We are keen to hear from experienced staff and new to care staff. Experienced staff will already be working in the field of autism, learning disabilities or mental health care/support (£500 golden hello paid for 2 yearsplus specialist experience). We also have opportunities for new support workers committed to developing a specialism in autism care/support - full training provided.
SALARY: Up to £18,000 p.a. / £9.23 p.h. dependant on experience. Based on a 37.5hr week. Pro rata for part time.
SHIFT: 3 week rolling rota that includes Split Shifts (7.30am to 10am then 4pm to 10pm) and Long Days (7.30am to 10pm). Rota attached.
LOCATION: Jemmett Road, Ashford.
CLOSING DATE: 11th November 2020
About the Support Worker Role:
As a Support worker you will help our residents with their day to day lives, encouraging them to live as independently as possible. Providing exceptional person-centred care. Building meaningful relationships with them, their families, and other professionals. Working within either our Residential, Supported Living or Day Services. Having a background in supporting people with Autism in a previous role within a social care environment is desirable, although it is not essential.
About the Service: Jemmett Road
Jemmett Road is a purpose-built establishment that provides 24 hour specialist support to 6 autistic adults, aged between 24 and 65, who also have additional needs such as epilepsy, communication difficulties and challenging behaviours.
We are a very active group and enjoy engaging in lots of fun activities such as visiting theme parks and trampolining.
We have a large Garden at Jemmett Road which has lots of outdoor games and even our own trampoline. We are currently revamping our garden to include more outdoor seating and even an outdoor room for visitors.
Within the service we also have our own sensory room that the guys can use.
The team at Jemmett Road are dedicated to providing a non-aversive, person centred approach with empowerment of the people we support at the forefront of everything we do.
Tasks / Responsibilities of a Support Worker:
The Support Worker role may include but not be limited to:
o Support individuals within the community in activities such as bike rides, long walks and shopping,
o Uphold their privacy, confidentially and dignity
o Assisting individuals with personal care and hygiene
o Administering medication
o Household management tasks cooking, cleaning etc.
o Handle money to shop, going to the bank etc
o Working with individuals who can display challenging behaviours hurting self or others, running away, throwing things, swearing, shouting.
o Working with and supporting individuals with additional needs, such as epilepsy, pica, learning disabilities.
o To form good working relationships with other members of staff across different services.
o May include lone working
o Ensuring written records are correctly maintained
o Drive an individuals mobility car or service vehicle Manual Licence required (Optional)
Qualities of a Support Worker:
o Understanding everyone\'s abilities and support needs
o Promoting independence and choice
o Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion
o Form good working relationships with other members of staff
o A commitment to continuous personal development and learning.
Benefits We Offer you as a Support Worker:
We offer many benefits, which include some salary sacrifice arrangements, although some benefits are dependent on a minimum earnings threshold:
o Paid DBS Check
o 28 days holiday, rising to 33 days after 1 year (Pro Rata for Part Time Positions)
o Life Assurance
o Long Service and Contribution Recognition Awards
o Pension (after 3 months)
o Employee Assistance Programme, with counselling services
o Significant Retail and Leisure Discount Scheme that could save staff an average of £1,000 pa
o Discounted Gym Membership
o Financial Well-being Scheme (loans and savings)
o Voluntary sleep-ins, currently £60 per night
o Opportunities to pick up additional voluntary casual shifts at enhanced rates
o Superb paid training
o Regulated Care Qualification Sponsorship
o Refer a Friend Recruitment Bounty (currently £500)
o We also have plans to introduce both a Cycle to Work Scheme and a Car Lease Scheme
About the Trust:
Supporting over 120 people in Medway and across Kent, The Kent Autistic Trust provides a wide range of services designed to meet diverse needs of the people we support with autism, learning disabilities and related difficulties. We provide residential homes, supported living accommodation, day resource services, respite, and outreach services. Ensuring the voice of those we support is actively listened to, working for us often means that no two days are the same, but the care and support we give is of consistently high quality, with CQC rating all our services good, and many outstanding.
Our Values and Commitment:
KAT is committed to providing high quality supports designed around individual abilities, needs and choices. KAT is committed to promoting independence and inclusion within communities. KAT believes everyone is able to make their own individual contribution. KAT seeks to work in partnership with all relevant parties but in particular with the individual themselves.
We seek Support Workers who really value every person, whether it\'s the people we support, their families, carers, or other staff by respecting their priorities, needs, abilities and limits.
We hope you are one of them!
We do not accept applications made via agencies for Support Workers.
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