Female Only support worker Ref: JMD/Mauchline
The post will be for between 9 to 15 hours per week. Most work will be in 3 to 4 weekday afternoons, 2.00 pm – 5.30 pm, although evening and weekend work may be required. The rate of pay is £8.75 rising to £9.00 after a 6-month probationary period.
The person to be supported is a 27-year-old woman who has Down’s syndrome. She is a lively character with a wicked sense of humour who can be challenging, particularly in transitions between one activity and another. As a teenager, she led a full and active life but has had unfortunate experiences which led to her losing confidence and gradually withdrawing from participation in activities outside of her home. The key purpose of this position is to encourage and support her to participate in a range of activities including:
- Keep fit classes
- Cinema and theatre visits
- Attending church
- Social activities.
The successful applicant will have experience of supporting adults with learning difficulties who exhibit challenging behaviour. Training to SVQ level 2 would be an advantage as would experience of working with adults on the autistic spectrum. Having the use of a car would also be an advantage. A positive disposition and caring attitude is essential.
The assistance you provide will vary but will largely involve: –
- Assisting her with the choices she makes in her daily life, using a balanced approach which emphasises advice and encouragement rather than making decisions for her
- Supporting her with all her personal care needs including assistance using the toilet
- Meet with her at her day centre early afternoon and then take her on an activity before returning her home early evening.
- Assisting her to stay safe. This is especially important with respect to dangers outside of the home particularly road safety as she has little road sense.
- Assisting her to use local community resources and to get involved and become a part of the community she lives in. This will involve assisting her to develop and maintain relationships with neighbours, friends and family by providing encouragement, guidance and support where needed
- Assisting her to organise and get involved in recreational activities, to try new experiences, meet new people and broaden her interests
- Work to assist her with developing existing skills and to learn new skills
- Work to assist her to cope with her feelings and relationships and in managing the practicalities of daily living, in addition to accessing other support systems in the community
- Treat her, always, as an adult and unique individual, recognising her rights to choose, dignity, individuality, love, friendship and respect
- To, always, talk respectfully to and about her, recognising that she has individual rights
- Assist her to plan and to solve problems that are worrying her.
Working with her family you will be committed to providing the highest standard of support. To this end, you will: –
- Work with the family to promote and develop goals to be aimed for
- Work in a consistent manner alongside family members, developing supporting relationships
- Take part in the planning and review process for the support and take responsibility for tasks allocated to you
- Be aware of effective communication with family
As an individual employee, you will: –
- Demonstrate adherence to and sound knowledge of accepted good practice and procedures
- Ensure that when being supported, she is kept in a smoke free environment and is watched over always. A mobile phone should only be used in strict support of her.
- Liaise and network with agencies and individuals where required
- Uphold and safeguard the positive image and reputation of her and her family
- Contribute to continuous improvements in delivery of support
- Understand your work in relation to the values and principles of Self Directed Support
- Contribute to the support and supervision process
- Be willing to take up training opportunities
The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate competencies and attributes in the following areas: –
- Reliable and trustworthy
- Adopts a common-sense approach to their work
- Able to remain calm in stressful situations
- Flexible in terms of approach and availability for work
- Able to think and work in a reflective way
- A team player who can work well as part of a team
- Positive outlook and open to innovative ideas and change
- Able to demonstrate respect and commitment
- Able to negotiate, listen and communicate well
- Able to listen and not be quick to judge others
- Comfortable with taking direction but can also work on their own initiative
- Is respectful and can maintain confidentiality
- Motivated to learn and develop new skills
Please note: our interview process is based on the applicant being able to provide examples of the competencies associated with the personal specification.
Post subject to successful reference and PVG checks.
Two up to date Reference contacts are required one of which must be from a present or previous employer. In addition a new PVG enhanced disclosure will be required prior to appointment (disclosure cost to be met by the employer).
** There is a 6 month trial period attached to this post
To apply please email your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 01294 475685 to request an application form to be returned to: 14th July 17
Ayrshire Independent Living Network
The Michael Lynch Centre for Enterprise
71 Princes Street
**** Please note AILN are not the employers, we provide a support & payroll service to individual employers who receive Self Directed Support funding to employ their own staff