Specialist Support Workers

Reference number: 42851

Title: Specialist Support Workers

Hours: Various part time roles available

Location: Sheffield

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: Sunday 30 September 2018

Salary: 15,756 per annum (pro rata) - 8.08 per hour

Interview date: To be confirmed

To start: To be discussed at interview

Job advert:

About the role

Sense has a great opportunity for passionate and dedicated individuals (both Male and Female) to join our growing team of Specialist Support Workers working at our services in Sheffield. We have various part time hours available in Supported Living, including 20, 22.5. 24.5, 27 and 30 hours per week.

As a Support Worker, you will support and enable people to live the life they choose: to make choices, to express themselves and live as independently as possible. Your patient support and encouragement will assist individuals to run their own lives as much as possible by helping with personal care, assisting them to access activities, engage with the community or supporting them to attend medical appointments. One of our services enables an individual to enjoy the experience of owning and caring for their own pet, in this case a small dog.

Sense also supports people to take part in some of our amazing arts and wellbeing activities. These will vary depending on the service and the individual interest but include music and dancing, swimming, sensory baking, tactile art and boccia. 

You can read more about working with Sense at our fantastic services by  clicking here or select the  'additional documentation' link to view the 'Service One Page Profile' to read more about our Supported Living Services.

A full UK driving licence is an essential requirement for this role.

About you 

Experience is not necessarily required; however, it is really important that you are able to demonstrate the right values to enable you to make a difference to people’s lives.

It would be great if you had any experience with: working with people who have a sensory impairment and complex communication needs, physical disabilities, BSL/ Makaton skills, administering medication, behaviour that challenges, autism and learning disabilities. One of our services supports with tube feeding and complex health needs, we’d love to hear from you if you have knowledge and experience of this.

A full UK driving licence is an essential requirement for some of these positions.

Flexibility is needed as working times do vary and will include evenings, weekends and sleep-ins; we will however provide you with a rota in advance so you can plan your life accordingly.

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.

Our selection process aims to make sure that the role is right for you and you are right for us.  It involves completing an online application form, taking part in a value based interview/assessment process and visiting one of our services.

If you would like more information on the role, please contact Sarah Graham via Sarah.Graham@sense.org.uk.

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 Sense I Statements and the Personal Specification; therefore it is very important you complete this section thoroughly. We would recommend that you read the candidate guidelines and job description (linked below) 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 an Equal Opportunities Employer and is committed to ensuring that all staff are motivated, skilled and rewarded by their work.  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 are subject to a number of checks including an enhanced DBS check where appropriate.

Job description: Download the job description

Candidate guidelines: Download the candidate guidelines

Additional documentation: Download the additional documentation

Related links

Who Sense supports

More about Sense, it's visions and values

Sense's People Strategy

Sense's People Strategy (Accessible)