Job Reference No MP6008

Job Title: Social Support Assistant
Job location: Haywards Heath
Job/Contract Type – Permanent
Hours/shifts: 3 hours every other Saturday & every other Wednesday.
Total of 16 hours every 4 weeks.

Exact times to be agreed with employer.
Hourly Rate: £9.50

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
Successful applicants will be entitled to Holiday pay and will be issued employment contracts.

I am looking to employ a Personal Support Assistant to work with my wonderful five year old son.
He is a very happy and friendly child who enjoys painting, playing with toys, his ipad, sandpits and in his paddling pool.

Due to his Autism, he requires assistance and close support to safely engage in these activities although physically he is fine. This 3 hours per week support will also allow me a few hours respite to spend some quality time with my daughter.

The successful applicant would also encourage him to eat and drink independently, take him out into the local community such as play parks, build up a rapport with him and assist him to communicate and express his needs. If raining then support can be carried out at our home.

This could be a wonderfully rewarding role for the right person. Are you that person?

Reporting to:
You will report directly to the mother of the client

Nature of the Work

Mainly Social Support, ensuring my son’s H&S, occasional personal care and building up a rapport with him.

Typical Tasks will include:
Preparing drinks and snacks
Tidying up toys and games

Personal Care:
Occasional assistance to change nappy
Encourage my son to eat and drink independently
Assisting to eat if necessary

Accompany and assist my son to access leisure activities
Join in with play activities
Suggest new leisure activities for my son to try
My son requires support and reassurance to help build up his confidence and trust
assist my son to better communicate his needs to allow him choices
Encourage my son to mix and play safely with other children
To ensure the safety of my son and yourself at all times

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
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.