Personal Assistant

Ref: NDS7996

Location: Horsham


I am looking for personal care for a Child

Drivers licence required: Yes

Own vehicle needed: Yes

Hours per week:

4 hours per week, weekends during term time, flexible hours during school holidays

Hourly pay rate:


My son is a cheeky, sometimes energetic 7-year-old boy who loves Minecraft, collecting semi-precious stones and gems, digging, trampolining and drawing.

I am looking for a fun yet calm personal assistant to help him access a range of activities and experiences, such as swimming and social groups. Sometimes the support will enable me to have respite, at other times it will involve you being his 1:1 person when we access activities as a family.

My son has Autism and likes routine and sees things in black and white. He also has global developmental delay and struggles to communicate clearly, which can make him frustrated. You will need to show patience, kindness and get to know what makes him tick to manage his needs well.

Duties include:

  • Eating and drinking assistance
  • Moving and handling
  • Other relevant duties as required
  • Transportation
  • Companionship
  • Dressing / undressing
  • Bathroom assistance

  • Going on trips out with my son to access social and leisure activities
  • Accompanying us on trips out with the family, acting as a 1:1 for my son to access social and leisure activities.
  • Support with finding activities and things to do locally

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

  • Experience of Autism is preferrable.

Additional requirements

Non-smoker preferred or someone willing to refrain from smoking during working hours


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

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