Senior Support Worker (Communicator Guide) (Driver Essential)
Title: Senior Support Worker (Communicator Guide)
Hours: 6 hours per week
Contract type: Permanent
Closing date: Thursday 15 February 2018
Salary: £17,018 - £18,755 per annum (£8.73 - £9.62 per hour)
Sense salary points: 19 - 22
Interview date: Monday 26 February 2018
To start: To be discussed at interview
We’re looking for a reliable and motivated person to join our professional team as a Senior Support Worker (Communicator Guide) in Evesham for 6 hours per week.
Communicator Guides offer support to people who have developed sight and hearing impairments, often as they get older; you will support the individual to do the things they want to do - not to do things for them. You’ll be there to act as the eyes and ears of the individual – to make sure that communication is clear and that they are able to move around safely.
About the role
The support you provide may be in someone’s home, their local community or work setting.
Communicator Guides offer guiding skills, practical help and communication support to people with acquired deafblindness – such as helping with shopping, dealing with mail, accessing social and leisure activities – to enable people with sensory loss to continue to live as independently as possible and decrease isolation.
You must be able to work flexible hours to suit the service requirements and have the ability to work on your own initiative.
A full UK driving licence and use of your own vehicle is an essential requirement for this role.
We would like to hear from you if you have experience of working with vulnerable people, and ideally have experience of working with people with a sensory impairment.
A willingness to develop your skills in all communication methods is an essential part of this role. You will need to be able to creatively solve problems that may arise using a person-centred approach and ideally have experience of using person-centred planning tools.
You must be enthusiastic, adaptable and friendly with a commitment to ensuring the individual you work with get the best out of their lives.
The ideal candidate will hold, or be willing to work towards, a Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care or equivalent.
Sense is a national disability charity that supports people with complex communication needs to be understood, connected and valued.
Sense has a proven record of offering high quality, pioneering services.
Working as a Support Worker at Sense can be incredibly rewarding; we offer the opportunity to work in a large, diverse and successful charity where people can develop their skills, knowledge and careers in a supportive and flexible environment. In addition we have excellent training and development, the opportunity for you to join our Group Personal Pension scheme and a generous annual leave entitlement.