Job Title: Personal Assistants/Support Workers for 2:1 role
Location: East Grinstead
Hourly rate: £10.00
Reference: NDS7080
Hours/shifts: 9 hours per fortnight, days and times flexible.

Summary 

We are the parents to a very energetic, friendly and loving 11 year old son. We are looking for PA’s who are caring, loving and reliable to support him to go out and have fun, allowing us time to have a break. He particularly likes going for walks over to the park and spending time on the swings.

Our son has Autism and his behaviour can be quite challenging as he finds it difficult control his energy levels. He is also non-verbal and will need PA’s who can read him well in order to understand his needs and feelings. Assistance with some personal care is also involved.
This role requires 2:1 care therefore you will always be working with another PA. The work may involve taking him on outings/activities in a car, for which mileage will be paid.

Other Requirements 
• Non-smoker preferred or someone who is willing to refrain from smoking during work hours/smoke away from the premises, away from our son.
• 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
Successful applicants will be entitled to Holiday pay and will be issued employment contracts.

Description
Typical duties

Personal Care: 
• To assist our son to eat and drink
• Support and encouragement getting dressed and undressed if required
• Assistance with buttons/fastenings if required
• Changing nappies, support/assistance to clean himself when required
• Encouraging him to use the toilet
• Encourage him to meet more of his personal needs if required. i.e. toilet, brushing teeth

Social: 
Taking our son on trips out e.g. for walks, to the park, to the play ground, swimming
Supporting with our son’s routines at home if needed.
Supporting him to learn new skills and carry out activities to support his development
The above duties may involve taking our son out in your car.

Person specification
The successful applicant will be:
• An experience or an understanding of children with Autism and non verbal communication is preferred.
• 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 with an ability to read and respond to people well
• Honest, Loving, friendly and cheerful
• Adaptable and flexible to situations
• 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

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