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DATE ADDED: Thu 19/03/2020

Buddy/ Adventurous Personal Assistant(S)

Littlehampton, UK


JOB TYPE: Permanent, FullTime


Job Title: Buddy/Adventurous Personal Assistant(s) Location: Climping, Littlehampton, West Sussex Hourly rate: £ per hour Reference: DP5592 Hours/shifts: I am looking for a team of PA’s to cover between 4 – 28 hours each week.
flexibility with days and hours available.
There will be some morning starts, weekend working with very occasional ; Summary
• This is an unusual and rewarding opportunity to work with a fun loving and energetic 25-year old with Autism (ASD).

• We are looking for calm, caring, self-motivated, adventurous, active, confident and independent Personal Assistants, with good problem solving skills and a sense of humour.

• Support is needed to help promote our daughters’ independence, enabling her to live an active and fulfilling ;
• Our daughter has moderate/severe Autism, sensory processing disorder, learning difficulties, limited communication and profound anxiety, all of this means that she experiences the world differently which makes life challenging.
Be curious not judgmental!
• Support is needed both out in the community and in the home environment supporting and encouraging her with activities she loves such as; climbing, cycling, walking , surfing, photography, drawing, chess/games or chilling.

• Essential to this role is the ability to connect and interact with our daughter in her world.
Experience with signing or visual communication may be ;
• The job does not necessarily require ASD experience, just acceptance, patience, and the willingness to take each day as it comes.
No two days are the same.

• You must hold a valid UK driving license and be happy to drive our daughter in her mobility car.
Other Requirements
• Comfortable with dogs.

• Hold a UK driving ;
• Have basic first aid knowledge.

• Willing to work weekends and occasional evenings 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 Community living Tasks: Assist and support the me with skills in daily life which will vary and develop Provide me with company and stimulation; to have fun and to develop my social skills and confidence Accompany me in the community and fully support me in the activities I enjoy.
I particularly like climbing / bouldering and mountain biking but if you are happy to walk and are proficient in other adventure sports I enjoy these too.
Liaise with me and my parents when planning activities and support me to make decisions Support me in my home with games, crafts, chilling and preparing drinks and occasional meals Driving me in my mobility car Support me with communication and social interaction Listen to my concerns and be an advocate for my needs manage money on outings; you must keep receipts to give to the employer Experience with signing or using visual communication maybe helpful.
Any other task that is reasonable Domestic: Prepare meals and drinks and to eat lunch with me (as this is a prompt that helps me to eat and drink) Any other reasonable task Personal Care: Help to maintain my safety within the community Remind me to take food and drink with me when we are going out and prompt me to eat and drink Support me to check that I have appropriate clothing for the weather conditions, prompt and assist me to add or remove layers as necessary Support me to manage anxiety and frustration; particularly necessary in busy unfamiliar settings Prompting me to go to the toilet Any other task that is reasonable Person specification Be open minded, accepting and willing to learn when working with the young disabled person Be honest and cheerful and work in a professional manner with high standards Be reliable with excellent timekeeping Be an Adventure Sport enthusiast and love the outdoors whatever the weather Like dogs Be able to respect privacy and confidentiality Be able to both follow instructions and work on own initiative Be able to support and develop independent living skills but be sensitive to how the young person is feeling on a day to day basis.
Be a driver with a clean UK driving licence.
Be legally allowed to work in the UK 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