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Role Description

Female Autism Specialist Support Worker – Folkestone

You must live in the UK and have the Right to Work in the UK full time. 20-hour Student Visa's cannot be accepted. SeeAbility is currently unable to support any sponsorship requests.
Location: Folkestone, CT20 1LJ

Please note, this service will be moving to the Thanet District in the near future, so we welcome applications from outside the Folkstone area. All travel expenses will be paid from the Thanet area to Folkestone whilst in this transition.

Salary: £11.25 per hour plus benefits

Hours: 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Sunday on a shift rota basis.

Employment type: Full-time, Permanent.

Candidate criteria:
  • Do you hold a UK driving licence and be willing to drive as the person you will support has their own car?
  • Can you demonstrate experience and knowledge supporting a person with autism?
  • Can you demonstrate experience and knowledge of positive behaviour support and behaviours that can challenge?
  • Do you hold the right to work in the UK?
Are you resilient, flexible and have compassion to help others?

Can you encourage, reassure and promote independence, fulfilling the lives of the people you support? 
If the answer is yes, we want you!!! Come and be part of something extraordinary!!!

Are you on the look out for a new a new challenge? You could be exactly what we are looking for. People like you who has the knowledge and loves to support people with autism. Our main priority for this job role is to find people with the right attitude and behaviours to match our own! 

Above all we want someone that:

  • Has a duty to quality and being the best they can.
  • Can provide excellent care and support to the people we support.
  • Treats others with dignity and respect.
  • Works well as part of a team.

Your duties will be varied, and no two days will be the same. Our residents are individual, and they all deserve to be treated as such. You will assist with personal care needs, as well as encouraging the people we support in activities, person-centred to them. You will support their health and wellbeing, ensuring they receive extraordinary care and live the life they want to, their way.

You will work on a shift rota basis, which will consist of earlies, late and long days; sleep-ins are compulsory in this role.


Who will you be supporting?

'Hi, my name is Joshua and I'm currently living in my own home in Folkestone, Kent. 

Experience supporting people like me, a man with autism, would be essential.  I am looking for people who are calm, patient and a positive to join my team. You need to support me to lead the life I want and encourage me to be gradually become more skilled and confident.

I like to go out. Therefore, we are looking for drivers so you must hold a valid driving licence and have a willingness to drive. I enjoy visiting castles and love to go swimming, so I would love it, if you like these things too. At home, I like a quiet and happy environment, but also love Harry Potter and Disney Pixar too!
You will have knowledge of autism and be physically fit, and 100% reliable. I have autism and sometimes my behaviour can be challenging but that shouldn’t stop me doing the things I love and leading an active life.

Sometimes I will need your encouragement to learn life skills and gain independence, but that’s something everyone needs at times. It's essential that you are gentle, can see the value in small gains. You will follow coaching from my behaviour support plan and are willing to help and support me when needed. We will get along just fine!

This is a challenging role but very rewarding for the right person. 

About us

Registered as The Royal School for the Blind, SeeAbility is one of the oldest disability charities in the UK. We have pioneered specialist support for over 220 years.

We specialise in supporting people who have learning disabilities or autism, who may also have sight loss. We strive for the people we support to live ambitious lives and achieve things they never thought possible. Whether that is forming more friendships and relationships, enjoying new experiences and activities or finding employment.


Our Benefits

Training and Development

At SeeAbility, we fully support your training and development. You will start with an extensive Induction programme and throughout your probationary period you will be equipped with face-to-face training, e-learning and guidance to support you whilst in your new role.

Your continued development is important to us, therefore, SeeAbility offer the means to progress your career, your way! You will learn and be supported in your role, and have the opportunity achieve professional qualifications - Care Certificate, QCF levels 2-5, which are funded by SeeAbility!

Please notewe reserve the right to close this advert early if we have received enough applications, so don't delay, apply today.

Safer Recruitment and Diversity

SeeAbility safeguards and promotes the welfare of the young people and adults we support. Therefore, we work with successful candidates to complete appropriate vetting checks prior to joining.

SeeAbility is committed to promoting equality, encouraging diversity and embracing inclusion among our workforce. We want our workforce to be truly representative of all sections of society and the people we support.

Your rewards

Our colleagues at SeeAbility are extremely valued, and so everyone has access to a fantastic package of benefits.

Your extraordinary opportunities

  • Leadership development academy and talent programme for the next steps in your career
  • Fully paid essential training
  • Funded professional qualifications – Care Certificate, QCF levels 2-5 available
  • Annual excellence awards
  • Long service awards and recognition
  • Quarterly 1:1s: Opportunity to discuss your progress and your future

Your work-life balance

  • 28 days holiday (incl. bank holidays), increasing to 36 days with long service (1 extra day for each year of service)
  • Life events - Time off when you need it most
  • Flexible working - We are up for anything that works for your team and the wider organisation

Your money goes further

  • Discounts and cashback at hundreds of shops, restaurants and activities
  • Eligible for Blue Light Card discounts
  • Save 10% on monthly bus travel
  • Pay reviews and commitment to pay competitive rates
  • Employer contributory pension scheme - Support and tools to help you make the right decisions about your future 
  • Refer a friend and receive £600
  • Paid DBS and renewals
  • Season ticket loans
  • Discounted mobile phone options

Your wellbeing counts

  • Life assurance of 2x annual salary
  • Free 24/7 employee assistance programme for advice and support
  • Free eye care vouchers
  • Discounted gym membership