Job Title: Social Support Assistant
Location: East Grinstead
Hourly rate: £10 each role
Reference: DP6614a
Hours/shifts: For 13 weeks Uni/College holidays per year (half terms etc) – one day a week for 8 hours or split over two days - to be agreed and discussed with the employer.

Summary

I am a 22-year-old able bodied woman living with my mother. I have Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, Social Communication & Learning Difficulties, and an eye condition called Nystagmus.

I would like someone to support me in becoming more independent and confident as this would greatly improve my quality of life. I would also like to find someone to assist me to safely access my local community.

My routine is extremely important to me, and I require someone that can commit to working with me in my home along with accompanying me whilst out. I would like someone that can use their own initiative in helping me to plan my day and suggest ideas on gaining new experiences which will benefit my life and wellbeing. I struggle with confidence so it may take a while for me to build a rapport with you.

I would also like to be more confident with public transport so I can get out and about and take part in activities that I may find of interest. As well as share similar interests to me so we could enjoy them together: animals, TV programmes, music, exercise. I also attend a local college part time so for someone to support me with my learning and education is important to me.

Assistance to improve my ability to interact with others and to allow me to have the freedom to participate in the things I enjoy.

This would be a very rewarding role for the right person. Could you be that person?

Other Requirements 
• Must be comfortable with pets
• Preferably hold a UK driving licence and have access to own vehicle
• Non-smoker required due to medical reasons
• 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

Social: 
• Support with general life skills
• Support with coping skills to reduce anxiety
• Support with communication skills
• Build up a trusting and friendly rapport
• Help improve awareness and safety while out in the community
• Assist to understand the value of money
• Encourage and support with using public transport
• Support and assistance with cooking/baking within the home with nutritional guidance
• To participate in leisure and social activities of choice eg ice skating, walking go-carting, horse-riding, music concerts, cinema.
• Suggest and organise new activities to try out together eg pottery painting, jigsaws, games, craft projects
• Use own vehicle is required (if applicable) when public transport is not available. To be happy to drive near and far depending on the activities etc. This will be in exchange for 35p per mile mileage including parking expenses will be reimbursed.
• Other related tasks may be required

Person specification
The successful applicant will be: 
• Respectful of the employer’s privacy and confidentiality
• Reliable with good timekeeping
• Able to both follow instructions and work on own initiative – very important
• Hygienic, tidy minded and well organised
• Fit and healthy to undertake the required duties
• Patience and possess excellent interpersonal skills
• Honest and cheerful
• Easy going tolerant personality with good knowledge of local area
• Able to build up a good rapport and basis of trust with employer
• Positive and patient attitude with excellent interpersonal skills
• 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