Job Title: Personal Assistant Hours: up to 10 hours per week Rate of pay: £9.18 per hour Location: at my home (LS16) and out in the community.
Purpose of job:
A personal assistant (PA) is required to support my daughter who has autism and OCD. Emily requires 1 to 1 support to access social activities outside of the family home. The aim of the PA support is to give Emily the opportunity to build up her social skills and develop her awareness of her surroundings. Emily needs support to ensure she is safe when outside the house as she has reduced sense of danger and road safety. One of our next aims is to develop her awareness and confidence in using public transport therefore the PA would need to help with route planning and reading timetables.
Support can be provided in either our own home or to do activities in the community. This support will give Emily an opportunity to develop her life skills, become more independent and engage in activities she enjoys independently of her parents. Emily loves going out with the PA to places like Costa, to drink a Summer Fruits Cooler, and to go shopping, especially for make-up. A large part of the role will be supporting Emily to get out and about in the community confidently and safely, even if it is just for a walk around the park!
Ideally, the PA will be able to suggest ideas for activities and tasks you could do together; this may be going planning to go to a shopping centre, finding the appropriate public transport and getting there and back safely. Also, the PA would encourage and support Emily to prepare meals at home as an end-to-end process, i.e. finding a recipe, going to the shop to purchase ingredients, preparing, cooking and serving the meal.
You will be reimbursed for any additional expenses but these will need to be agreed prior to engaging in activities.
Your role is also subject to any other reasonable requests that Emily or I might make.
Hours of work:
There will be some flexibility in the hours of work per week. There are up to 10 hours available; this could be split into short shifts or taken in blocks. Any scheduling will be discussed with you directly by the employer having consideration for the activity that is arranged. The shifts could be scheduled as follows –
Weekdays - 3:30pm – 7:30pm Weekend – 10am – 3pm
'The support hours will be reviewed in January and may be subject to change. If additional hours are available then the employer will discuss this with you closer to the time.
Essential Skills and Requirements: - Be flexible with shift scheduling; - Be confident on public transport; - Show initiative and flexibility; - Be sensitive to her needs and feelings; - Attend work punctually and consistently; - Maintain confidentiality at all times; - To be able to work unsupervised; - Good communication and listening skills; - To be able to take decisions and make sound judgements; - Have experience in working with young people.
Desirable Skills and Requirements: - Have access to a car; - Have experience with autism.
Other: - The successful candidate will be subject to an Enhanced DBS Check.