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About

The purpose of this service is to give people choice and control over their care, and people from all backgrounds and experiences the opportunity to become a Personal Assistant (PA).

What is the PA Noticeboard?

The Portsmouth PA Noticeboard brings together assistants and people who want a more personal approach to hiring an assistant within the local area. PAs can link directly with people with a wide range of requirements to find an employer that suits them. Employers can advertise for what they need – whether that’s an extra pair of hands around the house, help with your shopping or one-to-one care.

The noticeboard also provides information to help you understand your responsibilities as an employer, advice on how to recruit your new PA, information on the PA role and links to other useful websites.

What is a PA?

A PA is someone who supports a person to help them live their lives more fully and independently. They are usually employed directly by the person and can be involved in many aspects of their employer’s lives.

Please read our Guide To Being A Personal Assistant to find out more.

How does it work?

To use this website you must first register, either as an Individual Employer or a PA. Once you have completed your registration the PA noticeboard team will activate your account and you will be able to advertise positions, search for PAs or apply for jobs.

PAs can apply for any of the advertised positions. We don’t direct you to someone. You decide on the role that you like and apply yourself. You work directly for the individual you are supporting, they pay you and provide you with training should it be required. We will support both of you with the agreement and with any questions that you may have.

We recommend rates of pay between £8.72 and £10+ per hour. The rate of pay depends on the role, your experience and what the person is looking for.  From 1st of April 2020 National Minimum Wage will be £8.20 for anyone between the ages of 21 to 24 and
£8.72 per hour for anyone over the age of 25.

Individual Employers must advertise their available role. You write the job description and you decide who works for you. This may seem a bit daunting but we can support you with information, advice, guidance and one to one support. Once the advert is completed you can then search and review the PA’s online profiles.

Clients of Adult Social Care may be provided with part of or the total cost of funding to pay their PA. If you have not had a financial assessment then please contact PCC Adult Social Care to find out if you are eligible.  If you do not want an assessment or you do not meet funding eligibility then you can pay for your PA privately. We call this self-funding. Anyone in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas can have a PA, you don’t have to be a client of Adult Social Care.

I’m interested, what do I do next?

Register on the website and complete your Profile.

Our How to Register section can help you through the process.

You must review our terms and conditions before registering. When you register with the website you will be asked to agree to our terms and conditions.

  For More Information

If you would like to talk to someone before registering or require further help then please contact us. We are here to support you with any questions you may have.

Telephone: 02392 437 896

Email: pa.noticeboard@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Office support hours are Monday to Friday.