Female Specialist Support Workers

Reference number: 43001

Title: Female Specialist Support Workers

Hours: Full and various part time hours available

Location: Poole

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: Wednesday 19 December 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, caring and dedicated individuals to join our team as a Specialist Support Worker at our Supported Living Service in Poole. 

We have a variety of full and part time roles available, working between 8 and 37.5 hours per week. These roles include permanent and annualised contracts on both day and night shifts, and can be flexible around your own availability.  Shifts patterns include 7.30am to 3.30pm, 3pm to 10.30pm, 8am to 8pm, 8pm to 8am, 10am to 2pm, and 4pm to 9pm.

As a Specialist 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 – helping with personal care, supporting someone to rustle up some breakfast, do the weekly shop or visit a local café.

Sense also supports people to take part in some of our amazing arts and wellbeing activities – from dance to music making, swimming to rock climbing.

*For genuine occupational reasons we are looking to appoint a female candidate only (exemption under the Equality Act 2010 Part 1 Schedule 9).

We also have casual (bank) opportunities in this area attracting an hourly rate of £7.83.

About you 

Experience is not necessarily required for this role as we are able to support you and provide you with an excellent induction, including basic sign language and sighted guide training. However, it is really important that you are able to demonstrate the right values and behaviours to enable you to make a difference to people’s lives.

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.

A full UK driving licence is desirable for this role.

About us

For everyone living with complex disabilities. For everyone who is deafblind. Sense is here to help people communicate and experience the world.

We believe that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential.

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.

Please select the 'Additional documentation' link to view the 'Service One Page Profile', this provides more information on the role and the service in which it is based.

If you would like more information on the role, please contact Victoria Gallagher-White via Victoria.Gallagher-White@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 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)