- Sector: Social Services, Housing and Childcare
- Specialism: Adult Care, Housing
- Location: Glasgow
- £16,839 per annum
- Hours: Full Time Permanent
- Contact: Recruitment Team
- Reference: 5223
For 30 years Sense Scotland has been working with people who have communication support needs and believes everyone should have a choice in how they live their life. People we work with include those who have sensory impairment, deafblindness, autism, learning or physical disabilities and healthcare support needs.
We are looking for support workers who can make a difference in our Glasgow Housing Services which currently comprises of Housing Support Services in; Strathbungo, Mosspark and Pollok. The people we support will have an occupancy or tenancy agreement so support is provided in people’s own homes. We offer personalised services to all the people we support and adapt to their chosen lifestyles and aspirations. We support people to meet outcomes and engage in activities that enrich their lives.
There is no such thing as a typical day and the role is varied. We can have some challenging times supporting someone through a period of ill health or distress. But more often than not we are out for dinner, cinema, parties, climbing up a hill, horse riding, holidaying abroad, art or music sessions, having a massage chilling at home watching the soaps, and yes like everyone have to fit in shopping and cleaning. You will never be bored.
Support is required in various forms for 24 hours a day 365 days of the year. A share of evenings, weekends and holidays will be required. We do however work to ensure rotas are fair and everyone has opportunity to balance work with home life.
Shifts times can vary from service to service and occasional sleepovers will be required. Day shifts can comprise of Earlies, Lates, Mids or long days. Shifts can start 7.30am and can finish 2.30pm. Late shifts start 2.30pm and finish 9.45pm. There is also a service that operates a 10am start for full day into a sleepover and a 10 am finish the following day. This service is linked to other services so your full rota will not necessarily comprise solely of these shifts.
As an organisation Sense is very committed to staff development. You will have access to induction, regular supervision, peer support meetings and management and practice development forums within the organisation. In addition given the nature of some of the health issues and behavioural support needs the people we support have, specific training will be provided.
Applications for Part-time and relief hours are welcome.
Key Responsibilities include:
- Individual’s needs are identified and met in practice in accordance with their Outcome Based Support Plan (OBSP).
- You set and demonstrate good standards of work practice by offering support and on shift coaching to others through example.
- You guide new staff, students and volunteers in providing a welcoming responsive, flexible and integrated service provision that reflects and meets the needs of individual’s and their family.
- The individual’s OBSP is implemented and is updated to reflect any day-to-day changes in their needs, notifying the manager and senior staff of any aspects of support that cause concern or require adjustment.
- You work as part of a rota prepared by senior staff and that you are punctual and fit for work when coming on shift.
- Proper record-keeping, including recording incidents and complaints are maintained and passed to the appropriate manager, as soon as possible.
- You have a good working knowledge of the guidance and the operational handbooks and that you provide the required support to others in applying these into practice.
- Be aware of the responsibilities of individual in relation to their tenancy agreement, where appropriate, and support them to meet these.
- Support people to apply into practice all the principles of safety in the home as agreed with the Registered Manager.
- Support people to apply the principles of healthy eating and personal and household hygiene into their daily living as agreed with the Registered Manager.
- Where an individual shows behaviours that present a challenge to staff you will ensure that all agreed intervention strategies are implemented into practice.
- Where risk assessments are in place you will ensure that the appropriate steps are taken to apply the guidance into practice.
Values and Commitment
Our vision is for the people we work with to live meaningful and independent lives in a world which supports them to achieve their own ambitions.
We work to and are committed to our Core Values. These values are derived from families and enshrine the organisation’s ethos and guide the actions of all staff. Sense Scotland’s values in practice mean we will:
To be open and honest
To recognise individual worth
To build relationships through trust
To act on the basis of individual aspirations and needs
To be accountable for our actions
Our service can offer exciting opportunities and a good career path for the right individual. Access to extensive face to face and online training as well as team development will be offered. In return we will need you to be motivated, a good team player, sensitive to the needs of individuals, families and colleagues and come with a positive can do attitude, with a sensible approach to keeping people safe. A willingness to learn and a positive approach to making every day count in the work that we do is essential.
Sense Scotland offers an extensive range of employee benefits including;Ongoing training and development, generous annual leave entitlement, flexible working, family friendly policies, contributory pension scheme, employee assistance programme, cycle to work scheme, death in service benefit and Perkbox membership.
Successful Applicants Must Have:
- Be in a position to gain qualification as determined by the SSSC for registration purposes
Evidence of core skills in numeracy and literacy
- SVQ Level 2 (Adults Services) (desirable)
- Food Hygiene certificate (desirable)
- Relevant practical experience. (desirable)
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of current statutory requirements, Care Inspectorate standards, registration requirements and the SSSC Codes of Practice. (desirable)
- IT skills i.e. Microsoft Office and HR database systems
- Ability to communicate through signing (desirable)
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