Support Worker/Personal Care Assistant

Ref: BRR7604

Location: Midhurst

Details

I am looking for personal care for a Child

Drivers licence required: Yes

Hours per week:

During school terms, approx. 5.00pm-7.30/8.00pm on 2 weekdays plus Saturday - 9.00am-12.00pm. During school holidays, 3-4 hours x 3 days a week.

Hourly pay rate:

£10.00 per hour

Support Worker/Personal Care Assistant required to work with 11 year old boy. He has spina bifida, hydrocephalus and scoliosis.
He is very chatty when he gets to know someone. He likes jokes and a bit of sarcasm. He enjoys nature, animals, computer games and taking photos. Horses are his favourite animal.

You will be required to build a relationship with him, help him develop confidence and independence outside of the home e.g. going shopping, asking for what he wants in cafes, asking for help with getting around when needed, conversation and socializing.

He also requires support with going to zoos, farms, walks, lunch out, youth clubs in Chichester/Bognor and equine therapy sessions.

Must be fit and healthy to undertake the required tasks. He uses a wheelchair full time so you would be required to push his wheelchair.  May need support to adjust in the wheelchair occasionally.

You should have a full driving licence, be willing to drive a motability vehicle and over 25 for vehicle insurance purposes.

Some assistance with personal care tasks e.g. catheter care, could be included later on for the right applicant. Full training could be given for this.

The successful applicant will be kind, caring, reliable, trustworthy and love animals.

Duties include:

  • Other relevant duties as required
  • Moving and handling
  • Clinical tasks
  • Companionship
  • Transportation

May require support with adjusting position in the wheelchair
Pushing wheelchair
Other personal care tasks could be included later on for the right applicant e.g. catheter care
Build a relationship with the child
Help him develop confidence and independence outside of the home including going shopping, asking for what he wants in cafes, asking for help with getting around when needed, conversation and socializing.
Support with accessing community activities e.g. going to zoos, farms, walks, lunch out, youth clubs in Chichester/Bognor and equine therapy sessions.
Drive him to/from activities in his motability vehicle

Candidate qualities:

  • 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
  • Able to speak and read English to a reasonable standard
  • Able to always work to high standards of health & safety

  • Have a full driving licence be and willing to drive a motability vehicle
  • Over 25 for vehicle insurance purposes
  • Have experience of working with children with disabilities
  • A good communicator and able to develop a relationship with the child
  • Able to support with building confidence and independence outside of the home
  • An animal lover
  • Patient and understanding
  • Honest and trustworthy

Additional requirements

Non-smoker due to medical reasons

Notes:

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