Support Worker, Calne Wiltshire
Permanent, Full-time or Part-time hours available (37.5 hpw if full time) Night working and Day working opportunities. Starting salary circa £20,000 pa (pro rata if part time) based on experience. Additional Sleep-in and On-Call enhancements, plus brilliant benefits!
Delivering support with a difference. That’s when it hits home.
We have a rewarding opportunity for you to join a new team of Support Workers who are part of Home Group's new Transforming Care agenda. Your team will support our customer (let's call him J) who has complex support needs, including a learning disability, autism, communication challenges, as well as sensory needs.
J, who's in his early twenties, currently lives at home with his family elsewhere in the region. You'll help him adapt, transition and settle into living in his first ever own home. You'll soon discover that J is super intelligent, gentle and calm, a wonderful yet complex young man, who needs a dedicated and nurturing team to help him reach his full potential. J has sensory processing difficulties, is hypersensitive to sound and wears ear defenders to help him manage his sensitivity. When stressed or anxious, J can be challenging and aggressive, and we need you to take the time to get to know him, and be caring, understanding, reassuring and positive.
J loves spending time doing the things he enjoys and that are important to him; he loves arts and crafts, doing large jigsaws, cooking as well as playing games. Unfortunately, being outside is challenging for J right now, so we need your skill and expertise to help open up his world.
As part of our team you'll help J overcome his barriers to help him lead a fulfilling and meaningful life and reach his true potential. You'll recognise his strengths and abilities and help him take the small steps at his pace, never losing sight of J's dreams and aspirations! You're patient, calm, caring and able to adapt your style to J's needs, as well as to the specific occasion and circumstances. J needs you to have a gentle nurturing and caring approach to help him settle into this new home and new life and be proud of how you can help him grow.
With the help of our Team Leaders and clinical team, you’ll help J to participate in his favourite things as well as trying new things through positive risk taking. You’ll work alongside colleagues providing consistent support when J is finding things difficult as well as find creative ways to help him participate in daily living activities to increase his independence.
About our team
You’ll work for Deb our Registered Manager who has worked for Home Group for 5 years. Deb has loads of experience in working with customers with both mental health and learning disabilities and has a clinical background in nursing. Deb was also an accredited psychotherapist in a previous life before joining Home Group and is perfectly placed to help you settle into your new role! Outside of work you’ll find her cheering on her local football team, spending quality time with her family and loves cooking for friends.
Where you’ll work
You’ll work primarily with J in his new home in Calne Wiltshire, as well as supporting him out and about in the local community. During the transition period there will be a degree of travel between the two homes to help J settle, which is a really important element of helping J adapt to his new circumstances. It would be awesome if you drive and had access to your own transport to get from a-b as public transport in Wiltshire can be a bit of a challenge! Once settled into his new home, J will have his own car and it would be great if you could drive to help him enjoy being out and about.
J needs support 24/7 to meet his needs, so there will be a variety of working patterns available. Ideally you’ll take your turn with your team working on a rota which could include working days, evenings, weekends, bank holidays and waking nights. You may also be required to do sleep ins or be on call where we apply an enhancement. If you are not able to do all shift times, we still want to hear from you, we are building a brilliant team from scratch and we want to be flexible with our approach. As we’re asking you to be flexible for our customer, we’ll also give you the time back that you need to spend time doing the things that matter to you!
You’re passionate and motivated to assist J with any aspect of his day to day living. You’ll impress with your ability to work in a person centred and strengths-based way, assisting J to enjoy the best possible quality of life. You’ll help him change his life for the better by involving him (and his support network) in working towards his aspirations. You’ll provide personal care, as well as use creative solutions, and assistive technology where available to support independence.
You've worked in a similar role before, are willing to provide personal care and have experience of helping customers to reach their full potential. Holding level 2 Diploma in Adult Health & Social Care or equivalent, you have a great understanding and passion for promoting independence and social inclusion through person centred support. You’ll provide personal care in a strengths-based way to facilitate greater independence, as well as use creative solutions, and assistive technology where available to support independence. To be brilliant you will have previous experience in supporting people using Positive Behavioural Support, and skills in the use of Makaton would be desirable.
When you join, you’ll need to have a valid Enhanced Check under the Disclosure and Barring Service. The great news is that we will pay for that to be done if you don’t have a transferrable one.
How we’ll support you
Don’t worry, we won’t drop you in the deep end, we’ll develop your talent, help you learn quickly how things work here and you’ll have a fantastic induction with ongoing learning and development! You’ll be trained to support our customer’s mental and physical wellbeing and to take positive risks to enable his successful journey to have his own home and being part of his community. If required (and only as a last resort), you may need to use physical intervention and we will provide you with training and support to do this safely.
We want you to get the right balance and to be always at your best to continue to deliver brilliant outcomes for our customer. So, your wellbeing and taking time back when you need it too is our top priority!
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