Note: The application date for this job has now passed.
Hft Newcastle Area
£7.50 per hour
For further information please contact:
Giedre Ginitaite on 0191 213 1608
or email Giedre.Ginitaite@hft.org.uk;
Female* Support Worker
Hours – 30 hours per week
Salary – £7.50 per hour (sleepover shifts are paid at £7.50 per hour)
Join us and help change lives.
Hft is a national charity that’s been supporting people with learning disabilities since 1962. We are working in person centred way and use our experience to work in partnership with them to provide personalised services to more than 2500 people. As an Hft Support Worker, you’ll be supporting adults with learning disabilities to live the best life possible.
We have an exciting opportunity to join a team of staff in our Independent Living Services in Morpeth, working as a part time support worker.
There’s no such thing as a “typical day” – you could be supporting a person to attend one of our Day Services in the first part of the day, then help them to do their food shopping in the afternoon, and finish your day by chatting and listening to the music. If you are a chatty person who loves music and enjoys going out in the community – this service is for you!
We are asking you to be flexible in your approach with excellent communication and listening skills. You will be required to work on a variable rota to meet the individual needs of the services users you will be supporting, which may include some weekend and bank holiday work.
A full UK driving licence is essential.
Experience of working with adults who have a learning disability is desirable but not essential as full training will be given.
Join us and help change lives.
STRICTLY NO AGENCIES PLEASE
*This post is covered by The Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, Part 1, Occupational Requirements.
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.
Department: North East
Where you will be working: Morpeth
Reports to: Team 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):
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.
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 in 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.
Communicate positively with people using a range of methods.
Use their initiative.
Present themselves confidently.
Freely express their views and asks questions.
Person Centred ‘must haves’ – we need people who
Are prepared to actively support people with complex needs in a range of activities which can sometimes be physically demanding such as Hydrotherapy and Rebound Therapy.
Are happy to support individuals with early mornings, late evenings and weekends on a regular basis to fit around the persons support needs. They will also be required to work over the Christmas period and may be asked to support an individual on holiday.
Have a full driving licence and are prepared to drive a motability car but are also prepared to go out on foot and use public transport.
Are prepared to support individuals with a high level of personal care.