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.
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 Bamford, Rochdale, Greater Manchester.
Who do you support?
We support 3 ladies who all have learning disabilities and are supported with mobility issues inclusive of wheelchairs, hoisting and mobility vehicles.
All ladies like to get out frequently in the community and like to complete fun activities at home 2 ladies we support are non verbal and 1 lady is verbal and all ladies have SALT guidelines in place.
The lady who is verbal enjoys being supported by confident and fun people who have a good sense of humor.
The 2 ladies who are non verbal require support from people who are perceptive and this is important to notice and understand their individual forms communication .
Where do they live?
The property is a 4 bedroom detached house all ground level. There are 2 bathrooms and 2 separate WC and a large drive with garden and patio area to the rear.
What would a typical shift be like?
At the beginning of a shift staff complete a handover and then all ladies require support with personal care this includes hoisting to and from the various pieces of equipment and full support with showering and all aspects of personal care.
The house is busy in the morning with 3 staff members on shift to support all ladies to get ready for the day. The ladies are all given options of clothing and are then supported with breakfast, the ladies have pre prepared menus that have to be agreed due to risks when eating, but there are always choices for them to choose from.
This is followed by support with medication.
1 lady is then supported during the week to collect all her items that she requires for day center which she attends 4 days a week and is driven there in her mobility vehicle.
The other 2 ladies are supported to tidy and clean and then either access the community for an activity in their own vehicles or to complete a fun activity at home this can be baking, ball games, painting, wheel chair dancing to music just to name a few.
The ladies may be supported to appointments or to receive visitors.
In the afternoon the ladies like to relax in their comfort chairs with plenty of warm drinks and some TV or radio one lady has a newly created stim room. If the weather is nice they also enjoy spending a little time in the garden and having a picnic style tea. Tea is prepared for the ladies following their menus. and they then may chose to watch soaps, draw, call family or listen to music.
Later the ladies will all be supported again with medication and to bed again this is via hoisting sometimes they may choose to watch TV in bed. Staff have a sleep in room at the property if they are on the sleep shift.
What activities do the people that we support at this property like to do?
listening to music , attending social activities and cafes, trip out for lunch , cinema, theatre, wheelchair dancing, ball games, painting and other arts and crafts, light stim, trips to the beach , parks, long drives with nice views, music concerts, holidays.
Are there any skills or interests that a candidate could have that would be great to use to support this service?
drivers are essential as all ladies require someone to drive their wheelchair accessible vehicles
2 ladies are supported to use hydrotherapy so if you are confident in water this helps.
We need someone who has basic cooking skills as ladies have home cooked food.
What is the team here or is it lone-working?
You will be joining a team of experienced support staff who can support you to settle in, there are never less than 2 staff on a day shift and always 2 for hoisting. sleep ins are required at this property and for this you will be lone working with on call for any emergency support needed.
What are your shift patterns?
long day sleep 9am- 9am following day (sometimes split into a day shift 9am-5pm and a 5pm-9am sleep shift) long day 8am - 8pm day shift 9am-5pm
We hope this 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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