Female Senior Support Worker (Communicator Guide)

Reference number: 42498

Title: Female Senior Support Worker (Communicator Guide)

Hours: Various part time roles available

Location: Liverpool

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: Sunday 8 April 2018

Salary: 16,087 per annum (pro rata) - 8.25 per hour

Sense salary points: Not applicable

Interview date: W/C 16.04.2018

To start: To be discussed at interview

Job advert:

About the role

We’re looking for a reliable and motivated person to join our professional team as a Senior Support Worker (Communicator Guide) in Liverpool in a community setting. We have two posts available:

  • 26 hours per week, part time. This post will work various days, evenings and weekends. A full UK driving license and use of your own vehicle is desirable, but not essential for this role.
  • 15 hours per week, part time. where you will be asked to work 5 hours per day on Monday, Thursdays and Saturdays.  A full UK driving license and use of your own vehicle is essential for this role.

Communicator Guides offer support to people who have developed sight and hearing impairments, often as they get older; you will support the individual to do the things they want to do - not to do things for them. You’ll be there to act as the eyes and ears of the individual – to make sure that communication is clear and that they are able to move around safely. The support you provide may be in someone’s home, their local community or work setting.

You will offer guiding skills, practical help and communication support, such as helping with shopping, dealing with mail, accessing social and leisure activities – enabling people with sensory loss to continue to live as independently as possible and decrease isolation.

You must be able to work flexible hours to suit the service requirements and have the ability to work on your own initiative.

For genuine occupational requirement we are looking to appoint female candidates only (exemption under the Equality Act 2010 Part 1 Schedule 9).

About you 

We would like to hear from you if you have experience of working with vulnerable people, and ideally have experience of working with people with a sensory impairment.

A willingness to develop your skills in all communication methods is an essential part of this role. You will need to be able to creatively solve problems that may arise using a person-centred approach and ideally have experience of using person-centred planning tools.

You must be enthusiastic, adaptable and friendly with a commitment to ensuring the individual you work with get the best out of their lives.

The ideal candidate will hold, or be willing to work towards, a Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care or equivalent.

About us

Sense is a national disability charity that supports people with complex communication needs to be understood, connected and valued.

Sense has a proven record of offering high quality, pioneering services.

Working as a Support Worker at Sense can be incredibly rewarding; we offer the opportunity to work in a large, diverse and successful charity where people can develop their skills, knowledge and careers in a supportive and flexible environment. In addition we have excellent training and development, the opportunity for you to join our Group Personal Pension scheme and a generous annual leave entitlement.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact: Helen Terry at helen.terry@sense.org.uk

No agencies please.

To apply

Please use the link below to complete your application; CVs will not be considered. Managers will use your application to shortlist candidates in relation to the Personal Specification and Sense's Values; therefore it is very important you complete this section thoroughly.  We would recommend that you read the candidate guidelines and job description (found at the base of this advert) before applying.

If you are a disabled candidate and require a hard copy pack or a different format for example large print, Braille or audio please contact the HR department on 0121 415 2744 or textphone 0121 415 2720.

Sense is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable children and adults and expects all employees to share this commitment. Therefore all offers of employment, where appropriate, are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Sense is an Equal Opportunities Employer and is committed to ensuring that all staff are motivated, skilled and rewarded by their work.


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Candidate guidelines: Download the candidate guidelines

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