Post: Support Workers
Hours: Full time (37.5 hours) or part time (15, 18.75, 22.50 or 30 hours)
Salary: £17,550 per annum + overtime
Location: Kingsbridge Service and Outreach Services in the London Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
The Westminster Society for People with Learning Disabilities have vacancies for full time and part time Support Workers to support people with learning disabilities in our Outreach Services based in the London Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Kingsbridge
Kingsbridge Road is a respite service which provides short breaks for people living at home with their families as well as longer stays for people whose placements have broken down or who are in transition to a new service. The nature of the service means that we provide support to people, sometimes at very short notice, with a wide variety of needs including autism and mental and physical health issues.
We recognise that for the people we support the sudden breakdown of a service can be a very distressing and confusing experience and we need support workers to work flexibly and proactively to provide the best possible support by using their excellent communication skills and understanding of people’s needs.
The service works in partnership with other professionals including Psychiatry, Psychology, Speech and Language and Occupational Therapy, providing fantastic learning opportunities to anyone interested in understanding more about these roles.
Our Outreach Services offers support for people with learning disabilities and this could be a couple of hours a week or 24-hour support per day. These services are often provided to people with some significant behaviours of concern and team members need to be creative and good at problem solving.
These services are designed to give people we support more flexibility, control, and choice in the kind of support they receive often working as partners with other organisations, families and professionals.
Working in these teams involves a significant amount of lone working and whilst applicants with experience are preferable we are also interested in candidates who:
- demonstrate a passion for working with people with learning disabilities;
- have the ability to accurately record relevant information from a support session, for example, activities undertaken and any issues identified
- have confidence to engage with and support people that they have not previously worked with; and
- can communicate appropriately with people with a wide variety of communication needs as well as families and other professionals.
If you are looking for a career in social care and you understand the impact you can have as a support worker in delivering excellent support we would like to hear from you.
The Society offers a great range of benefits including a minimum of 33 days annual leave (including the bank holidays), childcare vouchers and other family friendly policies, season ticket loans, and professional and personal development packages with opportunities for career progression as part of our Aspiring Managers, Inspiring Leaders (AMIL) programme.
If you are interested in applying for a Support Worker post please download our application form, complete and email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for applications: 5.00 pm Wednesday 25 July 2018
Shortlisting date: 26 – 27 July 2018
*Interview date: Thursday 2 August 2018
*Interviews will be held at Kingsbridge Service