Job details

Senior Support Worker

Job reference: 000725

Location: Wigan

Closing date: 13/04/2021

Salary: £10.00 per hour

Employment type: Full-time


Do you have experience supporting vulnerable people? Are you looking for the next step in your social care career? Could you see yourself working with a young man who has complex learning disabilities?

As a Senior Support Worker, you will provide direct support. You will also develop rotas, complete supervisions and deputise for the Frontline Manager. You will work closely with the staff team, encouraging and coaching them and identifying training needs, whether formal or by way of day-to-day coaching and reflection.


You and the team will 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.

James in his twenties 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. James requires a lot of emotional reassurance and support.

You will support James in a wide range of activities he enjoys, such as going for a drive, swimming, arts and crafts, reading, and enjoying his garden and outdoor surroundings.

We are always looking at how we can support James to expand his interests, so a creative mind will only strengthen your application for this rewarding role.

You and the team will also provide personal care, and there are cleaning responsibilities as well as garden maintenance and DIY. ​​​​​​​

This is a full-time role (37.5 hrs per week) and you'll be part of a rota covering shifts across days, evenings, weekends and bank holidays.

*Not real name

What we need from you

You'll need experience working with vulnerable people, ideally those with a learning disability. Perhaps you have been a Support Worker or Care Worker and are now looking to step up to a more senior role.

You'll need to be patient and resilient, with loads of common sense. Perhaps you have an interest in psychology or counselling, or want to specialise in autistic spectrum conditions. Either would be a good fit for this job.

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.

We will provide you with full training and day-to-day help and advice from your Frontline Manager. Becuase of the complexity of this young man's needs, all staff must complete Positive Behaviour Support training, which is provided by our specialist staff.

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:

  • 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.

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.

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

COVID Information

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 if legislative or other requirements change in the future, we may need to make vaccination mandatory for staff joining us. These matters can be discussed at interview.