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Support Worker - 39 hours - Sandbach

Job details
Posting date: 05 August 2022
Salary: £9.9 per hour
Additional salary information: £9.90 for hours worked
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 20 August 2022
Location: Sandbach, Cheshire, CW11 1AX
Company: Alternative Futures Group
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: REF-J0-FJS4W81

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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 Sandbach Cheshire.

Who do you support?
we support 3 ladies and 1 gentleman with learning disabilities, and some complex needs and mobility issues. the gentleman can verbally communicate and is mobile in his home, using a transfer table to transfer. and likes to get out and about in the community, pubs, cafes, social clubs and has his own mobility car. one lady is fully mobile and uses taxis to access all her community activities one lady using a hoist and sling for all her transfers and she is a wheelchair user. and she also has her own mobility car which she uses to get out and about, shopping, day trips, cafes, pubs, one lady we support is supported mostly in her bed due to her health needs.

Where do they live?
the property is a 4 bedroomed spacious bungalow in the village of Elworth, it has a large enclosed garden, and it is positioned down a lane, it is on a bus route and there is a train station nearby.

What would a typical shift be like?
to support each person with there routines, personal care, bathing, dressing, using hoist and slings to transfer the person. communicating/chatting to the person. support with all there meals breakfast, lunch dinner, supper, activities in the community, at home activities, relaxing evenings ,tv, music

What activities do the people that we support at this property like to do?
trips out to the pub, cafes, shopping, day trips, socialising in the garden, social clubs, seaside. listening to music, watching tv. baking.

Are there any skills or interests that a candidate could have that would be great to use to support this service?
driver is desirable, good communication skills, sociable, sense of humour, able to push wheelchairs, able to work as part of a team.

What is the team here or is it lone-working?
you will work with a group of support worker, either 2 or 3 in the day and 1 sleep in staff and 1 wake in night staff. full training will be given and experienced support staff will support you to gain the confidence and knowledge about the service and the people we support

What are your shift patterns?
day shifts can be from 7.30am to 3pm, 2pm -10.30pm. varies due to activities nights 10pm-7.30am

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

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