Do you want to make a difference to people's lives?
Are you looking for a career within Care and Support?
We are working with a local charitable organisation who have a number of vacancies in the Thanet area for Support Workers.
Choosing to work within Care and Support is one of the most fulfilling and exciting decisions you can make. As a Support Worker you will need to think openly and imaginatively to support people to take control of their lives. You will keep the people you support at the centre of everything you do, working to ensure they have every chance to live the best life possible. Given the nature of the job, being a support worker can be emotionally challenging and very stressful, requiring emotional resilience and the ability to work calmly and sensitively, regardless of the situation.
* Working with deaf and hard of hearing people with additional needs; * Providing emotional support by talking to clients and listening to their problems and concerns; * Assisting and guiding the client with domestic tasks such as cooking, cleaning and shopping etc; * Helping clients to budget and handle money; * Helping clients participate in leisure activities; * Advising clients on practical issues; * Accompanying clients in meetings with other agencies and health care professionals; * Guiding and teaching clients in life skills.
There are no specific qualifications needed for being a support worker; it is more important to be interested in helping others and to have an empathetic approach to people, regardless of their problems. The key aspects we are looking for are:
* An interest in people and a commitment to helping others; * The ability to communicate clearly and sensitively; * A knowledge of the emotional and practical difficulties a client may face; * Able to plan and manage own time effectively; * An empathetic approach; * The ability to gain the trust of clients and to build good relationships with vulnerable people; * The ability to carry out practical and domestic duties; * Good problem solving abilities; * An organised, efficient and flexible approach to the job; * The ability to work independently and as part of a team; * A commitment to equal opportunities; * A high level of patience and emotional resilience; * A non-judgemental attitude regardless of the client's needs or situation; * A respect for client confidentiality.
This role is initially being offered on a temporary basis but will evolve into a permanent offer for candidates deemed suitable. Both part and full time hours are available ranging from 15 - 37.5 hours a week but this will always require you to work some weekends (either one or two weekends a month on a rota basis). Shifts vary but are generally 0730-1500 and 1430-2200.
Although no qualifications are required for the role, a good standard of written and spoken English is essential. An existing NVQ in Care would be an advantage but otherwise this would be something you would be expected to work towards achieving to Level 3 when permanent.
Whilst temping the role will not require you to give 1:1 support and you will always be working alongside a permanent member of staff. Full training package provided to include training to British Sign Language Level 1 as a minimum.
The successful applicant will be subject to Disclosure checks through the Disclosure and Barring Service.
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