Job details

Support Workers - learning disabilities

Job reference: 000721

Location: Shrewsbury

Closing date: 31/03/2021

Salary: £9.00 per hour

Employment type: Full-time

Are you a sporty type with a love of hiking? Or how about cooking and baking? Could you find creative ways to work with three men who have a learning disability?

No experience needed, come and be part of our new team!

You'll join us as a Support Worker as we build the team ready to open a new supported living service in Shrewsbury. The house will be home to three men with a wide range of interests. One enjoys nothing more than a hike in the local National Trust properties, or looking after animals. Another man has a really active lifestyle, enjoying visits to the gym, playing rounders and other sports. The third loves to cook and bake, and one day hopes to work in Catering; he's moving out of his parents' home and looking forward to gaining more independence.

Can you see yourself encouraging these three men to enjoy their interests and helping them learn new skills as they move into their new home? We're all thrilled to be part of their new adventure!

The three men all have different learning disabilities. Two of them don't communicate using words, so we'll teach you to use the Makaton sign language. As you get to know each other though, you'll find lots of ways to understand one another just fine, whether that's body language, a smile or laughter as well as signing.

We have full-time and part-time opportunities. You'll take your turn working shifts on a rota, including days, evenings, weekends, and bank holidays plus sleep-ins.

About you

Experience isn’t necessary. If you have the right attitude, good customer service skills, share our values and are willing to learn, you’re likely to be a great fit. We are looking for people who celebrate differences, and we strive to make all our staff feel included, valued and respected.

Drivers with a manual licence preferred, as you will be driving service vehicles, especially as lock-down lifts and people are able to get out and about more.

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.


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