Role: Support Worker
Location: Wentworth, 17 Wentworth Close, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex, TN40 2PQ
Hours of Work: 37 hours per week
Salary:  £11.44 as of April 2024

Empowerment. Inclusivity. Integrity.

If you are a people person, have a caring nature, a big heart and a passion to help and support others, we would love to hear from you.
If you have zero experience we would still love to hear how your transferable skills could best align with our values and commitment to providing amazing care.

Aspens’ mission is to provide high quality care and support to individuals on the autism spectrum and with learning disabilities; meeting their needs and aspirations and empowering them to learn and grow through an integrated network of services across the South-East.

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
  • Aspens High Street Stores - 20% discount on all items for Aspens’ staff stores: Bexhill, Crowborough, Hampden Park, Paddock Wood, Seaford
  • 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’

You'll support the people who call Wentworth their home in their daily lives, helping to manage their behaviours and generally enriching their days while rewarding yours.

Wentworth Close is a small but lively residential service, home to four adults with learning disabilities. We are currently looking for a passionate and dedicated individual to join our fantastic support team as a support worker.

The environment at Wentworth is tailored to the needs of the individuals who live there and is autism specific and also specific to mobility needs. Our overall approach is structured around autism specific communication systems and all our residents are encouraged to actively participate in the community activities and attend the day resource centre if they wish. A person-centred approach is paramount to provide an individualised programme of activity and variety of choice, such as bowling, swimming, computer skills, catering, cycling, living skills, drama and creative arts is available. This is supported by the same communication systems mentioned earlier to ensure consistency.

Similar activities are carried out at home and everyone is encouraged to carry out independent living skills. These are incorporated in their daily schedules. Additional activities include aromatherapy and massage, personal music sessions and visits by other caring professionals such as chiropodists. Weekend activities include trips to the local beaches, parks, places of historical interest, pub lunches and identified interests. All the residents living at Wentworth have active involvement and are encouraged to have as much involvement as possible toward the input in the day to day running, choices and plans for the future where possible, alongside regular input from their families and parents who visit or contact regularly.

“I have enjoyed looking at the Aspens website with messages from you and some of the trustees. Our son lives at Wentworth, and he generally seems very happy there. The staff who have been looking after him for the past (nearly) two years have been exceptionally kind and caring, and we are most grateful for all that they do.” – Penny

About You:

We are looking for friendly, hard-working people with a fun spirit and a good sense of humour to join our team of support staff.

We recognise that good support workers come from all walks of life. Whether you have years of care experience or no experience at all, if you are a caring person, passionate about empowering others and ready to learn new skills we think you could be a great fit at Aspens!

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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