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Role Description

Support Worker -Autism and Learning Disabilities

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  • Location: Shippon, Abingdon, Oxfordshire
  • Salary: £12.50 per hour (£24375 per annum) plus benefits: paid induction, enhanced overtime paid on weekends (Above 37.5 hours contract), a paid sleep-in shift of £50. 
  • Hours: 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Sunday on a shift rota basis.
  • Shift Patterns: 7.30 am – 3.00 pm, 2.30 pm – 10.00 pm, 10pm to 7:30am (sleep-in) 
  • Employment Type:  Full time, Permanent
You must hold a full UK driving licence to apply for this role
Do you have experience supporting people with autism, challenging behaviour and learning disabilities?
Do you drive and hold a UK Licence?
Do you live in the local area and have the full time 'Right to Work' in the UK?
If you have answered YES to the above, you could be exactly what we are looking for. Come and be part of something extraordinary!

We are on the lookout for Support Workers who are calm, patient, and resilient. You will need to be able to have a drive and be consistent to assisting the person we support to engage in the interests he loves. 

As a support worker, you will be part of an experienced staff team working within a calm and vibrant home where no two days are the same.

Support worker duties include:

  • Daily activities such as cooking meals, basic cleaning tasks, medication administration (after completing relevant training), food shopping with the person we support.
  • Providing support for offsite activities such as going out for walks, drives, gym and any other interests and appointments.
  • Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the person you will take care of.
  • Helping the person you will assist plan towards and achieve both short and long term aims. 
  • Taking personal responsibility for the quality of care and assistance delivered to the person you will care for
  • Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the person you will take care of
  • Ensuring the person, you will assist and their family is treated with respect, dignity, and equality
  • To work in accordance with SeeAbility’s values

We are looking for someone who can devote to 37.5 per week and are willing to work on a shift rota basis, covering mornings, evenings, and weekends including 1 sleep-in a week on average.

You will work closely with the registered manager, deputy manager to ensure that we are delivering the best person-centred care, ensuring outstanding delivery of support in line with our vision; inclusive communities where the person with autism and learning disabilities participate as an equal citizen.

As a support worker you’ll be part of a team that includes support from a positive behaviour support consultant. Your day-to-day management will come from an experienced, passionate leader who will work alongside you. This will assist you with your own leadership and interactions that will in turn enable people to move forward in their lives creating community connections, friends, hobbies, interests, and work.  Being passionate, creative and values led will really help you in achieving the small and bigger goals and outcomes that we all see as part of a safe, happy, healthy and empowering life. You will be driving the person we support in their car, so full UK clean drivers license is essential for this role. 

Who will you be supporting?

James* Lives in a single occupancy home which is purposely adapted to meet his complex needs. He loves going out to buy things, walks, drives and sight seeing at local lakes. When he is not out enjoying himself, he usually likes being at home playing with toys, solving puzzles, baking yummy treats. When he is tired of it all he likes resting at home while watching TV and listening to music.  
About us 

Registered as The Royal School for the Blind, SeeAbility is one of the oldest disability charities in the UK and has pioneered specialist support for over 220 years.
We specialise in supporting people who have learning disabilities or autism, who may also have sight loss, 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.
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.

Our Benefits

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

· We are a Living Wage Employer

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 (Support Workers to Deputy only)

· Paid DBS and renewals

· Season ticket loans

· Cycle to Work Scheme

· Discounted mobile phone options

Your wellbeing counts

· Life assurance of 2x annual salary

· Organisational Sick Pay Scheme after 6 months service starting at 2 weeks and increases with service up to 12 weeks at 3 years’ service

· Free 24/7 employee assistance programme for advice and support

· Free eye care vouchers

· Discounted gym membership

Training and Development

At SeeAbility, we fully support our Support Workers 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 note we reserve the right to close this advert early if we have received a sufficient number of applications, so don't delay, apply today.