Support Worker - Part time / Full time available

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Reference number: 47346

Title: Support Worker - Part time / Full time available

Location: Exeter

Salary: £10.00 per hour/ £19,500 per annum FTE

Hours: Up to 37.5 hours per week

Closing date: Tuesday 31 May 2022

Interview date: As suitable applications are received.

Contract type: Permanent

Job advert:

Could you be a Sense Support Worker?

It's an exciting time as Sense now have an opportunity for a Support Worker to join our residential service in Exeter. With both part time or full time positions availble to suit your availability / suitability, contracts are available with weekly hours up to 37.5 hours per week. Normal shifts are 7 hours, usually 8am – 3pm, 3 – 10pm.

Staff Quote - "I have worked for Sense since 2006, where I started as a support worker. I have undertaken and been supported through comprehensive training and progressed in my role to Team Leader. We have a very supportive team, a lovely bunch of individuals we support. No day is ever the same, what I like most is to empower individuals to be as independent as possible. The House has always been accommodating of my home / life balance."

You will be joining a great team here in Exeter, who provide meaningful support to individuals who have complex and challenging needs. You will be supporting individuals to participate in a variety of activities in their local and wider community, these include swimming, tennis, gym, climbing, music groups, festivals, opera’s, musicals, watching Exeter City play, short breaks and holidays both here and abroad. Previously we supported individuals to go to Dorset, Cornwall, and even abroad to Lanzarote! We are located in Exeter City Centre so are very close to all amenities with easy public transport links.

The skills you will develop within this role both personally and professionally will be numerous. These include working as part of a team, but also having the autonomy to work on own initiative. You will have access to training and professional qualifications. You will develop a wide range of communication skills, from sign language to using widget, advocating on behalf of the individual to ensure that they are receiving the best possible support.

Staff Quote - "I enjoy working here because no two days are the same. I’m able to experience different activities with those I support such as going to Football matches, trips away, days out to the beach, playing tennis, as well as helping our individuals to learn new skills and hobbies at the same time. Whether you’re old staff or someone new coming into the service you feel like part of the family."


Are you looking for an incredibly rewarding and valuable job role, where you can receive great training and development, a supportive work environment?

You do not need any existing experience as full specialised training will be provided!


Does this sound right for you?


Support worker, Exeter, Benefits:

  • Part time & Full time positions available 
  • 24 days’ holiday + bank holidays; increasing with length of service
  • Free DBS Check
  • Free leadership and management development (such as our award winning Growing Stronger Leaders Together programme) 
  • Free access to over 100 online and face to face training including the care certificate.
  • On-going development opportunities
  • Flexible working and family friendly policies
  • Employee referral scheme £350
  • Health and well-being support
  • Pension Scheme
  • Discount scheme 


Support worker, Exeter, Duties:

  • To support individuals / groups within the home, centre and community.
  • To provide a customised, responsive and high quality service to people with multiple sensory impairments, physical and/or learning disabilities who use Sense services.
  • To deliver services which meet or exceed organisational expectations and standards.
  • Full job specification is attached below.


Support worker, Exeter, Desired Experience:

  •  A full manual UK license and willingness to drive is desirable but not essential.
  • Knowledge of or qualification in British Sign Language or similar is beneficial ( BSL / Makaton etc.)
  • You don’t need to have previous experience in this field, nor do you need qualifications – we’re happy to work with you to help you become an excellent support worker. 
  • The willingness to learn, be open minded and to be flexible and adaptable is essential.
  • Prior experience of supporting individuals with sensory impairments / learning disabilities and challenging behaviours is desirable.
  • Full person specification is attached below.


About Sense

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.

Work at Sense can be demanding and so isn’t for everyone, but it is also incredibly rewarding and valuable. Take a look at the video below to see why we do what we do.

To apply

Please use the link below to complete your application. Managers will use your supporting statement to shortlist candidates for interview; in relation to the Personal Specification. Therefore, it is very important you complete this section thoroughly.  We would recommend that you read the candidate guidelines, job description and person specification (found at the base of this advert) before applying.

Please note to avoid disappointment, we advise you to submit your application as soon as possible as we reserve the right to close posts at any time.

No agency submissions please: any submissions without prior authorisation from the Sense Recruitment Team will be treated as our own and as such no fee will be payable.

If you require any further assistance, please contact the Recruitment Team on 0121 415 6735 or

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.

For this role we particularly welcome applications from candidates from underrepresented ethnic minority backgrounds and candidates with disabilities. Sense is committed to equality of opportunity, and to promoting and celebrating the diversity of staff, volunteers and the people we work with. Everyone's contribution is valued and we ensure they're given the opportunity to realise their potential. We welcome applications from talented people from all sections of the community who share our values and belief that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential. For more information please visit: 

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Job description: Download the job description

Candidate guidelines: Download the candidate guidelines

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