Senior Support Worker (Communicator Guide)
Reference number: 42904
Title: Senior Support Worker (Communicator Guide)
Hours: 8 hours per week, part time
Contract type: Fixed Term
Closing date: Sunday 28 October 2018
Salary: £17,118 - £18,943 per annum, pro rata (£8.81 - £9.71 per hour)
Interview date: Monday 5 November 2018
To start: To be discussed at interview
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 the Southampton area. We have a total of 16 hours available for two candidates to job share, likely on an 8 hour per week split. This is a fixed term position, working until January 2020
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.
These positions are to support individuals in their own home and local community. You will assist with all aspects of communication, providing access to leisure activities in the local area and assisting with tasks such as visiting the doctors and shopping. Due to the communication needs of these individuals we are looking for candidates with British Sign Language skills to a level 3 or equivalent.
You must be able to work flexible hours to suit the service requirements and have the ability to work on your own initiative.
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 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care or equivalent. A full UK driving licence and use of your own vehicle is an essential requirement for this role.
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: Emma Davis, Emma.Davis@sense.org.uk
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