Becoming a Personal Assistant (PA)

What is a Social Care Personal Assistant?

Social Care Personal Assistants (commonly known as ‘PAs’) are employed to support people because of their age or disability, to enable them to live as independently as possible. Being employed as a PA is not just about supporting someone with their personal care. The majority of PAs are employed to support people with tasks such as domestic chores and assisting people to carry out social activities.

PAs are employed directly by people who receive a direct payment to arrange and pay for their support.

How do I become a PA?

View and apply for the PA vacancies that are currently available in Neath Port Talbot. 

Current PA Vacancies

What is the role of a PA?

The duties of a PA vary widely and depend on what the person would like to do – what kind and when they need the support outlined in their care and support plan.

This could include supporting the person with:

  • domestic chores (e.g. cooking, cleaning, shopping)
  • social and leisure activities – (e.g. assistance to attend activities in the community)
  • work and education – (e.g. assisting someone to and from work or college)
  • personal care (e.g. assisting someone to wash and get dressed)


Why do people choose to become a PA?

The main reasons include:

  • a good rate of pay
  • flexible working arrangements (fit working around your day-to-day commitments)
  • no previous experience needed
  • training opportunities & accredited qualifications to develop skills
  • making a real difference to improve someone’s life
  • finding a local job close to where you live


What training and support will I receive as a PA?

We will provide a full training programme which will give you the skills and confidence you need to carry out your job effectively. This includes fully accredited courses such as manual handling, food hygiene, safeguarding and first aid.

Our dedicated Direct Payments Support Service will assist you through the whole process of becoming a PA and can also provide you with on-going support.


Who can I contact for further information?

You can contact the Direct Payments Support Service on 01639 686812 or email 

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