Support Worker - 39 hours, permanent, Lancaster

Location: Lancaster

Hours: 39

Salary: £8.91 per hour

Contract Type: Permanent

Closing Date: 12 May 2021

Vacancy Reference: REF-10I-MUPMKXT

Support Worker - 39 hours, permanent, Lancaster

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.

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 Lancaster.

Who do you support?
We support 3 gents who all have learning disabilities but are very much active and enjoy various activities.

Where do they live?
It is a 4 bedroomed semi detached property with large drive and gardens to front and rear.

What would a typical shift be like?
Staff coming on duty would attend and support with some medication for any gents who had not already had theirs, there would normally now be 2 staff on duty. All laundry and some cooking will be carried out; supporting and encouraging the gents to be as independent as possible, Domestic duties are carried out following the cleaning schedule. Cash handovers will take place together with a colleague and activity diary and planners will be referenced for the day to ensure activity and appointments are supported in line with 1:1 hours; this would be 1 staff and 1 person supported attending their chosen activity, During the afternoon upon returning to service, notes are updated and you would then begin to lone work the remainder of your shift. You would support meal prep and chores, medication support and evening personal care, followed by night routines and locking up for bed. On rising in a morning you would be changing and laundering the staff bedding for the next staff, attending to 2 gents personal care routines, breakfast medication and kitchen tidy duties before the next staff is due to arrive to support and handover. We also have weekly and monthly safety checks to complete in ensuring we reduce risks and attend to issues of maintenance repairs that need reporting to relevant people.

What activities do the people that we support at this property like to do?
One gent likes to cook, bake, go shopping and swimming, attend church services and do house chores with staff. Another gent likes music, theatres, drama group, walking in the lakes or long local walks. He uses his treadmill to keep fit also and likes films, games consoles, dancing and swimming The final gent likes time on his own and is only supported to appointments, bill paying and with medication. He likes to go out daily on foot or his push bike returning home when he pleases.

Are there any skills or interests that a candidate could have that would be great to use to support this service?
We would like someone who can confidently cook and support, encourage gents involvement. We would like someone who can walk long distances and, as we have a large hill nearby, mobility is always encouraged. We would like people who are confident and organized in following routines and diarised tasks of the day

What is the team here or is it lone-working?
You would be doing lone working and working within the team during 1:1 hours; there can be 2 staff on duty for part of that day. You would be part of an experienced team with support from team members and team leader and have access to emergency on call team leaders if further support was required. You would be invited to monthly team meetings and have the opportunity to make suggestions if you felt you could bring fresh ideas to the group that may benefit the people supported.

What are your shift patterns?
08:30-22:00 sleep 7-10 or a day shift could be added so a later finish to support an activity. Day shifts are also completed throughout the week and a rolling rota is in place to allow you a great work/life balance and ability to accept or reject invitations in your private life.

We hope it 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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