Job Title: Social Support Assistant

Location: East Grinstead           

Hourly rate:  £10.00 per hour      

Reference:  MP6614          

Hours/shifts:

TERM TIME - 8 hours per week term time – to be worked 2 hours on a Thursday afternoon and 6 hours on a Friday. Exact times and days by agreement with employer.

DURING SCHOOL/COLLEGE HOLIDAYS - 24 hours per week during the 13 week uni/college holidays over the year.

This will be worked 5 hours per day Mon-Thurs and 4 hours on Fri. Exact times to be agreed with employer. Occasionally you may be required 6/7 hours on a single day depending on the plans.


Job share considered so please apply even if you can only wort some of the available hours.

 

Summary



I am a 19 year old able bodied woman with Autism, ADHD, Anxiety and Social Communication Difficulties and I live with my mother.

I’m looking to employ one or two people to assist me to safely access my local community.

24 hours per week during the 13 week uni/college holidays over the year.
This will be worked 5 hours per day Mon-Thurs and 4 hours on Fri. exact times to be agreed with employer.


Part of the role will be assisting me to manage my anxiety as well as support and encourage me to improve my social interaction skills.

You will also need to take me on public transport at times to learn and support me with travel training and build up my confidence.

You will sometimes be required to drive me to appointments and to social activities in your own vehicle in return for 35p per mile.

 

I’m also looking for someone with a keen interest in fitness and swimming so we can enjoy these activities together as well as someone that can help me to gain a good knowledge of cooking/baking.


It may take a while for you to build up a rapport with me and to gain your trust.

I need encouragement and support to improve my general daily living and life skills.

I would really like to become more independent and confident.

Ideally, you will love animals (as I have a cat who is important to me) and  enjoy  keeping up to date with soaps, reality programmes and  music.

I like to have regular routines and will need you with me at all times while we are out in the community because of my lack of general awareness and safety.

 
You will be working with me in my home as well as within my local community.

 

There is no personal care required in this job role.

 

This could be a very rewarding role for the right person.

 

Other Requirements

         

  • Must have a UK driving licence
  • Must have access to own vehicle
  • Non smoking household

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

To encourage and support the client to improve her daily living skills, social skills and to maintain her general wellbeing.

Also, to support and assist her to become more independent and confident, especially in social situations.

 

Typical duties include

Domestic Support

Work together with the client so they become more confident with:

 Cooking and baking

General skills within the house environment

Planning ahead 

Social Support: 

Support to cope with anxiety

To participate in leisure and social activities of choice.

Time management
Assist to access and partake in swimming and exercising
Assisting  and encouraging how to use public transport

Assist to better understand the value of money

Support with general life skills

Help improve awareness and safety  while out in the community
Suggest new activities to try out
Build up a trusting and friendly rapport
To drive me in your own vehicle when required
Plus any other related tasks that may be required

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

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

Have their own vehicle and a UK recognised driving licence and be prepared to drive me as required

Legally permitted to work in the United Kingdom

Able to work at all times to high standards of Health & Safety