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Support worker

Location: Long Marston Stratford-upon-Avon, Midlands Rate of Pay: £9.90 per hour

Hours per Week: 10 per week

Job Reference: WAR1439568KR2 Expires: 26th October 2019

About the Employer


To provide support to an intelligent, articulate 19-year-old with complex health issues which affect her mobility. She has a wide range of interests including all kinds of gaming, interacting with animals, science, the arts, the natural world, creating art using all mediums, cosmology and creating with her hands. She also has an ASD and you will empower her to further develop her social skills and interaction within the community. 
The young person uses a self-propelled manual chair but will require help with this in difficult terrain or if she fatigues. 


Summary of Duties

Duties are flexible and may include, playing games of all types, including table top in groups and video gaming, going to the cinema, theatre, wildlife/nature reserves, museums, local attractions/events, shopping, creative activities or providing company and undertaking activities within the home when the young person’s health requires it. To support the young person to access any voluntary roles she wishes to undertake and there must be a willingness from you to take part too.  In time there could be a role for supporting with very occasional weekend respite. 
Ability to unobtrusively support with mobility and communication requirements. This could include fetching and carrying items to allow her to participate in activities, however, there is no heavy lifting or personal care required in this role


The Person They Are Looking For

Car driver with a sense of humour and fun.  
A warm, friendly and sociable person open to trying new things. 
Someone who can recognise when the young person may become anxious and give the appropriate support.
Someone who will prepare her in advance for any changes to the planned activities, route and environment.
Able to engage in age-appropriate activities with the young person and respect her interests and views.
Is observant and proactive to the young person’s needs, recognising when support is required and when to step back. 
Knowledge and understanding of supporting a young person who experiences sensory sensitivity with smells, touch and noise and can find busy places challenging. 
Someone who supports equality and diversity.
Understands the importance of seeking guidance and support when required.
Car Owner/Driver and happy to transport her wheelchair. Wheels come off and folds down. Will fit on a car seat or in most boots.  
DBS will be processed. 
Key Competencies
Good communication skills
Ability to work unsupervised.
Ability to work on own initiative.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Good interpersonal skills.


The Times Required

10 hours per week; we are looking for someone with some flexibility, but core hours can be agreed. This is a role that can easily be undertaken during the weekdays, in the evenings and at weekends or a mixture of all three.  Any changes to hours will be agreed cooperatively in advance, respecting the needs of both parties. 

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