Social Support Assistant

Ref: DP6614a

Location: East Grinstead


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:

For 13 weeks Uni/College holidays per year (half terms etc) - one day a week for 8 hours or split over two days - to be agreed and discussed with the employer.

Hourly pay rate:

£10.42 per hour

I am a 22-year-old able bodied woman living with my mother. I have Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, Social Communication & Learning Difficulties, and an eye condition called Nystagmus. I would like someone to support me in becoming more independent and confident as this would greatly improve my quality of life.

I would also like to find someone to assist me to safely access my local community. My routine is extremely important to me, and I require someone that can commit to working with me in my home along with accompanying me whilst out. I would like someone that can use their own initiative in helping me to plan my day and suggest ideas on gaining new experiences which will benefit my life and wellbeing. I struggle with confidence so it may take a while for me to build a rapport with you. I would also like to be more confident with public transport so I can get out and about and take part in activities that I may find of interest. As well as share similar interests to me so we could enjoy them together: animals, TV programmes, music, exercise. I also attend a local college part time so for someone to support me with my learning and education is important to me. Assistance to improve my ability to interact with others and to allow me to have the freedom to participate in the things I enjoy. This would be a very rewarding role for the right person. Could you be that person?

Duties include:

  • Other relevant duties as required
  • Cooking
  • Transportation
  • Companionship

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
  • 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

  • Easy going tolerant personality with good knowledge of local area
  • Able to build up a good rapport and basis of trust with employer
  • Positive and patient attitude with excellent interpersonal skills

Additional requirements

Non-smoker due to medical reasons


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