Full Time Support Workers for Adults with Learning Disabilities
We are proud of the support we provide to adults with learning disabilities and of the greater independence and involvement in community activities they have as a result. We believe in providing support in an individualized way that focuses on the qualities and abilities of each person looking to find the positives and finding out what they can achieve rather than what they cannot.
If you feel you can support vulnerable adults who may have a range of learning disabilities as well as some with physical and/or mental health needs, whilst respecting their independence, then PLUS could be the place for you.
You will be based in our services in Lewisham, Southwark or Croydon and will work to support our service users to live as independently as possible. Your duties would include promoting & safeguarding the well-being of service users; supporting them to achieve their maximum degree of independence through an increase in skills in a range of areas. This includes supporting education, social, leisure and employment activities appropriate to the age of the service user; encouraging them in all activities including personal care & hygiene, such as bathing, toileting, grooming etc as well as administering medication. There is even the chance to support them whist they go on holiday!!
We are looking primarily for full time staff who can work a 38 hour week on a shift basis, which includes weekends and bank holidays and a requirement to sleep in at the service at least once per week.
This is not just a job so you must be able to demonstrate a real commitment to supporting vulnerable adults as well as being physically capable of pushing wheelchairs and supporting service users who may be physically dependent. Whilst previous relevant experience and a Diploma in Health & Social Care would be desirable; having an appropriately supportive attitude and being willing to help each individual to maximise their lives is more important. In return we offer opportunities for professional development and real job satisfaction. We can help you to develop your professional skills and knowledge and progress toward recognised qualifications whilst providing a truly worthwhile service.
Salary: £19,266pa plus enhancements
Please telephone 020 8297 1250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a printed Job Pack to be sent to you by post.
Training & Development
Service users are at the heart of PLUS, and Training and Development is driven by their needs. PLUS Training and Development supports the operation of a Person Centred Planning (PCP) approach.
In supporting adults with learning disabilities to tell us what they want, we ask certain questions:
- Who is the service user – what are they like as people, what are their skills, characteristics?
- What is important to the service user – what are they telling us is important to them through their words/manner/behaviour/actions?
- How does this service user want to be supported?
We aim to support and empower our teams to deliver the best care for service users. We do this because we believe this enables better communication between service users and supporters and encourages a deeper commitment to care.
PLUS encourages support workers to achieve practical experience of techniques and communication skills, involving the service user, their family and friends. This helps provide a much richer picture of the service user, their life and aspirations and the best ways to support them.