Senior Support Worker (Communicator Guide) (Driver Essential)

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Reference number: 42783

Title: Senior Support Worker (Communicator Guide) (Driver Essential)

Hours: 16 hours per week, part time

Location: Swansea

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: Thursday 16 August 2018

Salary: 8.33 per hour

Interview date: To be confirmed

To start: To be discussed at interview

Job advert:

About the role

Sense are looking for a reliable and motivated person to join our professional team as a Senior Support Worker (Communicator Guide) in Swansea. This is a part time role working 16 hours per week in a community setting. 

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.

This role will involve supporting a number of people across Swansea to access the community, maintain their independence, access local cafes, hospital appointments, support them with correspondence etc. The individuals you will be supporting use different methods of communication, so you will need to commit to work towards Level 1 and Level 2 in British Sign Language, and be able to communicate with people in clear, spoken English. 

A full UK driving licence and use of your own vehicle is an essential requirement for this role.

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.

About Sense

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: Kim Richards, kim.richards@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 6735 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.

Job description: Download the job description

Candidate guidelines: Download the candidate guidelines

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