Twickenham, Greater London London, Greater London Lewisham, Greater London

£22,000 - £22,895 per year

Permanent, Full-time

12681/82/83

About the organisation

Founded in 1870, St Christopher's Fellowship has provided care for vulnerable children and young people for over 140 years. Drawing on our ... Read more

Job Description

We have presently a fantastic opportunity to join one of our 16+ Homes and make a real difference to our Young People’s live.

St Christopher’s has adopted Social Pedagogy as a way of working throughout the organisation. This approach is based on the belief that all individuals are inherently valuable and have the potential to achieve and make a positive contribution. As such our focus is on the wellbeing of each individual, aiming to provide shared learning experiences to support their growth, often in terms of their ability to live independently.

Our 16+ homes provide accommodation and support to 16-21 year olds. In line with Social Pedagogy these homes are young person led and involve residents in every element of decision making including;

  • Creation of shared values for how they want their home to be.
  • Involvement in recruitment of new staff,
  • Shared reflection and agreement making opposed to penalty based consequences.
  • Regular feedback between residents and staff regarding the running of the home.

Our aim is to create a bespoke package of support with each individual, based on their goals and working with social services and other external agencies to facilitate support.

We are seeking committed individuals with a passion for working with young people and the creativity to work in an empowering and consultative way with our residents towards achieving their goals.

About the Role

As a Support Worker you will have the opportunity of developing authentic relationships with residents, you will also have responsibility for making sure our residents are safe , providing support, liaison with other professionals and completion of support documents to record information. Throughout the shift you will have the additional support of an on call manager should you have any questions. Further to this you will be involved in team meetings monthly and will also receive monthly supervision.

Applicants should have:

  • Experience of providing services to vulnerable client groups
  • An understanding of the issues facing young people
  • The ability to cope effectively with challenging behaviour
  • Good communication and team working skills
  • Flexibility to work shifts, including weekends and bank holidays.

In return we offer:

  • Salary £22,000 - £22,895, depending on qualifications and experience, rising incrementally to £25,468 based on performance.
  • A friendly working environment, a fun, open and honest culture.
  • 25 days holiday rising to 27 days after 3 years’ service, plus Bank Holidays, pro-rata.
  • Industry Leading training programme including access to level 3 qualifications, children’s right and participation, CSE, empowerment, mental health and Social Pedagogy,
  • Contributory pension scheme, Enhanced Maternity and Company Sick Scheme.
  • BUPA Employee Assistance Programme, offering counselling, financial advice and legal support.
  • Interest-free season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme.
  • Discount shopping scheme at hundreds of retailers across the UK.
  • Discretionary Funding Training Programs.
  • Employee Awards based on performance and length of service.
  • Fantastic opportunities to develop your career within our range of services.

Recruitment Process

At St Christopher’s we are committed to the safeguarding of all children and young people in our care. During the recruitment process you will be expected to complete an online application form to ensure we capture essential information to meet legislation, best practice and vetting requirements.

Applicants will ideally already be on the DBS Update Service; if this is not the case St Christopher's will carry out a DBS (police) check prior to starting.

Please when submitting your application, let us know why you would like to work with us and what experience you will bring to the role.

For the full Job Description and Person Specification, please visit our website.

Next Assessment days:

  • Thursday 6th June
  • Friday 7th June

We advise to apply as soon as possible as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and this opportunity might be filled before the stated closing date.

St Christopher’s is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.