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Support Worker – Chelmsford

Full Time Permanent

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We are looking to recruit a passionate Support Worker to join our dedicated team of support staff in the Chelmsford Area on a permanent, either full time (37.5 hours) or part time (20 hours+ per week) basis.  

Shift patterns are for this role will be: 07:00-14:30; 09:00-18:00; 14:30-22:00; and Sleep in 22:00-07:00. You will need to be flexible and willing to work additional sleep ins to cover colleague’s annual leave. You may be asked to cover shifts in various services, but you will be based in Chelmsford. Being a driver is not a requirement, but would be beneficial.

We are currently in the process of reviewing our salaries.  The salary for this role will be increased to a minimum of £10.33 per hour (a full time annual salary of £20,144) with effect from 1 August 2022.  You will receive an enhanced flat rate payment of £60.00 for any sleep in shifts carried out. The payment for sleep ins is non-contractual.

Do you want to make a positive difference to people’s lives?  This is a four person Service where most of the guys who live there are very independent, and need little to moderate support around personal care or medication. You will be supporting the guys here with daily tasks such, household tasks such as cooking and cleaning, going out in the community to do their shopping or to take part in activities they wish to do and travelling to and from appointments There will be some moving and handling. 

You will be working with a small team who have known the guys for years and are therefore very experienced.

The role of a Support Worker can be challenging at times, so it is essential to have a positive mind-set with a desire to improve the lives of those with a learning disability.  You will need to be quick thinking with a positive can-do attitude.

What does a Support Worker do?

As a Support Worker you will be expected to provide an outstanding level of support that will help to ensure the people we support live a more comfortable, dignified, liberated and happy life.  You will have excellent communication skills and be a naturally caring and patient personality.  Typical responsibilities may include:

Supporting people to live independently – budget management, paying bills, housework, organising appointments and cooking delicious healthy meals.

Excellent communication skills and Relationship building – supporting the people we support to understand the world around them and promoting positive relationships.

Community & Social Inclusion – supporting individuals to access and participate in their local community and social events to promote life skills and individuality.

Personal care – helping people to get ready for the day.This may include prompting the people we support to take their medication and assisting with bathing, showering and using the bathroom.Not all Support Worker roles include high levels of personal care.

Have you thought about working for Mencap?

Mencap is a leader in providing excellent support to people with a learning disability.  Our vision is a world where people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to and included. 

Everyone wants a purposeful job – to do something really meaningful.  Everything we do at Mencap keeps the people we support at the centre of what we do. 

With us, it’s never ‘just a job’.  In return for your hard work and passion you can find real and meaningful work experience, access to some excellent benefits alongside our competitive pay.  Click here to find out more about our Mencap benefits.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident Leader and welcome applicants with disabilities to apply for all roles with us. To find out more about the scheme please visit the directgov website.

At Mencap, we value a diverse and inclusive workplace and we intentionally plan for the success of our colleagues in everything we do.  We welcome applications from everyone, so come as you are and join us.  Together we are Mencap!

Mencap are strongly encouraging all our colleagues to have the Covid-19 vaccine as a way to help protect each other and the people we support.

No two days are ever the same, sometimes they may be challenging but they will always positive so click apply now to be considered!

*All roles are subject to an enhanced DBS check and suitable references.

Job ID:  25801

Benefits

As well as knowing that what we do is making a positive difference to people’s lives, you will receive fair pay and have access to a wide range of rewards and benefits as one of our employees.

22 days holiday plus bank holidays increasing to 24 days with effect from April 2023

Annual leave increases with long service up to 27 days per year plus the ability to buy up to another 10 days via our HolidayPlus scheme

Service related sick pay when 6 month probation is completed

Pension contributions into NEST Scheme on a salary sacrifice basis meaning NI savings

Death in service life cover for a nominated beneficiary under our life assurance scheme

Loans for debt consolidation, bikes, computers and phones when you have been with us for 6 months

Interest free season ticket loans

Discounts and cashback from 3% to 30% at high street shops including major supermarkets, cinemas, gyms, leisure/theme parks, holidays and much more via Mencap Extras

Opportunity to purchase a health cash plan to claim towards dental, glasses, therapy etc.

Free access to round the clock employee assistance program for advice and support

Quarterly award scheme and recognition at every 5 years through our YouRock program

Access to award winning training and development

*T&C's apply based on contract

About Mencap

At Mencap we work in partnership with people with a learning disability.  We do this by providing high quality, flexible services that support people, including young adults, to live as independently as possible in their own homes and in the community.

Everyone wants a purposeful job – to do something meaningful.  At Mencap, we can give you that.  You will have opportunities to develop as a person, colleague, leader and activist.

You’ll make new friends and feel inspired to reach your potential.  We will ask a lot of you – but you’ll get back so much more.  With us, it is never ‘just a job’.

In return for your hard work and passion, we can give you real meaning and purpose in your work