Personal Assistant

Ref: DP6633

Location: Haywards Heath


I am looking for personal care for a Child

Drivers licence required: Yes

Own vehicle needed: Yes

Hours per week:

Apx 3-10 hours per week, to be discussed and agreed. Term time hours: 3-4 hours per week on an after-school; 6 -7 hours every fortnight on a Sat or Sun; School holidays hours: 7 hours per week, on one day.

Hourly pay rate:


I'm looking for 2 PAs, who will be working together as a 2:1 for my 10 y/o son to have day trips out and about (eg. swimming, the beach, soft play, bowling, library, cafés, places with outdoor spaces - Amberley Museum, Bluebell Railway, Wakehurst, Fishers Farm etc), go for long walks in the countryside (which he loves the most) and also indulge him in his many interests at home and in the local area (eg. cutting brambles, sweeping leaves, cooking and baking, animal care, litter picking and bin lorries!).

Both PAs must have professional or lived experience in working / supporting children with complex needs and anxiety. Both PAs will need to supply an Enhanced DBS and professional references. Both PAs will need to be physically fit and like being in the outdoors. PAs need to have had some experience, or just have a willingness to learn, in using Visual Stories and Makaton signing.

My son has a rare chromosome disorder called Phelan-McDermid Syndrome and Autism. He has a learning disability, communication disorder, anxiety and sensory processing issues. Due to his anxiety when he becomes overwhelmed or feels unsafe he can display distressed behaviours, this is why he has funding for 2 PAs to work alongside each other with him. He very rarely experiences these behaviours at home and when out and about with family or other trusted adults.

My son requires help with personal care. He is physically able and has no medical requirements.

With understanding, kindness, patience and appropriate 1:1 support he is a complete joy to spend time with - he is very engaging, communicative, friendly and enthusiastic and receives great pleasure and reward when participating in everyday jobs, activities and adventures.

- Term time hours:
3-4 hours per week, preferably Mon, Tues or Thurs after-school but can be flexible
6-7 hours every fortnight, Sat or Sun

- School holidays hours:
7 hours per week, on a weekday

Days and times can be agreed mutually.

If you have relevant experience and are interested please get in touch.

Duties include:

  • Eating and drinking assistance
  • Other relevant duties as required
  • Dressing / undressing
  • Bathroom assistance

Candidate qualities:

  • Respectful of the employer's privacy and confidentiality
  • Reliable with good timekeeping
  • Able to both follow instructions and work on own initiative
  • Hygienic, tidy and well organised
  • Fit and healthy to undertake the required duties
  • Patient and possess excellent interpersonal skills
  • Honest and cheerful
  • Creative
  • Able to speak and read English to a reasonable standard
  • Must be comfortable with pets
  • Able to always work to high standards of health & safety

  • has good experience in supporting, and connecting, with children with learning disabilities, communication differences and high anxiety
  • can maintain a patient, calm, kind and cheerful nature
  • is empathetic to him, enthusiastic and adaptable
  • is physically fit and enjoys being in the outdoors
  • has a clean driving licence and own transport

Additional requirements

Non-smoker due to medical reasons


All applicants must have the right to work in the UK and be willing to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check if required.

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. Successful applicants will be entitled to Holiday pay and will be issued employment contracts.

*Exemption for gender is claimed under the Equality Act 2010 Part 1 Schedule 9