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Day Opportunities Support Worker - Bidford on Avon
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Day Opportunities Support Worker - Bidford on Avon

Hft Worcestershire area
£7.66 - £8.12 per hour (dependent on successful completion of probation and Health & Social Care Diploma/NVQ Level 2)
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Support Workers
Part time

Support Worker - Day Opportunities

Location: Bidford on Avon

Hours: 16 - 22 hours per week

Salary: £7.66 – £8.12 per hour (dependent on successful completion of probation and Health & Social Care Diploma/NVQ Level 2)

Do you have an enthusiastic outlook and want to help people grasp new opportunities?

Do you have skills or interests that you can share? 

We help individuals with a learning disability to have a great life, to be part of the community and to enjoy their leisure interests.   

We are looking for an enthusiastic person to work 1:1 support to people with high support needs as well as the ability to lead sessions within day services and out in the community.

This role is interesting, rewarding and no two days are the same.   You need to be good at listening and communicating.  You will be supported to work creatively to ensure people live the life they want.

We recognise that the right qualities and attitude are just as important as experience. 

Hft offers full training and opportunities for career development.

Hft offers 20 days annual leaving rising to 25 after the first year, plus eight customary days for Bank Holidays (pro-rata). We also offer a contributory pension scheme plus other company benefits.

Want to know more? If so for further information please telephone Jenny Fawke or Julie Triplett: 01789 491986

Closing Date: Tuesday 25 July 2017


If you do not hear from us within 4 weeks after the closing date your application has not been successful on this occasion.

Hft’s usual terms and conditions apply.

Hft is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Successful applicants will need to undertake an enhanced disclosure check against the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Having a criminal record may not bar you from employment.

Job Description – Support Worker

Department: Operations

Where you will be working: Worcestershire Area

Reports to: Flexible Support Development Manager, Senior Support Worker

This job is important because:

You will enable the people we support to lead fulfilling lives based upon their personal support needs. You need to work to the standards set internally (by Hft) and externally (for example, by the Care Quality Commission), doing all you can to make sure that the people we support and your colleagues come to no harm and that the people we support are satisfied with the level of support they receive. You will achieve this by communicating with individuals and by following the underpinning principles of Person Centred Active Support (PCAS):

  • Making sure that you support people to be as involved as possible in every moment of their lives.
  • Offering people opportunities to be involved as often as possible, in the way that best suits them, e.g. as little or as much as they like.
  • Offering ‘just enough’ support to ensure people succeed.
  • Ensuring that people you support make as many choices as possible, so they remain in control.

As we provide 24/7 support you need to be able to work shifts, including weekends, some nights and Bank Holidays. You will also be required to accompany people we support on holidays and attend training courses and other activities.

Main Duties:

  1. Support people with learning disabilities to the highest standard and in line with their support plan, cultural needs and wishes.
  2. Support people with personal care if required, which may include toileting and bathing, in line with their support plan.
  3. Support and encourage people to make choices and life decisions in line with the Mental Capacity Act requirements.
  4. Assist and encourage people to engage in everyday home, social, leisure and work activities, according to the individual’s choice.
  5. Support people with their health needs as required, e.g. taking medication and attending doctor’s appointments.
  6. Keep accurate and up to date records.
  7. Support people with their finances, where necessary, and in line with Hft guidelines
  8. Promote health, safety and well-being of the people we support.
  9. Work positively with colleagues, families and external organisations and professionals.
  10. Look for opportunities to use Personalised Technology to increase people’s independence.
  11. Maintain confidentiality at all times.
  12. Improve the support provided by discussing any new ideas.
  13. Participate in learning and development opportunities as required.
  14. Undertake any other duties as appropriate.

Person Specification – Support Worker                

These are the qualities and behaviours that Hft support staff must have.

The first four areas are standard across Hft, the final, person-centred, area is to suit the particular service, and the people it supports, for this particular vacancy.

Communication – we need people who 

  • Like being around people.
  • Value input from others.
  • Are good listeners.
  • Are willing to try new approaches.
  • Are able to communicate using a range of methods.
  • Communicate openly with people.
  • Articulate views with passion and understanding.
  • Speak clearly using positive, simple, straight forward language.
  • Articulate how they feel.

Respect – we need people who 

  • Value the views of others.
  • Are kind and thoughtful to others.
  • Have a positive outlook.
  • Are tolerant of people who have different views.
  • See the person first not the disability.
  • Respect others point of view.
  • Are well-mannered and polite to everyone they come into contact with.
  • Tackle issues with a positive frame of mind.
  • Work at a pace comfortable to the person they are supporting.

Cares About – we need people who

  • Have a desire to be part of the social care world.
  • Are enthusiastic about supporting people.
  • Are patient with people.
  • Behave in a person centred way.
  • Are interested in the people they support.

Creative Thinking – we need people who

  • Have a ‘can do’ attitude.
  • Think imaginatively.
  • Communicate positively with people using a range of methods.
  • Are enthusiastic.
  • Use their initiative.
  • Present themselves confidently.
  • Freely express their views and asks questions.

Person Centred ‘must haves’ – we need people who

  • Support individuals to access their choice of activities.
  • Promote involvement and independence at every opportunity.
  • Recognise opportunities to involve, interact and encourage participation.
  • Graded support to individual level of needs and abilities.
  • Use a person centred approach throughout all levels of support and is part of service delivery.