Personal Assistant

Ref: NDS8210

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 (Outside of school hours)

Hourly pay rate:

£11.44 per hour with 45p per mile mileage

Are you someone looking for an active and fun role?

Our outgoing 8-year-old son has lots of energy to burn! He is very inquisitive and loves to ask why a lot!

This role will involve helping our son access social and leisure activities such as going for short walks, bowling, swimming, soft play and also encouraging him to participate in new activities and experiences. We would really like him to develop his own interests and give him the chance to feel like he is making his own choices. You will need to be able to use your own car to drive to and from places/activities.

Our son has Autism and will need someone calm and patient to understand his needs. He displays some repetitive behaviours and can be hypersensitive to situations. He also has a sensory processing disorder and can be sensitive to loud or sudden noises.  His low muscle tone can make longer walks tricky and he will always say if he has had enough.

If you have the skills and experience to take on our bundle of energy, please apply, we would really like to meet you.

Duties include:

  • Other relevant duties as required
  • Transportation
  • Companionship
  • Dressing / undressing

  • Plan and suggest activities/new experiences.
  • Getting to know our son's needs and responding appropriatley to these

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 (including life experience) with Autistic children and/or sensory processing disorder in children is preferred

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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