• Full Time
  • Anywhere

For more information on the role, please contact Dawn Thrussell
or the Admin Office:
Email: hftsurrey@hft.org.uk
Telephone: 0208 942 9769 ​​​​​​​


£9.18 per hour (plus 12.07% in lieu of holiday pay), flexible hours are available with work patterns to fit around your work/life commitments

Find your place with us and help change lives.

We are one of the largest learning disability charities in the UK, supporting 2,500 people through our friendly, supportive, creative and diverse teams. Covering leave, training and sickness with hours that fit in with life’s other commitments, a relief support worker role is an ideal way of discovering that this could be the career for you.

About the role
As a relief support worker at Hft you’ll be supporting adults with learning disabilities to live the best life possible. We recognise that the current pandemic means we have had to adapt to change and in many ways we are now doing things differently but what hasn’t changed is our passion for standards and doing all we can to look after the people we support both in these current challenging times and in the future.

To keep the people we support and yourself safe and in line with government advice, opportunities to go out and about are limited, instead our Relief Support Workers are finding fun and creative ways to keep people occupied at home, promoting health and wellbeing. In this caring and creative role, everything you do will enable people to have choices about their own lives, providing flexible services that meet people’s needs, and always looking for the best way of doing things.

The purpose of your role is to give the highest possible standards of support to individuals with moderate to severe learning disabilities, in all aspects of their daily lives. You’ll be helping to ensure the people we support:

  • Build confidence to develop interests
  • Feel secure and safe
  • Are provided with any personal care needed with dignity
  • Increase independence
  • Are enabled to make as many choices as possible
  • Achieve personal goals, which may include travel or holidays

We provide 24/7 support to some people, as a relief support worker you will be requested to cover shifts regularly on an ad hoc basis.

About you
You don’t need experience of support work or any special qualifications for this job – you’ll get plenty of training along the way. Having the right values, a positive attitude to life and a desire to support people to live their life with as much independence, choice, dignity and control as possible is what matters most. You will need to have good listening skills and a practical, caring approach. You also need to have basic level IT skills to be able to use a computer as you will regularly need to record information about people you will be supporting.

If you do not already have a relevant qualification in Health and Social Care, Hft will fully fund and provide training for you to obtain your Diploma in Adult Health and Social Care within the first 18 months of your employment.

We are currently restricting face-to-face training; therefore most of your training courses, including some aspects of your induction, will be online. But you will still be able learn from your colleagues in a supportive hands-on environment.

Government legislation is coming into force on 11th November, which states that all individuals working in registered care homes must be fully vaccinated.

If you have not been vaccinated yet and are not medically exempt, you will need to be fully vaccinated by the 11th November 2021 as we may require you to operate in services which are Care Quality Commission registered.

This means you will need to have had your first vaccination by the 16th September at the latest followed by your second one by 11th November 2021 allowing 8 weeks between them.

If you are medically exempt, you are required to provide us with the relevant documentation stating this. ​​​​​​​

What we offer
We’ll give you a comprehensive induction, full training, free DBS check and support along the way. With Investors in People and Skills for Care accreditation we are committed to investing in you to ensure you have the specialist skills and expertise needed to support people to live the best life possible.

Join us and help change lives.

STRICTLY NO AGENCIES PLEASE

Hft’s usual terms and conditions apply.
Hft is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. As a Disability Confident Employer, Hft is helping to ensure that disabled people have the same opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations that people without disabilities do.
Successful applicants will need to undertake an enhanced disclosure check against the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Having a criminal record may not bar you from employment.

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