Support Worker – Young Peoples Supported Accommodation
Contract type: Permanent
Hours: Several roles available. Mix of full time and part time roles working 37.5 and 22.5 hours per week
Salary: £24,000 per annum pro rata
Locations: Buckinghamshire and South Oxfordshire
Start Date: 21st September 2020
Connection Support is excited to announce it is working in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council to provide Supported Accommodation for Young People aged 16-24 across South Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
We are looking for support workers who know what it takes to support young people between the ages of 16-24 living in supported accommodation. You will be a ‘Key Person’ in making sure these young people are kept safe, gain independent living skills and feel happy and supported in their living environment. You will act as an appropriate role model and work closely with them to enable them to address their difficulties and achieve their optimum potential.
Although this role involves significant lone working, you will be very much part of a welcoming and enthusiastic team of Support Workers. Shifts may include some weekends and Bank Holidays on a rota. Additional hours may be available. The post comes with 38 days [including bank holidays] annual leave entitlement pro rata for part time employees.
The full Job Description including working pattern details are available on our website.
What you’ll be doing
Being a Young People’s Support Worker is about acting as a role model providing a caring, supportive and nurturing environment in which young people can feel secure and safe from harm. Establishing positive relationships with young people and always offering them unconditional positive regard whilst also helping young people gain self control by challenging unacceptable behaviour and rewarding acceptable, pro-social conduct. Ensuring that each young person’s support plan is followed and amended as appropriate to reflect their changing needs. Provide training in Independent Living Skills to enable independent living (budgeting, finding employment, cooking, cleaning, basic general maintenance around the home etc.).
It’s also about taking responsibility for managing clients and liaising with families, health care professional and other stakeholders to ensure that the best support plans are created and delivered. Working closely with clients aged between 16 to 24, with a wide variety of support needs who are at risk of homelessness, to help them retain their accommodation or obtain new accommodation is an important aspect of the role, as is an understanding of complex needs and carrying out risk assessments.
Put simply, it’s about making a difference. A real difference.
What you’ll need
Well-organised, IT literate with good communication skills who can remain calm and patient in challenging circumstances. You must have a good understanding of support planning processes. What’s more, you're contributing to, monitoring and implementing changes that improve outcomes for young people. Above all, you have a natural ability to help make the lives of others more fulfilling and want to work in an environment where the work can be hard, but also fun and rewarding.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.