Waking Nights Support Worker

Location: Swaythling, Southampton

Contract Type: Full time

Closing Date: 09 July 2022

Salary: £23,279 - £26,313 (Plus £2000 retention bonus)

Specific Hours: 40 hours per week

Waking Nights Support Worker


Are you passionate about being a key part of a 24/7 service that supports and protects the most vulnerable children and families? At Athelstan the level of care never drops, regardless of the time of day or night and we need you to be part of this incredible initiative.  

Are you able to work independently when required but also able to forge fantastic relationships with your team? At Fair Ways you are valued as a person, and not treated as a number. We encourage creative thinking, reflective input and support ongoing professional growth. 

Who are Fair Ways and what do we stand for? 

Fair Ways is a wonderful place to work. We are a team. We care about each other and are all committed to making a change to the lives of the young people and service users in our care. We will not apologise for calling our staff great, the best, or world-class. Our staff are at the core of our organisation and we celebrate them by shouting it from the rooftops! 

Where and when do we need you? 

Athelstan Place is a specialist, independent residential care home for young people aged 16-25 years with mental health needs and those with learning and associated mental health needs. We are looking for a Waking Nights Support Worker to deliver effective rehabilitation and recovery to service users whose needs cannot be met by less intensive mainstream, mental health and learning disability services. Our focus is on the treatment and care of service users with severe and complex mental health problems who are high risk and often distressed, and who are or would otherwise be high demand on in-patient and community services. 

You will be involved in exciting and rewarding things like: 

Working in a care setting with service users who have complex health and social care needs, mental health needs and/or a diagnosed learning disability 

  • Planning and preparation - Co-ordinating and planning shifts nightly to ensure safeguarding is prioritised. Prioritising effectively across a range of demands, Managing and adapting to change 
  • Keeping vulnerable people safe - Appropriately managing challenging behaviour resulting from complex needs to ensure the safety of residents and colleagues. 
  • Dotting the I's and crossing the T's - Completing nightly tasks consistent with the smooth running of the home, such as handover, case recording, risk assessments, ensuring all information is recorded appropriately and accurately. 
  • Making a house a home - Being involved with the general upkeep of the service including some housework and general duties. 
  • Teamwork makes the dream work - Working as part of a well skilled, compact, specialist workforce with fantastic support and development. 
  • Developing your skills - Learning and understanding about mental health and learning difficulties and how this may impact on parental cognition. 
  • Working in a care setting with service users who have complex health and social care needs, mental health needs and/or a diagnosed learning disability 

It is important for applicants to be aware that this role could require lone working depending on the occupancy of the service. The work pattern would be 10 ½ hours per night working on a rolling 4 on/3 off rota. 

All candidates must have a full driving license and have access to the use of a car. Successful candidates will be required to provide an enhanced Disclosure (DBS). This disclosure cost will be met by Fair Ways. 

Desirable…. but not Essential 

Whilst we value the knowledge and understanding that experience and qualifications can bring we also know that some of our best people have come to us from unrelated backgrounds. These people already held our core values at heart, and with the dedication of our amazing in house training and development team, we have supported the rest! 

  • Previous experience of working with Children and young people with health/social care/educational needs  
  • A Level 3 qualification in health and social care or equivalent

Let us look after you! 

Looking after our employees is important to us, and whilst our culture is central to our identity, we also offer a great set of benefits to ensure we are striving to provide the best support to our employees available in the sector. 

  • Free Staff lotteries (including prizes such as £1000 holiday vouchers, weekends away, luxury hampers and vouchers
  • Fair Pay Panel (The opportunity to showcase your hard work potentially resulting in 2 pay rises per year!) 
  • Holiday Accrual Scheme and additional Holiday Purchase (up to 5 days) 
  • Health Shield (Health cash plan) 
  • Employee Assistance Scheme (Application based emergency financial assistance for employees) 
  • Education Grant – (funding up to master’s level accreditation
  • Wellbeing Initiatives - Team Building Days, Summer Festival, Wellbeing boxes 
  • Employee Assistance Programme (24/7 counselling service) 
  • Highstreet discount platform, Discounted Gym Membership 
  • Cycle to Work Scheme 
  • Leadership Courses 
  • Free Parking 
  • Annual Staff Awards/ Long Service Awards 
  • Pension Scheme  
  • Eligibility for a Blue Light Card 
  • £1000 Refer a Friend Scheme 
  • £250 Refer a Foster Carer Scheme 
  • £2000 retention Bonus for eligible roles

Find your happy place – we can’t wait to meet you! 

Apply today and be a PART of something amazing - We encourage a diverse workforce and welcome applications from all communities. 

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