Children and Young People’s Senior Support Worker (Group Lead)

Location: East Sussex (19 High Street, Tills Courtyard, Battle, TN33 0AE)

Contracted Hours per week: 7.5 hours per week (Weekends)
Hourly Rate: £12.65 per hour from April 2024


Essential Criteria

· Full + Clean Driving License and access to a vehicle

· Ideally living in and around the following areas:
Hastings / Bexhill / Hailsham / Eastbourne / Uckfield / Lewes

About the Role:

Work with young people and children aged 8-18 years with Special Education Needs and Disabilities to help develop individual skills and confidence in all aspects of daily life, including building positive relationships, activities, leisure and social skills.

Duties and Responsibilities

· To lead the group and take responsibility over delegating staffing and organisation of activities

· To work with deputy manager in creating meaningful group sessions

· To support children and young people who attend our groups to remove barriers so that they can engage as fully as possible in order to benefit from the group objectives and realise their abilities.

· To support children and young people to engage in activities that broaden their opportunities to be part of their local community.

· To work closely with the Support Workers to provide a safe and enjoyable group environment for the service users and their families.

· Develop close professional relationships with colleagues and service users and maintain up-to date picture of the individual needs of each service user.

· To provide personal care to service users where needed whilst maintaining the dignity of the individual.

· To support service users to attend the groups by providing support prior and after sessions where needed for individuals.

· To lead the team in documenting and reflecting on group sessions.

· To comply fully with Aspens Charities expected practices and procedures including Child Safeguarding.

· To conduct yourself at all times in a way that represents the values and principles of Aspens.

This job description outlines the main duties and responsibilities of the post holder.

The post will include other duties and responsibilities not specified here. It is also likely that changes will be required: such variations are common place and cannot in themselves justify a reconsideration of the grading of the post.

About the Service:

The team within the Children and Young People’s Service work closely with families, carers and other social services involved in a child/young person’s care to build a package of support that is right for every individual and help every step of the journey. Our East Sussex services include social support groups, after-school clubs, Saturday clubs and holiday activities as well as residential holidays for children and young people with autism and learning disabilities aged 8yrs to 25yrs.

Our existing staff teams deliver excellent services based on the needs of the individual, teaching skills and creating support solutions that enable individuals to manage the impact of their difficulties. The staff team have the skills, knowledge, expertise and confidence to best support individuals with neurological needs.

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) / Pro rata dependent on hours. Annual leave entitlement increases with length of service
  • Nest Pension and Death in Service Benefit (Includes unlimited access to a suite of six services: a 24/7 UK-based GP, Best Doctors, mental health support, a health check, access to nutrition consultations and an online fitness programme [Smart Health])
  • Dedicated Employee Assistance Programme and Access to Mental Health First Aiders
  • Hardship loans and advance (subject to conditions)
  • Enhanced family leave pay
  • Travel season tickets (interest free loans for those wishing to purchase a travel season ticket)
  • Aspens High Street Stores - 20% discount on all items for Aspens’ staff
  • Blue Light Card and access to high-street discounts
  • 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’

Essential Experience and Knowledge required for the role:

· Experience of working with individuals who have an Autism Spectrum Conditions and/or other disabilities.

· Experience of supporting Children and Young People aged 5-25 years.

Desirable Training and Qualifications:

· QCF Level 3 in Health and Social Care or equivalent

· Degree level qualification in relevant area

· First Aid

· Care Certificate

· Medication management and administration.

· Any other training relevant to supporting the service users that we work with (Particularly training in Autism Spectrum Conditions and Positive Behavioural Support)

How to Apply:

If you are friendly, dedicated and passionate about supporting others we would LOVE to speak to you!

APPLY NOW with one easy click and one of our team will be in touch to discuss the role with you and answer any of your questions and arrange an interview.

Interview process:
We will work with you to ensure most suitable dates/times for interview.
Interviews can either be conducted in service or via remote/video call, dependent on your preference and service tours/visits can be arranged at a later date. Ideally, we would love to initially meet you in person, however, we do appreciate the worries and anxiety that an interview can cause so are open to other options.

Aspens Charities are an equal opportunities employer.

Aspens is committed to the safeguarding and promotion of welfare of all children, young people and adults. All successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced DBS disclosure, and satisfactory references. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order (1975, 2013,2020). Our safeguarding policies can be found on our website.

At Aspens Charities, we know diversity fosters creativity and innovation. We are committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where all belong. We therefore particularly encourage applications from candidates who are likely to be underrepresented in Aspens’ workforce, such as sex/gender, minority ethnic group, religion, belief, sexual orientation, age, and abilities. We believe that a variety of perspectives leads to better innovation and a stronger team. We are dedicated to creating an environment where everyone feels valued, heard, and has an equal opportunity to thrive.



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