Part Time Support Worker - Salford
At Turning Point, we support people with Learning Disabilities across England. We strive to constantly find ways to support more people to discover new possibilities in their lives. The quality of our support means everything to us. The people we work with inspire us and in turn we look for new ways to inspire change. We owe it to the people we work with to grow and shape the future, because we believe in what we do.
We endeavour to create positive family relationships offering a good circle of support. There is a strong focus on supporting individuals' lives in a person-centred way which includes various activities, shopping, managing own budgets and cooking. We tailor our services to enable people to be as independent as possible.
Where will I be working?
Within Salford we have 18 homes providing care and support for adults with Learning Disabilities, varying abilities, and health issues, it is a 24-hour service therefore flexibility is essential. Shift patterns include, mornings, evenings, sleep shifts/waking nights and weekends/bank holidays.
Average potential earnings are £22,537 based on 37 hours.
*Potential average earnings are a culmination of colleagues working additional shifts and where applicable sleep ins**
** sleep ins are not required in all services
***not all colleagues will work overtime and therefore potential earnings will differ
What are the people we support looking for in support workers?
What I look for in a support worker is someone who is friendly and chatty as I love to chat, I am quite independent, but I like my staff to support me with things such as cooking & baking as I really enjoy doing things like this. I do a lot of the chores around the house such as Ironing the clothes and keeping my kitchen sparkling, although I can do a lot for myself, I still require staff to remind me of the risks. I enjoy going out in the community and shopping! so you need to be prepared to do a lot of walking.
One of my favourite things is watching the soaps of a night-time and like to talk with others about the current storylines. I will watch tv in the evening whilst knitting and I often will make things for other people’s birthdays and important events.
I live in a supported house with 2 other people, we have lived together for many years and are also good friends. I like to be independent and go out often to the pub and local shops and chippy, I enjoy doing this alone and I want staff that can recognise and encourage me to maintain my independence.
I am looking for people to support me in my own home and to support me with accessing my local community.
I am a gentleman who is deaf. I use Makaton, Signalong and some British Sign Language. I have been known to make my own signs for things over the years too.
Knowing my communication preferences is very important to me and this is a skill staff will learn when working alongside me as well as additional communication training. It is important that you are willing to learn these new skills.
This is a hands-on job in which no two days are the same. Your duties will include:
- Promoting the independence of people we support
- Supporting a full range of daily activities including cleaning and cooking, days out or going away on holiday
- Arranging activities in the home and in the local community
- Developing residents' life skills and personal interests
- Helping residents stay safe and healthy
- Assisting with personal care needs
- Manual handling
- Supporting people with medication
- Ensuring record keeping is maintained to the required standard at all times and contributing to service monitoring requirements
The Ideal Candidate
Are you looking to make a difference to people's lives? Do you have a caring nature? Are you looking to make a difference to people's lives? Can you see yourself providing care to adults who need your support?
People with learning disabilities will sometimes have multiple conditions that can create complex needs. These conditions mean that the person we support may present with a combination of needs that affect: –
- Mental health
- Ability to form and manage relationships
- Behaviours that challenge
- Physical appearance
- Physical health
- Sensory input
- Communication ability
- Cognitive ability
Whilst knowledge of learning disabilities and complex needs would be beneficial, it isn't essential. What is essential is that you are:
- Passionate, caring and enthusiastic
- Flexible, patient and non-judgemental
- A great team player with lots of energy
- Able to demonstrate good communication skills
- Able to complete the physical aspects of the role such as manual handling where needed
What Benefits Will I Receive?
We know reward looks different to each person and so whether its ways to make your money go further, a culture supporting recognition and celebration, or opportunities to boost your career – we want to support you in every way we can with our total reward package that includes:
- Comprehensive learning and development opportunities so we can invest in your future – we’re proud to have a silver accreditation from Investors in People. Choose from our range of courses to gain recognised qualifications
- 28 days’ paid holiday a year, increasing with each year of service up to 30 days. Plus the option to buy or sell additional holidays and spread the cost
- An exclusive discounts hub for TP colleagues, to help make your money go further – including high street shopping, pubs and restaurants, mobile phones, gym memberships, and much more. You’ll also have access to the Blue Light Card, for even more discounts and savings!
- Flexible working solutions to support your work-life balance
- Life Assurance of up to 3x annual salary and a competitive Pension Scheme to support your savings and security
- Access to our Rightsteps Therapy service – free, confidential telephone based counselling sessions, access to an online wellbeing platform, and a Financial Education hub to support your total wellbeing
- A 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme including a Digital GP, legal advice and more – all free to you and your immediate family
- Recognition awards to recognise colleagues’ inspirational work and dedication, as well as Long Service bonuses to celebrate your commitment to us
- Flexible benefit options including a Cycle to Work scheme and interest-free Season Ticket Loans
- A £300 bonus if you successfully refer a friend as a new colleague through our Refer a Friend scheme, as a thanks from us!
As part of the fight against COVID-19 here are some of the measures we have in place to keep our team members and the people we support safe:
- Enhanced Infection/Prevention Control Measures, including the use of PPE, social distancing and regular testing
- Following all government guidance applicable to our services as a minimum and ensuring our teams are trained effectively
- Strongly encouraging colleagues to receive a vaccination to keep themselves and those around them safe, enabling access through time off & covering transport costs
- Regular updates, FAQs, myth busting from Turning Point’s clinical team as well as wellbeing seminars which provide support on a variety of topics