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Support Worker -(Days)- Seeleys Respite

  • Location: Beaconsfield
  • Ref: FS05951
  • Closing date: 29 October 2017
  • Contract type: Permanent
  • Salary: £16,851 - £17,778


Direct Care has been established to support adults, and those with a disability, to enjoy active lives and remain independent within their homes and communities. Our services offer choice, support opportunity and independence, and help people get the best out of life.

Our vision is simple. To make a real difference to the people and communities we serve. Now, and for the future. This means safeguarding the vulnerable, creating opportunities, building self-reliance and keeping Buckinghamshire thriving and attractive.

About us

Seeleys House Respite Centre has been providing respite and day opportunities to hundreds of people for over 30 years. The centre offers valuable support during the day and at night when it is needed. Whether it is support during the day, or a short-term break, the team supports:

• Adults with learning disabilities
• Adults with autism
• Adults with physical disabilities

The centre creates time and space for personal breaks – not only for clients – but for parents and carers too. During the day, the team offers support through fun and meaningful activities, helping to ensure that people leave Seeleys House with a smile on their face.

Activities include:
• ‘Rebound’ therapy – a fun and lively activity based on a trampoline
• Stimulating sessions in our sensory room
• Skills sessions – like food preparation – promoting independence

About the role

In this role you will provide appropriate emotional, social and physical support for clients. You will assist clients in an individual, dignified, person centred way, to ensure they are supported to make meaningful choices, take part in a range of activities and live their lives as fully and independently as possible and to get what they need and want from the service to make their day enjoyable and meaningful.

You will work in partnership with clients and their families in order to deliver the best care and support possible and share our values for promoting independence, choice and control for everyone using the centre.

You will be part of a team whose aim is to encourage the development of clients’ strengths and interests within a structured environment in which clients feel secure and empowered.
The people we support are very diverse and have different disabilities – this means we need to make sure our staff are well-trained in a variety of areas. When you join Buckinghamshire County Council, you can expect to receive a comprehensive training programme.

You’ll have the opportunity to develop as a social care professional and build a long-lasting and progressive career. From support worker to service manager right through to director of operations, anyone wishing to develop their career within social care can do so at Buckinghamshire County Council.

Please see the job description for further information.

About you

Our success will always rely on having flexible and passionate staff who share our values. More than anything, it is your caring nature that we’re interested in.

What gets you out of bed in the morning is the knowledge that you’re making a difference and doing something worthwhile.

Along side this you will need to be able to communicate in different ways to ensure that clients’ needs and wishes are understood and to deal sensitively and appropriately with any challenging behaviours.

Ideally, you will have some knowledge and experience of adult social care, but more importantly you must be motivated to improve the lives of vulnerable adults with a commitment to delivering a high quality service.

The success candidate will have the ability to show initiative and take responsibility for actions, be flexible and work well as part of a team.

Good communication and written skills are essential to write records including support plans.

Other Information

Buckinghamshire County Council is entering one of the most exciting periods of change in its history. We’re looking to become a more agile, commercial and digitally-focussed organisation. The aim? Benefit our residents and shape our county for the future. With substantial investment in place, we now need people who are determined to make this transformation happen. In return, we offer some of the best benefits around. Everything from a good work-life balance and flexible working to discounted public transport and sports centre membership.

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