Support Worker - 18 hours, permanent - Nelson, Lancashire. Driver required.

Location: Nelson

Hours: 18

Salary: £8.91 per hour

Contract Type: Permanent

Closing Date: 12 May 2021

Vacancy Reference: REF-10I-F8SQH7P

Support Worker - 18 hours, permanent - Nelson, Lancashire. Driver required.

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 Nelson, Lancashire.

Who do you support?
We currently support one young gentleman in his 20's who has a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy and Autism. He is bound to his wheelchair and uses a communication box.

Where do they live?
It is a 2-bed property with a garden to the rear. Both bedrooms have en-suite facilities and the property compromises of 1 large open-plan living area and a kitchen and is ramp accessed.

What would a typical shift be like?
At the start of the day you will get him up and give him his breakfast and get him dressed; he requires hoisting for all movement as he is unable to do this for himself. You will ask on the day if there is anything he wishes to do, he may have made plans to go out or see a family member so you will support him in his planned activities.

What activities does the person that we support at this property like to do?
There are no activities set in stone currently but he does like getting out in his van, watching football and listening to his music on his Alexa system. He is due to go to Manchester soon and learn how to do gaming on his communication box and he is hoping to get a paid job with the support of Scope. He likes to keep in touch with his family on a daily basis and visits them regularly using his own mobility van which is adapted to suit his wheelchair. He likes to be as involved in everything as much as he possibly can but does sometimes get frustrated that his wheelchair can hold him back from achieving some things in life.

Are there any skills or interests that a candidate could have that would be great to use to support this person?
We need someone who is able to work alone, not be afraid to do so and meet challenges head on. You will need to be a confident driver as driving is an essential part of this role.

What daily tasks does the person we support need help with?
- Household chores including food preparation
- Daily finances and banking
- Communication
- Accessing the community
- Moving and handling
- Medication management
- Health & hygiene needs
- Personal care

What is the team here or is it lone-working?
This is a lone working service so you will be working alone throughout your shift but training will be given before any of this takes place.

What are your shift patterns?
We have day shifts and sleeps and the shift times can vary.

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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