Become a personal assistant

The role of a personal assistant is to help people with any aspect of their life where they require social care support. An individual can employ a personal assistant or a team of personal assistants. For example, an individual with complex physical disabilities may employ a team of personal assistants to help them to stay living independently in their own home.

The type of support that personal assistants provide is diverse but can involve supporting people with practical tasks such as getting dressed, washed and preparing meals. The role can also involve helping a person to work or volunteer, take part in hobbies and learn life skills.

Some personal assistants work full or part time with one individual, whereas others have a number of clients who they support.

You can find more information about becoming a personal assistant on Leicestershire County Council's website.

Explore the local case studies below to find out what it is like to be a personal assistant.

Jess' story

Jess' story

Personal assistant - watch this video to see how Jess built her career as a personal assistant and how she fits her role around her family life.

Sunny's story

Sunny's story

Personal assistant - read Sunny's story to find out how he has built a career specialising in delivering personal assistant services to people who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

Liz's story

Liz's story

Personal assistant - read Liz's story to learn what her role as a personal assistant involves and what inspired her to start a career in adult social care.