Care and Support Assistant – JY

Job description

Fun and active personal assistant needed in Hereford to support a teenage girl with autism, visual impairment, and other additional needs. Support needed with arts and crafts, drawing, swimming, and going out and about.

I am quite quiet until I get to know you so you will need to be patient and cheerful as we build a rapport. As well as the fun things, you will be supporting me and ensuring my personal safety both when we are inside and outside the home and setting boundaries plus encouraging my development and improving my life skills.

Minimum of 6 hours per week during term time and some flexibility in school holidays paid at £11 per hour.

Personal Assistant to Disabled Employer


Salary £11 per hour.

Location Hereford

Hours 6 hours per week plus holiday cover


About Me

I am 14 years old and live with my family just outside on Hereford. I have multiple support needs for my Autism, ADHD, VI, sensory processing delay, Pathological Demand Avoidance, insomnia, and Learning Disability. I am able to communicate verbally and can be anxious at times.

Despite my additional needs I like arts and craft, drawing, horse riding, playing online games, bike riding in Queens wood and swimming.

I am equally happy being home or out and about.

Job details

Personal care.

  • You would be helping me with some aspects of personal care and hygiene .


  • You will be supporting me with the activities listed above
  • In addition, you will be helping promote my independence and teaching me some life skills like the value of money
  • I have no danger awareness so you will need to make sure I am safe at all times

About You

Previous experience of similar work is essential.

You must be able to understand the importance of confidentiality, be patient, calm, be a good communicator with someone who has complex needs and have a good sense of humour.

Be able to set boundaries and encourage my development.

You will need to be a car driver/owner.

About Direct Payments

Direct payments are available from Local Authorities for people who have a care and support plan in place following a social care assessment. An amount of money is allocated to purchase the assistance and care needed to live independently.

I should stress that my Mum will be your employer and have full responsibility for recruitment, contracts, supervision, pay, training etc. A support service assists her in meeting her responsibilities as an employer.

Salary: This is a flat rate of pay that takes account of unsociable hours and weekend working.

Hours: These are the minimally contracted hours. If I require additional support at other times I will try to give as much notice as possible, an ability to be flexible would be an advantage.

Completed application forms and CV’s can be emailed to  Please indicate which vacancy you wish to apply for.

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Services For Independent Living Seeks New People

Services for Independent Living (SIL) is a multi-award winning Herefordshire based charity which supports disabled and elderly people to gain and maintain independence and live the lives they want in their own homes and communities. SIL works across Herefordshire supporting approximately 300 people and employing around 130 staff.

We are currently looking for additional trustees to join our Board. Trustees of charities work with the managers to develop future plans and steer the organisation. It’s a rewarding and enjoyable role that can make a real difference to the lives of the people we support.

We are looking for people with good interpersonal and team working skills. In particular, we are seeking people with lived experience of disability and/or financial or financial accounting knowledge. At least half the members of our Board have experience of disability. You do not need to have been a trustee before as support is available when you start from existing experienced trustees. SIL is a welcoming and accessible organisation that is looking for people from all sectors of the community, who can bring diverse experience to the Board. The Board meets each month.

Angela Higham, Chair, said ‘SIL is a wonderful organisation to be part of, its success is largely due to the joint working between our Trustees and the highly effective Senior Management Team. We are looking for people that can join us as we look forward to an exciting period of growth and development’

If you are interested in joining SIL as a trustee, contact Euan McPherson, Chief Executive on or 01568 616653 for an application pack.


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Financial Security

So, why do we think SIL is the #EmployerOfChoice?

We want to professionalise care work by offering financial security along with a career path

As well as offering a great salary, one of the best locally and ahead of national increases, what we offer goes beyond that. Financial security isn’t just about your salary or hourly rate, it is about being able to afford to have time off when you need it and that is why we have introduced new enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption policies and enhanced sick pay. This reflects the policies of other more corporate professions and until now has rarely been offered in the care sector due to the lack of funding.

We listened to our colleagues when they worried about taking time off, and when they rushed back to work when still not fully fit. We listened to those that pointed out that care work is undervalued. SIL values its staff. SIL is a financially sound business and as a not-for-profit organisation we reinvest profits to improve services and conditions for both our service users and colleagues.

Employer of Choice

Here at SIL we have a passion for care and improving the quality of life for elderly and disabled people; and to do that we need great people!  

You will be aware that there is a great deal of discussion about social care recruitment, retention and pay rates in the national media at the moment, and we have taken the decision to try and do something about it.

We recognise that our greatest resource is our employees.

There are national and local initiatives to help encourage people to work in the sector being announced by the government but at SIL we’ve already started and our aim is to continue as an employer of choice in this sector locally. 

We have worked hard to improve the working environment for staff. This has included offering paid sick leave, enhanced maternity pay and free staff training opportunities well above the requirements of the Care Certificate. In line with this ongoing investment in our staff, the decision to significantly increase salaries was the next logical step.  This step has been taken to acknowledge the hard work of staff across the organisation and to help us increase recruitment so that we can grow further and provide care for more people who need it.

With the 10% increase, SIL becomes one of the market leaders for pay in Herefordshire’s social care sector and hopes that by increasing salaries well above the forthcoming increases in April to the national living wage, that we will attract new people into a rewarding and interesting career.  

Employees can expect not only a good hourly rate, but receive first class training and perks, while working in an organisation that values its staff and provides excellent terms and conditions.  We want to be an employer of choice to demonstrate we value the people who we employe and what they do. 

We will continue to ensure SIL is an employer of choice in this sector and make the best possible working conditions for our staff.

To see our full list of benefits go to: what we can offer you