Relief Support Worker

Category: Community and Social Service Occupations
Location: Manchester
Posted Date:

About Job

Are you a ‘people person’ with the commitment and person-centred values to be able to make a real difference to the lives of people with a learning disability? Would you enjoy working for a progressive national, charitable organisation with a strong local presence?

We are seeking flexible, reliable and highly motivated Relief Support Workers for a new purpose built Supported Living Service for 10 people with a learning disability and/or autism in North Manchester, located in Harpurhey. Some people will have other needs such as mental health needs and substance misuse. The service will support people who live at the service for up to 2 years to build on their existing skills and to move on to a more independent life. The role will involve providing care, support and housing related support to people in a personalised and responsive manner.

You will work proactively to enable people to develop their quality of life and independence and to maximize their health and wellbeing. This will include providing support to build confidence and skills in all activities of daily living. You will enable people to establish a positive and meaningful lifestyle, build community connections and relationships with others. You will empower individuals to make choices, enjoy opportunities for personal development and achieve their aspirations and personal goals. 

Prior paid or voluntary work experience of supporting people with a learning disability and/or autism or mental needs is desirable. We are seeking the following personal qualities and attitudes:

  • Kindness and compassion
  • Enthusiasm and creativity 
  • A respectful and inclusive approach
  • An accountable and conscientious attitude
  • Ability to work positively in a team
  • The courage to question and to challenge when needed
  • Commitment to enable service users to achieve their goals 
  • Willingness to keep learning and developing your own practice

In your role as a Relief Support Worker you will need to be able to communicate effectively with service users and colleagues and you must have a good standard of written English in order to contribute to written records. You must be able to liaise professionally with service users’ families and with external Council and NHS workers.

The service is located close to Harpurhey District Centre, just off Rochdale Road. There are very frequent bus services to and from Manchester, Middleton, Rochdale and Oldham (Bus no 17 and others, see GMPT website).

We pride ourselves on our effective infection prevention and control (IPC) measures to prevent the transmission of Covid-19. To ensure your safety and the safety of the vulnerable people we support we will provide you with all necessary PPE, information and training in IPC. 

We would encourage you to apply to us even if you have not yet had your COVID 19 vaccine. You will be required to have your first COVID 19 vaccine prior to your interview and your second vaccine before you start work with us. This time will be used to complete post interview recruitment checks.

We can offer you:

  • Competitive pay rates
  • Good conditions of service
  • Generous sleep-in allowances
  • Choice of weekly or monthly pay 
  • Opportunities for overtime
  • Company sick pay
  • Paid carers leave
  • Free life assurance
  • Employee Assistance Programme which offers free and confidential advice and counselling to you and close family members.

We will support you with excellent training so that you can practice confidently and competently and develop your career in social care. Our staff and services are well supported by our friendly and highly motivated senior staff. 

About Creative Support

Creative Support is a progressive charitable organisation which provides high quality, person-centred support to people with a learning disability and/or autism, people with mental health needs and older people. We are committed to social justice and to promoting independence, dignity, equality, rights and inclusion when designing and delivering services. 

We are a passionate, inclusive and anti-racist organisation. We embrace diversity and encourage applicants from all backgrounds and cultures. As a Disability Confident Employer we welcome applications from people with a disability, and as a proud Stonewall Diversity Champion we actively encourage applications from the LGBT+ community.

We are an Investor in People accredited employer of over 5,000 highly valued staff across England. We are committed to equality and to ensuring that all our staff can flourish and develop their careers with us. We are committed to your welfare and professional development. We ensure that all our staff can flourish and develop their careers with us through practice-based and accredited training. 

We would really welcome the opportunity to tell you more about this exciting role. For an informal discussion please contact Ellie Sime by email stating a contact telephone number. 

Please note that due to the number of roles and the urgency of recruiting to these we will be shortlisting applications on the date they are received so there is no need to wait until the closing date to submit your application.

We will be interviewing for this role as suitable applications are received and may close this role before the closing date upon a successful candidate being appointed.

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