Job Title: Buddy/Adventurous Personal Assistant  
Location: Climping, Littlehampton, West Sussex
Hourly rate: £11.00 per hour
Reference: DP5592           
Hours/shifts: Variable, to be discussed at interview. Will include morning starts and weekend working with very occasional evenings
Summary
• This is an unusual and rewarding opportunity to work with a fun loving and energetic 25-year old with Autism (ASD).
• We are looking for a caring, self-motivated, adventurous, active, confident and independent individual with a good sense of humour who is genuinely interested in building a unique relationship in order to support/promote our daughters’ independence, enabling her to live an active and fulfilling life. 
• Frances has moderate/severe Autism, sensory processing disorder, learning difficulties, limited communication and profound anxiety, all of this means that she experiences the world differently which makes life challenging. Be curious not judgmental!
• You will need to be enthusiastic and willing to participate whilst also supporting Frances in a range of activities both out in the community and around the home. Frances is a confident climber enjoying bouldering 3+ times a week, walking, cycling and surfing. In-between time is spent visiting places of interest, photography, sketching, or chilling. She’s recently discovered chess!
• Essential to this role is the ability to connect and interact with Frances in her world, this does not necessarily require ASD experience. Just acceptance, patience, and the willingness to take each day as it comes, no two days are the same!
Other Requirements
• Comfortable with dogs.
• Hold a UK driving license.
• Use of a car maybe possible, but be prepared to use your own vehicle with business insurance, mileage allowance is paid. 
• Have basic first aid knowledge.
• Willing to work weekends and occasional evenings.
All applicants must be willing to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check
Successful applicants will be entitled to Holiday pay and will be issued employment contracts.
Description
Typical duties
Domestic -     
Support with preparing meals and to eat lunch with Frances.
Personal Care: 
Help to maintain her safety within the community
Remind Frances to take food and drink with her when you are going out  and prompt her to eat and drink
Support Frances to check that she has appropriate clothing for the weather conditions and prompt her to remove or add layers as necessary
Support Frances to manage anxiety and frustration; particularly necessary in busy unfamiliar settings
Any other task that is reasonable
Community Living Tasks:   
Assist and support Frances with skills in daily life which will vary and develop
Provide Frances with company and stimulation; to have fun and to develop her social skills and confidence
Accompany Frances in the community and fully support her in the activities she enjoys. She particularly likes climbing / bouldering and mountain biking but if you are happy to walk and are proficient in other adventure sports she would enjoy these too.
Liaise with us (her parents) and Frances when planning activities and support her to make decisions
Occasionally support Frances in my home e.g. preparing drinks and meals
Drive Frances in your vehicle; you must have personal business insurance
Support her with communication and social interaction
Listen to Frances' concerns and be an advocate for her needs
Support Frances to manage money on outings; you must keep receipts to give to the employer
Any other task that is reasonable
Person specification
Be open minded, accepting and willing to learn when working with the young disabled person
Be honest and cheerful and work in a professional manner with high standards
Be reliable with excellent timekeeping
Be an Adventure Sport enthusiast and love the outdoors whatever the weather
Like dogs
Be able to respect privacy and confidentiality
Be able to both follow instructions and work on own initiative
Be able to encourage and develop independent living skills with enthusiasm in a positive but sensitive way
Be a driver with a clean UK driving licence and own vehicle.
You must have personal business insurance.
Be legally allowed to work in the UK