Job Title: Social Support Assistant
Location: Horsham
Hourly rate: £12
Reference: DP5171
Hours/shifts: up to 8 hrs per week


We are looking for a Social Support Assistant to provide respite care for our 13-year-old daughter. We require someone for a regular one day a week at weekends, and ideally a few hours after school once a week. The ability to provide occasional overnight respite would also be a bonus.
Our daughter is a friendly, sociable girl with a learning disability and global delay. She needs assistance with communication, safe movement, and personal care. She enjoys going out and about, but will be equally happy doing activities at your home.

Typical duties
• To support her in accessing activities at your home or in the wider community, and allow her to try new activities and gain new experiences.
• To transport our daughter to and from such activities as required.
• To support her in her mobility, and safety on stairs or uneven surfaces.
• To assist our daughter with her communication needs, including supporting her use of Makaton, learning to understand her own particular forms of communication, and encouraging choice and decision-making.
• To help with feeding when appropriate, and encourage independent feeding where possible.
• To manage personal care needs, toileting and changing as appropriate, including following any toilet training schedule that may be in place.
• To ensure her health and safety at all times.
• Any other related duties as required.

Person specification
The successful applicant will be:
• Reliable with good time-keeping
• Patient, and possess excellent interpersonal skills
• Able to speak and read English to a reasonable standard
• Legally permitted to work in the United Kingdom

Other Requirements
• Female applicants preferred due to personal care needs; exemption is claimed under the Equality Act 2010 Part 1 Schedule 9.
• Non-smoker
• Must have a UK driving licence and 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.

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