Job descriptionBeing 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 - our Support Workers receive a rate of £11.00 per hour for all worked hours. Once you are successful for a role with us, full details of your pay will be included in your written offer. 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 Southport. Who do you support? We support 4 adults here, with a diagnosis of moderate - severe learning disability. A dual diagnosis of learning disability and mental health needs. We usually provide services for people between 56 - 73 years. The property has minor adaptations for people with mild physical disabilities. Service users originate from the Southport area. Service users are eligible to claim Housing Benefit. Where do they live? The property is a detached house. 5 bedrooms, one downstairs en-suite, one used as a study. As you go through the front door the lounge is just off the hall, back dining room, kitchen and out to the back garden. There is a downstairs bedroom with en-suite. Upstairs there are 4 bedrooms and a relaxation room, separate wc and one bathroom. There are gardens to the front and rear of the property. Off-street parking is available at the front of the house. Downstairs En-suite facilities/ wheelchair access, laundry room, communal lounge with TV and DVD player. Kitchen with dining table and communal TV. Upstairs One communal bathroom with WC, bath and shower, second toilet on top landing with hand washing base. 1 relaxation room with sensory type lights, 3 bedrooms. What would a typical shift be like? Currently staff support is available 24 hours a day. Supporting people with all aspects of daily living, from bathing, cooking, cleaning and looking after peoples mental and health well being. There supernumerary Team Leader hours, which enables the Team Leader to concentrate on effective management and development of the service. A flexible system of work is in place which means that staffing hours are adapted whenever necessary, to fit around supporting activities or other needs. Levels of staff support differ dependent upon need and staff costs funded in each individuals support package. The need for staff support is dependent on practical support, care, social support and emotional support required. There is also an ‘Out of Hours’ Team Leaders on-call system to provide additional assistance when required. What activities do the people that we support at this property like to do? The people we support like to go out in the community. Going to cafe's, restaurants and walks in parks and gardens. Sing along a song during the day is a normal occurrence in this busy homely service. "Alexa play music", especially the Beatles can be heard through out the house. For a quiet down time, people supported like to spend time in the sensory room, or in the summer house in the lovely back garden. Come and sit with people supported on the swing for a time out in the sun. People supported are of older age and activities are measured accordingly to their needs. Are there any skills or interests that a candidate could have that would be great to use to support this service? A driver is required to take people supported out in the community and to places of intertest. Cooking skills are required to make meals thoughout the day. What is the team here or is it lone-working? 3 staff in the mornings 2 in the afternoon 1 staff during the waking nights What are your shift patterns? 07:30-15:00 14:45-22:15 22:00-07:45 We hope this 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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