- Location: South West England
- Job Type: Temporary
- Sector: Adult Services
- Category: Learning Disability Support Workers
- Job Ref: OS
- Salary: From £8.72 per hour
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As a support worker, you will be responsible for supporting people with their goals based within their home environments or local community. Activities of support vary from daily living skills, personal care, travel escorts, teaching of independent life skills to assistance with accessing community-based activities such as going to college, swimming, work placements and other social and leisure activities. Successful candidates must have a minimum 6 months of experience supporting young adults with Learning Disabilities, Autism, or complex behavioural needs
Duties are varied and personalised to the Service User’s needs such as:
- General housekeeping e.g. cooking, shopping, domestic duties etc,
- Providing help with all aspects of personal care
- Facilitating socialization and social activities e.g. visiting family/friends, walks, cinema/theatre, meals out, going for a drive (where required), reading etc
- To empathise and actively listen in a sensitive manner accessing appropriate additional support where necessary
- To create opportunities for Service Users to develop establish and maintain personal relationships and social networks, which encourage greater participation and integration in their chosen communities
Essential Skills, Experience & Attitude:
- Minimum 6 months of experience in working with adults who have learning/multiple disabilities living in the community
- An understanding of the needs of adults with learning disabilities who are vulnerable within society
- Experience of providing care to people with learning disabilities
- Physically fit and able to undertake safe manual handling practices
- Good verbal and written communication skills
- Good telephone manner and good level of spoken English
Knowledge of food hygiene/manual handling/health & safety standards and practices
Learning Disability Support Workers carry out varied roles within the community supporting adults and children with learning disabilities. The Support Worker will support and encourage individuals to engage within their local communities.
It may be necessary to work shifts, which may include nights and weekends. Part-time and full-time opportunities are available.
It is imperative that Learning Disability Support workers pass a police check via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
Clients in the sector often also request the following training of employees:
- Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults (SOVA)
- Manual Handling
- Basic First Aid
- Health and Safety
- Food Hygiene
It may be is necessary to have an NVQ level 2 or 3, or to be working towards a relevant NVQ. For some roles it may be essential to have a particular qualification, such as an NVQ in Care and Promoting Independence level 3 or NVQ level 2 / LDQ (Learning Disability Qualification).
A Support Worker will work with individuals to encourage them to have as much of an independent life as possible. The Support Worker will provide support with domestic tasks, including but not limited to managing budgets, attending appointments, managing their household as well as support with medication. The Support Worker will also provide emotional and practical support to service users.
A Support Worker will engage with the service user at all times ensuring that they are consulted about all aspects of their daily life.
A Support Worker is responsible for:
- Ensuring the service user engages within their local community
- Providing support to ensure individuals can live as independently as possible
- Providing for the personal needs of the service user
- Liaising with family members and external agencies
- Relationship building with service users
- Planning routines which help service users achieve day-to-day activities
- Being friendly and supportive
- Being flexible and able to cope with stressful situations
- Commitment to providing care and support to children and adults with mental health issues
- Work well as part of a team
- Sensitive to people of different backgrounds and be able to communicate well.
- Working as part of a friendly, established team
- 24 hour On Call Service in place
- Flexibility to choose where, when and how much you want to work
- Competitive pay rates
- Recommend-a-friend scheme
- Award winning company
- Online Services to access to your information; payslips, request holiday pay
- Full booking confirmation before you start
- Access to FREE Training Courses and personal development
- Respected reputation throughout the Social Care and recruitment industry
Experience:Please be advised that we require a minimum 6 months paid social care experience or 12 months relevant voluntary experience.
DBS:We are fully committed to the protection of children and vulnerable adults. All applicants must undertake a robust recruitment procedure and hold a fully enhanced DBS (formerly CRB) check.
Please contact New Directions Social Care for more information on this job vacancy, on 0117 3143512, or use our form below to enquire about this job vacancy.
Last modified: 9th September 2020