Job Title: Personal Support Assistant/Support Worker

Location: Overton near Basingstoke           

Hourly rate: £10 per hour   

Reference:   CW1501          

Hours/shifts: 5 hours per week. Days/times to be agreed with employer, some flexibility required.

 

Summary:

I am a creative and articulate young woman who attends college and volunteers in my local library. I enjoy swimming, going to the cinema, bowling, cooking, arts and craft work, doing puzzles and playing board games.

  • I have cerebral palsy which restricts my movement and mobility on one side of my body and I sometimes use a wheelchair to get around.
  • I also have epilepsy and you will need to be willing to have training to support me safely.
  • I would like a fun PA who has a good sense of humor to support me to access the community to build on my independence and social life.
  • The PA will be required to have use of a car, a full driving license and be willing to drive me for which a mileage rate will be paid.

Other Requirements

  • "* Exemption is claimed under the Equality Act 2010 Part 1 Schedule 9."
  • 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

The successful applicant will be entitled to holiday pay and will be issued with a fixed term employment contract until September 2019.

Description

Typical duties-

Domestic:      

Cleaning and tidying away after cookery and arts and craft activities.

Personal Care: 

Support with dressing and undressing particularly when swimming.

Medication support such as application of medicated liquid to my mouth when having a severe seizure. 

Provide constant observation and monitoring to ensure that my epilepsy is managed as required and I am safe.

Social:   

Driving and accompanying the young person when accessing social and leisure activities, including swimming, bowling and the cinema.

The above duties will involve driving the young person in the PA’s car, lifting the folding wheelchair in/out of car and pushing the young person’s wheelchair when out. 

Whilst on duty at the employer’s home and assisting with cookery and craft activities and engaging them in fun activities they will enjoy such as playing board games.

Support the young person while in the community, helping to build confidence by sometimes using public transport to travel such as trains and buses.

Person specification:

The successful applicant will be: 

  • Female * due to personal care needs when supporting me with swimming.
  • Be willing to get to know me and my individual needs.
  • Have knowledge of epilepsy or is willing to learn.
  • Be willing to undertake training required for the role including administering my emergency medication.
  • Have a clean, full UK driving license and use of a car.
  • Have a warm and caring attitude.
  • Be friendly, fun and outgoing.
  • Person will be punctual, reliable and trustworthy.
  • Be well organised and is able to maintain professional standards and confidentiality.
  • Be able to use their own initiative.
  • Respect my families’ home environment.
  • Be able to work with me and my Mother to ensure my needs are met.
  • Have a basic understanding of how to support people with disabilities and additional health needs or is willing to learn.
  • Fit and healthy to undertake the required duties.
  • Respond sensitively to the needs of others.
  • Be tactful.
  • Person must be able to speak English clearly.
  • The person will be able to treat people with dignity and respect and adopt a person-centered approach to their support.
  • Able to demonstrate the ability to work in an empowering manner.
  • The person must be entitled to work in the UK.

 

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