Children & Young People’s School Holidays Support Worker

Location: West Sussex (Worthing- Littlehampton- Chichester)
Hours of Work: 4-12 hour shifts available (per week)
Shift Pattern (If Provided): School holidays
Salary: £10.42 per hour

Essential Availability: School holidays Monday to Friday
Desirable Availability: Weekend Working
Essential to role: Driving Licence and access to your own vehicle

Empowering children and young people aged between 8-18 (or up to 25 with an EHCP)with a range of disabilities, those on the autism spectrum, and/or those with complex needs to nurture a sense of value and self-worth.

Through a range of activities at our social groups, in the community and in their own homes, we empower children/young people to develop their own unique skills talents and interests. Rigorous training ensures that our person-centred approach to support remains at the heart of everything we do.

Through our family days we encourage those caring for individuals with a range of disabilities, conditions and/ or other complex needs to get together and to share experiences. We aim to relive feelings of isolation and acknowledge their feelings. We also provide opportunities for families to have fun together. It can be hugely empowering for families to realise they are not alone.

Through our youth engagement service, we can deliver a person-centred approach to support children/young people to identify and embed strategies within their support. This is offered as a combined service where we work closely with the Specialist Support service to offer a bridge between services.

Due to the variety of provisions within our services and the different support needs of the individuals we work with; the role of a Support Worker is one with great diversity and challenges for employees at any stage of their career.

The role enables support workers to work as both part of a team and on a one to one basis, the day-to-day tasks that you will be required to complete can include (list not exhaustive):

  • Support with the delivery of holiday sessions which will include social activities and accessing community-based services ensuring we promote the health and wellbeing of all young people who access the service.
  • To safely assist in the delivery of holiday activity sessions
  • Completing observation sheets, ensuring a smooth flow of information to facilitate good communication within the staffing team, as well as professionals who require viewing of these.
  • Supporting individuals we support with Safeguarding requirements, completing incident reports as/when required and ensuring that relevant Safeguarding policies and procedures are understood and followed by yourself
  • Fully implementing policies and procedures of the organisation and that all recording systems are completed accurately on a regular basis.

Essential Training and Qualifications:
NVQ L2 in Health and Social Care or equivalent

Essential Experience and Knowledge:
Interest and basic understanding of autism
Good understanding of safeguarding
Good understanding of GDPR

Essential Skills and Attributes:

  • A caring personality with a drive to help others
  • A positive ‘can-do’ attitude with good problem-solving skills
  • A calm, friendly and patient nature
  • A team worker with good communication skills
  • A Trustworthy individual with good listening skills and the ability to show empathy
  • The ability to work independently or as part of a team.
  • Clear understanding of empowerment and involving young people in the development of the service.
  • Good English and Maths Skills
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Good working knowledge of IT including working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel

What you can expect from us:

  • Fantastic paid training and career progression opportunities (including recognised qualifications in health and social care)
  • Paid DBS (we will recover the cost should your employment terminate for any reason, other than redundancy, before passing your probation)
  • Flexible work arrangements with opportunities to take on additional bank shifts too.
  • 30 Days Annual Leave (including Bank Holidays), increases with length of service
  • Nest Pension and Death in Service Benefit
  • Dedicated Employee Assistance Programme and Access to Mental Health First Aiders
  • Access to the Blue Light Card (providing discounts on the high street and online) as well as 25% discounts in our own stores and Cafés.
  • Refer a Friend scheme, so you can earn up to £250 for every person you refer to work for Aspens
  • Recognition schemes, including ‘Employee of the Month’

Any offer is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring check, which we will complete on your behalf if you don't already have one, and satisfactory employment references. We will consider job share and part time arrangements for all posts in line with the needs of the Charity.

Aspens Charities are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive working environment, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Aspens is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.

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