Location: Loughton, Essex
Nearest Tube or Train Station: Loughton Tube, Central Line.
Wage / Salary: £11.00-13.00 per hour
Driver required: N/A
Use of a car: N/A
Essential Experience: Working with children or young adults with mild-to-moderate physical disabilities and additional educational / learning needs.
Start Date: ASAP
Days and Hours: During Term-time - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays: 4.30pm to 18.00pm* with some flexibility for the right candidate. School Holidays - extra hours available, to be confirmed, but on a flexible basis.
Our 14-year-old female client is looking for a friendly, motivated and personable buddy / support worker to assist her. She has mild-to-moderate Diplegic Cerebral Palsy, and as a result, she has some physical and additional learning and educational needs. Our client is ambulant and is able to manage stairs independently, however, fatigues quickly and gets painful legs when walking longer distances outdoors. She lives at home with her supportive family.
The support will initially focus on assisting our client with building her independence, so an essential part will be accompanying her on activities. These may include visits to the swimming pool, cinema or more generally improving her independence and supporting her in access to the local community. The role has scope for development with increased hours during the school holiday, where suitable. It will also involve working with the client to carry out activities set by her treating team including a physiotherapist.
The buddy / support worker needs to be able to take direction and guidance from the team and provide feedback from the sessions to monitor our client’s progress.
Initial sessions may be only 1.5 to 2 hours, two to three times a week during term-time, but this will be discussed with suitable candidates and support could increase to more than 10 hours per week during school holidays.
If you have experience of working with and helping young adolescent people with additional educational needs, as well as those with mild to moderate physical disabilities and also can help in improving their independence both at home and within the community, then you would be ideal to assist our client to achieve her goals.
This position could be suitable for those who aspire to train or graduate in a social or healthcare profession or other similar field as regular supervision sessions will be carried out by a Case Manager and full training will be provided. The successful applicant would be subject to a DBS check, all expenses incurred as part of the role would be covered.
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- Cerebral Palsy
- social care
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