Job reference: AS CG

Area: City of Edinburgh
Working pattern: Part-time
Closing date: November 6, 2020
Rate of pay: £10 per hour

Alex is a 16 year old male with Epilepsy and a mild to moderate learning disability. He is awaiting assessment for Autism Spectrum disorder.  Alex can occasionally have issues with encopresis (soiling) he can clean himself up but may need support (via verbal prompts) to be reminded to use the toilet before journeys and in the worst case scenario the support worker must be willing to support Alex to clean himself and change into clean clothes.  Appropriate PPE for this purpose would be provided.

Alex is in his final year of special education at secondary school and his personal assistant will be required to help him develop and put into practise some life skills to ease his transition to college and independent living. These will mainly be around meal planning and food preparation plus assisting Alex to gain confidence travelling independently on the public bus.   Alex has a concession plus 1 bus pass so the support worker bus fare would be covered when travelling with Alex.  The cost of the support worker having a meal & drink of their choice at McDonalds would be covered also.   Alex is a very friendly trusting individual whose passions include Pokémon, music, X-Box and Lego.

6 Hours per week.  Wednesday 5-7 pm (2 hours) and 2 slots on Fridays 12.30-2pm (1 hour 30 minutes) and 5pm-7.30pm (2 hours and 30 minutes) – 4 hours in total on Friday

Hourly rate: £10 per hour

Main duties

 Wednesday 5-7pm (EH16)

  • Supporting Alex to plan an evening meal.
  • Potentially accompanying Alex on a trip to the local Lidl to purchase ingredients for preparing a family meal. (5 mins walk from house)
  • Encouraging and assisting Alex to cook a basic meal for his family.
  • Helping Alex to develop skills in kitchen safety, food handling and cleaning his working area.
  • Time allowing playing Uno or board games with Alex.


2 support slots

12.30-2pm (EH14)

  • Meeting Alex at school support Alex to independently travel to either:

 Home (EH16) via public transport or to the 6VT Youth Café  (EH1) where he attends Epilepsy Youth Group which starts at 2pm (this will be advised by Wednesday which venue Alex is traveling to).

 5-7.30pm (EH1 – travelling to EH16)

  • Meeting Alex at 6VT Youth Cafe as he finishes Epilepsy Youth Group at 5pm (or to meet Alex at home
  • Helping Alex to plan the route to Cameron toll and use the appropriate public bus to Cameron Toll shopping centre.
  • Support Alex in ordering a meal and eating at Mcdonald’s (food expenses for PA covered by employer)
  • Encouraging Alex to effectively plan his time to walk from Mcdonald’s to Explorer Scouts on the other side of Cameron Toll Shopping Centre for his meeting starting at 7.30pm

The candidate should …

  • Be patient and calm as the Personal Assistant encourages Alex to take steps towards being independent and don’t do the tasks for him.
  • Be a non-smoker
  • Be friendly
  • Alex is looking for a support worker who will be consistent and become a trusted adult who he can relate to

Advantageous if candidate has experience working with teenagers who have learning disabilities, a first aid certificate/ food handling certificate.

Applicants will be required to join the PVG scheme if not already a member.

How to apply

To download an application pack please click AS CG Application Pack Oct 2020, or call our recruitment line on 0131 475 2558.

Closing date: Friday 06 November 2020

Please note Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living (LCIL) provides support to individual disabled employers.  LCIL is not the employer and only provides the recruitment and administrative support to the individual employer.

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