Job details

Support Worker - Learning Disabilities
Walnut Tree

Job reference: 001157

Location: Walnut Tree

Closing date: 31/08/2021

Salary: £9.00 per hour

Employment type: Full-time

We are recruiting for full and part-time support workers at two of our supported living services in Milton Keynes.  No experience necessary.

Shenley Church End
The service in Shenley Church End is spilt into four separate flats with the tenants taking responsibility to maintain their own accommodation.  

You will support people to live as independently as possible, to  include maintaining their home, medical appointments, budgeting, shopping, meal planning, cooking, personal care and making positive choices to maintain good mental health and positive well-being.

Alongside the regular support tasks, a lot of what you will be doing will involve offering company and companionship. The individuals at these flats enjoy a wide range of hobbies and activities including baking, arts and crafts, video games, gardening, music and dance, walking and watching sports.

Emerson Valley
In Emerson Valley you’ll help to support a gentleman in his late 20s who requires support with every aspect of his daily life both at home and to enable him to access community facilities. James* enjoys a wide range of activities, such as swimming, yoga, meditation, walking, shopping and going out to look at planes. At home, James likes to unwind by using his IPad, solving jigsaw puzzles and connecting with his family.  Family is extremely important and you will help him to maintain contact and accommodate weekly support visits, where possible. 

You will also support him regarding day to day living skills, helping him to live a life that makes sense to him.  James has a diagnosis of autism so an interest in this field would be beneficial.

*not his real name

You'll take your turn working shifts on a rota, including days, evenings, weekends, and bank holidays. An example of core shift times include earlies (07:30 - 15:00) and lates (14:30 - 22:00).

About the role
Firstly, you don’t need experience to become a support worker but it’s not easy! The work can be demanding and challenging at times but no two days are the same and the reward of seeing your personal impact is incredibly inspiring and it’s something you’ll never forget.
Both roles will require you to deliver some personal care, assist with finances and support the administration of medication. You will also support each individual’s emotional needs and find ways to facilitate good communication – we will provide you with full training and back-up from our specialist teams and senior colleagues throughout.

The right candidate will need to be patient and calm.  A good sense of humour always helps, as does being able to work well in a team as you will usually be working directly with another member of staff on shift.

It is desirable that you hold a full manual driving licence which allows you to drive in the UK, so you can drive the service vehicles, though this is not essential.

About us

MacIntyre is a national charity which supports over 1,200 people with a learning disability and/or autism.

We were founded in 1966 by the visionary parent of a child with disabilities and have been growing steadily ever since. We celebrate and develop everyone’s unique gifts, talents and contributions.

Training and Development

At Macintyre we fully support your training and development. We know it can be daunting to start a new job, and not everyone learns the same way, so throughout your probation we will provide you with a mixture of eLearning, face-to-face training and mentoring support whilst on the job.

But it doesn't stop there - throughout your career with us you will have access to our own dedicated in house Learning and Development team, Quality Specialists and HR Teams. These teams, along with your Manager, will provide you with opportunities to learn and develop professionally as well as enabling and supporting you to achieve professional qualifications and career progression opportunities - all free of charge.

Pay and Rewards

We provide a range of benefits to reward and thank our staff which includes:

  • Six weeks' annual leave including statutory public holidays
  • Workplace Pension scheme – MacIntyre will contribute 3% of your salary to all eligible employees
  • MacIntyre Staff Savings Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) to support your health and wellbeing
  • Health Cash Plan which provides money back on core health treatments such as: optical, dental, physiotherapy, chiropody (at reduced cost)
  • MacIntyre Sick Pay (qualifying period)
  • Life assurance scheme offering valuable benefits to your dependents
  • MacIntyre Rewards Scheme which recognises and rewards staff
  • MacIntyre Perks which offers up to 6% discount off leading retailers including Tesco, Curry/PC World, Costa and many more
  • Access to the Blue Light Card which offers thousands of amazing discounts online and on the high street for emergency and social care staff.
  • Enhanced DBS Certificate (cost paid by MacIntyre)  

How to apply

If this job sounds like the right fit for you, click on the Apply button on the MacIntyre website, complete some brief details and upload your CV.

Alternatively if you would prefer to complete a manual application form, you can either download one from the attachments on our website advert or phone us on 01908 357 016 and we will send an application form to you.

Please note: we reserve the right to close this advert early if we have received a sufficient number of applications, so don't delay, apply today.

Safer Recruitment and Diversity statement

MacIntyre safeguards and promotes the welfare of the children, young people and adults we support. Therefore we work with successful candidates to complete appropriate checks prior to joining.

MacIntyre is committed to promoting equality, encouraging diversity and embracing inclusion among our workforce. We want our workforce to be truly representative of all sections of society and the people we support. As part of this commitment, our accessibility toolbar allows you a number of options: read adverts in another language (including Welsh for our Services located in Wales), change the font to Open Dyslexia, change the colours, and many others. Just click the button marked “Accessibility” at the top of the screen.

COVID Information

During the pandemic we are following Government guidance regarding reducing transmission rates.

This means we are taking every precaution to keep you and everyone involved safe during the recruitment process.

It also means we are requesting that our current and future employees can commit to employment only with MacIntyre at present. Additionally, please be aware that if legislative or other requirements change in the future, we may need to make vaccination mandatory for staff joining us. These matters can be discussed at interview.


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