• Salary : £14,781 /Year
  • Location: UK-Colchester
Support Worker, Queens Lodge, Colchester (Various hours)

Job Description

About Mencap
Everyone wants a purposeful job - to do something really meaningful. At Mencap, we can give you that. You'll have opportunities to develop as a person, colleague, leader and activist.

Role Description
Working as a Support Worker isn't like any other job. The role of a Support Worker is varied, sometimes challenging but greatly rewarding. It's about giving as little or as much support required by each individual to enable then to achieve the things that are important to them and live life as they choose.

We have opportunities for 5 Support Workers to join our team in Colchester where we currently support 4 adults who all require different levels of support. If you are looking for permanent full or part time work then we would love to hear from you as we have various hours available and might be able to offer you the hours you are looking for. Working time will be on a rota basis with shifts spread across the weekdays, weekends and bank holidays including mornings, afternoons, evenings and sleep ins. Typical working times include but not limited to 7.00 am-14.30, 8.00 am-15.30, 14.30-22.00 and 22.00-7.00 am

As part of a team, the successful candidate will be providing support with daily living skills like preparing meals, eating or drinking, personal care, medication or going into the community. The people we support enjoy cooking, knitting, shopping, going out for meals, lego, horses, planes, helicopters, music. So if you are looking for a job where you can make a difference in someone's life and still not feel like you are working then this is the job for you.

Ideally you would have an understanding of dementia, visual impairment, hearing impairment, behaviours that may challenge, moving and handling, use of hoist etc however, this is not essential as we will provide you with full award winning training paid for by Mencap.

An experienced driver with a full UK driving license would be desirable but not essential. Access to own car is not essential as we have a mini bus at the service for the people we support

* An enhanced DBS will be required for each successful candidate ( Paid for by Mencap, T&Cs apply )

We will be at the Autumn Job Market at University of Essex, Colchester Campus on Tuesday 11th October 2016 from 11am - 3pm. Come and see us for a chat and bring your CV with you for an easy registration

Job Reference:- 5056

We believe that all our people are amazing and we wouldn't be able to achieve what we do without them. Here's how we value and invest in them.

At Mencap we recognise and reward great behaviour and work with ?You Rock' : our awards scheme for staff and volunteers. Thousands of colleagues each year say thanks to each other through You Rock for a job well done, and every few months we give out treats to people who've done something extra special.

Our training is award winning and has a proven track record of creating high quality improvement in our services. Our innovative approach and commitment to continuous development has gained us ?Centre of Excellence' status from Skills for Care. And we are fully committed to the

Leadership Qualities Framework so our training clearly helps to develop the attitudes and behaviours needed for high quality leadership at all levels.

Developing our people is important to us. Through ?Shape your future' (our performance appraisal framework) we are able to understand how the efforts of each person who works for us; help us achieve our goal of making a difference to the lives of people with a learning disability. Our managers and teams have meaningful conversations about their day to day work, how they are contributing towards our goalsand most importantly, how they demonstrate the values that are so important in everything we do.

Any colleague rated as ?excellent' in their Shape Your Future performance review is eligible to apply to our ?You've Got Talent'programme, where they get access to a mentor, a chance to get involved in special strategic projects, our leadership training programme or to apply for a bursary to undertake additional training.

We offer a competitive holiday allowance rising by one day each year to a maximum of 35 days. We also allow employees to buy up to 10 days' extra holiday each year through our holiday plus scheme.

Through our pension scheme with NEST we help our people save for their future by matching the payments they make into it. If eligible, you will be automatically enrolled into NEST within three months of joining. If you are in NEST, you will also be eligible for life insurance cover.

Being an employee means that you have exclusive access to Mencap Extras, an online portal offering discounts at high street shops including major super markets, cinemas, gyms, visits to leisure / theme parks, holidays : flights and hotel bookings and much much more. Discounts come in various forms and can vary from 3% to 30%.

You can also take advantage of sala

Job Requirements

Support Work, Care Work, Healthcare Assistant, Carer

Company Overview

Mencap is the voice of learning disability. Everything we do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, and their families and carers.

We work with people with a learning disability to change laws and services, challenge prejudice and directly support thousands of people to live their lives as they choose.

What makes us who we are

We are inclusive, trustworthy, caring, positive and challenge when we see things that aren't fair.