Day Opportunities Support Worker
London, GB
1d ago

Day Opportunities Support Worker

Our ambition

We're determined to make Islington more equal. To create a place where everyone, whatever their background, has the opportunity to reach their potential and enjoy a good quality of life.

We also have an ambitious goal to be the best council in the country with every employee clear about the part they play and inspired, focused and supported to give their very best.

We want to build an organisation where employees feel valued, inspired and empowered to help us achieve our goals and provide the best services possible to our residents.

Our values and behaviours

Be Islington’ is about setting a clear challenge about what it means to be an Islington employee and sets the standard for every new recruit.

We ask our employees to Be Islington’ playing their part in working together for a fairer borough and to always be collaborative, be ambitious, be resourceful, and be empowering ( CARE’).

Interested in knowing more about our values, our vision and our priorities? Check out these videos from our Leader, Cllr Kaya Comer-Schwartz and Chief Executive, Linzi Roberts-Egan :

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Job overview

To provide person centred support to autistic adults in the community and indoor activities relating to their overall goals and that lead to enhanced quality of life.

This entails the ability to learn from service users, peers and other professionals to develop strong relationships. It also requires staff to be highly reflective and be able to assess their own practice through engaging in various forums that have been created for them.

The job also requires effectively communicating with families and carers in a manner that is sensitive and empathetic.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a support worker to join the diverse, passionate team at our specialist day service for autistic adults (accredited by the National Autistic Society) on a one year fixed-term contract.

As a full-time member of the team you will be given opportunities to develop your practice as a support worker through :

  • Regular small, practice-based group supervisions facilitated by experienced Positive Behaviour Support coaches
  • A staff autism study group
  • Regular one-on-one supervisions
  • We also work closely with a range of therapy teams (psychology, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy) who provide regular trainings and assistance wherever necessary.

    We support people to explore a wide range of different activities and environments, ranging from community garden projects and dog-walking through to swimming, intensive interaction and sensory exploration.

    The post requires the candidate to be able to work a 7 hour shift between the hours of 8 : 30am- 5pm from Monday to Friday excluding Bank Holidays.

    The delivery of personal care while preserving service user’s dignity is also required.

    We strongly believe in a collaborative approach which centres relationship-building, both with the people we support and those around them : families and carers, therapy teams, the local community and other services which the individual accesses.

    We expect applicants to be able to demonstrate and share examples of :

  • Attentive, reflective support for autistic people from different backgrounds
  • Relationship-building in challenging environments
  • Report writing and other aspects of paperwork (risk assessments, behaviour support plans)
  • Creating support plans in conjunction with carers and other professional agencies
  • An active interest in developing and reflecting on one’s own practice and learning
  • Closing Date : Monday 15th August 2022 at 23 : 59

    Interview Date : week commencing 29th August 2022

    For any further details about the role please contact Saujal Acharya on 07957 559017

    Working for our organisation

    Islington Council is a diverse authority with many changes taking place as we move towards a new way of working. Within this context, there are many opportunities to learn new skills and create your own career path in ways that might be exciting.

    Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • Ensuring good practice in the care and development of adults with a learning disabilities, and Autism including promoting positive attitudes in regards to race, gender, sexuality and disability, age, religion and cultural beliefs, supporting people to overcome difficulties they may have in using community facilities including physical access, prejudice and anxieties of others.
  • Ensure that Autism specific needs, behavioural issues, communication needs and other specialist support needs are understood and supported to maximise independence and reduce the likelihood of distress for the individuals you work with.
  • To ensure that users (and their belongings) are treated with respect.
  • To support people with all aspects of their personal care including meal times, intimate personal care, use of hoists and any other duties that are necessary to ensure people are supported in maintaining their personal hygiene.
  • To support people’s general and specialist health needs (Such as Autism specific health issues or health issues related to complex heath needs), including administering medication including by specialist techniques and where necessary supporting people to emergency and planned health appointments.
  • To act as a key worker for individuals and to take part in and / or organise individual reviews and other meetings, including writing reports for meetings on the service users day opportunities, using information gathered over time.
  • To support people to develop person centred plans that reflects their dreams, hopes and aspirations and identifies areas for progression and development.
  • To assess, plan, implement, monitor and evaluate specific timetabled service user programmes both on and off site, in group and one to one settings, and where appropriate in mainstream settings, in accordance with decisions made by the users, a multi-disciplinary team and in line with people’s Person Centred Plans.
  • To pursue agreed strategies to support and alleviate behaviours that present a challenge.
  • Learning and using appropriate methods of communication with service users and colleagues.
  • Including service users in the decision making process and encouraging them to express their wishes, exercise informed choice and offer support to service users in areas where they are currently unable to make an informed choice.
  • To liaise with family members, care managers, health staff, voluntary sector staff and other agencies concerning users including supporting the users to complete communication books that tell their carers what they have been doing during the day.
  • To creatively use resources and facilities in the community including specialist and mainstream services, offering a variety of activities including new experiences, learning, employment and leisure opportunities.
  • To support / escort users in travel using the councils buses, public transport and driving them in council vehicles and where appropriate to meet users at their homes to support them to their activities.
  • Ensure national and local safeguarding procedures (pan-London safeguarding, No Secrets, whistle-blowing procedure and so on) are followed to safeguard service users from harm.
  • Team Work

  • To participate in staff meetings, contributing ideas and sharing responsibilities, for example note taking and chairing meetings etc.
  • To contribute to the development of the service pursuing specific areas of interest according to the needs of service users and the service.
  • To support colleagues in difficult or potentially difficult situations in the workplace.
  • To cover colleagues, working in all areas of the service, responding to situations flexibly.
  • General

  • To work flexibly as part of the team hours may vary weekend and evening work may be a requirement. Overtime may be required and staff will receive Time Off in Lieu for extra hours.
  • To handle petty cash in accordance with the council’s petty cash policies and procedures.
  • Ensure the smooth running of the centre so the timetable is carried out consistently.
  • To assist and support visitors, volunteers and students to have a positive experience during their time at the workplace.
  • To undertake other duties commensurate to the grade of the post.
  • Person specification

    Education and Experience

    Essential criteria

  • E1 Experience in health / education / social services or similar setting, working with people with learning disabilities, and Autism including implementing activities for individuals and groups.
  • E2 Experience of working with people from different racial backgrounds and cultures
  • E3 Academic / vocational / educational qualification e.g. NVQ 2 / 3, QCF level 4, DipSW or other relevant qualification in adult social care, or a willingness to work towards relevant qualifications.
  • E4 Experience carrying out person centred planning for people with a learning disability and Autism.
  • Knowledge, Skills and Ability

    Essential criteria

  • E5 Ability and knowledge to help promote the physical, emotional intellectual and social well being of people with learning disabilities and Autism by understanding of the impact of disability on a person’s life, taking into account the barriers people face accessing day opportunities.
  • E6 Ability to creatively and imaginatively support people in engaging, stimulating and meaningful activities planning, writing and running both one to one and group activities, in a person centred manner, taking into account their specific needs related to their Autism.
  • E7 Ability to support people to develop Person Centred Plans that reflect their aspirations, preferences, choices, religious and cultural identity and personal developmental needs, adapting the service and practice to changing needs etc.
  • E8 Ability to meet the identified / assessed needs of individuals in mainstream community settings including employment or educational environments in a way that ensures people are enabled to be as independent as possible.
  • E9 Potential to employ safe moving and handling procedures and ability to assist with individual intimate personal care and mobility needs, including pushing a wheel chair
  • E10 Ability to communicate and relate effectively with users (Who will have specific communication needs because of their learning disability and Autism.
  • and carers (where English may not be their first language), other professionals and colleagues in order to promote a high quality responsive and transparent service.

  • E11 Ability to work as part of both a small team and larger staff group, respecting the decisions of colleagues and managers and being flexible in order to respond to emergencies, cover colleagues when necessary and to support volunteers to ensure that the programme is delivered on a day to day basis
  • E12 Ability to escort users on council transport, public transport, taxi’s etc, pick users up / drop them off from a variety of locations including home, the centre and the community.
  • E13 Ability to monitor user involvement / progress, writing reports that reflect this and presenting this in reviews and meetings.
  • E14 Ability to support adults with learning disabilities & autism with all aspects of intimate personal care.
  • E15 Ability to understand and implement safeguarding procedures to ensure service users are protected from harm.
  • E16 Motivation to develop skills and ability to undertake training and development to meet professional standards i.e. CQF level 4
  • E17 Ability to use computer packages such as word, outlook and excel in order to monitor user progress, produce reports and carry out any other tasks that require literacy in IT usage.
  • E18 Literate and numerate to an acceptable level that ensures that administrative records can be kept accurately such as finances, service users records and performance information.
  • E19 Ability to act within Health and Safety requirements including handling medication safely.
  • Commitment to Equal Opportunities

    Essential criteria

  • E20 Ability to adhere to the Council’s Dignity for All policy.
  • It is the policy of Islington Council that no user of service, present or future employee or job applicant receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of their sex, perceived or actual sexual orientation, marital status, race, religion or belief, age, creed, colour, nationality, national origin, ethnic origin, or disability, or on the grounds of their association with someone in one of these groups;
  • nor is disadvantaged by any conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justified. We welcome applications from Black and Minority Ethnic candidates and acknowledge our responsibility to mitigate against racial discrimination.

    PLEASE NOTE : Priority will be given to those at risk of redundancy within Islington Council. Current employees who are part of the redeployment pool must meet the essential criteria for shortlisting to be prioritised.

    Islington Council operates a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria and we are committed to providing support to applicants who request reasonable adjustments to be made during the recruitment process and throughout their career with us.

    We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff, and volunteers to share this commitment.

    We are also committed to flexible working and will consider requests where possible.

    Islington Council also operates random drug or alcohol testing for safety critical roles or for where there may be just cause.

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