Job Title: Care and Personal Development Assistant
Location: Selsey
Hourly rate: £12.00
Reference: NDS7036
Hours/shifts: 10 hours per week. Monday, Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. Times and days can be flexible. Open to job shares.

Summary
• I am a 28 year old woman with severe Attention Deficit Disorder, mild Asperger’s Syndrome and OCD, looking to employ a Care and Personal Development Assistant. I need support to organise myself, manage my life and create clear routines.
• I am looking for a PA to support and develop my time management and organisational skills, helping me to plan day to day routines, assist me with general day to day tasks and getting out into the local community. This would include occasionally accompanying me on days out or going for long walks.
• I am looking to have support for longer term planning and support with steps towards independence. Whilst day to day support is very important to me, planning my future and building up skills to help me become independent is also a crucial part of this role.
• Much of the support I will need will be to teach me to become more independent and able to carry out daily living skills. This would include learning to cook and developing good paperwork habits. I have my own allotment and garden space and would love someone to assist me in planning, organising and supporting me to grow my own fruit and veg.
• I am also looking for someone who will be able to take into account me and my family’s OCD needs and to support me to navigate this during day to day tasks.
• An ideal candidate would be someone highly organised with a methodical approach and proficient managerial skills so you have the ability to motivate me to achieve. It would be helpful for you to have experience in managing change, and supporting people to manage changes to their routines and plans; both changes that are planned and unexpected changes.


Other Requirements
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
To encourage and support me to improve my daily living skills, social skills and teach me to become more independent. To help me focus on tasks and prompt me when I become distracted.
Typical duties
Domestic -
Using leaderships skills to help me establish clear, concise routines so I can become fully capable of tasks such as:
Support with planning and achieving daily and short-term objectives.
To be able to manage budgeting and dealing with written correspondence, when required.
To keep on top of email correspondence.
To support me and my family to balance our OCD needs when carrying out household tasks.
To plan and shop for weekly needs
Develop cooking skills and prepare meals by developing clear, orderly, step by step routines.
Become independent with general household tasks by developing clear, concise step by step routines.
To become proficient in using all kitchen appliances
Planning outings and organising items, clothing and food needed.
To support me to work towards my aspirations, by working with to set realistic and achievable goals for my future.

Personal Care:
To support my continued independence in personal care by helping me identify, organise and order tasks efficiently.
To work towards establishing a structured day time and night time sleep pattern


Social:
Support with my phobia of certain insects, by humanely removing them from the home or car.
To make and maintain friendships via social groups and internet sites
To support me to take into consideration my family’s OCD needs.
To participate in leisure and social activities of choice. e.g. walks along the beach, growing fruit and vegetables.
To assist me to obtain voluntary or paid employment
To help with time management
To support me to attend appointments
To support me to work towards my aspirations, by working with to set realistic and achievable goals for my future.

Person specification
The successful applicant will be:
Experience of supporting adults with Attention Deficit Disorder or who have Asperger’s Syndrome is preferred but this is not as essential as having empathy and an ability to develop an understanding of my conditions and how they affect me. It would be helpful for the candidate have knowledge and understanding of impaired executive function and how this can impact upon a person, however this is not essential.
Respectful of the employer’s privacy, personal beliefs, confidentiality and home.
Be willing to take time to understand myself and my family
Reliable with good time-keeping
Able to both follow instructions and work on own initiative
Excellent Leadership qualities
Hygienic and tidy minded
Highly organised with a methodical approach and able to manage people effectively
Fit and healthy to undertake the required duties
Honest, tolerant, and efficient.
Positive and ‘down-to-earth’ attitude
Able to speak and read English to a reasonable standard
Legally permitted to work in the United Kingdom
Able to work at all times to high standards of Health & Safety

Please note, if you are successful in your application for this role you will be employed directly through the individual and not Independent Lives.