Overview

Could you be a Sense Community Support Worker?

It's an exciting time as Sense has just released its new strategy, we now have an opportunity for a Community Support Worker to join our team in Ripley, Derby.  

This is a permanent post, working 4 hours per week with the potential to increase to 8 hours per week. Shifts are flexible across Monday – Saturday and can be mutually agreed. 

This is a fun and rewarding opportunity to support an individual who is profoundly deaf in one ear, has severe hearing loss in the other and is also registered blind. You will be supporting to access the community for social and leisure purposes. Their preferred method of communication is speech. You will be supporting the person to participate in activities they enjoy and have meaningful experiences. You will support them to make their own choices of how they want to spend their day, but a typical day in this role might be spent:

  • Going out for activities like bowling / swimming
  • Going shopping both for necessities and leisure
  • Going out for meals
  • In-house activities such as baking
  • Assistance with online shopping
  • Assistance with arranging appointments
  • Finding new and exciting activities to try

The individual is looking for “someone fun, outgoing and enjoys similar interests to me, from baking to swimming to horse riding to even arts and craft.”

Does this sound right for you?

Working at Sense gives you a wide range of benefits including:

  • 24 days’ holiday + bank holidays; increasing with length of service
  • Free DBS Check
  • Free leadership and management development (such as our award winning Growing Stronger Leaders Together programme) 
  • Free access to over 100 online and face to face training including the care certificate.
  • On-going development opportunities
  • Flexible working and family friendly policies
  • Employee referral scheme
  • Health and well-being support
  • Pension Scheme
  • Discount scheme 

Your duties can include:

  • To support individuals / groups within the home, centre and community.
  • To provide a customised, responsive and high quality service to people with multiple sensory impairments, physical and/or learning disabilities who use Sense services.
  • To deliver services which meet or exceed organisational expectations and standards.
  • Full job specification is attached below.

Your required skills and experiences:

  • For genuine occupational reasons we are looking to appoint a female candidate only (exemption under the Equality Act 2010 Part 1 Schedule 9).
  • You require a full manual UK license with the use of your own vehicle.
  • You don’t need to have previous experience in this field, nor do you need qualifications – we’re happy to work with you to help you become an excellent support worker. 
  • Knowledge of multi sensory impairments / learning difficullties is beneficial.
  • Full person specification is attached below.

About Sense

For everyone living with complex disabilities. For everyone who is deafblind. Sense is here to help people communicate and experience the world. We believe that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential.

Work at Sense can be demanding and so isn’t for everyone, but it is also incredibly rewarding and valuable. Take a look at the video below to see why we do what we do.

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