Join the council’s Approved Personal Assistant register

Primary interest
Social care

Many older people and adults with care and support needs (because of illness or disability) prefer to directly employ their own carers – known as Personal Assistants. Personal Assistants provide support to enable individuals to maintain independence in their lives.

If you’re interested in becoming a Personal Assistant, you can join the council’s Personal Assistant Register at www.reading.gov.uk/paregister. As all social care clients looking for a Personal Assistant will first look for vacancies on the register, you’ll be first in line when employment opportunities arise. Other benefits include:

  • Greater visibility to potential employers
  • Free training
  • Opportunity to work flexible hours for more than one client
  • Ability to build a good employee/employer relationship with clients

The work is extremely varied, but depending on the needs of the client, tasks can include:

  • personal care (help with washing, dressing etc.)
  • help with meals
  • help with household tasks and errands
  • support to get out and about to take part in activities

You don’t need any special qualifications for this role, and we offer free online training. Some face to face training, including manual handling, may also be available upon request. If you like working with people, have a calm, flexible approach and good communication skills this could be the job for you. You can find information and advice on becoming a Personal Assistant on the Skills for Care website:

Personal Assistants

Working as a PA

If you are interested in joining RBC’s Personal Assistant Register, please fill in the online form. If you need this form as a paper copy, or have any other questions related to expressing interest in becoming a Personal Assistant, please contact pa.register@reading.gov.uk or visit www.reading.gov.uk/counciljobs.

David Neale

David manages the Get Online Reading project for RVA, which runs drop-in sessions around the town where volunteers help people to get online and use computers. He is also the news editor and webmaster for the RVA website.