Support Worker

  • 16283.00 Per annum
  • Aldington, Ashford, Kent
  • Canterbury Oast Trust

The Role:

Are you an enthusiastic, motivated, considerate and patient individual who wants to make a difference to the lives of adults with learning disabilities? Then join our expanding team as a Support Worker at Canterbury Oast Trust.

As a Support Worker you will assist our service users in every aspect of their daily lives, including personal care, based on their needs through a person-centred approach to enable them to feel valued, reach their potential and nurture their aspirations.

You will be required to work on variable shifts which may include short days; long days; weekends; sleep-ins and occasional awake nights as allocated on a monthly rota.

Prior knowledge or experience would be beneficial but is not essential as comprehensive training will be provided.

As this role will entail the provision of personal care to the female residents this post is restricted to female candidates only as the Trust feels this is a Genuine Occupational Requirement in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.


Canterbury Oast Trust takes pride in providing first class quality care and support for adults with learning disabilities across Kent and East Sussex. We provide long-term accommodation and care, based in small family style homes. The ethos of all our homes is to support independence, dignity, choice and achievement by helping people to live the lives they choose.

Our home - The New Bungalow - in the rural village of Aldington is a small and homely six bedded residence to adults who have complex and learning disability needs including physical and sensory impairments. This is a 24 hour all year round service.

About You:

As a Support Worker at the New Bungalow you will ideally have:

o An appreciation of the needs of people with learning disabilities plus physical and sensory impairments

o Experience of using specialist equipment

o Knowledge of autism, diabetes, epilepsy and dementia would be preferable but not essential as comprehensive training is available

o To be considerate, patient, self-motivated, enthusiastic and professional

o Sound interpersonal skills

o Good verbal and written communication skills plus basic IT and report writing skills

o NVQ2 Diploma in Health and Social Care Qualification or a willingness to work towards achieving this within 18 months of commencement

o To hold a driving licence (manual) as you may be required to take service users to appointments and/or activities using a manual pool car

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


o Competitive salary plus allowances (Service; Sleep-ins; Awake Nights and Weekends)

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

o Paid DBS check

o Contributory pension scheme

o Healthcare Cash Plan on completion of 6 month probationary period

o Excellent training and development opportunities

o Free Parking

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.

If you believe you have the right values for our organisation which include dependability, respect and recognition; professionalism and quality; integrity and honesty; equality and fairness as well as resilience and meet the requirements of our Support Worker job description and person specification then we would love to hear from you.

Closing Date: 21st July 2019

Interview Date: 8th August 2019

  • Advertiser: Direct Employer
  • Reference: CVM16471