New Directions Social Care

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Job Description

New Directions Social Care are urgently recruiting for weekend care assistants and support workers in Bridgend and the surrounding areas.

We are seeking experienced support workers who have ideally worked in a residential setting for people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health, victims of domestic abuse and people with alcohol or substance misuse issues.

We are also recruiting for care workers who have experience in elderly care and have worked in a nursing home or residential home.

The ideal candidate will have 6 months paid or 12 months voluntary experience in either setting.

New Directions offer mandatory training to suit your needs and the opportunity to work on a flexible basis in a supported environment. We pay on a weekly basis and offer a competitive hourly rate.

Your role will be varied but will include supporting service users in a residential setting.

Key skills we require to enable you to do the job are as follows:

• Excellent communication skills

• Basic understanding of legislative requirements e.g. CQC, POVA, POCA

• Ability to empathise

• 6 months paid or 12 months voluntary experience in a similar role

• Knowledge of preferred client group

• Excellent team player

• Personal care

• Knowledge of manual handling

• Assist with mobility issues.

We do not require you to be a driver and will always endeavour to place you in settings within a reasonable distance of your home; we offer flexibility and can work around you. We also offer an opportunity to gain experience in a variety of settings.

Additional Information


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).

Job Overview

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
Please be advised that we require a minimum 6 months paid social care experience or 12 months relevant voluntary experience.
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 Carefor more information on this job vacancy,on 029 2039 0150, or use our form below to enquire about this job vacancy.

Last modified: 2nd November 2016

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