Our 14 year old female client is looking for a friendly, motivated and personable buddy / support worker to assist her with her homework and offer some extra tuition, particularly in subjects that she finds challenging such as English and Maths. 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.
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.
The support will initially focus on assisting our client with her homework, and offering some extra tuition in certain subjects where required. The support role will then be potentially developed and increased during the school holidays, and will consist of working with the client to carry out activities set by her treating team including a physiotherapist. Activities may include accompanying her to the swimming pool, cinema or improving her independence and access to the local community.
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.
If you have experience of working with and helping young adolescent people with additional educational needs, mild to moderate physical disabilities and also 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 a trainee or graduate in a social or healthcare profession, as regular supervision sessions and training will be carried out by a Case Manager. The successful applicant would be subject to a DBS check, all expenses incurred as part of the role would be covered.