Job details

Support Worker - Relief Contract

Job reference: 000689

Location: Wigan

Closing date: 08/03/2021

Salary: £9.06 per hour

Employment type: Relief

Looking for a job where you can work flexible hours to suit your commitments? Could you see yourself supporting a young man with complex learning disabilities? No experience needed.

We love what we do and are recognised as an award winning charity for our passion and dedication. Join us a Relief Support Worker and be a part of helping others live lives that make sense to them.


We are seeking a Relief Support Worker to help support James* to live as independently as possible whilst providing the care and attention he needs to live a life that that makes sense to him.

You'll support him in a wide range of activities including walking, arts and crafts, looking at books, and swimming. James loves to spend time in his garden where he has a bouncy castle, trampoline and hot tub spa. He also enjoys a bus or car ride (James loves people-watching). There will also be some personal care and cleaning responsibilities as well as garden maintenance.

We'll provide you with full training and day-to-day help and advice from your Frontline Manager. Because of the James's individual needs, all staff must complete Positive Behaviour Management training. You will play a key part in the process of helping him develop and grow, in conjunction with his family, the staff team and specialist advisors.

*Not his real name

About James:

James in his 20s and lives in his own specially adapted home in Wigan, near his family. He has very individual needs, autism and behaviours that may be deemed as challenging. He requires a lot of emotional reassurance and support.

How Relief works

The Relief (Bank) post supports the permanent rota staff by completing shifts that are vacant due to annual leave/sickness/training/unforeseen circumstances. As such, hours are non specific but the service will endeavour to balance the needs of the service against your own work/life balance as appropriately as possible.

We normally plan the rotas one month in advance and there is no obligation to accept the work. Of course the more you put in, the more you will get out of this. This could also be a great way to see if this is the career path for you whilst earning some extra money at the same time!

What we need from you

You don’t need experience to become a Relief Support Worker but you will need to be patient and resilient, with loads of common sense. Perhaps you have an interest in psychology or want to specialise in autistic spectrum conditions. Either would be a good fit for this job.

People join us from all walks of life. Stick with us and we’ll teach you all you need to know.

The work is demanding and it’s not for everyone but with the support of your colleagues the ultimate reward is the heartfelt feeling of being able to see the positive impact you have on another’s life and this is something that you'll never forget.

You will need a full manual drivers licence (held for at least 12 months) and be aged 21 or over (for insurance purposes) to be able to drive the company's mobility car.

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.

Pay and Rewards

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

  • 5.6 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.

This post is exempt from the Equality Act 2010 (Schedule 9, Part 1) which provides for the application of a genuine occupational requirement.


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