We are keen to hear from experienced staff and new to care staff. Experienced staff will already be working in the field of autism, learning disabilities or mental health care/support (£500 golden hello paid for 2 yearsplus specialist experience). We also have opportunities for new support workers committed to developing a specialism in autism care/support - full training provided.
SALARY: £17,010 p.a. / £8.72 p.h. Based on a 37.5hr week. Pro rata for part time.
SHIFT: Tuesday and Friday 9am to 4.30pm
LOCATION: Newton Close, Lordswood
CLOSING DATE: 29th October 2020
About the Support Worker Role:
As a Support worker you will help our residents with their day to day lives, encouraging them to live as independently as possible. Providing exceptional person-centred care. Building meaningful relationships with them, their families, and other professionals. Working within either our Residential, Supported Living or Day Services. Having a background in supporting people with Autism in a previous role within a social care environment is desirable, although it is not essential.
About the Service: Newton Close
We are currently looking to grow our already established and dedicated team at Newton Close. Our days service currently supports 11 individuals who live in our residential services and some individuals who come in daily from home. We are looking for proactive, energetic people to join our team and expand the opportunities and life experience of those we support. The people we support have autism as well as a variation of other needs such as epilepsy and challenging behaviours. Staff joining us maybe required to support individuals from their residential homes based in Strood and would ideally be able to drive our people carriers. The people we support here enjoy a wide variety of activities such as, swimming, dance classes, art, horse riding, rambles and much more and they like to share these activities and experiences with their staff.
Tasks / Responsibilities of a Support Worker:
The Support Worker role may include but not be limited to:
o Support individuals within the community in activities such as bike rides, long walks and shopping,
o Uphold their privacy, confidentially and dignity
o Assisting individuals with personal care and hygiene
o Administering medication
o Household management tasks cooking, cleaning etc.
o Handle money to shop, going to the bank etc
o Working with individuals who can display challenging behaviours hurting self or others, running away, throwing things, swearing, shouting.
o Working with and supporting individuals with additional needs, such as epilepsy, pica, learning disabilities.
o To form good working relationships with other members of staff across different services.
o May include lone working
o Ensuring written records are correctly maintained
o Drive an individuals mobility car or service vehicle Manual Licence required (Optional)
Qualities of a Support Worker:
o Understanding everyone\'s abilities and support needs
o Promoting independence and choice
o Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion
o Form good working relationships with other members of staff
o A commitment to continuous personal development and learning.
Benefits We Offer you as a Support Worker:
We offer many benefits, which include some salary sacrifice arrangements, although some benefits are dependent on a minimum earnings threshold:
o Paid DBS Check
o 28 days holiday, rising to 33 days after 1 year (Pro Rata for Part Time Positions)
o Life Assurance
o Long Service and Contribution Recognition Awards
o Pension (after 3 months)
o Employee Assistance Programme, with counselling services
o Significant Retail and Leisure Discount Scheme that could save staff an average of £1,000 pa
o Discounted Gym Membership
o Financial Well-being Scheme (loans and savings)
o Voluntary sleep-ins, currently £60 per night
o Opportunities to pick up additional voluntary casual shifts at enhanced rates
o Superb paid training
o Regulated Care Qualification Sponsorship
o Refer a Friend Recruitment Bounty (currently £500)
o We also have plans to introduce both a Cycle to Work Scheme and a Car Lease Scheme
About the Trust:
Supporting over 120 people in Medway and across Kent, The Kent Autistic Trust provides a wide range of services designed to meet diverse needs of the people we support with autism, learning disabilities and related difficulties. We provide residential homes, supported living accommodation, day resource services, respite, and outreach services. Ensuring the voice of those we support is actively listened to, working for us often means that no two days are the same, but the care and support we give is of consistently high quality, with CQC rating all our services good, and many outstanding.
Our Values and Commitment:
KAT is committed to providing high quality supports designed around individual abilities, needs and choices. KAT is committed to promoting independence and inclusion within communities. KAT believes everyone is able to make their own individual contribution. KAT seeks to work in partnership with all relevant parties but in particular with the individual themselves.
We seek Support Workers who really value every person, whether it\'s the people we support, their families, carers, or other staff by respecting their priorities, needs, abilities and limits.
We hope you are one of them!
We do not accept applications made via agencies for Support Workers.
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