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Personal Assistant Application Form Submission 

Title (required): Mrs. 

Town (required): Cardiff 
County (required): Canton 

I confirm that I have the right to work in the UK and am able to prove my eligibility status when required to do so. (required): Yes 

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. (required): First of all, my experience of working in customer service since the end of 2010 helped me to deal with customers in a professional manner and be empathetic and respectful at the same time. During my language studies I took part in projects organised by the local Red Cross in Russia where I grew up, the Regional Development Agency and other parties from other countries as a translator and assistant to the project coordinator. The projects dealt with families at risk, the social and medical challenges they were facing. Within the framework of the projects and together with other participants I visited hospices, care homes and orphanages. Also, even though it is not a work experience, I helped to take care of my great grandparents (I was raised by my grandparents and my great grandparents lives under the same roof with us for about 7 years) until they passing. 

What qualities do you think are important when working as a personal assistant with a disabled person? (required): I believe that respect and compassion or empathy are very important. One has to respect the needs of a disabled person as well as their independence and encourage it. Showing empathy and trying to understand what a disabled person is going through can help to establish a good relationship and trust, which I think will make the communication more effective. 

How do you think you can contribute towards the needs and the independence of a disabled person? (required): I can give clear instructions on how to do something and show in practice if necessary, train, help to do workouts (if their physical condition permits) to strengthen the muscles in order to encourage them to do things on their own. I can cook and bake and help with other household chores. I am physically fit enough to perform manual handling. Depending on the educational needs, I can carry out some tutoring as I graduated with a teaching diploma (foreign) and speak several languages. 

What is it about PA work which appeals to you? (required): Communication is something I miss at the moment, as I have been looking for a job since around March last year but any office job would be full-time. So I dont have a workplace to go to or coworkers or other persons to work with. I consider myself a caring person and a good listener and I believe these qualities would be helpful in this role. I have looked into care workers positions but the times dont suit me because I have a child in primary school (currently at home due to lockdown). I would like to get back to work, even if for few hours a week. If the location allows to use public transport or is at a walking distance (I do walk lot), even better. 
What are your hobbies/interests?: Fitness/running, baking, crafts, watching a good film, listening to music I like, playing billiards, learning Welsh. 

Would you consider a casual position if you are unsuccessful with this job? (required): Yes 

Do you drive? (required): Yes 
Are you a vehicle owner?  (required): No 
Do you smoke? (required): No 
Are you able to undertake training? (required): Yes 

What days/nights are you able to work, or prefer to work?  (required): Once schools are open again: Mon-Fri anytime between early morning and 2pm weekends flexible. Currently, would need to be discussed due to school closure. 

Are there any circumstances which would prevent you from providing cover or swapping a shift? (required): Yes 

If you would like to expand on the answers given above? Please use the box below.: I answered yes as during normal times without strict lockdown I might be restricted in time by the primary school hours and would be available from early morning till 2pm.  

Is there is any such information you wish to disclose, relating to any cautions or convictions which will appear on your mandatory DBS check? (required): No/ 
Please provide details if necessary: 
I agree that there is nothing which would prevent me from doing this job. (required): Yes 
I consent to the above (required): 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?: Cardiff Canton, City Centre, Grangetown, Llandaff, Ely, possibly Cardiff Bay 

How many hours of work can you offer per week?: 20-30 

Please indicate the approximate times that you are available for work throughout the week.: Monday AM/Monday PM/Tuesday AM/Tuesday PM/Wednesday AM/Thursday AM/Thursday PM/Friday AM/Saturday PM/Sunday PM / 

Further Information: Please note that even though my listed references are from Spain, where I lived and worked in 2019, I have further references from previous years as well as all the written letters of reference from each employer available upon request. I had moved countries before due to my husbands work relocations (an academic position) but now settled in Cardiff Canton.