Purpose: To provide general support to the parents aiming to provide breaks from their caring role and to give general support, create greater independence for their 17 year old daughter who has Learning Disabilities and is on the Autism Spectrum. The staff member would join an existing small team.

Main responsibilities

To assist with personal care such as preparing light snacks, eating, drinking, using the toilet, bath routine and dressing/undressing, brushing teeth, brushing hair, applying eye drops, assist with taking medication and also assist with meal times and support save access of local activities in the community

To provide/or assist in the area of one to one communication by using basic Makaton, PEGS, pictures, I pad, observe body language closely, use eye contact and use basic speech

Assist with the setting-up, running and clearing away of activities at home or in the local community, assist with going to the park, swimming, trampolineing, cooking classes, cooking at home,

Assist the parents as appropriate to research new activities and in making enquiries about costs, accessibility, travel arrangements (can be done from home)

Assist in using public transport or assist with transport to/from activities by using the employee’s car (employee’s car must be insured for business purpose)

Due to safety reasons we apply a no phone use policy during working times. Please ask the employers permission to use your phone. Also a non smoking policy applies.

To cover other team members for sickness and holiday.

QUALITIES AND SKILLS

  • Empathy for children/adult with Autism and their specific requirements and ability to relate sensitively to parents/carers
  • General experience of supporting children/adults with Autism/Learning Disability essential (Informal and/or formal experience as parent, Voluntary Sector, Experience of Health/Education/Social Care roles welcome)
  • General knowledge of Autism and/or of Special Education Needs, plus experience of managing behaviour and good awareness of autism required (detailed training will be given)
  • General knowledge of Makaton and of other visual / sensory aids to support with signs, symbols, pictures, texture and schedules –(additional training can be given)
  • Respond sensitively to the needs of others and respects cultural and religious differences; communicate and act in a non-discriminatory manner.
  • Treat people with dignity and respect and adopt a person-centred and flexible approach towards working duties and daily support
  • Reliable, good time-keeping, well organised with a mature outlook in life
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills and ability to follow instructions and work on own initiative
  • Good hygienic awareness, tidy minded
  • Patience, honest and cheerful
  • Able to speak and read English to a reasonable standard
  • Mature applicants welcome.
  • Exemption is claimed under the Equality Act 2010 Part 1 Schedule 9."

 

Pay:  £8.50 to £9.50 /hour depending on experience

Working hours:

 

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4pm to 6:30pm   - overtime available 4 hours once/twice a month to access local activities, time and day negotiable, depending on staff availability & activity

The applicant would have be prepared to cover occasionally Tuesday/Thursdays to provide holiday/sickness cover (same times apply) –

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.