RP-ATJ1-26AUG19 - Personal Assistant / Support Worker for young man with learning difficulties, SW2

RP-ATJ1-26AUG19 - Personal Assistant / Support Worker for young man with learning difficulties, SW2

Job reference: RP-ATJ1-26AUG19
Closing date: 26 August, 2019

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Are you interested in work which directly supports a person with learning difficulties to live a fulfilling life as a valued and contributing member of mainstream society?
Do you enjoy some of the following: an active social life, gaming, the latest tech/gadgets, live music, visual arts, films, cooking, eating-out, travel, rambling, camping, looking after our environment, overseas travel, gym, cycling, swimming and/or have other hobbies/interests and are also a confident user of the internet and social media?
If your answer is yes and you like what you have read so far, this may be the job for you.
Busy, young, mixed heritage man with learning difficulties is looking for an enthusiastic PA/Support Worker. The successful applicant will ideally be familiar with the experience and activities of a young black man, also be an excellent communicator who wants to make more of the job than just to be paid to provide support.
In this job you will gain a unique perspective on learning difficulties, disability and enabling inclusion.
With others in our small and talented team, you will also have numerous, stimulating, varied and interesting opportunities.
In order to support your work you will learn a wide range of skills and imaginative and creative techniques, including ‘Makaton’ signing, facilitated communication and person-centred organisational and planning tools.

You will be provided with appropriate training, however please consider if you are able to provide support and assistance with the following:
- Mobility needs: assistance on journeys including all forms of public and private transport, including travel abroad.
- Communication needs: mostly use of non-verbal communication, ‘Makaton’ signing, pictorial symbols and use of a facilitated communication aid (training provided).
- Personal/Self-care needs: some basic assistance with personal hygiene and dressing.
- Diet: Support with food selection and preparation.
- Work/Employment/Social/Leisure needs: support to participate in activities of personal interest and discovering new activities e.g. of shared interest within and outside London, within UK or abroad.
- Learning needs: some support in learning settings e.g. college (not necessarily to learning assistant level).
- Other: working alongside parent and others in team, carry out reasonable household duties related to the individual needs of the person you will be supporting.

This job is best suited to someone who is enthusiastic, energetic, creative and imaginative and is also open-minded and friendly with a positive/light hearted sense of humour. It would also be a great advantage if you can demonstrate the following:
• Some knowledge of equal opportunities and inclusion.
• Knowledge of some or all of the following: - the internet, social media, gaming, gadgets, music, visual arts, films, cooking, travel, rambling, camping, ecological/environmental/conservation issues, gym, cycling, and swimming.
• Behaviour which is honest, reliable and responsible and also be able to keep brief records and be self-reflective.
• Very good social skills.
• Confidence and ability to be assertive but also patient and flexible.
• Ability to be empathetic and sensitive to the individual/personal needs of someone who has significant learning difficulties also ready and able to acknowledge their strengths.
• Ability to learn how to communicate non-verbally and willingness to learn how to enable and facilitate inclusion and participation.
• Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, use initiative and make positive and appropriate decisions in difficult and potentially challenging situations.
• Respect for the privacy of the family and ability to keep all information about family and friends confidential.
• Whilst working adopt behaviour that acknowledges and respects the family’s values


• PAY: £10.55ph – £14ph
• During 12 week induction period pay is£10.55ph. (Higher starting and subsequent hourly rate may be negotiated depending on proven knowledge and abilities).
• Pay increases to £11ph after successfully completing first 12 weeks. Subsequent increases happen as part of ongoing appraisals process.
• Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks will be carried out.
• Preferably you will live in Lambeth or surrounding boroughs or can easily travel to Brixton hill.
• Permanent employment for up to 40 hours 5 days a week.
• Hours are flexible so can also be 10-20 hours a week over 2 or more days.
• Pay includes paid annual leave.
• External supervision, training and all overnights are paid at the national minimum hourly rate
• Specific and ongoing training, guidance and external supervision is provided, with particular focus on any needs you may have in making inclusion happen and developing relationships with individual who is being assisted, his family, community and other contacts.
• Following reference checks, successful applicant will be able to begin a trial period immediately
Deadline for completed applications: currently open
Short listing date: currently open Interviewing date: currently open