Support Worker - Autism and Learning Disabilities

We’re all here to make a positive difference to people with learning disabilities and/or autism in Somerset. Here at Discovery we are looking for dedicated individuals to join our Support Worker team at Russet House in Yeovil.

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, we want to hear from you.

About the role:

Russet House is a supported living home split into two houses and a flat where we support 11 adults with profound, multiple learning disabilities and autism. The people we support here have their own unique ways of communicating with staff, and are empowered to choose what they would like to do each day. The residents of Russet House have their own unique ways of communicating, via eye contact, sign language or their own sounds and communication aids, and they full need support with mobility, so a part of your role will involve using hoist equipment and wheelchairs.

As a Support Worker at Russet House you will work with the people we support in going about their daily lives, by getting them involved in a broad range of activities including swimming trips, horse riding, theatre and much more. We will work with you to match your skills to those we support. Most will need support with daily living tasks - cooking, cleaning, activities, personal care, medication and looking after their health.

When you first start at Russet House you will get to meet the people we support, shadow your colleagues and undergo a thorough induction. We train you to the high standards set by the Care Quality Commission, and at the end of your training programme you will recieve the Care Certificate, a qualification that opens doors for you as a Support Worker.

Benefits and rewards:

  • £9.00 per hour, £9.90 for waking nights, £30.50 per sleep in.
  • Full time, part time, and relief work available.
  • 30 days’ annual leave entitlement (including bank holidays)
  • Supported ‘Learn to Drive’ scheme (up to 10 driving lessons paid for by us)
  • Pension scheme,Long Service Awards and Life Assurance
  • Great Induction and training opportunities including the Care Certificate, and Diploma in Health & Social Care.

Apply now:

Discovery is such a special family to be a part of and enables our ambitious staff to make a difference and inspire each day. So if you would like to be a part of our team and feel your values match ours, please apply by clicking the button below and upload your CV, or you can contact Sean Grange on 0300 303 9202 for more information and an informal chat.

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. As Disability Confident Leaders we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for this vacancy. Dimensions Group, which includes 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 one of our offices using assistive technology.

Other organisations may call this role Community Support Worker, Residential Support Worker, Care Worker, Care Assistant, Social Care Worker, Social Care Assistant or Healthcare Assistant or Carer.

Requirements

  • Support Worker
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