Personal Assistant

Ref: NDS8119

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

Our amazing 12 year old son is a happy go lucky, outgoing and generally chilled boy, with the occasional ‘moments’ you get with a typical preteen!

We are looking for a calm, happy, proactive personal assistant to help him develop his independence and his own interests away from us. We would really like him to get so much more out of life.

The role will involve accessing social leisure activities such as walks, bowling and expanding his horizons through new activities and experiences. It will involve the use of your car to get to and from activities.

Our son has Autism so building trust and maintain routines will be required. He is also non-verbal but has never had an issue making his wants and needs known. He is learning to use sign language at school.

This role is about building our son’s confidence to be himself, if you think you can provide a positive experience for him we would love to meet you.

Duties include:

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

  • Plan and suggest activities/new experiences.
  • Getting know our son’s needs and responding appropriately 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 and/or non-verbal 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