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 Rochdale.
Who do you support?
We have 3 people supported at this property. One lady with mental health problems and complex needs. She can display challenging behaviour but is very active and needs to go out on 1-1 activities everyday and have stimulating indoor activities also. One older lady with learning disabilities and mobility issues. Although she is an older lady she attends a gym twice a week on a 1-1 basis and we promote keeping her muscles strong by supporting her with her mobility aids on short walks. She has a wheelchair for longer journeys and enjoys trips out to the seaside and holidays supported by staff. One gentleman who has Downs Syndrome, deaf and has a problem with his heart. He can display challenging behaviour and is strong willed. He goes out every day on a 1-1 basis and enjoys the cinema, tenpin bowling and we encourage baking to increase his independence which he enjoys. He also enjoys his alone time on his laptop where he will listen to his favourite songs and sing along very loudly.
Where do they live?
The property is a four bedroomed two storey property within a compact community.
What would a typical shift be like?
There are generally 3 members of staff on each day and each member of staff will support each person seperately with their needs. There is minimal personal care needs but assistance may be needed from time to time. They all have varying support needs and the two ladies are able to make their own breakfast and a brew. All go out into the community everyday on a 1-1 basis trying new activities that the staff have sourced for them such as bike riding on adapted bicycles, trips out to the seaside (two have mobility vehicles), garden centres, swimming, trips to zoos and picnics. We encourage activities to last most of the day and they will arrive home at different times. As a staff team the house will be cleaned and all documentation for the day completed. After 16.00 they are all usually tired and relaxed. Day staff handover to the night staff which is lone working and they will all have their tea which is made by the staff on duty. One will go to his room to use his laptop and the two ladies will have relax after a bath watching television.
What activities do the people that we support at this property like to do?
One lady enjoys anything active and loves swimming and bike riding. Her activities need to be varied to manage her mental health. One older lady loves to knit, have facials and go to the gym. She enjoys short walks and having her lunch out. The gentleman enjoys having his lunch out, tenpin bowling, cinema, bike riding and using the computer at the library.
Are there any skills or interests that a candidate could have that would be great to use to support this service?
We have two mobility cars at this service so a confident driver is essential who doesn't mind doing motorway driving. Basic cooking skills and food knowledge is essential as none of the people we support are able to cook hot food for themselves and we try and promote a healthy diet. An interest in animals as they have a house cat. Enjoys walking.
What is the team here or is it lone-working?
All the people supported in this house have 1-1 time which means you are lone working with one person we support each day in the community for up to 6 hours following your training. You would be part of a very experienced team who will ensure you gain the knowledge needed and help you settle in. You will be lone working from 18.00 onwards on a sleep shift until 09.30am the following day. You will have the support of an on call Team Leader if you have any problems during the Evening shifts.
What are your shift patterns?
The shifts patterns at this service are generally 09.30 - 18.00, 10.00 - 16.00 (day shifts) 9.30-22.00 (day sleep) through to 7.00 - 09.30 the following morning. This is not a waking sleep and you are rarely disturbed but a sleep allowance is paid for this. We also have an occasional sleep shift only which is 18.00 - 22.00 through to 07.00- 09.30. The staff team share out the sleep ins for fairness. Staff are expected to be able to work weekends and bank holidays.
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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