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JOB DESCRIPTION

Personal Assistant

 A LITTLE ABOUT MYSELF

I live in Barry I am a 23 year old pleasant, petite lady in need of a high level of support. I have severe learning difficulties, communication and mobility difficulties alongside epilepsy and autism.  I need support with all activities, with communicating and with personal care at home and when out and about.  I enjoy many, varied activities and would like to expand my experiences and have opportunities to try new activities and visit new places. 

My interests include visiting St Fagan’s, Dyffryn Gardens, farms and other similar places.  I enjoy music, dancing, cycling (side by side bike), trampolining/rebound, swimming, shopping, using public transport, eating out, cinema, theatre, museums and a bit of pampering. I enjoy short evening walks at the seaside and in parks, in all weathers. I am currently at college and have a work placement which I hope will continue, with support, when I leave college. Being around other people, especially peers, is important to me.

I communicate in various ways but mainly using PECS, TEACCH, schedules and a high tech communication aid.  I need support to communicate.

I am able to walk but use a wheelchair and need support and encouragement to walk.

PURPOSE OF THE JOB

I need a high level of support to go out and at home to keep me safe, to encourage and help me to engage in activities, to communicate, to provide my personal care, to help me with eating and to help me gain new independence skills.  For some activities I need one person to support me but for some activities I need two people to support me.  I need someone to drive my car, push my wheelchair and support me to walk. I need someone to help plan, prepare and maintain my communication systems and resources.

HOURS OF WORK

4 hours per week on Fridays (2:1) and 1 or 2 Saturdays per 4 week period (2:1). All hours to be worked are subject to discussion, but a degree of flexibility, whilst not essential, would be helpful.

PLEASE NOTE ON APPLICATION FORM DAYS, TIMES AND NUMBER OF HOURS AVAILABLE FOR WORK.

 RATES OF PAY

 Initially, £9.20 per hour with payment of receipted expenses when agreed in advance. 

 TASKS CAN INCLUDE

  • Driving my car and carefully planning routes
  • Personal care – toileting, washing, dressing
  • Help at mealtimes – some preparation of meals, help with eating and clearing away
  • Giving oral medication (training will be given)
  • Supporting me to and through activities
  • Supporting me in the community
  • Supporting me at home
  • Keeping me safe at all times in all situations
  • Pushing me in my wheelchair
  • Encouraging/supporting me to walk
  • Supporting and encouraging development of independence skills
  • Supporting me to communicate
  • Planning, preparing and some maintenance of communication systems
  • Planning activities
  • Supporting me through and post seizures

THIS LIST IS NOT COMPLETE.  OTHER TASKS MAY BE NECESSARY, IN RELATION TO MY SUPPORT, FROM TIME TO TIME

TYPE OF PERSON REQUIRED

  • Someone who is punctual, dependable, reliable, trustworthy and flexible
  • A cheerful person with a positive and bright outlook
  • A creative thinker
  • Someone who is energetic and physically fit
  • Someone who is keen to learn new skills to support me and who is receptive to information around this
  • A driver with a clean driving licence
  • Someone who would interact with me and enjoy participating in my activities with me
  • Someone with a knowledge, understanding and experience of autism (preferred but not essential)
  • Someone with a knowledge of and experience in the use of PECS and TEACCH (not essential as training will be provided) and with an understanding of communication difficulties
  • Someone who is willing to attend training sessions beneficial to the post
  • Someone with a knowledge of epilepsy (preferred but not essential as training will be provided)

ABOUT THE JOB

This is a job requiring a National Insurance number to be submitted.     A 6 month trial period will be necessary in the first instance. The salary will be paid on a four weekly basis and appropriate holiday pay given.

The post is subject to satisfactory references and a DBS (Police) Check.