Location: Crockleford Heath, near Colchester

Salary: £10.45 per hour (inclusive of £0.25 Intensive Support Allowance (ISA))

Hours: 15-24 hours per week 

Job Ref: E379

£150 WELCOME BONUS FOR NEW JOINERS (PAYABLE AFTER 3 MONTHS)

This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a well-established regional charity, providing care, support, and life skills to the people we support in our Residential, Supported Living and Outreach Services. We pride ourselves on working in partnership with professionals to ensure we provide a strength-based, outcomes-focussed approach to our work.

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 Support Worker you will need to have a professional, caring, and flexible approach. 

Your main duties will include:

  • Working in partnership with all relevant professionals to provide a strength-based, outcomes-focussed approach to your work;
  • Keeping up to date and accurate records and support plans/risk assessments to reflect the requirements of the person being supported;
  • Monitoring and evaluating individuals’ needs and ensuring these are communicated effectively and accurately to the appropriate people;
  • Acting as a keyworker ensuring that the individuals’ needs, wants, and aspirations are identified and that their support plans reflect these.

We are currently recruiting staff to support a gentleman of 40, who lives in his own home in Crockleford Heath near Colchester. The house is set in a remote location and you will need to be aware of how you will be able to travel there.

He is a gentleman with autism that enjoys having social interaction with staff, including chatting about his favourite things. He is a fascinating person to work with and brings a lot of fulfilment to people that work with him. 

He’s a wonderful individual and likes to use computers, especially the YouTube Channel. He enjoys various cartoon characters, books and nursery rhymes, meals out especially puddings.

We are looking for individuals who will join the dedicated staff team to support him to achieve meaningful goals and continue the work of improving his quality of life

If you believe you can provide a dedicated work ethic and want to spend your day supporting this young man to live his life to the full then this is a great opportunity for you.

There is never a typical day, as it is driven by what the gentleman wants to do.  There is nothing more important to him than ensuring his routine is in place, and someone to share his experiences with.

Experience:

It is essential you have a good understanding of autism and the challenges that they may face. Experience in working in a similar setting previously would be an advantage.  What matters most is that you are patient, kind and caring, along with a desire to support people to live a fulfilling life with as much independence and choice as possible.

This role is varied, and every day is different, so being adaptable and using your common sense and initiative are a ‘must’ for this role. You do not need to have worked as a Support Worker before applying to us, but all experience in this field will help. As will those who have worked in any hospitality, customer service, or retail sector, as there are many transferrable skills that can be utilised in this field.

You will be expected to know, understand, and work within Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults procedures, for which you will receive all relevant training.  Autism Anglia is committed to ongoing training and supervision, qualifications and continuing professional development.  We also provide an extensive induction on commencement of employment. Therefore, experience is not essential, just a willingness to learn and implement all necessary skills for the safety and wellbeing of the people we support.

It is preferable that the successful applicant holds a full driving license – this is in a remote location, so alternative modes of transport are needed if applicants do not drive

Working for us gives you access to a range of perks and benefits:

  • Extensive Induction and training programmes
  • 25 days holiday plus bank holidays (pro-rata for part time)
  • Additional holiday based on length of service
  • Employee Referral Scheme – Incentive scheme which earns you money as you share jobs and aid the recruitment of employees
  • Access to ‘Spectrum Life’ Employee Assistance Programme and Benefit Hub, with free counselling services and incentives including shopping and entertainment discounts, instant discounted gift cards and cashback
  • Pension scheme
  • Support and encouragement to obtain qualifications and progress up the career ladder

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.

Autism Anglia is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults or children and expect all staff to share this commitment.  This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. For all enhanced DBS roles, we are permitted to seek access to spent convictions under The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, Exceptions Order 1975 (as amended 2013). When you receive your DBS certificate you are required to register it with the DBS Updating Service https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service which will ensure that the status of your certificate can be checked at any point, without the need for going through the application / disclosure of documentary evidence again.

Interested? Send your CV and application form to [email protected]

If you don’t hear from us within 3 weeks, please assume that on this occasion you have not been successful.

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