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 Spotland, Rochdale.
Who do you support?
We support one lady who has a diagnosis of Autism and can display behaviours that challenge.
Where do they live?
It is a one bedroom property with gardens near Rochdale Football Ground.
What would a typical shift be like?
You would support the lady with her morning routine, personal care and bathing. You would then support the lady to choose her own breakfast and help with the laundry. Then perhaps you'll out for a local walk or a drive, or help the lady with her weekly shop. The lady is supported 2:1 during this time or if out for lunch. In the afternoon the lady supported likes to listen to music, watch tv or spend time in the garden feeding the birds whilst you complete the household chores or keep her company. Then will be an afternoon nap and then tea time, and medication which is throughout the day. You'll handover to the night shift.
What activities do the people that we support at this property like to do?
Lots of varied things including going for lunch and spending time with her family, maybe a walk in the park or local area. She loves listening to music, and having lots of banter and laughter as well as spending time in the garden watching or feeding the birds.
Are there any skills or interests that a candidate could have that would be great to use to support this service?
The lady has a car so a driver would be beneficial as would someone who can cook as the lady loves home cooking. Someone with a sense of humour who likes to laugh and joke would be great.
What is the team here or is it lone-working?
Lone working at the service when you have completed your training . You will be part of an experienced team who will help you settle in and learn new skills. The lady has 2:1 activities during the week , lone working during the nigh and some days , but with a Team Leader and On Call at all times .
What are your shift patterns?
9:30am-22pm, sleep shift 22pm -9:30am.
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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