Job Title: Personal Assistant / Buddy
Location: Near Arundel
Hourly rate: £10.00
Reference: DP4735
Hours/shifts: 4-6 hours on a Sunday – flexibility during college holidays.

Also looking for someone who would like ad hoc hours.

I am looking for a PA to be a good role model and buddy for my 19 year old son with Autism and ADHD, to access the community and gain independence. You will need to support him to develop his independent living skills both in the community and at home. Experience of working with people with Autism and ADHD would be beneficial but is not essential.

Other Requirements
• Must have a UK driving licence
• Must have access to own vehicle and correct insurance.

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 -
When spending time at home, develop his independent living skills by doing basic tasks which could include the following:
Laundry, hanging out to dry, ironing, putting away
Loading and unloading tumble dryer/washing line
Changing bed linen
Bed making
General cleaning
Taking out rubbish
General housework, including cleaning, dusting and vacuuming.
Preparing drinks, snacks and meals.
Correspondence e.g. reading letters, help writing replies, form-filling, assisting with household paperwork

Personal Care:
Prompt me to ensure I dress appropriately for the weather.

• Accompany my son when accessing social and leisure activities, including swimming and going to the gym.
• Accompanying and assisting my son on shopping trips when required.
• Support him to plan the activities and any travel needed.
• Occasional longer journeys.
• Accompanying on trips out eg to the garden centre, beach, cinema, craft fairs, local visits, out shopping for fun, attending social events, attending therapies and disability group.
• Support him in communicating with people in the community.
• The above duties will involve driving my son in your own car, mileage will be paid. Your car will need to be in good condition and reliable.
• Whilst on duties at the employer’s home will be independence skills like cooking and any other task that is reasonable.

Person specification
The successful applicant will be:
• Have a good understanding of Autism and ADHD or be willing to learn.
• Be a good role model.
• Well organised and able to maintain professional standards and confidentiality.
• Consistently punctual, 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, trustworthy and cheerful.
• 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