Support Worker
Alternative Futures Group
4h ago

Being a Support Worker at AFG is a hugely rewarding role and could be your first step on a long and happy career in Health & Social Care.

So, what does a Support Worker do?

  • We have a vision to create a world where people control their lives. Here at AFG, we pride ourselves on helping the people we support to design, develop and own’ the support they receive by planning this with them;
  • we support people to make informed choices and increase their own independence; and we support people to maintain their own health, wellbeing and living environment.

    These principles are really important to us.

    Our Support Workers work in a variety of settings including community-based services (often supporting people in their own homes) to our Treatment & Recovery Centres.

    One thing that is common across all of our services is a focus on personalised support and tailoring our services to the needs and aspirations of the people we support with a diverse range of care needs (including Learning Disabilities, Physical Disabilities, Mental Health Concerns, Complex Care, Substance Misuse issues to name a few).

    We value the people that work with us

    At AFG we recognise the contribution and value that our staff make. We would not be able to provide the life changing support that we do without people like you! In return for your contribution we will support you throughout your career and we provide a wide range of employee benefits, career development (including opportunities to undertake vocational qualifications) and lifestyle support services to ensure that you too feel supported, fulfilled and valued from day one of your employment with us.

    About you

    There are a few things that we look for in all of our support workers; we would need you to

  • be a good communicator (verbally and in writing)
  • be patient, confident and enthusiastic about caring for others
  • be able to use your own initiative
  • be able to work as part of a team
  • have flexibility to work a varied shift pattern to provide 24-hour support
  • share our AFG values
  • We don’t ask for any other relevant training or a previous career in care as full training will be provided you just need a willingness to learn and develop.

    As a values based’ employer, the people that work for us genuinely care about the people they support, and we are seeking likeminded people to join our AFG family.

    If you are passionate about caring for others and have a real desire to make a positive difference to the lives of the people we support then we would love to hear from you.

    More about this vacancy...

    We asked the Team Leader to tell us more about this role and the amazing person that we need to work here.Where is this vacancy based?

    This vacancy is based in Nelson.

    Who do you support?

    We support an older lady and gent. They have lived together for many years and get on very well together. They both have learning disabilities and are non-verbal but communicate in other ways and are encouraged to make their needs and wishes known.

    What would a typical shift be like?

    A typical day will start at 6.30am with the gent being an early bird. You will help him to bathe and dress then support him in the kitchen whilst he makes one of his many cups of tea.

    Once he is settled the lady likes to get up a bit later with the same support for dressing and hair care. You will prepare breakfast and clear away before heading out for a drive.

    Back at home things are very relaxed. The lady loves listening to music and happily sits in the conservatory enjoying Abba or 60’s music.

    Foot spas are a real hit as are sensory activities. The gent likes eating and drinking; he is very happy when there is a baking session at the home, observing the process and then happily testing the results! There has been some interest in gardening which can be further encouraged using the greenhouse.

    In the evening, the jigsaws may come out or there might be a TV show on that they enjoy; mostly music based like X-Factor or a musical.

    What activities do the people that we support at this property like to do?

    If you are lone working you may go out in the car for a drive in the morning as they like to go all over the place to see the sights.

    During one-to-one time, a trip out might include lunch at a café or pub where they love to people watch or visit a sensory room.

    Are there any skills or interests that a candidate could have that would be great to use to support this service?

    They both have their own mobility vehicles, and this is an important part of their daily life so it is essential that you have a valid driving licence.

    What is the team here or is it lone-working?

    Some of the shifts may be lone-working and joined by another Support Worker through the day for 1-2-1 time.

    What are your shift patterns?

    Shifts are mainly days followed by a sleep-in, that would be a 16 hours shift starting at 6.30am, all the way through to bedtime and then sleeping overnight in the property (sleeps are paid separately to the hourly rate).

    We hope this has given you more insight into this role and we hope to see your application soon.

    Please note our Support Workers are contracted by area therefore flexibility is essential to work in other services where required.

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