Support Worker required for 30 Hours Per week in Congleton, Perm, x 1 - Driver Essential

Job details
Posting date: 15 March 2023
Salary: £9.5 to £9.9 per hour
Additional salary information: £9.90 Per Hour
Hours: Part time
Closing date: 30 March 2023
Location: Congleton, Cheshire, CW12
Company: Alternative Futures Group
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: REF-11G-PBCSX6Z

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Being a Support Worker at AFG is a hugely rewarding role and could be your first step on a long and happy career in Health & Social Care.

So, what does a Support Worker do?

We have a vision to create a world where people control their lives. Here at AFG, we pride ourselves on helping the people we support to design, develop and ‘own’ the support they receive by planning this with them; we support people to make informed choices and increase their own independence; and we support people to maintain their own health, wellbeing and living environment. These principles are really important to us.

Our Support Workers work in a variety of settings including community-based services (often supporting people in their own homes) to our Treatment & Recovery Centres.

One thing that is common across all of our services is a focus on personalised support and tailoring our services to the needs and aspirations of the people we support with a diverse range of care needs (including Learning Disabilities, Physical Disabilities, Mental Health Concerns, Complex Care, Substance Misuse issues to name a few).

We value the people that work with us…

At AFG we recognise the contribution and value that our staff make. We would not be able to provide the life changing support that we do without people like you! In return for your contribution we will support you throughout your career and we provide a wide range of employee benefits, career development (including opportunities to undertake vocational qualifications) and lifestyle support services to ensure that you too feel supported, fulfilled and valued from day one of your employment with us.

About you…

There are a few things that we look for in all of our support workers; we would need you to…

  • be a good communicator (verbally and in writing)
  • be patient, confident and enthusiastic about caring for others
  • be able to use your own initiative
  • be able to work as part of a team
  • have flexibility to work a varied shift pattern to provide 24-hour support
  • share our AFG values

We don’t ask for any other relevant training or a previous career in care as full training will be provided – you just need a willingness to learn and develop.

Your pay - between 4th April 2022 and 31st March 2023, our Support Workers will receive a rate equivalent to £9.90 per hour for all worked hours. This will be made up of the National Living Wage rate of £9.50, plus for any worked hours an addition top-up in your hourly rate of £0.40 to take total hourly equivalent for all worked hours to £9.90. On top of this, any colleagues who work above an average of 39 hours per week in any pay period will receive an additional 10p per hour for worked hours above this level taking hourly earnings up to £10.00 per hour for those shifts (this additional top-up will apply between 4th April 2022 and 31st March 2023).

As a ‘values based’ employer, the people that work for us genuinely care about the people they support, and we are seeking likeminded people to join our AFG family. If you are passionate about caring for others and have a real desire to make a positive difference to the lives of the people we support then we would love to hear from you.

More about this vacancy...
We asked the Team Leader to tell us more about this role and the amazing person that we need to work here.

Where is this vacancy based?
This vacancy is based in Congleton.

Who do you support?
There is one lady who lives at the property. She is has a mild learning disability. She is verbal and communicates well, she is very active and enjoys going out in her car or on public transport. She lives alone and has 1:1 support so this property is lone working. The lady we support at this service is very independent and needs support through verbal prompts as oppose to full practical support. She enjoys arts and crafts, going out for day trips, meals out, shopping, the cinema, bowling and many other activities so the person supporting this lady would need to be pro-active and willing to participate in activities outside of her home.

Where do they live?
Westlands Court is a bungalow situated in the center of Congleton. It is in a quiet residential area where there are other bungalows used as retirement/ supported living. It is a 2 bedroom property with a Small garden, lounge, kitchen and bathroom. The 2nd bedroom is for overnight sleep in staff.

What would a typical shift be like?
At the start of the day you will be there to say good morning to this and have a chat with her whilst she has her breakfast. You may discuss what your plans are for the day, checking the diary to see if there are any appointments. You will then be on hand to support her with personal care if she requires some help. As she has 1:1 support you will then support her to do what plans have been made for the day, this could be some housework/washing/activities or appointments. She can choose her own meals and you will need to support her with making them, although she is willing to help. The lady at Westlands is supported by sleep in staff, that is someone who is asleep but on hand if needed so you will either complete the sleep in yourself if you wish to or hand over to staff coming in.

What activities do the people that we support at this property like to do?
This lady enjoys, bowling, cinema, meals out, shopping trips, discos, baking and cooking, art and crafts clubs and anything social. She loves to go out.

Are there any skills or interests that a candidate could have that would be great to use to support this service?
Ideally someone who can drive as the lady has her own car. You will need to be pro-active as this lady loves to go out and it is something that is important to her.

What is the team here or is it lone-working?
This is a lone working service.

What are your shift patterns?
0700-2000 2000-2200 PLUS A SLEEP IN .

We hope it has given you more insight into this role and we hope to see your application soon.

Please note our Support Workers are contracted by area therefore flexibility is essential to work in other services where required.

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