Job details

Senior Support Worker - Learning Disabilities
Milton Keynes

Job reference: 000783

Location: Milton Keynes

Closing date: 21/04/2021

Salary: £18,770

Employment type: Full-time

Are you ready for the next step in your social care career? Could you mentor a team whilst supporting people with learning disabilities?

We love what we do and are recognised as an award winning charity for our passion and dedication. Due to growth, we are now expanding our services in Milton Keynes.

This is your opportunity to get in at the beginning and help us establish a new registered care provision from scratch.


As a Senior, you’ll develop rotas and deputise for the Frontline Manager. You will work closely with the staff team, ensuring people’s support plans are followed. You'll encourage the team and meet development needs, whether that's by way of formal training or day-to-day coaching and reflection. You and your team will be supporting Mark* a young man with autism and complex needs, as he leaves specialist residential education and moves into his new home in Milton Keynes.

This is a great opportunity to join us from the start! You will get to know Mark and be able to support him as he settles into his new home in Milton Keynes. It may be a scary as well as exciting time for Mark so it's important for him to become familiar with you and the team so you're able to provide the best emotional reassurance possible while he transitions.

A little more about Mark: He is 18 years old, and has a wide variety of interests. He loves watching movies, playing on his X-box and listening to music but also enjoys being in the great outdoors, so you'll need to have lots of energy to keep up with him! Mark is also into his sport: particularly Formula 1 and football, he is an avid Chelsea FC supporter, so if you're a racing fanatic or a fellow football fan, you'll get on fine!

Mark needs staff who are patient, who won't rush him and who understand his anxieties. He will need a lot of reassurance, especially as this move will be a huge change in his life. It will be a collaborative process for everyone, getting to know each other and sharing enthusiasms, interests and fun.

*Not his real name

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.

About you

You will need some experience working with vulnerable people, ideally those with learning disabilities. Perhaps you have been a Support Worker or Care Assistant and are ready for more responsibility. It’s important that you share our values, and are ambitious to grow and develop.

You’ll need to be flexible and organised, with a positive approach.

You must be a driver with a manual licence, as you may be required to drive the service vehicles.

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.

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 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.