Are you a people person? Could you support people with learning disabilities, helping them live life on their own terms?
MacIntyre is an award-winning national charity supporting people with learning disabilities. Our core belief is that everyone has potential, something to offer and a valuable contribution to make to their community.
We have vacancies supporting adults for full-time (38 hpw) and part-time (19 hpw) Support Workers in our service in the Great Sutton area of Ellesmere Port.
We are also looking for a part-time Waking Nights Support Worker (19 hpw) to work several nights per week and help cover other shifts when required. Let us know on your application form which one of these roles you would most like to do.
About the role
You will play a key part in assisting the people we support to live as independently as possible. You will join in with their favourite pastimes and hobbies, helping them be active members of their local community. Activities might include going out for meals, cafes, swimming, hairdressers, soft play, sensory equipment, or visiting attractions such as Chester Zoo, Blue Planet Aquarium, Parks and Farms. Or you might be involved in shopping, or cooking or visits to some of the MacIntyre houses in the area. The list of possibilities is endless.
Because of the complexity of their learning disabilities, some people require help with intimate care or medication, or support with health appointments. They can display challenging behaviour when anxious and require emotional support and reassurance to help encourage positive behaviour sometimes. We will provide you with full training and with day-to-day help and advice from your Head of Service (Frontline Manager).
The work can be demanding and doesn't suit everyone, but if it's right for you, you'll find it incredibly rewarding and valuable.
You'll take your turn working shifts on a rota (Shifts : earlies, lates and sleep-ins) including days, evenings, nights, weekends, bank holidays. There is a minimum of 1 sleep-in per week.
The Waking Nights role you will be available during the night to provide physical support and emotional reassurance when the people we support are wakeful; checking at regular intervals to ensure they are comfortable and getting a good night's sleep ready for the next day. But we would also be expecting you to cover other shifts including earlies and lates when required, which could be a great opportunity to earn something extra every now and then.
What we need from you
Experience is not necessary, as we provide a full induction and free training programme, so this role is suitable for a trainee. People join us from many different backgrounds, it's more important to us that you have a positive approach and are willing to learn.
It is essential for these positions that you hold a full manual driving licence which allows you to drive in the UK, as you will be required to drive service vehicles. This is large adapted vehicle which caters for wheelchairs with tail lift.
Pay and Rewards
MacIntyre offers a full induction and ongoing training, including the opportunity to gain nationally accredited vocational qualifications. We also offer a range of benefits which include:
Generous annual leave allowance of 33 days including statutory public holidays, rising with service to a maximum of 38 days after five years.
Workplace pension scheme
Employee Assistance scheme to support your health and wellbeing
MacIntyre Staff Savings Scheme
Opportunities for transfers and Promotions within MacIntyre and we are well represented within the Ellesmere Port / Chester / Wirral area.
Salaries are dependent on successful completion of a 6 month probation period. Part time positions are pro rata.
If this jobs sounds like the right opportunity for you, click Apply on the MacIntyre website, and complete our straightforward application form.
Closing date: Friday 20 April 2018.
Interview date and Service visits will be arranged once applications have been received and shortlisted.
MacIntyre is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. This post will require an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check, together with all other relevant recruitment and right to work checks. Where relevant, candidates from outside the EU will need to produce a biometric residency permit. Additionally, any successful candidate who has spent six months or more outside the UK (as an adult) within the last five years will need to obtain an overseas police check.
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