Support Worker – Supported Living for People with a Learning Disability
Up to £9.60 per hour (£18,720 per annum)
Harpurhey, North Manchester
Are you a ‘people person’ with the commitment and person-centred values to be able to make a real difference to the lives of people with a learning disability? Would you enjoy working for a progressive national, charitable organisation with a strong local presence?
We are seeking highly motivated Support Workers for a new purpose built Supported Living Service for 10 people with a learning disability and/or autism in Manchester, located in Harpurhey. Some people will have other needs such as mental health needs and substance misuse. The service will support people who live at the service for up to 2 years to build on their existing skills and to move on to a more independent life. The role will involve providing care, support and housing related support to people in a personalised and responsive manner.
There will be the opportunity to plan and carry out transition work and to undertake the valued role of Key Worker, working with individuals and their circle of support to co-produce and implement their support plans. You will work proactively to enable people to develop their quality of life and independence and to maximize their health and wellbeing. This will include providing support to build confidence and skills in all activities of daily living. You will enable people to establish a positive and meaningful lifestyle, build community connections and relationships with others. You will empower individuals to make choices, enjoy opportunities for personal development and achieve their aspirations and personal goals.
Prior paid or voluntary work experience of supporting people with a learning disability and/or autism or mental needs is useful but not essential if you have the following personal qualities and attitudes:
Kindness and compassion
Enthusiasm and creativity
A respectful and inclusive approach
An accountable and conscientious attitude
Ability to work positively in a team
The courage to question and to challenge when needed
Commitment to enable service users to achieve their goals
Willingness to keep learning and developing your own practice
In your role as a Support Worker you will need to be able to communicate effectively with service users and colleagues and you must have a good standard of written English in order to contribute to written records. You must be able to liaise professionally with service users’ families and with external Council and NHS workers.
You must be able to work shifts and to be flexible and reliable. A variety of shift patterns will be offered. The service is located close to Harpurhey District Centre, just off Rochdale Road. There are very frequent bus services to and from Manchester, Middleton, Rochdale and Oldham (Bus no 17 and others, see GMPT website).
We pride ourselves on our effective infection prevention and control (IPC) measures to prevent the transmission of Covid-19. To ensure your safety and the safety of the vulnerable people we support we will provide you with all necessary PPE, information and training in IPC. In order to keep our staff and service users safe we expect all applicants to Creative Support to have had at least their first Covid 19 vaccination prior to starting employment with us and to be committed to having the second vaccination within a 3 month period.