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Relief Support Workers - Forest of Dean
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Relief Support Workers - Forest of Dean

Hft Forest of Dean
£7.33-£7.50 per hour (dependent on age, plus holiday payment)
Closing Date
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Casual Support Worker
Casual / Flexi

Relief Support Workers

Location: Forest of Dean

Hours : Various flexible hours available 

Salary:  £7.50 per hour (aged 21 and over) or  £7.33 per hour (aged 18-20) - plus an extra 12.07% per hour for holiday payment

We are looking to recruit enthusiastic individuals to join our Forest of Dean Services, working with individuals who have learning disabilities.

Our vision is to ensure that the people we support with additional needs such as challenging behaviour or Learning Disabilities are given the same opportunities as everyone else. 

Relief Workers can have flexible hours each week, deciding when they are able to work and where, fitting in with other commitments and tenants needs.

About You:

Applicants should be keen to develop both themselves and the individuals we support to ensure full potential is achieved.  You will be welcomed in to the team and coached along the way and have specific training for your role.

Successful applicants require the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and other agencies, but must also be self-motivated and be passionate about promoting independence and active lifestyles.

A full UK or EU driving licence is preferable but not essential due to the rural nature of the area

To apply, click on the button at the bottom of this page, or for further information please contact Sophie Pinder on 01594 835965 or email

Closing date: Thursday 21 September 2017

Interview Date: To be confirmed


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. As a Disability Confident Employer, Hft is helping to ensure that disabled people have the same opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations that people without disabilities do.

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: Relief Worker

As a Worker for Hft you will be requested to cover shifts on an ad hoc basis. You are not an employee of Hft and remain a 'Worker' for the duration of each individual contract you undertake for Hft. Whilst carrying out work for Hft you are expected to comply with the following duties at all times.


You will report to the Operational Manager, Registered Cluster Manager, Senior Support Worker or Senior Supported Living Worker and they will inform you of your specific areas of work and responsibilities.

One to one meetings

You will be invited to attend one-on-one meetings with the Operational Manager, Registered Cluster Manager, Senior Support Worker or Senior Supported Living Worker. You may also be invited to join a group meeting with the staff team.

Purpose of the Job

To work within Hft's Vision and Mission, values, Worker Guidelines and Relief Workers' Handbook, to assist in the creation of an environment in which all individuals receive the highest possible standards of support.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

You must carry out all duties and responsibilities to the appropriate statutory requirements and internal guidelines

Support for Individuals

You will need to:

  1. Offer the highest levels of support to individuals at all times
  2. Promote the well-being and general health of individuals and help create surroundings in which the individual feels secure
  3. Contribute to the individual you work with and their general development. This will include the personal, social, occupational and leisure development
  4. Provide emotional and practical support for individuals for everyday issues, and when individuals are faced with difficult decisions or experiences
  5. Assist and/or support individuals with all aspects of their financial management as required, eg paying bills, claiming benefits, purchasing clothes, presents etc
  6. Support individuals with their household work
  7. Prompt or assist individuals in aspects of personal care with sensitivity, respect and dignity, where necessary and as required by their condition, culture and wishes
  8. Undertake sleep-in duties or waking night duties on the premises, when required
  9. Act as secondary person when accompanying individuals on holiday, when required



  1. Understand the principals and systems of communication between individuals and their parents, relatives and friends
  2. Start, reply and maintain contact with other professionals or agencies


  1. Complete all records and carry out appropriate general administration duties as required
  2. Know and work within relevant legislation, eg Health and Safety at Work Act
  3. Prepare for and participate in one-to-to meetings, review meetings and other meetings you may be invited to
  4. Have a duty to adhere to the Relief Workers' Handbook, Hft's Information and Guidance for Relief Workers document, Health and Safety policies, standards and guidelines at all times
  5. Undertake all training as required
  6. Maintain the confidentiality of all information about individuals at all times
  7. Undertake such other duties as appropriate.

 Person Specification: Relief Worker

What you need to be a Relief Worker:

Must Haves:

  • a good standard of written and spoken English
  • the ability to maintain records accurately
  • the ability to communicate effectively
  • numerical skills – in order to keep records and provide advice to people about their money
  • basic IT skills
  • the ability to support people in a respectful way and in line with Hft’s values
  • the ability to work on your own and as part of a team
  • self-motivation
  • patience, reliability and trustworthiness

Nice to Haves:

  • an understanding of health and safety and hygiene issues in the home
  • a Diploma in Health and Social Care at level 2 or level 3 or equivalent
  • an ability to do household tasks
  • a full UK driving licence and willingness to drive Hft vehicles, as and when required