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Support Worker

  • 8.72 Per hour
  • Gillingham, Kent
  • Kent Autistic Trust
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Support Worker

We are keen to hear from experienced staff and new to care staff. Experienced staff will already be 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: £17,010 p.a. / £8.72 p.h. Based on a 37.5hr week. Pro rata for part time.


SHIFT: Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm

LOCATION: Club 21, Brompton, Gillingham.

CLOSING DATE: 16th October 2020

About the Support Worker Role:

As a Support worker you will help our residents with their day to day lives, encouraging them to live as independently as possible. Providing exceptional person-centred care. Building meaningful relationships with them, their families, and other professionals. Working within either our Residential, Supported Living or Day Services. Having a background in supporting people with Autism in a previous role within a social care environment is desirable, although it is not essential.

About the Service: Club 21

21 is a day service that provides person centred specialist support for people with autism and additional needs, Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm.

We have 9 service users, both male and female aged between 20 to 55. Our service has shared communal areas as well as separate single rooms, over three floors. This is to cater for the people we support that have additional environmental needs.

We access a full range of activities such as horse riding, swimming, golf, aromatherapy, college courses, days out, as well as other seasonal activities.

We have our own art coordinator at the trust who supports the people who use our service to complete and design fantastic pieces of art. We also hold art exhibitions for the public using the amazing artwork produced.

21 were winners of the 2019 KICA Best Care Team in Kent awards, which we are immensely proud of. If you are highly motivated and want to make a real difference to someone\'s life, please come and join our winning team!

Tasks / Responsibilities of a Support Worker:

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

o Support individuals within the community in activities such as bike rides, long walks and shopping,

o Uphold their privacy, confidentially and dignity

o Assisting individuals with personal care and hygiene

o Administering medication

o Household management tasks cooking, cleaning etc.

o Handle money to shop, going to the bank etc

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

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

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

o May include lone working

o Ensuring written records are correctly maintained

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

Qualities of a Support Worker:

o Understanding everyone\'s abilities and support needs

o Promoting independence and choice

o Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion

o Form good working relationships with other members of staff

o A commitment to continuous personal development and learning.

Benefits We Offer you as a Support Worker:

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

o Paid DBS Check

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

o Life Assurance

o Long Service and Contribution Recognition Awards

o Pension (after 3 months)

o Employee Assistance Programme, with counselling services

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

o Discounted Gym Membership

o Financial Well-being Scheme (loans and savings)

o Voluntary sleep-ins, currently £60 per night

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

o Superb paid training

o Regulated Care Qualification Sponsorship

o Refer a Friend Recruitment Bounty (currently £500)

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

About the Trust:

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.

Our Values and Commitment:

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 Support Workers 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 for Support Workers.

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  • Posted on: 25/10/2020 12:57
  • Reference: CVM19257