Location: North London
Salary: £21,798.92 per annum
Hours of Work: 37 hours per week (including days, evenings, sleep-ins and some weekends)
About the Company:
An exciting opportunity has arisen to lead a small and skilled team of support workers at an Independent Living Service, Mildmay Avenue. Coordinating meaningful support and activities for 10 service users, who live in their own flats, a key focus is to engage individuals with their peers and the local community, helping to tackle social exclusion and loneliness.
Working in partnership with a variety of professionals and agencies, you will keep our service users at the heart of decision making to empower them and take positive risks. In addition, you will have strong administrative and organisational skills and experience of supporting and motivating people with learning disabilities to achieve their goals. Experience of supporting people with additional mental health needs would be advantageous.
They are looking for a caring and creative person to empower the people we support with making meaningful choices, accessing the community for rewarding activities, and building lasting relationships.
Senior Support Worker Responsibilities:
* To have a positive and person-centred approach to working with service users, ensuring choice and control and acting as an advocate for them.
* To encourage the tenants to be involved in day-to-day and long-term decisionmaking.
* To offer the suitable level of support to tenants enabling them to build confidence, self-esteem and fulfilment.
* To support and encourage tenants with a range of needs to develop their independent living skills; particularly around domestic activities such as cleaning, shopping, laundry and cooking.
* To support the tenants in managing health needs and to access appropriate health services.
* To support the tenants with any aspect of physical support or personal care, in line with their guidelines and in a respectful way that ensures their dignity.
* To adhere to safeguarding procedures and to remain vigilant for signs of abuse, taking immediate action and reporting all issues of concern with the line manager.
* To encourage and enable tenants to use community facilities to develop leisure and social activities and be active participants in the community
* To work with the tenants in such a way that takes account of their individual, cultural and spiritual preferences.
* To support the tenants to pay their rent and claim their rightful benefits.
* To liaise with Care Managers, families/carers, advocates, DWP and other professionals and external parties where appropriate.
* To facilitate and attend weekly house meetings as required.
* To support tenants during the moving in process.
* To respond to requests/needs of existing tenants to move on to different accommodation. To liaise with Housing Associations, the local Authority etc. about move on accommodation and possible support needs. To support tenants moving on and continue to offer a degree of support for a pre-negotiated period of time.
* To provide and participate in a wide range of social activities, including holidays, using integrated services.
* To act as a keyworker to individual service users.
* To support service users in the organisation of their regular Person-Centred Planning meetings. Participate in and prepare reports for these meetings.
* To participate in the implementation of agreed individual plans, this may include structured teaching of skills.
* To plan and work as a team with other staff members.
* To keep records and reports in the appropriate files, using IT systems such as Microsoft Office and Charity Log data systems.
Senior Support Worker Requirements:
* Available to work a variety of shifts throughout the week, including evenings, weekends and bank holidays
* Able to travel to a variety of locations within and outside the borough
* Physically fit and able to offer physical support to tenants
* Awareness and understanding of issues affecting people with learning disabilities
* Understanding of health and safety, legal and policy issues as they affect tenants in order to manage the house safely
* At least 2 years' experience of working with people with learning disabilities or other vulnerable client groups
* Excellent interpersonal skills including communication with tenants, families and colleagues, as well as the ability to liaise with external agencies and professionals.
* Ability to form professional and constructive relationships with people with learning disabilities, significant people in their lives, colleagues and others outside the organisation
* Good written communication, with ability to write clear reports and keep accurate records
* IT proficient with an ability to use Microsoft Office package and other software
* Ability to be assertive and take a leading role with the team when required
* Understanding of, and