Job details

Support Worker
St Albans

Job reference: 002282

Location: St Albans

Closing date: 28/07/2022

Salary: £9.90 per hour

Employment type: Full-time or part-time

Are you looking for work that is truly fulfilling? Do you want a job where your influence will continue long after your shift ends? Could you support adults with a learning disability to live the way they want?

You'll join our friendly team of Support Workers at one of our small, homely supported living services in St Albans. You will be supporting people like Simon*, Ashley* and Susan*. Here's what they had to say about the type of person they are looking for:-

My name is Simon* and I live with 3 other people. I like my staff to be fun and creative, thinking of exciting activities for us to do. I enjoy movie nights, going swimming, visiting restaurants, walking, going to do my personal shopping and barbeques in my garden. All of these are very important to me I like a routine and being busy, this helps me to lead a happy & fulfilled life.

I have a diagnosis of autism. I like to know what is happening and what activities I have planned for each day. I like my staff to be clear when communicating with me and be patient, encouraging and reassuring.

Hello, I'm Ashley* I love arts and crafts which I’m very good at.  I have created some wonderful pieces of art. My support workers help me get around town. Sometimes they drive and sometimes we go on public transport. I like staff to explain how much things cost like  food, travel and entrance fees. 

My name is Susan* my family are really nice, I like my support workers to get on with them. Everyone has good days and not so good days! I have a great support plan to help you to get to know me and support me the way I want you to.  I am very independent and can do most things myself but I just need good guidance from you. I look forward to meeting you.

Working with people like Simon, Ashley and Susan can be a lot of fun and you don't need any experience as we will train you. Some people rely less than others on verbal communication, so you'll become great at picking up on small non-verbal cues. You'll discover that every tiny thing you do has an impact, and when you get it right, you'll know you got it right: you'll get a chuckle or a smile, you'll see someone's body relax or their eyes light up.

‘’I joined MacIntyre 3 years ago as a support practitioner, before this job I was a warehouse assistant and had no previous experience in the care sector. I get paid to have fun with the people I support and I love my job. I wouldn’t want to do anything else now.’’

* names changed for confidentiality

About you

Of course we welcome you if you've been a care assistant or support worker, but experience isn’t necessary. If you share our values, are warm, friendly and willing to learn, you’re likely to be a great fit.

We’re looking for people who celebrate differences, and we strive to make all our staff feel included, valued and respected.

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, call us 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-19 Information

We are committed to maintaining a COVID-19 secure workplace and to supporting a rigorous approach to protecting the health and safety of candidates, our employees and the people we support. MacIntyre's policy for this role requires you to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (or exempt). This means having Vaccinations 1 and 2. You can join us if you have had at least one vaccination, and have your second vaccination eight weeks after the first.


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