Do you want to make a difference to the lives of adults with learning disabilities? Are you looking for an opportunity to work across the Trust and with a mix of Service Users? Then join our Care Services team as a Peripatetic Support Worker working across our Residential and Community Services in Aldington, Ashford, New Romney, Rye, and Woodchurch. Prior knowledge or experience would be beneficial but not essential as comprehensive training will be provided.
Canterbury Oast Trust takes pride in providing first-class care and support for adults with learning disabilities across Kent and East Sussex. We provide long-term accommodation and care for 93 residents and tenants across nine residential and eight independent living settings, in unique 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.
As a Peripatetic Support Worker you will:
o Be allocated shifts on a monthly rota to meet the needs of our Service Users within Residential and Community services
o Provide good quality care and support to adults based on their needs through a person centred approach.
o Accompany the adults to their life-skills sessions such as music, art and sensory sessions.
o Assist them in every aspect of their daily lives, including personal care
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
o Plan trips and activities.
TO BE A SUCCESSFUL PERIPATETIC SUPPORT WORKER YOU 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 long days, weekends, sleep-ins and awake nights as allocated on an monthly rota
o Have an understanding or experience of autism, dementia and epilepsy, although not essential as training will be given
o Have knowledge of specialist equipment although not essential as training will be provided
o Have sound interpersonal skills
o Possess good verbal and written communication skills plus basic IT and report writing skills
o Ideally hold a Health and Social Care NVQ2 or Level 2 Diploma Qualification OR be willing to undertake the Care Certificate followed by your NVQ2 within 18 months of joining COT
o Hold a driving licence in order to drive Service Users to appointments/activities using a manual pool car
o 21 or over and held a full licence for a minimum of 1 year (Insurance requirement).
PERIPATETIC SUPPORT WORKER BENEFITS INCLUDE:
o Competitive salary plus allowances (Service; Sleep-in; Awake Nights and Weekends)
o Travel Allowance £1,040 p.a.
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 Contributory Pension Scheme
o Healthcare Cash Plan on completion of 6 month probationary period
o Paid enhanced DBS check, renewed every three years
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.
If you believe you have the right values for our organisation and meet the requirements of the Peripatetic Support Worker Job Description and Person Specification we would love to hear from you.
Closing Date: 28th July 2019
Interview Date: 15th August 2019