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Role Description

Support Worker -Autism and Learning Disabilities

Please note: If you require a Visa to work in the UK, SeeAbility is currently unable to support any sponsorship requests.
  • Location: Didcot, Oxfordshire
  • Salary: £12 per hour plus benefits, paid induction, additional £1200 per year based on 2 waking  nights per month, overtime pay for weekdays and weekends over 37.5 contracted hours
  • Hours: 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Sunday on a shift rota basis.
  • Shift Patterns: 7.00 am – 3.00 pm, 2.00 pm – 10.00 pm
  • Employment Type:  Full time, Permanent
You must hold a full UK manual 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 manual full UK drivers licence?
Do you live in the local area and have the 'Right to Work' in the UK to work full time?
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 drive and have a consistent approach to assisting the people we support to engage in the interests they love.

As a support worker, you will be part of an experienced staff team working within a busy and vibrant service 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 people we support.
  • Providing support for offsite activities such as going to the gym, bowling, sensory room, historic gardens and any other interests and appointments.
  • Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the people you will take care of.
  • Helping the people you will assist plan towards and achieve both short and long term aims. 
  • Going away on seaside and caravan staycations with the people we support, helping them to live their best life!
  • Ensuring the people, you will assist and their families, are 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.

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

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 their car, so full UK clean drivers license is essential for this role. 

Who will you be supporting?

James* enjoys going to 'Farmability' where he gets to paint, feed the animals, do wood work and much more. He has built his independence over the years and loves interacting with his housemates!

Jon* has the best sense of humour and always has a smile. He makes us laugh on a daily basis and is full of jokes. He loves to go swimming and to travel to Oxford and London. 

Jake* enjoys sitting in the bedroom and listening to music. He has his own sensory swing in the garden which he likes to relax in. He has built up his courage to now go out and do swimming and long walks. He makes people laugh and giving out hugs and enjoys head rubs.

Joe* is an amazing young man, he loves to chill, trampoline, going out and shopping. He loves to keep busy.

Jason*  is an independent man who enjoys going out shopping or for walks.   

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 collaborate with successful candidates to complete appropriate vetting checks prior to joining. 

SeeAbility is committed to promoting equality, encouraging diversity, and embracing inclusion among our workforces. 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 your training and development. You will start with an extensive Induction programme and throughout your probationary period you have 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 have support in your role, and have the opportunity achieve professional qualifications - Care Certificate, QCF levels 2-5, which are funded by SeeAbility!