Our client is the national charity supporting children and young people aged 25 and under with epilepsy and associated conditions, as well as their families. Their unique blend of specialist services includes a school, college and residential services providing education and healthcare for children and young people with epilepsy, autism and other neurological conditions.
Vacancies have arisen for enthusiastic individuals to join their support worker team. You can make a difference to the lives of children and young people with epilepsy and associated conditions at their beautiful campus in Lingfield, Surrey. As a Support Worker in Residential Services you will help to give the students the tools and opportunities they need to fulfil their potential and have the best quality of life possible. You will join a team of established care staff and will be given support and development opportunities. You should possess the ability to interact and communicate effectively with a range of young people with differing needs, as well as excellent organisational and time management skills and a flexible attitude.
As well as a competitive rate of pay an attractive range of benefits is on offer including generous annual leave, occupational pension scheme, subsidised dining room, gym membership options (on and off-site) and 'Perkbox', giving you access to nationwide benefits. They also offer a range of shift patterns and opportunities for overtime.
A Support Worker may be responsible for all or some of the following areas:
To create in conjunction with other members of staff a caring, safe and acceptable atmosphere in which growth and independence are fostered by the maintenance of a supportive and positive role.
Providing a continuity and consistency of support to the relevant line manager thereby facilitating the student's access to and progress in any educational, social, therapy or developmental programmes that are being applied.
To undertake specific tasks with individuals or groups as directed by the line manager or other senior staff members.
To assist with all aspects of personal care and daily living skills in accordance with individual support needs.
Ensuring all relevant information relating to the students (e.g. concerning behaviour, personal development, medical incidents etc.) is relayed to appropriate staff members and recorded in accordance with Young Epilepsy's policy and procedures.
To follow and act upon Behaviour Management guidelines, advice and programmes in line with the philosophy of positive reinforcement and the Behaviour Management policy at Young Epilepsy.
To provide the students with encouragement, reassurance and comfort, and when necessary to help in the management of those students who may be aggressive, distressed or disruptive, in accordance with skills and training.
Supporting at all times the long term aim for student independence by encouraging the growth of these skills, but to nonetheless assist, when appropriate, with the physical and personal care of the students.
To lead and participate in various recreational, educational and social activities and to accompany students either to other areas of the site or off site for scheduled meetings or activities.