Location: Crockleford Heath, near Colchester

Salary: £9.10 – £9.20 per hour 

Enhancements:         

Weekend: £11.37 - £11.50 per hour

Bank Holidays: £13.65 - £13.80 per hour

Christmas / New Year: £18.20 - £18.40 per hour

Sleep in Allowance: £70.47 per night

Hours: 15-24 hours per week 

Job Ref: E379

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

We have a clear pay progression structure and offer the following 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.
  • Occupational Sick Pay (after 12 mths)
  • Pension scheme
  • Support and encouragement to obtain qualifications and progress up the career ladder

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

Interested? Send your CV along with your preferred location and hours to [email protected] and we will contact you to talk about our current vacancies or for more information please contact us on 01206 577678 and ask for the recruitment Coordinator.

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