Location: Colchester, CO4

Salary: £9.30 - £9.50 per hour

Enhancements:   

Weekend £11.75 - £11.87 per hour,

Bank Holidays £13.95 - £14.25 per hour, and

Christmas / New Year £18.60 - £19.00 per hour

Sleep in Allowance: £70.47 per night

Hours: Full time, 37 hours per week

Ref: E380     

We are looking for team members that are enthusiastic, driven, and reliable. You must want to provide a compassionate and high-quality service to the individuals you are working with.  As a Senior Support Worker, you will need to have a professional, caring and flexible approach.  We pride ourselves on working in partnership with professionals to ensure we provide a strength-based, outcomes-focused approach to our work.

You will provide daily support to people who are within the autistic spectrum, supporting and encouraging individuals to utilise activities and opportunities available to them through Autism Anglia’s service. You will be responsible for a team of Support Workers, working in partnership with the Team Leader in the day to day running of a residential service.

You will be a flexible individual with a proactive approach to your work and have good leadership skills. 

This role has a genuine occupational requirement for a female worker and has met the standards set out in the Equality Act through proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim.

Your main duties will include:

  • Working alongside the Team Leader in the day-to-day management of the service and to deputise in their absence.
  • Developing and maintaining up to date individualised support plans appropriate to the specific needs of the individual to encourage development to their full potential.
  • Supporting colleagues to ensure a high standard of delivery, recognising positive achievements for individuals and staff.
  • Supporting the individuals with personal care, health, and hygiene with the focus of developing daily life skills
  • Supporting/enabling individuals in daily activities which could include swimming, cycling, walking, tennis and other community-based activities.

Experience:

We need people who share our passion for making a difference and although experience of working with autism would be valuable, it is not essential for this role as full training will be given

  • Ability to manage emotionally and physically challenging situations and behaviours – essential
  • Ability to identify needs, wishes and aspirations of individuals who may have communication needs – essential
  • Line management experience including supervision and development of staff – desirable
  • Experience of working within a health and social care environment with individuals with an Autistic Spectrum Condition – desirable 

It is essential that the post holder should have a full driving licence.

We have a clear pay progression structure and offer the following benefits:

  • Extensive Induction and Learning & Development programmes, with nationally recognised qualifications
  • Job-related qualifications obtained during employment paid for by Autism Anglia (subject to conditions)
  • 25 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays (pro-rata for part-time)
  • Additional holiday based on length of service
  • Flexible working hours (where possible) for study and time off given for job-related exams 
  • Employee Referral Scheme 
  • Access to Spectrum Life Employee Assistance Programme, Wellbeing Tools, including counselling services & the Benefits Hub, which will give you access to lots of shopping and entertainment discounts, instant discounted gift cards and cashback
  • Occupational Sick Pay (after 12 months)
  • Support & encouragement to progress and reach full potential within your chosen career
  • Pension scheme

Autism Anglia is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults and expect all staff to share this commitment.  This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

 Autism Anglia is positive about inclusion and welcomes applications from individuals who are able to meet the requirements of the job position and may wish to request flexible working or reasonable adjustments to support them.

In the first instance please send your CV and application form to [email protected] or if you would like further information please call Head Office on 01206 577678 and ask to speak with the Recruitment Coordinator. 

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If no response is received within 3 weeks of the closing date, please assume your application has been unsuccessful. You are welcome to apply again for other positions.