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Specialist Support Person (Croydon)

Job Category:  Charity - Not for Profit
Salary Range: £8.76 - £9.00 per hour
Location: Greater London (Croydon)
Job Type: Permanent

Waymarks

Job Description

DO YOU SEE THE AMAZING IN PEOPLE? DO YOU ENJOY COAXING THE BEST OUT OF EVERYONE, THOSE LIGHTBULB MOMENTS WHEN DIRECTION IS CLEAR AND PEOPLE ARE ENERGISED?

Waymarks are an award winning community support provider for people who have a mild to moderate Learning disability and Autism.

We are looking to recruit a motivated and energetic team to provide support to an elder man to live in his own home in the Croydon area. He is looking for people who have similar interests to him to support him. Some of his interests are listening and dancing to Rock n Roll music, going swimming, out for walks, having a tea or coffee and spending time with his family.

You will need a sound understanding of risk management to maintain appropriate structures and boundaries, as well as a non-judgemental attitude. You will need to have a sound working knowledge of Autism and people who have learning disabilities.

You will also need to be passionate about supporting adults to increase their independent living skills; with strong ambition for the people we support to facilitate positive community participation. We are looking for people with a good knowledge of opportunities in the local area and a good understanding of community connections work.

An important part of supporting people at Waymarks is to support their development in order for them to live as independently as possible within the community. This gentleman will need support in developing and understanding his emotions, developing effective ways to communicate his needs, developing empathy for the needs of others, understanding relationships, learning and understanding his health needs and being able to get help.

The post involves commitment to sleep-in support in addition to waking hours support and therefore flexibility is essential.

If successful you will undertake a second interview with the person we support to ensure compatibility.

Your role and duties will be:

  • To complete and follow comprehensive support plans to ensure positive outcomes for the people we support
  • Supporting community participation e.g. work/college placements
  • To establish appropriate community connections and support the development of positive relationships for the person we support
  • Using interpersonal skills and relationships to help people make choices, develop self-help, confidence and independence skills.
  • Helping to seek inclusion opportunities and introduce the people we support to community facilities, clubs etc.
  • Building good working relationships with the people we support, their friends and families, your colleagues and external organisations involved with the people you support. You are required to show empathy and awareness for others’ individuality, beliefs and cultures. You will recognise and challenge any bias, prejudice and discrimination.


We’re looking for someone who is:

  • Able to maintain structures and boundaries to ensure the safety of the public and the people we support
  • With a ‘can-do’ attitude, and the ability to encourage, and instil confidence in the people we support
  • Someone who can act as responsible role model
  • A team player with a strong work ethic
  • Able to work flexibly and to respond effectively and with maturity to changes in workload and the needs and aspirations of the people we support
  • Able to work as part of a team and also with independence
  • Able to build and sustain relationships with the people we support and their circles of support and enable them to expand those circles
  • Able to observe/monitor and report signs of triggers for risk behaviours and respond appropriately and responsibly
  • A person who is open to learning new skills pertinent to the role of supporting this particular young man.
  • An understanding of Mental Health and Learning Disability and how these impact on a person’s life.

Your role and duties will be:

  • Enabling independence
  • Building good working relationships with the people we support, their friends and families, your colleagues and external organisations involved with the people you support. You are required to show empathy and awareness for others’ individuality, belief and cultures. You will recognise and challenge any bias, prejudice and discrimination.
  • Following your support plans
  • Accurately recording your activity
  • Engaging with Management Support

We’re looking for someone who is:

  • Able to work flexibly and to respond effectively to changes in workload and the needs of the people we support
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Able to build relationships with the people we support and enable them to expand their circle of support
  • Able to observe/monitor and report signs of triggers for risk behaviours
  • Someone with the same interests as the individual

The Rewards:

  • Above living wage rate of pay.
  • A generous training programme, including Learning Disability Qualifications and a Diploma in Health and Social Care.
  • A bespoke induction package to orientate you to the Waymarks model of support.
  • A pension scheme with contribution by Waymarks.
  • Employee reward scheme, where you can save money every day on shopping or even larger purchases like holidays.

Successful applicants will undergo an Enhanced DBS check (paid for by us).

Positive about Disabled People

Waymarks value the diversity of all its employees. As a commitment to supporting disabled applicants and employees, we have been awarded the Positive about Disabled People symbol by Jobcentre Plus. This means:

  • When you fill in the application form we will ask if you have a disability to make sure the application process is fair to people who have a disability.
  • We will interview any person who declares they have a disability who meets the essential criteria for the job they are applying for. The essential criteria are the most important things needed to be able to do the job.

Does this sound like you?

This work is interesting, often fascinating. It is rewarding, tiring, thought-provoking, satisfying and stimulating and is always fresh. You will work with a dedicated and warm group of people who have committed to this field and who have significant experience and who want you to succeed. Apply now, if this description ticks your boxes!

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