Job Title: Companion
Location: Croydon
Hourly rate: £12.00 (Mileage will be paid).
Reference: CC311
Hours/shifts: 16 – 24 hours a week Monday – Friday and occasional weekends (times and days will be according to the rota in that week) – Open to possible job share with two PAs.

Summary
We are looking for a Companion/Friend who is joyful, responsible, nurturing, who’d like to share some girl time with our daughter; a fun, lively 28yr old, who loves everyone and everything. Our daughter has a great memory for information, she learns by doing. Everyone who meets her falls in love with her character. The successful applicant will have a zest for life and share similar interests including: the theatre, cinema, swimming club, national trust sites and live music.

She has Downs Syndrome with moderate learning difficulties; therefore, this impacts our daughter’s maturity. The successful applicant would have a good standard of spoken English so our daughter can communicate and understand what is being said.

There is no personal care involved in the role. However, its vital that our daughter is kept hydrated. She can’t stand for a prolonged period or walk long distances, so will use a manual wheelchair when required. However, she does not let her condition define her and instead lives life to the max.

This role would involve taking our daughter to community activities with support to keep her safe. We need someone who drives their own car. You will want to be fully active in making plans together and taking part in a wide variety of outings. You will have inspiring ideas for social activities to improve her communication skills, independence, confidence and help to build friendship groups among her peers. (Agreed expenses covered). Hopefully you’ll become a long term friend.

Other Requirements
• Non-smoker preferred or someone who is willing to refrain from smoking during work hours.
• Must have a UK driving licence
• Must have access to own vehicle
• Applicants must be double vaccinated against Covid-19
Other :
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 -
Please prepare snacks and drinks.
Support with shopping

Personal Care:
It is essential that my daughters is well hydrated as this is critical to her blood and heart conditions, more information on this will be provided at interview.

Social:
• Driving and accompanying to social events such as:
• Cinema
• Theatre
• Live music
• Accompanying on trips out National Trust sites
• Accompanying to social meetings eg friends, family
• The above duties will involve driving my daughter in your car, lifting the folding wheelchair in/out of car, pushing the manual wheelchair when out.

Person specification
The successful applicant will be:
• Applicants must be double vaccinated against Covid-19
• Experienced in managing a wheelchair and a vulnerable person in the community
• Respectful of the employer’s privacy and confidentiality
• Reliable with good time-keeping
• Able to both follow instructions and work on own initiative
• Hygienic, tidy minded and well organised
• Fit and healthy to undertake the required duties
• Patience and possess excellent interpersonal skills
• Honest and cheerful
• Creative
• 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
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