Being a Support Worker at AFG is a hugely rewarding role and could be your first step on a long and happy career in Health & Social Care.
So, what does a Support Worker do?
We have a vision to create a world where people control their lives. Here at AFG, we pride ourselves on helping the people we support to design, develop and ‘own’ the support they receive by planning this with them; we support people to make informed choices and increase their own independence; and we support people to maintain their own health, wellbeing and living environment. These principles are really important to us.
Our Support Workers work in a variety of settings including community-based services (often supporting people in their own homes) to our Treatment & Recovery Centres.
One thing that is common across all of our services is a focus on personalised support and tailoring our services to the needs and aspirations of the people we support with a diverse range of care needs (including Learning Disabilities, Physical Disabilities, Mental Health Concerns, Complex Care, Substance Misuse issues to name a few).
We value the people that work with us…
At AFG we recognise the contribution and value that our staff make. We would not be able to provide the life changing support that we do without people like you! In return for your contribution we will support you throughout your career and we provide a wide range of employee benefits, career development (including opportunities to undertake vocational qualifications) and lifestyle support services to ensure that you too feel supported, fulfilled and valued from day one of your employment with us.
There are a few things that we look for in all of our support workers; we would need you to… be a good communicator (verbally and in writing) be patient, confident and enthusiastic about caring for others be able to use your own initiative be able to work as part of a team have flexibility to work a varied shift pattern to provide 24-hour support share our AFG values
We don’t ask for any other relevant training or a previous career in care as full training will be provided – you just need a willingness to learn and develop.
As a ‘values based’ employer, the people that work for us genuinely care about the people they support, and we are seeking likeminded people to join our AFG family. If you are passionate about caring for others and have a real desire to make a positive difference to the lives of the people we support then we would love to hear from you.
More about this vacancy...
We asked the Team Leader to tell us more about this role and the amazing person that we need to work here.Where is this vacancy based?
This vacancy is based in Cutgate - Rochdale.
Who do you support?
The people you will be supporting have a learning disability/ mental health needs and complex needs which sometimes when misunderstood may show behaviour which may be deemed as challenging. So, you will need to be confident and assertive. One lady is registered Blind so needs support to get around.
Where do they live?
This vacancy is based in the Cutgate area of Rochdale, presently supporting two Female’s. They have their own room but share the rest of the facilities.
What activities do the people that we support at this property like to do?
The people we support are encouraged to be as active as possible, engaging in activities in the local community such as going to the pub, social lounge, cinema and enjoy going out for walks, watching television. The people supported have lived together for over 10 years and have a good relationship and get on very well.
Are there any skills or interests that a candidate could have that would be great to use to support this service?
Someone who enjoys walking/ rambling and who can drive. The people we support would like a lady who is confident and assertive which enable them to feel safe, but also allows them to do their own things in their own time, but is able to support them with the things they cannot do, to always encourage independence it is important this is not taken away from them.
What is the team here or is it lone-working?
You will be working alongside a very experienced friendly existing staff team but occasionally expected to Lone work. You will have access to a team leader and an experienced staff team around you during some shifts, Also an on call system available out of hours.
What are your shift patterns?
Flexible shifts which include, 7 days a week over a 24 hour period this includes days, evenings, weekends and a sleep in shift the usual shift pattern are:- 09.30 – 22.00hrs then sleep in then the following day 07.00 till 09.30am but this can be split to start later 16.00 – 22.00 09.30 – 15.30 or 10.00 – 16.00hrs
We hope it has given you more insight into this role and we hope to see your application soon.
Please note our Support Workers are contracted by area therefore flexibility is essential to work in other services where required
Find out more about the people we support in Rochdale by watching the video below.
- Social Support
- Learning Disabilities
- Mental Health
- Career Development