Social Support Assistant

Ref: DP5171

Location: Horsham


I am looking for personal care for a Woman

The candidate should be a woman*

Drivers licence required: Yes

Own vehicle needed: Yes

Hours per week:

1 day each weekend (6-8 hrs)

Hourly pay rate:


We are looking for a Social Support Assistant to provide respite care for our 16-year-old daughter. We require someone for a regular one day a week at weekends (ideally Saturday). The ability to provide occasional overnight respite would be a bonus but not essential.

Our daughter is a friendly, sociable girl with a learning disability and global delay. She needs assistance with communication, safe movement, and personal care. She enjoys going out and about, but will be equally happy doing activities at your home.

Duties include:

  • Personal grooming
  • Eating and drinking assistance
  • Transportation
  • Companionship
  • Dressing / undressing
  • Bathroom assistance

  • To support our daughter in accessing activities at your home or in the wider community, and allow her to try new activities and gain new experiences.
  • To transport our daughter to and from such activities as required.
  • To support our daughter in her mobility, and safety on stairs or uneven surfaces.
  • To assist our daughter with her communication needs, including supporting her use of Makaton, learning to understand her own particular forms of communication, and encouraging choice and decision-making.
  • To help our daughter with feeding when appropriate, and encourage independent feeding where possible.
  • To manage our daughter's personal care needs, toileting and changing as appropriate, including following any toilet training schedule that may be in place.
  • To ensure our daughter's health and safety at all times.

Candidate qualities:

  • Reliable with good timekeeping
  • 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

  • Enthusiastic and encouraging, able to engage our daughter in activities.
  • Knowledge of Makaton is an advantage.

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