Job Title: Personal Assistant
Location: Worthing
Hourly rate: £9.50
Reference: DP4944
Hours/shifts: 10am – 5pm every other Saturday, one afternoon a week after school & help during school holidays (hours to be discussed at interview.

Summary

Hello! Thank you for reading my advert. I’m looking for someone to support me on the weekends, after school and during school holidays and help me get out and about more.

I like to swim and go to the beach or the park. I also really enjoy going to the cinema or listening to music. Or just sitting down for a bit of people watching and having a chat.

I am a 15 year old boy with autism and down’s syndrome. I’m also a type 1 diabetic, so if you have experience administering insulin that would be great, but if not, we can get you trained up.

I can walk for short distances when I have someone to hold on to, but for longer distances I will need to use my wheelchair.

I will also need some help with personal care from time to time and you’ll need to help me get changed if we go swimming together.

My autism means that I have no awareness of danger, so you’ll need to be extra alert when we’re spending time together, especially when I’m not in my wheelchair.

I haven’t had a PA in a few months, so I’m really looking forward to the chance to meeting someone new and being able to do all the things that I enjoy doing. I hope to hear from you soon!

Other Requirements 
• Must be comfortable with cats
• Someone who is willing to refrain from smoking during work hours.
• Must have a UK driving licence
• Must have access to own vehicle
• Other :
All applicants must be willing to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check if required.
Successful applicants will be entitled to Holiday pay and will be issued employment contracts.

The role requires close personal contact with an individual who is extremely vulnerable to the risk of infection and disease transmission. Preference may be given to applicants who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Careful consideration will be given to applicants who can show the vaccination is not suitable for them on reasonable grounds.

Description
Typical duties

Personal Care: 
• Using the toilet
• Dressing and undressing/ helping with buttons and fastenings
• Assistance with medication i.e. helping to take tablets from foil/packets
• Helping with other aspects of personal care as required, for example assisting employer to get changed at swimming pool/gym.
• Support needed when outside of wheelchair with stairs
• Mealtimes e.g. cutting up food, assistance to eat

Social: 
• Accompany employer when accessing social and leisure activities
• Accompanying on trips out eg to the beach, cinema & park.
• The above duties will involve driving the employer in the PA’s car, lifting the folding wheelchair in/out of car, pushing the employer’s wheelchair when out.

Person specification
The successful applicant will be: 
• 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