Job Title:    Support Worker/Buddy
Location:    High Salvington area of Worthing         
Hourly rate:         £9.50
Reference:        BRR5419a     
Hours/shifts:    
   Up to 10 hours per week, may be split between weekends, afternoons and 
   evenings.  
Summary 
• Support Worker/Buddy required to assist a sixteen year old boy with muscular dystrophy to develop his independence and maintain social networks. 
• Duties will include accompanying and assisting with activities, e.g. meeting friends, going to appointments e.g. hair appointments. 
• Must be willing to assist with toileting and helping him to eat when out in the community. 
• Experience of working with disabled young people would be useful, but full training will be given.  
• Willingness to drive a mobility car is essential. 
• You should be friendly, reliable, patient and flexible. 
• This is a great opportunity to enable a young person to be independent and participate in fun, social activities
• You will report to the boy’s mother who is the employer. 
Other Requirements
• "Exemption is claimed under the Equality Act 2010 Part 1 Schedule 9."   
• Must have a UK driving licence 
• 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
Personal Care:  
• Assistance to use the toilet when out in the community
• Help with adjusting clothing, taking off coat etc
• Mealtimes e.g. cutting up food, assistance to eat
Social:      
• Driving mobility car to social activities and assisting them to participate in activities
• Keeping safe but also allowing him some freedom and independence when he is meeting with friends
• Helping him to develop confidence and independence when out in the community. 
• Assistance to attend appointments e.g. hair cut
Person specification
The successful applicant will be:    
• Have a full driving licence and willingness to drive a mobility car
• Willing to assist with toileting
• Have a friendly, caring nature
• An interest in the child’s social activities would be useful but not essential.
• Have patience and good communication skills
• Experience of working with disabled children would be useful
• Respectful of the employer’s privacy and confidentiality
• Reliable with good time-keeping
• Able to both follow instructions and work on own initiative
• Fit and healthy to undertake the required duties
• 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.