Job Title: Female * Personal Assistant/ Support Worker
Location: Crawley
Hourly rate: £12.50 + ph (higher rate will be considered for experienced PAs)
Reference: LR7360
Hours/shifts: 14 hours a week over 2-3 days Monday – Friday (actual days and shift times by mutual agreement)

• My sister and I are looking for a kind and compassionate Personal Assistant to support her with outings and activities within the home.
• My sister is in her forties and has Mental Health challenges, she requires support to do the activities she takes pleasure in as well as to completing day to day tasks in order to help her gain confidence.
• Tasks will include, going for walks, playing badminton, going shopping and accessing the local community. Although willing to try new activities around exercise, fitness etc she will require gentle encouragement to engage in these.
• My sister enjoys being at home and needs to be supported and encouraged to do different things eg cooking, baking arts and crafts, and to keeping on top of domestic chores and general housekeeping.
• My sister is a quiet person and likes animals, gardening, baking, cycling, swimming, lego, tea and making things/ being creative.
• She would really like someone to support her in becoming more independent and confident as this would greatly improve her quality of life.
• If you like animals (we have a cat), enjoy walking and or cycling, and being outdoors in summer then this could be the job for you.
• This is a rewarding role with all professional training provided.

Other Requirements 
• "Exemption is claimed under the Equality Act 2010 Part 1 Schedule 9."
• Must be comfortable with pets
• 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
• Should have had 2 COVID-19 vaccinations upon start of role

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.

Typical duties

Domestic - 
Prompting and guidance to complete daily tasks such as cleaning & tidying
Support and assistance with cooking/baking within the home
Making phone calls on her behalf

Personal Care: 
Reminders to take medication

• Support with general life skills, coping skills to reduce anxiety
• Accompanying and undertaking social and leisure activities
• Assist to access and partake in exercise
• Support employer’s sister with communicating with people in the community
• Assist to manage with levels of anxiety
• Accompanying and assisting on shopping trips
• Suggest and organise new activities to try out together (eg cinema, sports)
• These will include driving my sister in the PAs car.

Person specification
The successful applicant will be: 
• Female
• 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