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Male Support Worker/Buddy

Location:
Gloucester
Specialism:
Carer/Support Worker/Client Recruitment
Remuneration:
Weekdays: £14.00 per hour and Weekends and Bank Holidays: £15.00 per hour
About The Role

Location: Gloucester
Days & Hours:  22 hours per week - Monday & Wednesday, 9.00am-3.30pm, Thursday 10am-7pm and occasional Sundays.  Bank hours to cover absences of other Support Workers/Buddy.
Pay:
 Weekdays: £14.00 per hour and Weekends and Bank Holidays: £15.00 per hour
Driver required? Essential
Driving Clients Car? Yes, our client's car 
which is an automatic
Using Own Vehicle for work purposes? Yes, On duty and to attend trainings
Essential: Supporting young adults with brain injury and learning difficulties
Desirable: Experience working with young adults with trauma and an interest in therapy.  An interest in cricket, sport, horse-riding and swimming

Accommodation (while on duty):
 Currently, MSAM is having the house next door renovated to move into and there would be a separate room for any overnight support workers, until this time you would be using the family home facilities. However, overnight support will rarely be required.
Interviews Week Commencing:  These will be held as application are received and could be completed using video technology
Start Date: ASAP (subject to satisfactory employment checks)

MSAM, born in 1998, is a friendly, active young man who enjoys playing cricket for his local team.  His family is very important to him, as are his religious belief and related activities. He enjoys playing board games and meeting new people. He is motivated to continue to learn academic skills and to carry out some voluntary work and hopes to access part time courses, for which he will also need support. He enjoys learning to cook and to look after himself but does like some space at times to quietly reflect. He cannot be left alone at his accommodation or elsewhere, and needs support and supervision.

MSAM sustained a brain injury at the age of 3 and has learning difficulties, he walks with a limp and has difficulty using his right arm.  He is mostly self-caring but does require help with practical tasks and supervision due to learning difficulties, occasional absence-type seizures and his visual impairment.

You will be taking direction from MSAM’s parents and the Case Manager to ensure that MSAM receives all the support he needs.  Your role will be to accompany and ensure his safety with leisure activities within the community and around the home as well as supporting him to find new voluntary work opportunities. 

This job will suit someone who is calm but very proactive and able to bring lots of enthusiasm to the role, ideally someone who is able to potentially spend some nights away to accompany MSAM at his new home (when he moves in) and on holidays. 

This is a wonderful opportunity to join a supportive family where you can make a real difference to MSAM’s life by maximising his opportunities and promoting his independence wherever possiblea truly rewarding role for someone who likes sports, physiotherapy, is able to communicate effectively and has an ability to work with patience, tact, understanding, warmth and compassion.

Pay and Benefits:
Weekdays: £14.00 per hour and Weekends and Bank Holidays: £15.00 per hour
On-going training & support provided
5.6 weeks annual leave pro rata

Free DBS check.

In order to promote continuity of our high care standards, you will be offered:

  • Induction,
  • Relevant training opportunities (including The Care Certificate),
  • Regular clinical supervision/review meetings,
  • On-going support from a dedicated Case Manager and HR department

Safeguarding
ILS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our Clients within the activities we undertake, and ILS expects all our Clients’ employees and workers to share this commitment.  The suitability of all prospective employees or workers will be assessed during the recruitment process in line with this commitment.  This position will require:

  • Proof of eligibility to work in the UK;
  • Satisfactory references, including your last employer;
  • An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Certificate. A conviction will not necessarily prevent you from being employed.
About You

It would be great to receive your application, if you have the following skills/behaviours:

  • *Male due to providing personal care
  • Must be able to work with specialist equipment (training will be provided). A Handling Management Plan is available and is designed to reduce the risk of handling injuries, but you may be required to bend, kneel, squat, push or pull.
  • Experience with working with Acquired Brain Injury
  • Confident and comfortable working in MSAM own home and sensitive to the needs and wishes of him and his family
  • Can demonstrate commitment and passion for meeting MSAM needs
  • Can demonstrate empathy and understanding in an appropriate and professional manner
  • A team player who understands the importance of feedback to qualified members of the team
  • Can develop productive and professional relationships with others
  • Actively creates an inclusive environment respecting diversity
  • Good organisational skills who can adhere to standards and quality requirements
  • Friendly, approachable with a proactive and encouraging approach
  • Punctual, patient, reliable and trustworthy
  • Can maintain an excellent level of confidentiality
  • Good verbal & written communication skills and IT literate
  • Able to think creatively and to use initiative
  • Willingness to work flexibly and cover shifts, sometimes at short notice
  • Water confident as MSAM likes swimming
  • A full driving licence (endorsements to be disclosed) and able to drive the client's vehicle
  • Non-smoker - this post operates in a non-smoking environment

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, marriage and civil partnerships and religion and belief.

Where a specific gender is stated as essential, gender is considered to be a genuine occupational requirement in accordance with paragraph 1, of the schedule 9 of the Equality Act 2010 for a female or male worker to work with our client.

About Us

ILS Case Management is the UK's leading independent nationwide Case Management company.

When a person’s life has been changed by injury, we address the practicalities.  We work with children and adults who have had moderate or catastrophic, complex injuries.  We assess individual needs and are able to provide a comprehensive Case Management and Rehabilitation Service designed to maximise independence.  We are CQC registered and compliant with their standards.

Our Case Managers work closely with our Clients, and we carry out all the recruitment processes on behalf of our Clients; and will support you, from your initial telephone interview right through to arranging employer interviews, trial shifts and placement.

If you are successfully recruited, you will be employed directly by our client or their Deputy appointed by the Court of Protection.  However, ILS will manage your day to day employment, providing you with the support you need to carry out your role.  Working as a Carer or Support Worker for an ILS client means that you will have a dedicated Case Manager to oversee your client's care needs.

For more detailed information about working as a carer or support worker for ILS, please visit: http://www.indliv.co.uk/about-us/careers/work-as-a-carer-support-worker

Our Company Values

We are Supportive.  It matters to us that our clients and staff know that we care.

We have Integrity.  We can be trusted to work in a professional, honest and transparent way.
We are Client Centred.  We put our client's aspirations at the centre of everything we do.
We are Quality Focussed.  We set high standards and aim to exceed them.
We are Positive.  We find solutions and empower others.