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2 x Support Workers - Autism - Spring Valley Day Centre / Spectrum Unit

  • Location: Countywide
  • Ref: FS10815
  • Closing date: 9th February 2020
  • Contract type: Permanent
  • Working hours: Full Time
  • Salary: £17,652 - £18,624
Adult Learning Disabilities


We are recruiting for Support Workers for Autism Services. Experience in social care would be desirable; however, we offer a fantastic training programme for those who can demonstrate the essential skills, values and qualities below:

  • Energetic, positive and motivated
  • Caring, empathetic and respectful
  • Responsible and trustworthy
  • Consistent
  • Resilient and confident
  • Honest and acts with others best interests at heart
  • Able to build effective relationships and communicate to a high standard

We have 2 full time, permanent positions available.

About Us

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. All whilst ensuring that we’re delivering value for money.

Our local communities are at the heart of everything we do and they really rely on the work we do. Whether it’s new roads being built, helping parents get their children a school place or providing essential support to vulnerable children or elderly residents, what we do touches the lives of everyone in Buckinghamshire. Take a look at our Strategic Plan which sets out our aims and priorities until 2020.

About the role

Spring Valley and Spectrum support service users with Autism Spectrum Condition, who can sometimes experience behavioural distress.  Predominantly staff support clients in the community, taking part in worthwhile activities and adopting a strengths-based approach.

Activities include:

  • Swimming
  • Horseriding
  • Walking
  • Joining community groups
  • Shopping
  • Pub visits

Small sessions also take place in the centre for those who may find accessing the community more difficult.

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.

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. Alongside 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 successful candidates 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.

Due to the community based nature of the role it is preferable for candidates to be car drivers.

Other Information

We recognise that learning is an important part of this with a combination of face to face and E-learning.

Courses mandatory for all new staff include; 

  • Introduction to Health and Safety
  • Equality & Diversity Essentials
  • Government Connect and Information Security

We expect staff who have not previously undertaken The Care Certificate to successfully complete this in the first three months of their probationary period. Appropriate training, support and guidance to achieve this will be provided.

 Some of examples of sector specific training that are available; 

  • Safeguarding L1, L2 L3
  • Medication
  • MCA / DOLS
  • Epilepsy & Buccal Training
  • End of Life training
  • Infection Control
  • Fire Safety
  • First Aid

Our Values

Ambitious. Accountable. Caring. Collaborative.

Our values are what make our culture at BCC unique and we expect all our people to live them in their approach.

Ambitious. We want people with a strong desire and determination to succeed.

Accountable. Our people take pride in owning actions and decisions. It’s all about using our resources wisely and recognising that the public money we use is all going towards a better future.

Caring. We’re people, working for people. Being caring, kind and supportive is intrinsic.

Collaborative. Working in a team, sharing ideas and knowledge only means positive things. By creating more effective solutions together, we are able to deliver better outcomes to the county as a whole.

We recognise and reward you

Hard work and success deserves recognition. That’s why we pride ourselves on the benefits we give our people.

We actively encourage a good work-life balance and promote flexible and agile working arrangements. We provide discounts in various Cafés, restaurants, shops and ‘auto enrol’ staff into our generous Pension Scheme with an employer contribution of 26%.

We also offer a ‘salary sacrifice’ personal car lease scheme and the opportunity to gain membership to Costco. We have discounted gym memberships, travel discounts with Arriva and Chiltern Railways and much more.

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