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Support Worker - Seeleys Short Breaks Centre

  • Location: Chiltern & South Bucks
  • Ref: FS05951
  • Closing date: 12th April 2020
  • Contract type: Permanent
  • Working hours: Full time/Part time
  • Salary: £21,894 - £23,017
Buckinghamshire Council

Overview

We are currently recruiting for Support Workers for Seeleys Short Breaks Centre.

Experience in a care setting would be desirable, however, we offer a fantastic training programme for those who can demonstrate the essential skills and qualities below:

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

 

About Us

In April 2020 Buckinghamshire Council will become the UK’s newest council and the residents of Buckinghamshire will be served by a single, unitary council. Buckinghamshire is an ambitious, rapidly growing county, and our economy is one of the strongest in the country. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty and ranks as one of the top rural areas to live in the UK and yet it is incredibly well connected– only an hour from London on the train. The county has a rich history and heritage and is the birthplace of the international Paralympic movement.

We are looking for motivated, ambitious and inspiring people to join us on our journey. Not only will you be an integral part of the unique and exciting transition through the unitary process, you will also be entitled to a range of different benefits to make sure you are happy both at work and at home.

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. 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 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

All new employees starting with us from 1st April 2020 will join us under the new Buckinghamshire Council terms, conditions and pay scales. For further information please contact resourcing@buckscc.gov.uk

Courses mandatory for all new staff include:

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

We recognise that learning is an important part of this role and you will have the opportunity to complete the Care Certificate with a combination of face to face and E- learning. 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 include: 

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

 

Our Values

We pride ourselves on our core values of being Proud, Ambitious, Collaborative and Trustworthy.

We work together to deliver the very best outcomes, with both our residents and employees being at the heart of what we do.

 

About the business unit

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.

Seeleys Short Breaks 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

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 on various Cafés, restaurants, shops and auto enrolment onto 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 muchmore.

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