Job Title: Personal Assistant

Location: Burgess Hill            

Hourly rate: £10 per hour, rounded up to the nearest half hour. Sleepovers will be based on the minimum wage for your age

Reference:  DP5618            

Hours/shifts: After School, weekends, school holidays & some sleepovers 11pm – 7am



  • We are looking to employ personal assistants to provide support for our 15 year son
  • He is an intelligent, person with a good sense of humour, and has autism, some challenging behaviour and moderate learning difficulties.
  • To give him opportunities to develop a buddy type relationship with people who can spend time with him on a one-to-one basis in the family home and/or out in the community, whilst at the same time giving adoptive parents much needed respite from his care needs.


Other Requirements

  • Must have a UK driving licence
  • Must have access to own vehicle

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 -       

  • Organising a takeaway or cooking with my son to make his and your dinner
  • Supporting him to get to bed at a reasonable hour.


  • Below is a list of activates our son likes to do, please apply if any of these activities suit you, as we are looking to build up a team of 4 PA’s all of which will bring their own strengths
  • Some of the activities that he enjoys includes, playing Xbox games, swimming, cinema, visiting places of interest, going to the beach, shopping, going out for lunch.
  • He really enjoys outside activities like fishing, camping and we are open to all ideas.
  • There may also be specific support and social gathering/ activities, for example, if we have family gathering, which he usually struggles with, to come along for a while supporting him to do the socially polite bit and then take him somewhere fun.
  • If it is possible we would like PA to encourage him to do new and different things, particularly PA’s own interests.
  • To support him to develop his own independence by doing things for himself with reassurance and appropriate guidelines.
  • To develop his own network of friends.
  • Would benefit from knowing how much things cost, being able to order food in a restaurant and be able to deal with the unexpected
  • To be being polite and reframe from saying inappropriate things.

Person specification

The successful applicant will be: 

  • To be a positive role model and to be understanding and patient
  • Reliable, trustworthy and punctual
  • Has a good sense of humour
  • It will be essential that you can drive and have your own car.
  • PA should be able to take initiative and think for themselves.
  • Respect his parents’ wishes and opinions.

Previous experience preferred but this is not as essential as a kind and common sense approach to these roles.