Job details

Support Worker Learning Disabilities

Job reference: 000652

Location: Wigan

Closing date: 16/03/2021

Salary: £8.75 per hour

Employment type: Full-time

Would you like to make a positive difference in someone's life? Could you support a man who has learning disabilities as he works to become more independent?

Andrew* is in his mid-forties. He enjoys having a good chat about films, TV, music, football and horse racing. He's also very keen on card games and charitable work.

There is no personal care required in this role, but when feeling unsettled, Andrew's behaviour can be challenging, and part of your job will be to work with him to manage his verbal aggression. We will give you full specialist training around this.

Andrew's goal is to live totally independently, and to have a job. Now that he is moving to his own self-contained home, he will need support to learn new life skills, increase his involvement in his local community, and begin to fulfil his dreams. That's where you come in!

This is a full-time role, 37.5 hours a week, and you will take your turn on a rota including days, evenings, weekends and bank holidays.

*Not his real name

About you

Ideally, you will have some experience supporting vulnerable people, but if you're new to this work we will support you to gain the skills you need.  We're looking for someone who is keen to learn, imaginative and resilient, and who can bring their own skills, interests and ideas to enrich Andrew's life.

You'll be a driver with a manual licence, in order to drive the service vehicle.

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 children, young people and vulnerable adults. 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 currently 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. This can be discussed during interview.