Community Support Services Assistant

  • 162.5 hrs per month - £17,745 plus Shift Allowances
  • Ashford, Kent
  • Canterbury Oast Trust

The Role:

Are you enthusiastic, motivated, considerate, patient and would like a career supporting adults with a learning disability? Then join us at Canterbury Oast Trust as a Community Support Services Assistant to work across our supported living homes across Ashford, New Romney and Woodchurch.

As a Community Support Services Assistant for adults with a learning disability you will:

o Provide good quality care and support to the adults based on their needs through a person-centred approach

o Assist them in every aspect of their daily lives in accordance with their care contract which may include supporting with shopping; food preparation; cleaning; ironing; gardening

o Accompanying/driving tenants to services/community visits and appointments

o Assist with home management e.g. payment of bills, making appointments

o Provide a safe and supportive environment that enables individuals to feel valued, reach their potential and nurture their aspirations

o Maintain appropriate records and written reports.

About Us:

Canterbury Oast Trust takes pride in providing good quality care and support for adults with learning disabilities across Kent and East Sussex. Our Community Support Services enables individuals to live more independent lives. Each individual has their own tenancy agreement, together with an innovative and individually tailored care package.

We currently have eight properties within the service each with their own unique facilities and amenities. The ethos of all our homes is to support independence, dignity, choice and achievement by helping people to live the lives they choose


The ideal candidate to be successful as a Community Support Services Assistant will:

o Have an appreciation of the needs of people with learning disabilities

o Be considerate, calm, patient, self-motivated, enthusiastic, respectful, non-judgmental and professional

o Be flexible as variable shifts include early/late days; long days; weekends, sleep-ins; as allocated on a monthly rota

o Have an understanding or experience of the needs of people with learning disabilities

o Have sound interpersonal skills

o Possess good verbal and written communication skills plus basic IT and report writing skills

o Care Certificate training provided

o A Health and Social Care NVQ2 or Level 2 Diploma Qualification or be working towards or a willingness to work towards within 18 months of commencement

o Hold a driving licence as you may be required to take service users to appointments and/or activities

o 21 or over and held a full driving licence for at least one year.


o Shift Allowances (weekends; sleep-ins)

o Enhancements for bank holidays

o 22 days annual leave plus statutory bank holidays; Additional annual leave for 3,4 and 5 years continuous service

o Paid DBS check renewed every three years

o Contributory pension scheme

o Healthcare Cash Plan on completion of 6 month probationary period

o Excellent training and development opportunities

o Full and comprehensive induction programme

o Free entry to Rare Breeds Centre - 2 adults and 2 children.

All appointments are subject to proof of eligibility to work in the UK; an enhanced check with the Disclosure and Barring Service and two satisfactory references one of which should be from your current or most recent employer.

If you believe you have the right values for our organisation and meet the requirements of the Community Support Services Assistant Job Description and Person Specification we would love to hear from you.

Closing Date: 17th July 2019

Interview Date: 31st July 2019

  • Advertiser: Direct Employer
  • Reference: CVM16473