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IV2, Inverness
£20,157 - £21,541 per year
Lead the household and facilitate all members in creating a home together where each person is valued based on a “Do With, Not For” approach
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IV2, Inverness
£20,157 - £21,541 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Lead the household, and facilitate all house members in creating a home together where each person is valued, based on a “Do With, Not For” approach, enabling everyone to reveal their strengths and live to their full potential.

To support, coach and supervise the team of assistants to live the values of L’Arche and the new Health and Social Care Standards, with a commitment to continuous improvement, through reflective practice.

Represent the house within the community and in liaison with families, friends and care professionals.


Special conditions This role is subject to shift work including evening, weekends, sleepovers and waking nights.

Qualifications: Holder of SVQ3 or equivalent in social care, or capacity to obtain within

12 months (holding the qualification that is specified by SSSC is part of changing any initial

temporary SSSC registration-with-conditions to an on-going registration)



Communication, Policy and Planning

  • Effective, positive communication in the house and throughout the community.
  • Preparing for and attending regular planning and supervisory meetings.
  • Planning and facilitating regular assistant team meetings, and effective handover
  • Planning and facilitating weekly house meetings.
  • Preparing reports for and, where required, attending external reviews with social work teams, advocating on behalf of the people choosing their support from L’Arche (service users) and ensuring their support needs are met.
  • Ensuring care plans are updated as and when service user’s needs change and a comprehensive formal review takes place every 6 months.
  • Encouraging the use of communication tools that meet the communication needs of the service, e.g. Talking Mats, Easy-Read, Makaton, BSL and that all service users are communicated with and are in control of decision making that affects their lives.
  • Responsible for implementing the Standards for the dual-registered service provision of Housing Support and care at home set by the Care Inspectorate
  • Assist the Co-ordinating Group with their planning of Leave for all team members.
  • Leading by example and supporting your team to provide support based on each person’s care plans.


  • Maintaining a homely atmosphere and ensuring compliance with all Health and Safety Policies and budgets.
  • Planning a monthly rota that delivers on budget, is compliant with NHS contracts and manages resources to deliver the highest standards of care and quality of life for service users.
  • Liaising with those providing work, education and day support for service users , ensuring a planned and organised week for all.
  • Ensuring a professional welcome of any external inspectors to the house (ie. Care Inspectorate, Fire Safety, Health and Safety and Environmental Health Officers) and dealing clearly with all their requests for information whilst ensuring the Community values are upheld.
  • Weekly Audit and recording of Health and Safety compliance.
  • Reporting and recording of all incident, accidents and Health and Safety hazards and ownership of progress for corrective action.
  • Reporting and recording of all Adult Protection issues in line with L’Arche and NHS Highland Protocol.
  • Maintaining all house records in accordance with Regulatory requirements and community policy.
  • Taking time to reflect on and plan weekly events and celebrations.
  • Ensuring every service user has an online care plan and appropriate risk assessments, updated in real time with a comprehensive and formal review every 6 months.


  • Agreeing and overseeing expenditure of the house budget.
  • Managing a system of weekly reporting and control of petty cash.
  • Support Service Users to manage their finances ensuring the administration and recording of individual’s personal's money in accordance with Regulator’s requirements and community policy.
  • Maintain and review systems for managing finance and ensure all assistants are trained in the systems and processes used.

Leading the House and Team

  • Induction, supervision and coaching of your team to meet the values, behaviours and competencies needed to be a skilled support practitioner.
  • Hold weekly/Bi-Weekly team meetings
  • Supervision (10 weekly) and annual appraisal of assistants ensuring that each individual has a clear understanding of their role and monitoring the progress of each in this role.
  • Enabling a division of responsibilities and clear accountability that ensures each household task is undertaken.
  • Supporting assistants to identify training needs, attend and complete training and supporting assistants in their personal growth and development in L'Arche.
  • Bringing resolution in conflict situations
  • Ensuring celebrations of house members’ birthdays, anniversaries in accordance with house tradition and community norms.
  • Maintaining continuity of the life of the house using photographs, digital slides, videos, recording and telling of stories around individuals of significant events and maintaining contact with past house members and friends.
  • Encourage a spirit of welcome ensuring regular invitations to other community members, family, neighbours, friends and visitors.
  • Ensuring that the house is integrated into the rest of the L'Arche community in the Inverness locality, including those who live in flats.
  • Consistently supporting and sustaining people's long term relationships in the community, in their families and with friends and other network groups.

General Duties

  • Will be on an on-call rota.
  • Ability to work across all sites, supporting other Houses and House Leaders
  • Participate in community projects and actively support a spirit and culture of community.
  • Welcoming and supporting volunteers to work in the house.

Priorities and responsibilities of this role may vary from time to time as the community's priorities change.

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More about L'Arche

"Quite simply being part of L'Arche is being loved for who you are." 

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Refreshed on: 20 October 2019
Closing date: 25 October 2019
Job ref: 10.19/4
Tags: Social Care/Development,Housing Management

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