Ealing, London
Up to £22568 per annum
Permanent
Job description

Recruiting for 3 Support Workers to join our Young People and Care Leavers in Ealing!

GBP 22,568 working 40 hours per week, plus 25 days Annual Leave, Pension schemes, Staff discounts, healthcare and more.

Minster House is a specialist semi-independent service for young people in and leaving care aged 16-21. The service provides a high level of support to young people with a variety of complex needs. The service is staffed 24/7 by a team of enthusiastic and caring support workers. The service aims to support young people to manage and address their various support needs and risks whilst also supporting young people to learn basic life skills and be ready to live independently.

We are currently looking for 1 Support Worker at Minster House and 2 Support Workers at Horn Lane.

Job Overview:
Support Workers to provide support to customers who are in the care sector and are in the process of gaining independent skills to be able to move on and live independently.

To help the customers to develop the life skills they require to meet the assessed needs of the customers of the service.

Support Workers will work with customers to promote social inclusion and alongside other members of the team to promote independent living, encouraging customers to maximise their skills and choices.

Key Responsibilities:
- Building supportive, trusting relationships with customers
- Working proactively with other members of the team to handle the service caseload and administrative responsibilities
- Supporting key customers to set personalised goals in the form of a Support Plan
- Conducting regular key work sessions that are innovative and engaging in order to achieve Support Plan goals
- Ensuring ongoing assessment and management of risks associated with customers within an attitude of 'positive risk taking'
- Proactively manage risk and safety both in and outside of their physical living environment
- Providing support with daily living activities, including practical assistance where skills are not yet developed, to ensure that customers enjoy a high quality of accommodation
- Proactive development of links with local statutory and voluntary organisations to provide a range of engagement opportunities for customers in the community
- Involving customers in the design, development and delivery of the service
- Empowering customers to ensure they receive the service and benefits they are entitled to
- Encouraging and enabling tenants to pay their rent and ensure that rent accounts are managed effectively
- Ensuring Look Ahead Health and Safety policies are adhered to at all time and to uphold all health and safety responsibilities within relevant policies and local protocols
- Adhering to all other Look Ahead's policies and procedures
- Engaging in learning and development activity to increase knowledge and skills
- Day to day instruction/ supervision of Assistant Support Workers/domestic staff/ Personal Support Assistants where appropriate
- Undertaking any other duties consistent with the grade and nature of the post as assigned by the Team Leader/ Manager

Person Specification:
- Enjoys social interaction and the company of others, joins in local activities to encourage customer involvement
- Approachable and open behaviour
- Prefers working as part of a group or team
- Is fundamentally calm and resilient, does not let emotion adversely affect them or obscure their judgement
- Has a practical and logical mind and is naturally well organised
- Flexible
- Open to feedback and self development
- Thrives on change and enjoys dynamic diverse environments
- Is confident with high levels of self-esteem
- Is respectful, articulate and sensitive in style of communication
- Is essentially customer-focused
- Is motivated towards excellence and improvement of personal performance with a can do attitude
- Ability to cope positively with challenging and diverse behaviours

Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
Essential:
- NVQ Level 3 or equivalent experience in the social care/charity sector

Desirable:
- Experience working with Care Leavers

For the full job description, please visit the Look Ahead website.

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Look Ahead Care and Support

Look Ahead supports around 8,000 people across London and the South East each year. People who for a variety of reasons may need some extra suppor... Read more

Refreshed on: 26 July 2021
Closed date: 17 August 2021
Job ref: REQ002624
Tags: Support Worker, Social Work