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Support Worker

  • 9.23 Per hour
  • Ashford, Kent
  • Kent Autistic Trust
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Opportunities for both Experienced Specialist and new Support Workers

We are keen to hear from experienced staff already working in the field of autism, learning disabilities or mental health care/support (£500 golden hello paid for 2 yearsplus specialist experience). We also have opportunities for new support workers committed to developing a specialism in autism care/support - full training provided.

SALARY: £18,000 p.a. / £9.23 p.h. Based on a 37.5hr week. Pro rata for part time.


SHIFT: Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.

LOCATION: Beaver Lane, Ashford

CLOSING DATE: 9th October 2020


Support workers help our residents with their day to day lives, encouraging them to live as independently as possible. This is a personally rewarding role where you can build on your skills and experience, whilst delivering exceptional care and support to our service users and their families. Having a background in supporting people with Autism in a previous role within a social care environment is desirable, although it is not essential. What is essential is that you understand that autism can be complex and challenging and that each person we support is unique.


Beaver Lane is a detached building situated not far from the town centre and close to amenities. It\'s a spacious house, specially designed for individuals with complex needs.The house has a lovely size garden to the rear where we have our lovely chickens, which is a great attraction for the people we support to use the garden.

We support 6 individuals at Beaver lane. Three have their own flats within the service, due to their complex needs. We support individuals who can become anxious and display behaviours that may challenge others.

Staff are supported by a good core team of staff who have built up good working relationships with the individuals we support and are welcoming of new staff to join our team.

The service likes to make use of the garden area, which has been great this year with the added restrictions placed on everyone.


Supporting over 120 people in Medway and across Kent, The Kent Autistic Trust provides a wide range of services designed to meet diverse needs of the people we support with autism, learning disabilities and related difficulties. We provide residential homes, supported living accommodation, day resource services, respite and outreach services. Ensuring the voice of those we support is actively listened to, working for us often means that no two days are the same, but the care and support we give is of consistently high quality, with CQC rating all our services good, and many outstanding.


The Support Worker role may include but not be limited to:

- Providing support to individuals to attend and participate in activities within their communities bike rides, long walks, attending College, shopping, swimming (which would involve you entering the pool)

- Understanding each individuals abilities and support needs

- Promoting independence and choice

- Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion

- Uphold the privacy, confidentially and dignity of all individuals

- Assisting individuals with personal care and hygiene

- Household management tasks cooking, cleaning etc.

- Working with individuals who can display challenging behaviours - hurting self or others, running away, throwing things, swearing, shouting.

- Working with and supporting individuals with additional needs, such as epilepsy, pica, learning disabilities.

- May include lone working

- Ensuring written records are correctly maintained

- Administering medication

- Drive an individuals mobility car or service vehicle Manual Licence required (Optional)

- To form good working relationships with other members of staff across different services.

- A commitment to continuous personal development and learning.

- Supporting individuals to maintain relationships with family and friends i.e. buying cards, phone calls, passing on information etc

- Handle money which may include helping individuals to shop, going to the bank, or supporting people to manage money safely.


We offer many benefits, which include some salary sacrifice arrangements, although some benefits are dependent on a minimum earnings threshold:

- Paid DBS Check

- 28 days holiday, rising to 33 days after 1 year (Pro Rata for Part Time Positions)

- Life Assurance

- Long Service and Contribution Recognition Awards

- Pension (after 3 months)

- Employee Assistance Programme, with counselling services

- Significant Retail and Leisure Discount Scheme that could save staff an average of £1,000 pa

- Discounted Gym Membership

- Financial Well-being Scheme (loans and savings)

- Voluntary sleep-ins, currently £60 per night

- Opportunities to pick up additional voluntary casual shifts at enhanced rates

- Superb paid training

- Regulated Care Qualification Sponsorship

- Refer a Friend Recruitment Bounty (currently £500)

- We also have plans to introduce both a Cycle to Work Scheme and a Car Lease Scheme -


KAT is committed to providing high quality supports designed around individual abilities, needs and choices. KAT is committed to promoting independence and inclusion within communities. KAT believes everyone is able to make their own individual contribution. KAT seeks to work in partnership with all relevant parties but in particular with the individual themselves.

We seek staff who really value every person whether it\'s the people we support, their families, carers, or other staff by respecting their priorities, needs, abilities and limits.

We hope you are one of them!

We do not accept applications made via agencies.

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  • Advertiser: Direct Employer
  • Posted on: 25/10/2020 13:03
  • Reference: CVM19142