Support Workers/Personal Care Assistants

Ref: DP7949

Location: Henfield


I am looking for personal care for a Man

Drivers licence required: Yes

Own vehicle needed: Yes

Hours per week:

Wednesday and Friday between 8:30am – 4:30pm. Times can be discussed at interview.

Hourly pay rate:


Support workers required to work with 23-year-old man with learning disabilities.

He has Downs syndrome and verbal dyspraxia and lives with Mum and Dad on a farm near Henfield. He has completed a three- year residential course in Hospitality where they found him funny, caring and considerate. He can communicate verbally but uses some signing to support his language, mostly Makaton.  He can sometimes get frustrated if you speak too fast and/or use too many words.  He sometimes forgets things and needs to be given time to think and make decisions. He has a lack of danger awareness so needs to be kept safe and supervised at all times.

He has a wide range of interests including music, walking, swimming, cycling, making/watching videos, going to the golf-driving range, cinema, cooking, and animals e.g. dogs and horses. You would be required to support and prompt him with personal care tasks in the morning e.g. getting washed, getting dressed appropriately etc.

You would also be required to provide supervision, support and encouragement while he does his voluntary work each morning, has lunch and does other activities in the afternoon.

You must be friendly, patient, understanding and reliable. Having a sense of humour will be very helpful. Experience of working with people with learning disabilities would be helpful but not essential. You just need to be patient and willing to take your time.

You should be a driver with your own car. Mileage will be reimbursed at 45 pence per mile when taking the young man out.  This will be a rewarding role and an opportunity to make a real difference to a young man’s life.

Duties include:

  • Medication prompting/administering
  • Personal grooming
  • Eating and drinking assistance
  • Moving and handling
  • Other relevant duties as required
  • Administration
  • Housekeeping
  • Shopping
  • Cooking
  • Transportation
  • Companionship
  • Dressing / undressing
  • Bathroom assistance

  • Driving the young man to his voluntary work and social activities in your car.
  • Providing support and supervision while he is at work (i.e. in a hotel, at a farm)
  • Keeping him safe and supervised at all times when out and about.
  • Outside of his prearranged routine to engage in other social activities (e.g. going to the beach, cycling, swimming, driving range and so forth as agreed with the client and falling within the working day).

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

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

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