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Part Time Support Worker – Driver Essential
Looking for a new challenge?
Work with Sense and make a real difference to the lives of the people we support and their families.
You don’t need any previous experience to become a support worker with Sense. We’ll give you full training for our roles.
Sense is looking for a Support Worker/ Communicator Guide within our fantastic Community Service located in Bridgend. We are offering you an hourly rate of £10.20.
This is a permanent position working up to 12 hours per week with a potential to increase if suitable. We will assess your availability/suitability and pair you with a suitable Individual(s) to support, this could be one session a week or 3 sessions a day depending on your availability and generally shifts are completed between Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm occasional evening and weekends may be required. There is also potential for additional hours by matching with any number of new referrals we receive. We are able to be flexible with shifts so would love to discuss your options and hear from you!
This role is in a well-established Community Service, supporting over 50 clients with sensory impairments to maintain independence and carry out activities that are important to them. You will work alongside a supportive manager and a dedicated team at Sense to provide support which can include helping clients with their weekly shopping, taking exercise or attending local groups.
You may have cared for a family member in the past, and felt the reward? Or be a genuinely caring person looking to help positively impact an Individual's life? This role could suit someone with a young family or a semi-retired person.
A driving license and use of your own car is essential to be able to transport clients to activities to maintain independence and BSL skills to be able to communicate with clients would be desirable.
We’re looking for enthusiastic applicants who are:
Positive, with a can-do attitude.
Caring and empathetic.
Passionate about enhancing other people’s lives.
Willing to attend training as needed to support you in your role.
A full UK driving license and use of your own vehicle are essential
Knowledge of multi-sensory impairments / learning difficulties is beneficial.
No two days will be the same
Here at Sense, we support people with complex disabilities to live the life they choose. Your priority will be empowering the people you support to live an independent life.
This role in Bridgend might include supporting people with:
* Within their home, and within the community.
* To provide a customised, responsive and high-quality service to people with multiple sensory impairments, physical and/or learning disabilities who use Sense services.
* Everyday tasks like cooking and cleaning.
* Going into the community for shopping or other trips.
* Their social life
* To promote independence, life skills and informed choices in accordance with the individuals support plan.
* To enable individuals we support to influence their services and the way they are supported.
* To Listen to individuals and act on what is important to them.
* To use information to contribute to developing person-centred plans.
* To provide opportunities for the individual to make choices and decisions.
* To support the individual to take part in the running of their own home.
* To support people to speak up for themselves, and/or advocate on their behalf.
* To listen and respond to the individual’s needs.
* To promote and support people to take part in enjoyable, satisfying and purposeful activities
* To support the individual to access the community, learn new skills and maximise independence.
Everyone we support is an individual, so their care is as unique as they are. You can see a more detailed description of duties in the job description attached at the bottom of this advert.
Why work for Sense?
Sense is a national disability charity supporting everyone who is deafblind or has complex disabilities. We believe everyone should be able to take part in life, no matter their disability.
Our work empowers thousands of people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities to communicate, experience the world and fulfill their potential.
Work at Sense can be demanding and so isn’t for everyone, but it is also incredibly rewarding and valuable. Take a look at the video below to see why we do what we do.
* 24 days of annual leave.
* Matched pension contributions up to 5%.
* Free life assurance policy.
* Cashback and discounts on high street brands (and 10% off at Sense charity shops!).
* Cycle to work scheme.
* Travel season ticket loans.
* Enhanced sick pay.
* Free DBS check if your role needs one.
* A £350 refer-a-friend scheme.
* Free access to over 100 online and face-to-face training courses, including the care certificate.
* Ongoing development opportunities (such as our award winning Growing Stronger Leaders Together programme).
Ready to make a difference?
Please use the link below to complete your application. Managers will use your supporting statement to shortlist candidates for interview; in relation to the Personal Specification. Therefore, it is very important you complete this section thoroughly. We would recommend that you read the candidate guidelines, job description and person specification (found at the base of this advert) before applying.
Please note to avoid disappointment, we advise you to submit your application as soon as possible as we reserve the right to close posts at any time.
No agency submissions please: any submissions without prior authorisation from the Sense Recruitment Team will be treated as our own and as such no fee will be payable.
Sense is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable children and adults and expects all employees to share this commitment. Therefore, all offers of employment, where appropriate, are subject to an enhanced DBS check.
For this role we particularly welcome applications from candidates from underrepresented ethnic minority backgrounds and candidates with disabilities. Sense is committed to equality of opportunity, and to promoting and celebrating the diversity of staff, volunteers and the people we work with. Everyone's contribution is valued and we ensure they're given the opportunity to realise their potential. We welcome applications from talented people from all sections of the community who share our values and belief that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential.