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SUPPORT WORKER

Hourly rate: £8.75/hr plus travel expenses

Full-time and part-time* (bank staff) hours available

Purpose of Job: 

To provide flexible and personalised quality social care support to clients which encourages independence while ensuring their safety and wellbeing.

Main duties: 

You will provide emotional and practical care and support to vulnerable individuals who have a range of different mental health needs. 

Offering everything from helping clients with shopping, opening and dealing with mail and completing the paperwork for their benefits to assisting with washing up and cleaning, you will help to bring about normality to disrupted lives, creating an environment of friendship and confidence that’s so often the catalyst that changes lives for the better.

Support worker responsibilities:

  • Assisting with daily tasks. This may include: meal preparation, grocery shopping, paying bills and handling correspondence.

  • Helping with personal hygiene. Clients may require prompts and encouragement in order to maintain a good standard of personal hygiene.

  • Adhering to professional standards and legislation. Keep up to date with the organisations policies and procedures and abide by regulatory requirements.

  • Responding to emergencies. Be aware of the procedures for taking appropriate action in case of an emergency.

  • Supporting clients’ inclusion in the community. This may include helping clients to access community facilities and be included in community groups.

  • Supporting clients in pursuing their interests and hobbies. This may involve accompanying clients to their activities of choice or supporting them with travelling so that they can attend activities without support.

  • Safeguarding the rights and dignity of the client. Being aware of and minimising risks posed to the individual, catering for their needs and protecting them from abuse and exploitation.

  • Ensuring support plans are followed and important information is recorded when appropriate.

  • Contributing to records. Keeping accurate and legible daily records for each client, contributing to support plans, risk assessments and other records.

  • Liaising with other parties. Communicating with colleagues, health professionals, friends and family members where required. 

 

Support Worker desirable qualifications, experience and skills:

  • Preferably, you will have experience in working in the healthcare sector and hold at least a QCF level 2 and/or have a range of life experiences. However, we offer full training and we believe that having the right attitude and caring, empathetic and can-do nature is a solid foundation to build on if you have no prior professional experience.

  • GCSEs in English and Maths (grade A-C) are desirable.

  • The key skills required to be a support worker include literacy, numeracy, communication, IT and time management skills. 

  • The ideal support worker is a good communicator and listener, calm, positive, trustworthy, honest and patient.

  • Post holders are supported to achieve the Care Certificate and Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care.

  • Due to the nature of the job, applicants are desired to have a full driving license, with access to a vehicle they are prepared to use for work. 

Driving essential. 

*Zero-hour contract staff will be contacted when work is available based on client demand and co-ordinated to match worker availability. Immediate start may be possible. 

To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to admin@independentlivingsw,co.uk

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