Support Worker

  • Camphill Village Trust
  • Watford WD25 8DJ, UK
  • 30 Apr, 2024

Job Description

Do you want the autonomy and freedom to enhance the lives of the people we support?


We have an opening for you to join us as a Support Worker within the Care and Support Team; if the following appeals, we’d love to hear from you.

• You crave the autonomy and freedom to provide true person-centred support: the people we support all have differing needs and wants; you are instrumental in making it happen!

• You want to become a real part of someone’s life and be able to support them in all their activities.

• You have a passion for helping others live a fulfilling and interesting life.

• You like being involved in the activities of people you support: many of the people we support have interests such as swimming, crafts, socialising


Who are we looking for?

• You will have a desire to support people achieve a life full of opportunities. Experience in not needed but an understanding of the importance of supporting someone to have autonomy in their life is.

• You’ll have a supportive and encouraging natural approach: our tenants live in their own homes or shared houses and will need support and guidance to maintain their home, use laundry equipment, cook, plan shopping and will need help looking after their finances.

• You’ll have a good general education, good numeracy and literacy skills:  it’s not essential for you to have any qualifications as we will support you in gaining these.

• You’ll be responsible for ensuring that care and support is of a high standard, focused on person centred outcomes and delivered within budget

• You’ll ensure that all needs assessments, support plans and risk assessments are kept up to date. There will also be direct engagement and liaison with social workers, family members and key workers as required

• Someone who is also keen to help arrange local and community based events with the people we support. You’ll have a creative spirit and be keen to get involved or help create events e.g. coffee mornings, film clubs …..       


What are the main responsibilities of this role?

1. Working under the direction of the Team Leader, you will plan and provide support and care to foster the wellbeing and development of the people we support in accordance with their person-centred support and care plan, recording and reviewing progress as directed so that the people we support can fulfil their potential for independence, choice, inclusion and control, supporting them to:

• Encourage the people we support to maintain a clean, tidy, and welcoming living environment.

• Support to use appropriate laundry equipment so they can be enabled to do their laundry and clothing.

• Plan, shop and prepare healthy and wholesome meals alongside the people we support considering their health, choices and wishes.

• Encourage the people we support to be healthy by assisting them to arrange and attend medical appointments.

• Enable the people we support to look after their finances by supporting them individually to budget, monitor their finances and access benefits.

• Support and encourage tenants to maintain an active and supportive social life considering individual choices and wishes.

2. Working under the direction of the Team Leader, provide personal care where required and appropriate as a part of their support and care plan (e.g. bathing, hair washing etc) and where the appropriate registration is in place.

• Administering and recording of medication, order/check medications.

• Meal preparation: planning a menu based on their individual preferences and diet choice, making a shopping list, preparing the food, cooking the food, safe handling, and storage of the food.

• Related paperwork includes support plans, daily updates, person profiles, risk assessments, incident reporting, behaviour reports and notes/updates on health appointments.

3. Working under the direction of the Team Leader, ensure tenants receive their housing related support by enabling tenants to look after their finances. This includes developing appropriate budgeting and financial training including support to access benefits and maintain them and assist them to understand and maintain their tenancy.  Assisting tenants to access services from the landlord

4. Work within the community’s policies and procedures and code of conduct, actively promoting the equality and diversity and the human rights of tenants to realise independence, choice, inclusion, and control.

5. Undertake training and continuous professional development in accordance with The Care Quality Commission, local authority requirements, the needs of the service and the people we support.

6. Work in close partnership with family members and other professionals involved in the individual’s life.

7. Undertake personal development to develop and understanding of our philosophy and values and how these inform and guide practice in the key responsibilities of the role


Role requirements:

• You will preferably have experience of supporting adults with learning disabilities, autism, and distressed behaviours/emotions. However, this is not essential as training will be given.

• You’ll have a general education, good numeracy, and literacy skills to be able to complete official documentation to a professional standard.

• You will have a general knowledge of IT skills.

• Driving License is desirable but not essential.

• Sleep ins are required for this role.


£12.55 per hour