Job Title:   Support Worker/Personal Care Assistant
Location:     Ferring       
Hourly rate:   £10.00
Reference:        BRR5151    
Hours/shifts:   9 hours per week, afternoons preferable, flexibility needed.
• 22 year old man with autism requires support to enable him to live independently.
• He lives with his family and pets in Ferring but the plan is to support him to develop skills and confidence to live independently in future. 
• He also has epilepsy and is at risk of having seizures.
• He is able to express his views and wishes clearly but has difficulty with understanding social cues and can interpret what people say very literally.
• He likes to chat and enjoys tv programmes such as The Young Ones and the Big Bang Theory. 
• His interests include military history, playing on his x-box, space and the environment.
• He requires support and encouragement with carrying out personal care and domestic tasks including maintaining a habitable home and meal preparation. 
• You would also be required to assist with accessing leisure and social facilities, using public transport, developing and maintaining friendships, keeping safe and developing coping strategies in emergencies. 
• Playing computer games at home, chatting, keeping him company. 
• Experience of working with people with autism and an understanding of managing epilepsy required.
• You must be friendly, confident, assertive and have the ability to motivate and reassure/calm the young man if he becomes agitated. 
• Own car would be useful but not essential.
Other Requirements 
• Must be comfortable with pets
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.
Typical duties
Domestic -  support/encouragement with      
Keeping his own room tidy and clean, bed making etc.
Meal preparation - teaching basic cooking skills, kitchen safety.
Cleaning/tidying up after using kitchen and bathroom, including washing up cooking utensils and dishes. 
Personal Care:  support/encouragement/prompting with 
• Washing/bathing/showering
• General hair/skin care/shaving/grooming
• Dressing appropriately for the weather or activity

Social:    support/assistance with 
• Keeping himself safe when out in the community
• Accessing social clubs, voluntary work
• Developing friendships and engaging with his peers
 Person specification
The successful applicant will be:    
• Have experience of autism and epilepsy
• Able to motivate and encourage
• Respectful of the client’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
• Patient and understanding
• 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

Please note, if you are successful in your application for this role you will be employed directly through the individual employer and not Independent Lives.