Job reference: 001301
Location: Milton Keynes
Closing date: 06/10/2021
Salary: £9.00 per hour
Employment type: Full-time
We are looking for full and part-time support workers to join our lifelong learning provision in Milton Keynes as we re-open our day services and adapt to the current situation.
We offer a variety of activities and opportunities for adults with a learning disability and/ or autism to gain new skills, have new experiences and develop their independence.
About the service
Our lifelong learning provision offers a broad curriculum of learning to the people we support, delivered in a wide range of vocational, work and community settings. Activities include supported employment, independent living skills, arts and crafts, sports and healthy lifestyles, cookery, performing arts, music, dancing, and horticulture; the list is endless!
The support that we provide is focused on delivering positive outcomes to the people we support. Our ultimate goal is to ensure each person has a seamless transition between their support at home and their daytime activities, facilitating the use of skills gained from each setting. Whether it’s by improving communication, maximising independence, encouraging participation or developing relationships, the support we provide is centred around celebrating each individual’s gifts, talents and contributions.
You will join a staff team who have the necessary skills and experience to support adults of all ages with a learning disability who may also have autism, communication difficulties, dementia, limited mobility or epilepsy.
We take a person-centred approach and pride ourselves on ensuring positive interactions to enable the people we support to feel good about themselves and to be safe and happy. Above all we value each person supported as an individual and try to ensure that they receive a service that makes sense to them.
About the role
During the pandemic, lifelong learning staff played an important part in keeping the people we support motivated, active and happy. You will play a key role in supporting individuals to re-engage in social situations and experiences in a variety of exciting and different sessions. You will also support individuals and groups to participate in community-based projects and volunteering opportunities, working in partnership with other organisations to share and celebrate the talents and skills of the people we support.
You will work closely with each individual to deliver outcome-focused support, using person centred approaches to set goals, deliver learning, review and record achievements. In addition to the above, our learning centres have a focus on therapeutic opportunities, recognising and responding to the challenges that changes in health or age may bring.
There may be some behaviours of concern, however we will provide you with full training and specialist support so that you are well prepared on how best to approach each situation. You may also need to provide some assistance with personal care and administration of medication but, again, we will provide you with full training on this.
The ideal candidate
Firstly, you don’t need experience to become a support worker but it’s not easy. This role will suit someone who is passionate about supporting others; expressing new and creative ideas and who has a kind and caring nature. Often people join us from the hospitality and retail sectors and find their skills adapt well. As long as you have the passion and drive to want to make a real difference, we’ll teach you the rest!
It is desirable that you hold a full, manual driving licence which allows you to drive in the UK, in order to drive the service mini-bus & vehicles.
You will need to have a flexible approach to the work environment and hours, as weekend and evening working will be expected. We have a range of opportunities available: including full-time, part-time or relief contracts, so we're bound to have something for you!
About usMacIntyre 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:
How to applyIf 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.
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 Government consultation is currently underway regarding mandatory vaccination for supportive living and outreach services. If legislative or other requirements change in the future, we therefore may need to make vaccination mandatory for staff joining us.
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