JOB TITLE Personal Assistant
HOURS 5.5 hours per week flexible to be arranged between us.
Rate of Pay £10.00
Probation period 6 months
LOCATION Our own home and in the wider community
PURPOSE OF JOB
We are looking for a personal assistant (PA) to support our energetic 7-year-old son to access activities in the community and at home when required. Activities that he enjoys include trampolining, going to the park, and going to playgroup if the opportunity presents itself. Some occasional personal care may be required.
Our son is autistic and displays challenging behaviour. Therefore, experience of working with children with autism is essential. You must be mindful of the fact that he has very little awareness of danger when out and about; and it is important to have both eyes on him at all times and hold his hand particularly when crossing the road. You must also have an ability to deal with difficult situations caused by his behaviour when they arise. Patience, understanding and trustworthiness are very important.
Our son likes to communicate using Makaton so experience with this is desirable. He loves music so this position may be particularly attractive to someone with an interest in the piano or music more generally.
You will be required to work unsupervised once you are settled in the role and are encouraged to use your initiative to suggest activities for our son when and where appropriate.
Hours will be worked on the weekend during term time plus weekdays during school holidays
My PA will be directed by and accountable to me in all aspects of their work. He/She must always ask what I require and not make assumptions about any aspect of the assistance I need or how it should be carried out. He/She should not carry out tasks unless we have first discussed it.
- Experience of working with autistic people
- Non smoker
- Excellent time management, communication and listening skills
- Willingness to work flexibly
- Own car and UK driving licence
- Ability to use Makaton
- Interest in the piano or music more generally
My PA will be required to do the following tasks and may be asked to carry out other tasks of a similar nature:
- Support our son to access the activities he enjoys both in the community and at home
- Ensure he is safe and secure at all times
- Encourage him to try new activities as and when appropriate
Any other request that I may reasonably make