided a varied service ranging from gardening, dog walking, cat feeding, home help, cleaning, shopping, trips and errands, odd jobs or anything I could do to help. Meriel Gough from Interlink RCT found my leaflet and contacted me so I could help vulnerable people that had contacted her and were desperate for help. Through Meriel I was able to help and assist two elderly isolated ladies who had no available help. One lady I take shopping or to her appointments, I have also helped her in the house with odd jobs and cleaning as she can barely walk. Another lady who is in a wheelchair I have taken her out on shopping trips as she rarely ever gets the chance to go outside. I still continue with this work but need more regular work so Meriel informed me about Dewis CIL.

History of Employment Training

Adults at risk P.O.V.A training certificate
Disability awareness training certificate
Substance misuse awareness training
1st Aid training (ongoing)
Manual handling
Effective communication
Health and safety certificate
Epilepsy awareness training certificate
Risk assessment training certificate
MAPA training certificate
C.O.S.H
Motivational Interviewing training certificate
Self harm training certificate
"New psychoactive substance awareness" training certificate
Basic skills. Awareness for voluntary and community organisations

What qualities do you think are important when working as a personal assistant with a disabled person?

Caring and compassionate nature
Reliable and trustworthy
Able to listen well and to feel and understand another persons perspective.
Respects a persons privacy and confidentiality and to be aware of health and safety aspects when working in someone's home.
Treating someone with complete dignity and respect and someone to which you can share humour with.
Someone who is strong yet flexible, thoughtful and kind and can use their own initiative when required.
Someone who understands the problems that accompany and disability and has the right approach to help overcome these.
Natural, innate sensitivity and ability to put a person at ease and who would go that extra mile to ensure the well being and happiness of each individual is taken care of as living happily and securely in their own home without worry is paramount.
Having worked with vulnerable people my whole life, mostly mental health, dementia and physical disabilities, I have come to realise that most people just needed someone to talk to and to be listened to and treated with respects. I used my skills as an art therapist to help people express their emotions and problems through means of creativity and to in tap the potential within giving a sense of empowerment and achievement. I provided stimulating art based activities and when working with people with dementia I tried to recapture past memories and bring them to the surface by making old photo video diaries/films with a favourite piece of music, to help bring those memories forth for all to see once again. I have helped people produce memory boxes where important objects are put together in one place that can be viewed as an historic art piece for one to recapture at any time and remind themselves of who they are. Talking to people about their lives and memories is fascinating and this is something I really encourage and fully engage in.
I am also very aware of the impact and heart ache that Alzheimer's can have on family and friends as my grandparents both suffered with it many years ago. It was a very difficult time and just having someone around who understands and cares is very important as living with this illness can be very difficult and challenging.

How do you think you can contribute towards the needs and the independence of a disabled person?

Being caring compassionate person
Extremely practical and very artistic and can solve problems with clarity and common sense.
'Handy woman' and enjoy gardening, decorating, fixing things, odd jobs and helping someone live their lives at home without stress or worry.
Extremely good at empowering individuals and have always encouraged people to do as much as they can to help themselves as this will ultimately make them stronger and more confident.
By listening, providing help and support I can encourage others to see their potential and provide them with the power to do so.
Good problem solver and have acted as an advocate on many occasion, helping others solve their issues as and when they arise.
Very confident in my abilities to implement positive change and outcomes.
I often feel that in society we live in today vulnerable people are often ignored or misunderstood and often lack the advice and support they need as families are often too busy or unavailable and this is where people like me can help others to ensure peoples needs are taken good care of.
I have my own transport and business insurance so can take people shopping, to appointments, run errands, or whatever the need is. I also have a basic DBS certificate.
Although I have done a great deal of training within my last employment, including first aid, risk assessments, health and safety and P.O.V.A. I am happy to do any necessary training that is required.

What is it about PA work which appeals to you?

It is much more than helping with the day to day essential tasks but it is about good companionship and above all trust.
For an individual to feel comfortable and completely at ease with someone is very important. It is about empowering individuals to live their lives at home as best they can with my help and support. Having a nice meal, a walk, someone to take care of the household duties, helping with personal care, shopping, errands, whatever the need is, all helps towards making people feel happier which in turn makes me feel happy as I know I have done a good job. I have a good sense of humour and also adore all animals and understand the healing power and animal can have on a persons life. I am creative and as well as all necessary duties I can also provide and introduce many interesting, stimulating projects or hobbies for people to try and explore and express themselves through. I would really enjoy the chance to change someone's life for the better in whatever capacity that I can help in because I would want the same if the circumstances were reversed.

What are your hobbies/interests?

Art and Creative Projects, History, Walking, video editing, photography, cycling, gardening, all aspects of nature, animals, board games, dancing, playing bongas and tambourine, decorating and home improvements.
Furniture restoration, reading and philosophy.

Would you consider a casual position if you are unsuccessful with this job?

Yes

Do you drive?

Yes

Are you a vehicle owner?

Yes

Do you smoke?

No

Are you able to undertake training?

Yes

What days/nights are you able to work, or prefer to work?

I would prefer to work anytime between 9am to 4pm

Are there any circumstances which would prevent you from providing cover or swapping a shift?

No

Would you like to expand on the answers given above? Please use the box below.

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In what capacity do you know this person (should not be a family member)?

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In what capacity do you know this person (should not be a family member)?

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1975 * Within the nature of the work for which you are applying this position is exempt from the provisions of Section 4(2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 by virtue of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1975 (Exemptions Order). Applicants are therefore not entitled to withhold information about convictions which for other purposes are ‘spent’ under the provisions of this Act. In the event of employment, any failure to disclose such convictions could result in dismissal. Information given is confidential and will only be considered for the purposes of the application. If there is any such information you wish to provide?

No

The organisation will hold your data on file for twelve months after the end of the relevant recruitment process if you provide consent. The purpose of retaining your data with your consent is to allow you to apply easily for other jobs we may have available. At the end of the twelve months period you will be required to complete a new application form in order to remain on our system. You may withdraw your consent for us to hold your data at any time after the initial recruitment process is completed. I consent for my personal data to be held and agree that Dewis CIL may keep this application form on file for twelve months. It may be used for future prospective employers. I understand that you will contact me in due course should any such person make themselves known to you.

Yes

I agree that there is nothing which would prevent me from doing this job.

Yes

I agree that the information I provide will be posted to the Dewis CIL PA noticeboard (all personal information will be withheld).

Yes

What geographical area's are you able to cover?

Treharris, Quarkers Yard, Ystrad Mynach, Pontypridd, Nelson, Trelewis ect. Anywhere within a reasonable distance.

How many hours of work can you offer per week?

I would like to work approx 20+ hours per week