Support Worker- Part Time hours (Driver required)- College visits

Reference number: 48034

Title: Support Worker- Part Time hours (Driver required)- College visits

Location: Selly Park, Birmingham

Salary: £9.75 per hour

Hours: 9 & 15 hours per week

Closing date: Sunday 14 August 2022

Interview date: As suitable applications are received

Contract type: Permanent

Job advert:

Could you be a Sense Support Worker?

Sense are looking for a passionate and motivated person to join our fantastic team as a Support Worker at our 6-bedded Supported Living service in Selly Park, Birmingham. 

This is a permanent role, with contracts available for 9 and 15 hours per week. We are offering Support Workers in Selly Park £9.75 per hour.

We are passionate about supporting individuals with complex needs, including mobility impairment, learning disabilities and sensory losses.

We currently have 4 individuals who access our Sense College during the daytime over 3-5 days per week.

As a Support Worker, during term time, you will be working 7am – 10am, Monday to Friday to support our college attendees to get up, complete personal care prepare/eat breakfast, prepare pack lunch and drive them to college which is only 15 mins away from their home. 

During non-term time you will be required to compete your hours (9 or 15 per week) as part of the normal rota. 

Care is provided around the clock. We take particular pride in the range of activities and wellbeing events we provide as the individuals we support have an active lifestyle. Some of the activities you could be supporting the individuals with include bike riding, trampolining, swimming, theme parks, day trips to places on interest, playing computer games.

Your shift pattern will be as follows: Term time-15 hrs per week (7am – 10am, Monday to Friday). Non-term time- Flexible over a 7-day rota and will include weekends. However non-term time is when annual leave could be taken. 

Here are some quotes from our current staff at this service:

“ I love my job, I enjoy my job”

“Person A just makes me smile so much, especially when I see what he achieves”

The duties are varied and no two days will be the same. The people we support are individuals and they are all treated as such. 

The shift timings at this service are as follows: 7:30am-3pm and 2:30pm-10pm. We are flexible over a 7-day rota and this will be discussed during your interview.

We can arrange for you to speak directly with one of our existing support workers who can give you a true account of a ‘day in the life' at our service.

Does this sound right for you?

Working at Sense gives you a wide range of benefits including:

  • 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
  • Health and well-being support
  • Pension Scheme
  • Discount scheme 

Your duties can include:

  • 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.

Your required skills and experiences:

  • You require a full manual UK license and must be willing/able to drive.
  • Knowledge of or qualification in British Sign Language or similar is desirable. ( BSL Level 1 / 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. 
  • 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.

Working 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.

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.

If you would like more information on this Support Worker role, then please contact Jayne Powell via email at Jayne.Powell@Sense.org.uk.

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 recruitment@sense.org.uk

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:  https://www.sense.org.uk/jobs/equality-diversity-and-inclusion-in-recruitment/

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