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We are one of the largest learning disability charities in the UK, supporting over 2,500 people through our friendly, supportive, creative and diverse teams.
About the role
We are seeking Support Workers to join us and support adults with learning disabilities to live the best life possible. We recognise that the current pandemic means we have had to adapt to change and in many ways we are now doing things differently but what hasn’t changed is our passion for standards and doing all we can to look after the people we support both in these current challenging times and in the future.
As a Support Worker at Hft Walberton you will recognise that every person we support has their own needs, wishes, goals, likes and dislikes and the support we provide is always person-centred. Some people are more independent than others and an awareness of Dementia care would be advantageous but is not essential.
The people we support might attend day services in our orchards, apple juicing plant, woodwork shop, allotment or do activity sessions. Some people we support have volunteer or paid jobs, go to college, art workshops, swimming and shopping. You will support them with medical appointments, personal care, their personal finances and with keeping their home clean.
There are two large residential houses at our Walberton base with beautiful grounds, the people we support enjoy; gardening, having BBQ's, cooking, going to the pub, walks and doing crafts - all of which you will be supporting them to do.
You’ll be helping to ensure the people we support:
- Build confidence to develop interests
- Feel secure and safe
- Are provided with any personal care needed with dignity
- Increase their independence
- Are enabled to make as many choices as possible
- Achieve personal goals, which may include travel or holidays
You will be required to work on your own at times and will be expected to ensure the house is kept clean and that all health and safety checks are up to date. You will also be required to keep up to date with your training - both online and face to face.
We provide 24/7 support to some people, so you will need to have flexibility to work shifts, including nights, weekends and Bank Holidays.
A full EU/UK licence is essential
You don’t need experience of support work or any special qualifications for this job - you’ll get plenty of training along the way. Having the right values, a positive attitude to life and a desire to support people to live their life with as much independence, choice, dignity and control as possible is what matters most. You will need to have good listening skills and a practical, caring approach. You also need to have basic level IT skills to be able to use a computer as you will regularly need to record information about people you will be supporting.
If you do not already have a relevant qualification in Health and Social Care, Hft will fully fund and provide training for you to obtain your Diploma in Adult Health and Social Care within the first 18 months of your employment.
We are currently restricting face-to-face training; therefore most of your training courses, including some aspects of your induction, will be online. But you will still be able learn from your colleagues in a supportive hands-on environment.
Government legislation is coming into force on 11th November, which states that all individuals working in registered care homes must be fully vaccinated.
If you have not been vaccinated yet and are not medically exempt, you will need to be fully vaccinated by the 11th November 2021 as we may require you to operate in services which are Care Quality Commission registered.
This means you will need to have had your first vaccination by the 16th September at the latest followed by your second one by 11th November 2021 allowing 8 weeks between them.
If you are medically exempt, you are required to provide us with the relevant documentation stating this.
What we offer
We offer a range of benefits and career development opportunities. We’ll give you a comprehensive induction, full training, and support along the way. With Investors in People and Skills for Care accreditation we are committed to investing in you to ensure you have the specialist skills and expertise needed to support people to live the best life possible.
- Apprenticeships – earn whilst gaining a fully funded Level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care with a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer (ranked 11th in 2020).
- Access to the Hft Plus benefits package, which includes a great number of discounts and rewards across shops, restaurants, gym membership and days out; but also an Employee Assistance Programme, with telephone and face-to-face support options.
- Access to award winning training and development – Hft is one of only four charities to have achieved the Skills for Care ‘Centre of Excellence’ provider status.
- Annual staff award scheme – The Fusion Awards, and peer recognition through our GEM awards programme.
- 20 days holiday (plus 8 bank holidays) increasing to 25 days after a year of employment (pro rata for part time staff).
- A contributory pension scheme & life assurance.
- Free DBS Check.
- As a “key worker” you will benefit from government incentive schemes.
Join us and help change lives.