As a Support Worker, you’ll make a real difference as you provide support and advice to help each of the people who use our services to achieve their potential. Passionate about people, you’ll enjoy the scope and support to enhance your own experience too, as you make the role your own as part of a friendly team.
This is a hands-on job in which you’ll support individuals with personal care, helping with medication as well as a full range of daily activities, including cleaning and cooking, working alongside an individual on your own or with colleagues. You’ll arrange activities in the home and in the local community, set up appointments, and support people to make small and big decisions in their day-to-day lives. Our Support Workers are committed to ensuring that people with learning disabilities lead varied and rewarding lives, and are actively engaged in making sure that can happen. As we make the transition towards more independent supported living, that could mean getting involved with anything from accompanying people to the shops to organising a day out, or going away on holiday.
While some knowledge of supporting people with learning disabilities and complex needs would be beneficial, it isn’t essential. What is essential is that you are flexible and patient and are able to view situations from a service user’s perspective.Situations can sometimes be difficult and challenging, so you’ll need to be non-judgemental, with a sensitive approach and a good understanding of how to support people during these times. At a practical level, you’ll need good IT and communication skills including numeracy and literacy in order to produce reports and support plans. You must also be fit enough to take onthe more physical aspects of the role, like manual handling.