Do you have a passion for working in fast paced environment and making a positive difference to people’s daily lives? If so, we'd love to hear from you. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a leading provider of support to adults with learning disabilities across Somerset, where you will have access to an excellent training programme, strong career progression and the opportunity to deliver outstanding support.
Why join us?
Discovery are committed to developing skills and rewarding our staff. We offer:
- Pay rate of £10 per hour.
- 30 days’ annual leave entitlement pro-rata (including bank holidays).
- Access to discounts on high street shopping, cinema tickets and meals out.
- Employee Assistance Programme.
- Supported ‘Learn to Drive’ scheme (up to 10 driving lessons paid for by us).
- Pension scheme.
- Long Service Awards.
- Life Assurance.
We are now recruiting for Lead Support Workers for our Outreach Services in the Yeovil and Chard. You will need to work confidently alone and in a variety of settings with people who have a learning disability and or autism, their circle of support, and potential and existing partners. Being able to problem solve and communicate effectively are therefore vital.
Your role is to ensure that the people you are supporting can achieve their goals, which includes engaging in the activities they enjoy. Across our services there are a range of interests and some of those include arts and crafts, shopping, going to cafes, having a job or volunteering and going on day trips. trips to the seaside are a firm favourite at the moment!
It’s your role to ensure that the people you are supporting are living the lives they choose and on a day-to-day basis.
Must be I.T proficient as all records are managed electronically, be able to travel and work flexibly to meet people’s needs, and work remotely. You will be part of a team that meets regularly and will also have support from colleagues and the managers.
Full UK driving licence and your own car is preferred but not essential.
Outreach Lead Support Worker Role:
- Setting challenging goals in the key areas known to affect a person’s quality of life.
- Develop effective community links and networks to support and encouraging people to access work, volunteering and a full breadth of opportunities to gain citizenship skills and become involved in their communities independently to meet their own identified ambitions.
- Supporting people with their day to day travel arrangements.
- Working in a supportive manner with colleagues, families and external parties, building trust by being open and honest.
- To understand each person’s interests, preferences, abilities and support needs and to facilitate and co-ordinate the person-centred planning process.
- To work collaboratively with partner organisations promoting Discovery’s values and objectives.
- Support the people we support with their personal care and administration of medication when required.
- You will have to keep some written records, using IT systems as required to help you, including community outreach plans and support plans, financial info and health and safety records.
- Complete timely reviews and respond quickly to requests of support from the people we support, employer or family / circle of support to ensure that the outcomes identified are achieved.
- To have an awareness of the key performance indicators and service targets that the team are working towards.
- Be able and willing to wear all necessary PPE (personal protective equipment) such as surgical facemasks, gloves and aprons as required by Dimensions policies.
This list is not exhaustive, for the full job description and person specification please review the attached document.
Who we are
Discovery exists to help each person we support to live a fulfilling life, to be equal in society and to be active in his or her local community. That’s a big deal. It means being able to have choice and control in life. It means choosing to go out or to stay in, making friends and having relationships, finding and developing skills and interests. It also means managing a home, voting, staying healthy and being able to pursue employment or volunteering opportunities. If you think you can help the people we support get more from life, in a direct support or office based role, we want to hear from you.
We want the people we support to have fulfilling lives and we want our colleagues to have great careers with us. If you would like to be a part of our team and feel that your values match ours, please apply by clicking the button below, or contact Sean or Tia on 0300 303 9150 or drop us an email at email@example.com for an informal conversation about the role. Before you know it you could be making a positive difference every day.
Please note: To minimise the risks relating to Covid-19, we have decided to conduct all of our initial interviews for the foreseeable future as Telephone/Video Interviews, rather than face-to-face. If you have any queries or questions about this, please call us on 0300 303 9150 and we will be happy to advise and provided reasonable adjustments if required.
This role requires an enhanced DBS Disclosure, which will be obtained for you by Discovery.Discovery is an equal opportunities employer that values diversity and is strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and applicants for employment. Discovery are Disability Confident Committed and we guarantee to interview all applicants who let us know they have a disability and meet the minimum essential criteria for this role. Discovery has been awarded this symbol by Jobcentre Plus to recognise our commitment towards the employment, retention, training and career development of disabled employees. As part of our commitment to making reasonable adjustments we can offer support to complete your application in our offices using assistive technology.
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