Careers & Volunteers

In this section you can find out more about careers and volunteering with Independent Lives, and job opportunities at Lend a Hand, our domiciliary care service.

A core part of our work focuses on working with disabled people to manage their own budget, choose what care and support they would like, then recruit and employ their own Personal Assistants.

To search and apply for current jobs, please go to the Vacancies and Opportunities page. 

You can also get jobs directly into your Facebook news feed by liking our pages, www.facebook.com/IndepLivesPAs for Personal Assistant roles and www.facebook.com/lendahandcare for work with Lend a Hand.  

The roles we advertise on the behalf of our customers are very variable in hours and the type of duties undertaken. You would be subject to a DBS check. They include:

  • Social Support Assistant - This role largely involves supporting a person to access social activities. This may include accessing the community, clubs, cinema, pubs, bowling. Sometimes this role may still involve duties of a care assistant. For example you may be required to administer medication or provide personal care.
  • Personal Care Assistant - This role may focus on personal care to provide support with daily tasks. However this still may include the provision of social support, including accessing the community.
  • Buddy/companion - This role is similar to a social support assistant, however, this is more about providing companionship to a person.
  • Care Support Worker - a very similar role to the Personal Care Assistant but you would be employed by Lend A Hand, our domiciliary care  service, rather than being employed directly by the person with support needs.

Read and download more information about these roles.

Volunteering opportunities

Connecting Volunteers - volunteering opportunities for disabled people, and people with long-term physical or mental health conditions

Few opportunities to volunteer are available to disabled people as many organisations are unable to provide a fully accessible, safe environment, or provide reimbursement for out of pocket expenses.
We are actively encouraging people with physical impairments, mental health difficulties, sensory impairments or learning disabilities to volunteer and share their skills.

If you are interested in volunteering with Independent Lives and live in or around Worthing please email Sue Jobson on volunteering@independentlives.org  or call 01903 219482 to find out more.


Other voluntary opportunities

Visit our Your Voice page to find out about getting involved with our action groups, involvement network, and social groups in your area.

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