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BACKGROUND Birchwood Highland is a progressive charitable company based in the Highlands that supports people through mental ill health towards mental well-being. Our services are currently based in Easter Ross, Lochaber and Inverness. In Inverness we also have a recovery centre, which provides accommodation for up to 23 service users. LOCATION: Lochaber Support Service – working in people's own homes in the community, and/or other relevant community based locations REPORTS TO: The Team Manager who will provide supervision and encourage a professional staff development programme. The Team Manager is supported by a senior support worker. SALARY: £16,087 - £18,135 pro-rata, and when qualified with SVQIII: £17,452 - £18,135. The rates quoted apply from 1st October 2016. HOURS: Full time hours are 37.5 hours per week. Birchwood Highland provides up to 24 hours per day, 7 days per week care and support. Accordingly hours will be allocated on a rota basis over 24 hours, 7 days per week, including sleepovers as required. JOB SUMMARY The Support Worker will be expected to maintain a warm, supportive atmosphere in which service users are encouraged to manage their own lives through the values of inclusion and recovery. This includes providing service users with opportunities for personal growth and development, lifelong learning, and maintaining and/or building active links with the community. The service users' rights to privacy, choice, safety, dignity, equality, and realising potential must be upheld. The support worker will encourage service users in activities for independent living and will participate in these when appropriate. The support worker will be expected to carry out their duties taking full account of the aims and objectives of the service, and to work at all times in line with Birchwood Highland policy, legislation, and professional guidance. The support worker may also be asked to undertake other tasks as required and as appropriate to the post holder's skills. We offer excellent training opportunities, regular supervision and an annual appraisal. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 and successful applicants will be subject to an enhanced enhanced PVG check, two satisfactory references and a completed medical questionnaire. The post will also be subject to a six month probationary period. A current, clean driving license is essential.
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