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Support Worker - Community
  • Employer: Vivo Care Choices
  • Reference: OP/22/194765
  • Published: Tue 10/05/2022, 10:57 AM
  • Closing on: Tue 31/05/2022, 16:22 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 35 hours per week
  • Salary: £19,264 - £20,043 per year (up to £10.39 per hour day rate)
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Chester, Cheshire

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Support Worker - Community

Cheshire West and Chester Council brings a fresh and energetic approach to providing top quality services to its many customer and communities. West Cheshire is a place where everyone can Thrive-through our core values of Teamwork, Honesty, Respect, Innovation, Value for Money and Empowerment. Within the Vivo service we provide high-quality, person-centred care to adults with learning disabilities, autism, dementia and the elderly. But for us it’s more than that.We change and enhance lives every day through the work we in our day and respite services and in peoples own homes. We do this by maximising their social, emotional, and physical independence to the absolute maximum while promoting independence, choice and control.

Our values are important to all of us, we live and breathe them, they are who we are and how we work together in environments where you and our service users can be inspired to reach your and their potential. If you share our values and commitment, then you’re our kind of person.

Where our vacancy is:

We have a vacancy in our ALD Service in Chester. Working as part of a team to provide personalised care and support by following individual care plans and risk assessments so that service users are safeguarded.

  • Caring for and supporting service users by following care plans and risk assessments so their physical, emotional and mental health needs are met and they meet their full potential and independence
  • Keep full, accurate and up-to-date records including risk assessments, care and support plans for service users and daily record of events while on duty.
  • Support service users to manage their own emotions and behaviours and where possible to encourage and help them to do things for themselves e.g. dressing, washing, eating, socialising and managing their finances.
  • Administer or support with medications.
  • Assist service users with advice and support to help them manage their finances a well as providing support around the maintenance of their homes.
  • Act as Key Worker using a person centred approach complete monthly reviews of risk assessments, care and support plans and contribute to six monthly reviews.
  • In line with care plans assist with risk assessments for events/access to the community for service users individually or in groups e.g. leisure facilities, libraries.  Support service users with activities taking part where necessary e.g. shopping, days out, swimming.
  • Build links within the community so service users can access facilities and services e.g. social, leisure, employment and education.
  • Safeguard service users at all times taking necessary actions immediately and reporting any concerns or issues to management.
  • Work positively with managers, colleagues and others e.g. social workers and health professionals to fully support service users.  And encouraging feedback so we improve the care and support we give.

The job is about supporting people

  • With dignity and care to maximise their independence, putting them at the centre of everything you do
  • Dressing, feeding, personal care (bathing, toileting and continence care), with finances and giving medications
  • Accessing the community, shopping, clubs, groups, swimming, socialising with family and friends joining in too
  • Cleaning, cooking, ironing
  • Keep accurate and up-to-date records and contribute to and follow care plans
  • Ensure they are safeguarded at all times
  • And work flexibly as part of a team on early, late and weekends shifts

We are looking for someone who

  • Shares our values
  • Has a commitment to people with learning and other disabilities
  • Has the ability to learn and develop skills and a commitment to gaining level 2 QCF/NVQ in Social Care (or who already has it)
  • Willing to undertake personal care and able to undertake manual handing tasks
  • Able to support people in the community e.g. shopping, swimming, clubs and activities
  • Reliable, flexible and a team player

And in return
The benefits of working for the Council go well beyond making a difference to people’s lives, as well as working within a supportive environment with people who share your values you will have access to a huge range of benefits including discounts on:

  • High street and supermarket shopping
  • Gym membership
  • Holidays
  • Days out
  • Cinemas
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Cash back scheme on any medical treatment that you may require via Medicash
  • Car lease scheme (Brand new fully maintained and insured car for 3 years in return for a fixed monthly payment via salary sacrifice)
  • Cycle Scheme (Save up to £320 on the cost of a brand new bike and equipment)

We also offer:

  • Competitive salary
  • A generous holiday allowance starting at 25 days pro rata (plus bank holidays) increasing with length of service to 30 days
  • An excellent career average pension scheme with employer contributions of 22.3%. (employer contributions elsewhere are typically 3%)
  • Opportunity to do additional shifts
  • A full induction programme and fully funded ongoing training and support from your very first day
  • Supported to achieve QCF level 2 Social Care qualification
  • The opportunity to develop your skills and career
  • Rewards and Recognition for going above and beyond such as additional annual leave and shopping vouchers
  • Supportive team
  • Wide variety of working patterns
  • Opportunity to purchase up to 10 days additional annual leave
  • Free DBS checks
  • Lifestyle Support - our employee assistance programme, which offers free 24/7 confidential assistance, practical information and emotional support.

Please note this job is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Cheshire West and Chester Council are committed to equality and diversity in employment. 

The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful for employers to discriminate against disabled people and places a duty to make reasonable adjustments to enable the employee to undertake the work. People with disabilities are defined as individuals who have a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term effect on their ability to carry out normal day to day activities. If you consider yourself to be disabled under this definition, please indicate this on your application. The Council is a Disability Confident employer and will interview all applicants who disclose they have a disability if they meet the essential criteria for the job. If you require any reasonable adjustments as part of the recruitment process, please contact recruitment.

The Council is an Equal Opportunity / Employer and Equal Opportunity Provider. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, nationality, religion or belief, sex, ethnic or national origin, gender, gender reassignment, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, trade union activity, age, social or economic status, political beliefs, or will be disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be justified. . The Council is deeply dedicated to diversity in the workplace.