Bexley Mencap - Community support worker
Are you looking for a flexible job where you can make a positive difference in someone's life? At Bexley Mencap we can give you that.
We have opportunities for Community Support Workers to work in Bexley. As a Support worker you will be expected to provide an outstanding level of care that will enormously contribute to the people we support, helping them to live the life that they want to lead.
This may include:
- Supporting people to take part in activities that interest them
- Supporting people to live independently and manage their home
- Supporting members to attend a Bexley Mencap group or a group in the community
The people you will be supporting all have different hobbies and interests and the right person for this role will hopefully enjoy trying new things and going out into the community… whether it be a morning down at the local park, bowling, a shopping trip into town, or an evening out with friends… no two days are the same!!
We support people during the day, in evenings and weekends so have a variety of hours to suit you. Most offers of work will be based on zero hour contracts at a salary of £8.80-£9.00 per hour. To find out more and apply please email Steve@bexleymencap.org.uk
*An enhanced DBS will be required for each successful candidate, paid for by Bexley Mencap (T&Cs apply)
Closing date: Ongoing
Bexley Mencap is a small and dynamic local charity focused exclusively on supporting people with learning disability and their families. Our aim is that people with a learning disability are respected, valued and empowered to live life to the full.
We provide support and opportunities to people with learning disabilities and the people that care about them. We work to raise awareness, break down barriers and promote understanding within the community.
About the role
As a community support worker you’ll be supporting adults with learning disabilities to live life to the full. You’ll do everything to make sure that people are empowered to make their own choices about their lives, are able to do the things that they would like to do and are supported in areas that they need.
This is a varied role that could involve a large number of activities and you’ll need to be flexible to make sure that the support that we offer is personalised to the individual’s needs and wishes. Whilst you will usually be supporting one person individually there are also times that our dedicated social groups may need support.
We run a variety of groups and support, so hours for this role are varied and may include evenings and weekends.
Whilst we don’t ask for qualifications we do ask that all of our staff live our organisation’s values and demonstrate them in their day to day work. Experience of supporting people with a learning disability are beneficial but wanting to make a difference to the lives of people with a learning disability is what matters most.
You will need to be caring, patient and have good communication skills. You’ll need basic IT skills to be able to complete online records and being able to drive is of benefit. What matters most is that you are passionate about making sure that people with a learning disability live the life that they want to lead by empowering them to develop independence, choice and confidence.
What we offer
We offer full training to our team and ongoing support. We offer a range of benefits including discounts at local shops and restaurants, as well as options to purchase health plans at discounted rates. We also offer 22 days holiday (plus 8 bank holidays).
1. To provide support to people on a one to one basis in their own homes and in the local community, in accordance with the agreed support plan and within an agreed plan of risk taking.
2. To facilitate increased independence by encouraging and supporting participation in daily living activities and opportunities.
3. To work with people, their families, team members and partner organisations to ensure that support is tailored to meet their individual needs and wishes.
4. To use a range of communication methods to assist people to make informed decisions and choices about the issues affecting their lives.
5. To assist with everyday living skills, and provide support in such areas as: personal finances, healthy eating, healthy lifestyle, building relationships, employment, safety in the home, accompanying to leisure/educational/health facilities, administration of medication, risk taking, shopping, cooking and cleaning.
6. To be familiar with and work within the organisation and the service’s values policies and procedures, maintaining records and reports accordingly.
7. To preserve and respect the dignity and privacy of people and their families and observe confidentiality at all times.
8. To attend and participate in team meetings, supervisions, appraisals and training as requested and required by your Manager.
9. To follow best practice guidance regarding Safeguarding, Care Standards Act, Domiciliary Care, Health and Safety and managing risks legislation to promote independence.
10. To work flexibly and creatively to meet the needs of people by providing cover as required in the event of staff shortages.
11. To support anti-discrimination policies and procedures and promote equality of opportunity at all times.
12. To undertake such additional duties appropriate to the post and to support the organisation’s wider goals by working flexibly across the organisation from time to time as determined by your manager.
13. To enable people to look after their own finances and medication and to support in accordance with the agreed support plan.
14. To keep accurate and up to date records.
15. To report any significant issues, notifiable events or concerns through line management channels.
Our work is underpinned by our values and all of our team are expected to demonstrate these in their daily work:
Nurturing: We aim to support everybody to grow, develop and reach their full potential
Approachable: When people need us, we are there and we make it easy for them to get support
Inclusive: People with a learning disability and their loved ones are at the heart of everything we do
Passionate: We are dedicated to improving the lives of the people we support
Respectful: We treat everyone who comes into contact with our organisation with dignity and respect
You will also be able to demonstrate or tell us about the following areas in your application and at interview:
Personal Characteristics (essential)
- Have a passion for supporting people with learning disabilities
- Caring and considerate
- Calm under pressure
- Willing to try new things
- Uses initiative and creativity to make decisions
- Always looking for ways to improve service
- Committed to inclusion of people with learning disabilities in all aspects of community life
Knowledge and Behaviours (essential)
- Demonstrate general understanding of the support needs of people with learning disabilities and the issues affecting their lives
- Able to develop rapport with people with learning disabilities
- Able to maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries
- Demonstrate a commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of people with learning disabilities
- Demonstrate an ability to develop professional relationships with partners and networks
- Good level of English to enable you to fulfil your role
- Confident to work without direct supervision
- Basic IT, literacy and numerical skills
- Knowledge about learning disability and Bexley Mencap
- Experience of working with people with learning disabilities
- Social Care qualification or equivalent
- The Care Certificate
- Holds a valid, clean driving license and owns car