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.
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.
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.
This vacancy is based in the Moreton area of Wirral, supporting 4 males and 1 female who live at one of the homes we provide support to.
The people you will be supporting have profound learning disabilities, complex needs, communication difficulties and physical disabilities.
The people we support have their own personalities and despite their difficulties with communication, express their needs and personalities in their own ways.
Each person has many likes and dislikes and enjoy regular activities both in the community and within their home with the staff on duty.
Our regular and experienced staff often report how much they enjoy the activities and how much they get out of seeing the people we support enjoying their activities with them.
They require support with finances, household chores, managing a tenancy, personal care, building social skills, health and hygiene needs, lifestyle skills, moving and handling and medication management.
We are looking for someone who can drive although this is not essential and work flexible shifts which may include days, nights and weekends. The usual shift patterns are 13-hour shifts on varying days, including weekends.
You will be lone working at times but also working with a large experienced and friendly existing staff team.
Please note our Support Workers are contracted by area therefore flexibility is essential to work in other services where required.
The contractual hourly rate for this post is the higher rate of National Minimum Wage (NMW) which is £8.72 per hour. However, Wirral County Council have temporarily provided additional funding to care providers as part of their COVID-19 response meaning that between the period 1st May 2020 to 31st March 2021 an additional top-up payment will be made to increase hourly rate of pay to the Real Living Wage rate of £9.30 for any hours delivered within our Wirral Commissioned Services (this includes a temporary increase to our sleep-in rate for Wirral services). This is a temporary payment on top of normal contractual conditions.
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