Job description 2021-02-24
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. About you… 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. Naylorsfield and Hartsbourne is an 8-bedded specialist residential service located in the Belle Vale area of Liverpool. Here, AFG support males with diagnoses of Mental Health conditions, Learning Disabilities and/or Autism, to gain more independence and to empower each individual to be integrated into the local community. The main focus and goal is to provide high quality care and support, tailored to each individuals own personal needs, wishes and desires. Also provided is consistent person-centred support to enable each individual to continue with their progression towards living the most independent life possible. The people supported at Naylorsfield & Hartsbourne will present very challenging behaviour at times, and have a history of offences. We are looking for experienced Support Workers to join this team, preferably with at least 2 years’ experience in a similar role. AFG will provide you with specialist training that will help you when challenging situations arise. Training will include - A Proactive Approach to Conflict (APATC) Forensic Risk Management Personality Disorder Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) Understanding Learning Disabilities Understanding Mental Health Level 2 Food Hygiene Alternative Futures Group support people with a range of different hobbies and interests at Naylorsfield & Hartsbourne, and AFG’s Values Based approach will help match you to the people we support to help further improve their quality of life, but also to fully utilise your skills and experience in the role of Support Worker. For example: One of the people supported loves going on days out to Southport and particularly loves going to the arcades, public transport is the best way of travel also, so a trip to Southport on the train would make their day. Another person supported loves football and is a massive fan of Liverpool Football Club, although they don’t attend the games, they still find time to watch the matches at home and also love to attend the stadium tours at Anfield. They love a pub lunch and a pint in the local as well as getting involved in arts and crafts. There is another resident who is quite independent and has a volunteering job at a local charity. They also love to go parachuting and fishing.