Job reference: SD IMC WL

Area: West Lothian
Working pattern: Part-time
Closing date: Open
Rate of pay: £10.50

Job Description

We are looking for PAs to support each of our young adults / children with day-to-day functional tasks and to promote and develop their independence in daily living skills.

You will be required to follow support plans and guidance from parents to encourage and assist each young person with essential tasks as well as following the direction of the young persons to support them in activities of their interest(s) to develop core skills.

Encouragement and prompting to follow their daily routines and maintain structure to their days is essential.

The young people are aged 19, 18, 15, and 12.

The activities will entail a mixture of community based as well as home-based tasks to develop their social and communication skills, their mental health and wellbeing as well as encourage independent living skills as age/stage appropriate for each.

Skills & Requirements

Previous experience working with individuals with

  • Autism
  • ADHD / ADD
  • Processing difficulties and Sensory Differences
  • Mental Health Difficulties esp. – Social Anxiety / Generalised Anxiety and Tics Disorders
  • Selective Mutism and communication difficulties
  • Awareness of the physical limitations of Painful hypermobility
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Epilepsy and other medical / health conditions
  • Basic First Aid is beneficial

Previous experience as a PA is desirable.

Any experience in mindfulness and relaxation techniques will be beneficiary to the young people.

Other Attributes

  • Friendly, kind and calm demeanour – to aid emotional and behaviour regulation
  • Patient and a good listener
  • Comfortable taking the young persons out into the community
  • Comfortable assisting the young person in their own home with selected tasks
  • Good organisation and planning skills
  • Flexible and adaptable to the environment and situation
  • Good Time Management
  • Willing to take Direction from Employer
  • Experience using Board Maker, Visual Strategies and similar

A full driving licence is beneficial for accessing community services with the young person.  However, is not essential.

Main roles

  • Encouraging and motivating young person to engage in daily routine
  • Encouraging and motivating young person to engage in productive activities to boost self-esteem / confidence
  • Support to access community and community services – including use of public transport.
  • Support to engage in social and recreational activities – as possible examples these may include cinema, eating out, coffee shops or the gym as well as support during clubs.
  • Support with daily living tasks at home – for example meal preparation
  • Support with planning and organising of their day / activities in the week ahead
  • Emotional Support and reassurance
  • Liaison with main care givers (parents) regarding progress
  • May also be required at times to feedback/ liaise with external agencies on behalf of the young person’s support needs

Hours and Availability

  • Parent Support – 7 hours per week 52 weeks of the year plus overnight respite
  • Young Person 1 (19) :- 5 Hours per week (Across 2 days – Tuesdays, Thursdays and / or Fridays – as young person attends another day service Mondays and Wednesdays) – Provision 52 week of year
  • Young person 2 (18) :– 3 hours per week school term time– 40 weeks of year; 6 hours during school breaks – 12 weeks per year
  • Young Person 3 (15):– 3 hours per week school term time– 40 weeks of year; 6 hours during school breaks – 12 weeks per year
  • Young Person 4 (12):– 3 hours per week school term time– 40 weeks of year; 6 hours during school breaks – 12 weeks per year

 

Accumulative total hours per week are-

Term Time (40 weeks per year ) = 21 hours

School Holidays (12 weeks per year) = 30 hours

Plus additional overnight respites

These hours can be shared between more than one / multiple PA (s) as appropriate as each recipient of care has been assessed independently.

 

General

This post will offer the successful candidate a lot of variation in their daily roles.  The young people have several different interests and talents between them and you will expected to engage with them though their interests, which include –

  • Art and Design – Sketching, Anime, Painting, Fashion Design and Sewing, other crafts
  • Anime and Sci-fi movies
  • Reading and Writing
  • Gardening and botany
  • Animals and Animal Welfare
  • Video Gaming
  • Music
  • Sports/ Gym
  • Cinema
  • Cooking / Baking

Each week may offer a different variety of activities and roles to work towards reaching their desired outcomes across a range of skills and abilities. However, a weekly planner/ schedule is used and tends to remain consistent week on week when possible.

Incentives

  • Pay £10.50 per hour (council standard rate). Over nights fixed rate £94.50.
  • 6 weeks Paid Annual Leave (pro rata)
  • Employer uses LCiL for support with PAYE and Contracts / Legal requirements
  • Pension Contribution where applicable
  • PVG checks expensed by employer
  • Insurance paid by employer

Other Information

The home has a number of pets and so someone who enjoys animals and has no allergies would be desireable.


How to apply

Interested?

If this post (s) is of interest to you, or you have any enquiries please contact

Sylvia Davidson   – 07447915176

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