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Personal Assistant

Location: Houghton le Spring, North East Rate of Pay: £8.10 per hour

Hours per Week: 4

Job Reference: SUN1441233MB1 Expires: 18th June 2018

About the Employer

I am the employer and mother of a 19 year old man on the autistic spectrum. We reside in Houghton le Spring.

We have 3 pet dogs and my son has a Turtle who he cares for himself.

My son is a very capable young man who has completed an academic course in engineering at college and has passed his driving test, owns and has use of his own car. He enjoys IT, has built and uses home computers with confidence.

My son does not require 1-1 supervision however lacks confidence in social situations. He requires a great deal of reassurance and support when shopping or engaging directly with his peers or people in public.

He finds it difficult and will often avoid any situations whereby he is required to ask for things himself, or purchase items when in the community.

My son would like a support worker to be able to support and encourage him on activities within the community.


Summary of Duties

I am looking for PA who will:

• accompany my son on his choice of activity in the community

• have some understanding and knowledge of autism

• support my son to identify and access computer/ IT courses or such like depending on availability and times

• befriend and accompany my son on activities but to also support and promote his confidence and self-esteem in social situations

My son would utilize his own car to and from activities with the PA.


The Person They Are Looking For

I am searching for a personal assistant who is patient, calm and understanding of the challenges which can arise for someone with autism.

You will need to demonstrate qualities such as commitment, reliability and good communication skills.

You should have knowledge or experience of supporting individuals with life skills and promoting independence.

You should be enthusiastic and have an ability to promote and assist individuals in developing and maintaining peer relationships in a social environment. 

‘Due to the nature of the work for which you are applying, this post is subject to a satisfactory DBS disclosure (costs will be covered)’


The Times Required

The days and times can be provided flexibly

Requirement would be 2 x 2 hour sessions per week

To be discussed and agreed between the employer and personal assistant on a week to week basis


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