Support Worker - Cafes
Brandon Trust
Bristol, , UK
3d ago


The Barn Cafe at Grimsbury Farm (in Kingswood, Bristol) offers employment training to people with learning disabilities who want a career in catering or hospitality.

Brandon Trust's Support Workers at the cafes support people with a learning disability, autism or both to live life in the way they choose, empowering them to thrive and realise their ambitions.

This inspiring and interesting role combines the opportunity to utilise and develop your catering experience with empowering people with a learning disability to reach their goal of achieving paid employment.

In return we offer a full induction, support and training and on-going career development.

We have a part-time position available, the cafe's opening hours are 8.30-4.30 and you will work a range of hours on Tuesday, Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays.

About the role

In this varied role you’ll provide flexible support to the staff team and trainees at the Grimsbury Farm Cafe.

  • You’ll support trainees in carrying out the catering skills required in a cafe setting. You’ll also provide keyworker support;
  • guiding and encouraging the trainees to work safely and independently in the cafe environments, developing skills and helping them to progress by means of practical tasks and also theory tasks by using works skills folders.

    Everyone has different needs and disabilities affect people in different ways so you’ll adapt your approach to meet the needs of the individuals you support.

    Working closely with the other team members you’ll prepare a range of hot and cold cafe food and also buffets as well as make drinks, manage the till and serve customers.

    You’ll also get involved in stocking items and stock rotation, and checking deliveries all the while ensuring you adhere to food hygiene regulations and policies.

    There is also a general cleaning element of the role. The cafes can be very busy particularly in the school holidays and the work can be physically demanding at times.

    About you

    A catering qualification or catering experience in a commercial / business setting is essential, whilst any experience of working in or running a small business would be an advantage.

    An understanding and knowledge of employment support and employment training for people with learning disabilities will be an advantage and a Social Care diploma Level 2 would also be an advantage.

    You love working with people and are able to build relationships based on trust, respect and consideration. You’ll also need to be patient and understanding of people’s varied needs.

    With good communication skills, you’ll overcome challenges with positivity, commitment and enthusiasm. You will need access to your own transport to travel between the cafes.

    We offer an extensive induction and training programme, followed by on-going career development. Our award-winning training is designed to ensure that you feel confident and knowledgeable.

    We can also support you to gain professional qualifications such as your Health and Social Care Diploma and NVQ qualifications.

    Successful applicants for this role will require an enhanced DBS check.

    Applications close on 4th June. Brandon reserves the right to close this job when sufficient applications have been received.

    We are an Equal Opportunities employer and welcome applicants from all sections of the community.

    Coronavirus update :

    As a key worker, you’ll need to be available and able to carry out your role during the coronavirus pandemic. In-line with the Government and Public Health England guidelines, we have taken appropriate measures in our recruitment process to protect our staff, candidates and the people we support during the coronavirus outbreak.

    When you join Brandon, you will need to be vaccinated against COVID to help protect the people we support, your colleagues and yourself.

    If you have not already had your vaccination, we can arrange this for you. If you do not wish to be vaccinated, we will explore the reasons with you, and this may impact on whether we can offer you employment.

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