Job Title: Support Worker

Location:  DP4978          

Hourly rate:   £9.10-£10.00 per hour, depending on experience.      

Reference:   DP4978          

Hours/shifts: 3 early mornings per week (approx. 6.30am - 8.30/9am) and 3 early evenings per week (approx. 4.15pm-8pm) (A total of 16 hours per week).

Summary

  • We are looking for additional help/care for our son, Samuel, who is 10 years old and has Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy.
  • This may involve the occasional care of our daughter, Anabelle, who is 5 years old. Samuel is dependent on a wheelchair and lifting/hoisting for all transfers.
  • He requires support with all activities of daily living, including personal care, play and mobility.
  • He is a bright and happy boy, with a great sense of humour, who loves chatting, photos and music.
  • He is a real delight to be with and is rewarding to work with. The position will involve helping with feeding, personal care (toileting, changing pads, showering, medication), entertaining and going out with Samuel, occasional housekeeping tasks).
  • Experience is preferable, but not essential, as full training will be given and being the right person for the job is the most important. The ability to show initiative and generate your own ideas for activities with Samuel is essential.
  • A car driver is preferable, but not essential.
  • There will be additional hours available at weekends and during the school holidays if desired.

 

 

Other Requirements

  • Preferable to have a UK driving licence
  • Preferable to have access to own vehicle

         

All applicants must be willing to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check

Successful applicants will be entitled to Holiday pay and will be issued employment contracts.

Description

Typical duties

 

Personal Care: 

  • Washing and bathing/showering – towelling dry/ drying hair
  • Supervision and/or assistance with showering, drying, hair washing/ brushing as required
  • Using the toilet
  • Dressing and undressing/ helping with buttons and fastenings
  • Assistance with medication i.e. helping to take tablets from foil/packets
  • Helping with other aspects of personal care as required
  • Getting in and out of the wheelchair ('transferring')
  • Mealtimes e.g. cutting up food, assistance to eat

Social:   

  • Accompanying on trips out and creating fun activities

Person specification

The successful applicant will be: 

  • Respectful of the employer’s privacy and confidentiality
  • Reliable with good time-keeping
  • Able to both follow instructions and work on own initiative
  • Hygienic, tidy minded and well organised
  • Fit and healthy to undertake the required duties
  • Patience and possess excellent interpersonal skills
  • Honest and cheerful
  • Creative
  • Able to speak and read English to a reasonable standard
  • Legally permitted to work in the United Kingdom
  • Able to work at all times to high standards of Health & Safety

Previous experience preferred but this is not as essential as a kind and common sense approach to these roles.