Personal Buddy/ Support Worker

Ref: DP5504

Location: Horsham


I am looking for personal care for a Man

Drivers licence required: No

Hours per week:

After school 1 day a week 3pm – 6.30pm (to be mutually agreed) and more in the school holidays

Hourly pay rate:

£12.50 per hour plus 45p per mile

We require a personal Buddy/support worker for our 17-year-old who is funny, caring and a lover of Transformers, anime cartoons, Power Rangers, and retro 80's/90's films. He also enjoys swimming, gaming (Like the ones in Big Bang theory), laser quest, bowling and going shopping especially for films and playdough (he can make fantastic monsters with it from the programmes he likes). He also likes music.

We would like someone who can support him in his local and greater community to go to the gym and try to new things.

3.5 hours per week, more hours available in the school holidays

He has ASD, learning disabilities and Global development delay. He doesn't need personal care but needs prompting when changing from swimming and to look safely when crossing the road as he can be very chatty and distracted.

UK driving licence and access to own vehicle desirable but not essential

Duties include:

  • Other relevant duties as required
  • Shopping
  • Dressing / undressing

  • Prompting to get dressed after swimming/ activities
  • Accompanying and assisting my son on shopping trips when required
  • Accompanying him on Social and Leisure activities
  • Activities could include gym, trampolining, or swimming depending on what my son wants to do that day
  • We would like him to be encouraged to try new things

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
  • Able to always work to high standards of health & safety

  • Must enjoy swimming


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