Job Title: Buddy/Adventurous Personal Assistant(s)  
Location: Climping, Littlehampton, West Sussex
Hourly rate: £11.00 per hour       
Reference: DP5592            
Hours/shifts: I am looking for a team of PA’s for 4 – 28 hours a week, which 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 calm, caring, self-motivated, adventurous, active, confident and independent individuals with good problem solving skills and a sense of humour, who are genuinely interested in building a unique relationship in order to support/promote our daughters’ independence, enabling her to live an active and fulfilling life. 
• Our daughter 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 her in a range of activities both out in the community and around the home. She is a confident climber enjoying bouldering 3+ times a week, walking, cycling and surfing. In-between time is spent visiting places of interest, photography, drawing, chess/games or chilling.

• Essential to this role is the ability to connect and interact with our daughter in her world. Experience with signing  or visual communication may be helpful.  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. 
• 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
Community living Tasks: 
Assist and support me with skills in daily life which will vary and develop
Provide me with company and stimulation; to have fun and to develop my social skills and confidence
Accompany me in the community and fully support me in the activities I enjoy. I particularly like climbing / bouldering and mountain biking but if you are happy to walk and are proficient in other adventure sports I enjoy these too.
Liaise with me and my parents when planning activities and support me to make decisions
Support me in my home e.g. with games, crafts, chilling and preparing drinks and occasional meals
Driving me in my mobility car
Support me with communication and social interaction
Listen to my concerns and be an advocate for my needs
manage money on outings; you must keep  receipts to give to the employer
Experience with signing or using visual communication maybe helpful.
Any other task that is reasonable
Domestic:
Prepare meals and drinks and to eat lunch with me (as this is a prompt that helps me to eat and drink)
Any other reasonable task
Personal Care: 
Help to maintain my safety within the community
Remind me to take food and drink with me when we are going out  and prompt me to eat and drink
Support me to check that I have appropriate clothing for the weather conditions, prompt and assist me to add or remove layers as necessary
Support me to manage anxiety and frustration; particularly necessary in busy unfamiliar settings
Prompting me to go to the toilet
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 support and develop independent living skills but be sensitive to how I am feeling on a day to day basis.
Be a driver with a clean UK driving licence.
Be legally allowed to work in the UK
Previous experience preferred but this is not as essential as a kind and common sense approach to these roles.
Please note, if you are successful in your application for this position you will be employed directly by the individual employer and not Independent Lives