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Personal Assistant

Pay: £14 per hour

Hours: Up to 14 hours per week. Flexibility in hours is possible but ideally, we would like someone to work up to 14 hours across three days including a Tuesday.
Location: Portsmouth/home working with occasion travel to other sites.

The role

We are recruiting a Personal Assistant (Support Worker) to work with the Access and Inclusion Coordinator for The National Museum of the Royal Navy.
NMRN comprises of multiple different venues situated at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Gosport, Hartlepool and Yeovilton. Although this role will be working with the Access and Inclusion Co-ordinator at the NMRN, employment will be with Ellingham Employment a charity organisation*.

The Access and Inclusion Coordinator job is fast paced, and extremely varied. It concentrates on working across all aspects of Access, Diversity, Inclusion and Equality issues, mainly for the visitor experience and in part supporting colleagues across the Museum. A key part of the role involves working collaboratively with a vast range of internal staff and volunteers, departments, external partners and stakeholders and visitors.
The Access and Inclusion Coordinator is visually impaired and deaf in left ear, and also has fatigue impairments that impacts on occasions
We are looking for a Personal Assistant to offer sighted assistance to enable this person to fulfil their role. This role will be part time and will be supported through the Access to Work Scheme. The role will involve:

• Sighted guiding for wayfinding/orientation and description
• Travel route research and driving or accompanying on public transport
• Describing interpretation (in galleries) and explaining visual materials such as exhibition design layout
• Sighted assistance for Equality Impact Assessments and access evaluation
• Sighted support and scribing for focus group meetings, events, conferences and training (in person or online)
• Note taking
• IT research
• File and email organisation

The hours will be up to 14 per week, with a mixture of in person and remote working. We can be flexible how these hours can be worked. However, we do need the Personal Assistant to work in person, each Tuesday at the Portsmouth History Dockyard. Some days will involve travelling to local meetings and our other sites. Ideally, we would like the hours to be split over three days per week. With reasonable notice, some weekend/evening work and occasionally work away from home may be required.

Knowledge and Experience

• Demonstrate knowledge and experience of working with and/or for visually impaired people with understanding on how to provide sighted guiding and description
• Demonstrate an understanding of the social model of disability and the Equalities Act 2010
• Familiar with windows 10 Microsoft word/excel and powerpoint
• Full clean driving licence essential
• Ability to assimilate information quickly and provide concise summaries
• Able to use their initiative and work independently when required.
• Experience in reading support and scribe note-taking
• Proven organisational skills
• Ability to support financial reconciliation complete ATW claim forms
• Demonstrate ability to research

Please read the person specification for additional information, which can be viewed here

For further details or an informal discussion regarding the role please contact Liz Porter, at Elizabeth.Porter@NMRN.org.uk or call 02392 891370, extension: 2086

Applicants are asked to submit a CV and a statement indicating how their knowledge and experience match those specified. Applications should be forwarded to the HR Team at recruitment@NMRN.org.uk and are required by 8th December 2021.  The selection process will take place in Portsmouth on 14th December 2021.

* Ellingham Employment Services is a registered charity, and we are an approved Department for Work and Pensions “Access to Work” provider. We provide support workers for our customers with disabilities according to their needs. Our customers work in a range of sectors, from central government, to charities, retailers and private companies. In providing support workers for our customers we act as a third party, employing support workers on our customer’s behalf to assist them in their workplace.

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