Title: SEN *Female Support Worker
Location: Epsom, KT18
Nearest Tube/Station: Tattenham Corner
Wage: £25,662 gross per annum (Week: £15.00 gross & Weekend £16.00 gross per hour)
Driver required? Essential
Use of a car? No, will need own car (Mileage paid when using for work purposes)
Essential: Confident working with an adult with profound learning disabilities, Non-smoker and an upbeat and fun personality are key!
Start Date: ASAP
Days & Hours: Monday & Friday 8.00 am to 6.00 pm, Thursday 3.30pm to 10.00pm and Saturday OR Sunday 10.00am to 4.00pm. (Flexibility can be offered around these hours so please enquire)
Family/Client Pets: Dog and two cats
About this client:
Claire, 47 is a friendly, tactile, and sociable woman with a highly competitive streak! She has a fantastic sense of humour and enjoys laughing and making other people laugh. Claire has many interests including music (she is a HUGE Elvis Presley fan), arts & crafts, animals, mini-golf and also practical activities such as woodwork, baking and puzzles. Claire has profound Learning Disabilities and needs constant 1:1 supervision. She is also asthmatic so will need prompting to use her inhaler as appropriate. Whilst Claire can perform simple self-care tasks herself, she does need prompting and reminders at each step. There will be occasions when you will need to support Claire with her personal care. Claire’s language can vary, at times it is excellent, and at other times she struggles to remember basic words or names. She also knows quite a bit of Makaton and does like to use this too.
Overview of role:
As Claire’s Support Worker, you will assist her with all activities of daily living and encourage her to try and do things for herself where possible, and safe to do so. Claire finds motivation and decision-making difficult and, unless engaged, she will happily sit and watch TV all day. However, she has plenty of things she likes doing so you will need to bring the energy and enthusiasm to get her engaged. Claire’s disability means that she finds all change frightening, even if this is something that she has done previously and really enjoyed, such as going to play mini golf. You will need to work through these anxieties with her - usually finding a reward she likes, overcomes her initial reluctance. When out and about, Claire has no safety awareness so needs to be closely supervised – including crossing the road, navigating steps/uneven ground and managing interactions with people she does not know.
Who this job would suit:
This job will suit someone who is upbeat, proactive, and fun to be around. You should also be creative and confident in organising new activities to help Claire develop skills with her communication and basic maths. Building a strong rapport with Claire is important to help interpret when she is being shy, tired unhappy, upset or cross; sometimes her words won’t convey what she wants or what her feelings might be. Being an avid Elvis Presley fan would definitely help – Claire is very good at her impersonations and would love someone to join in!
What’s great about this job:
This will be an extremely rewarding job in which you are enabling someone to live the life they love whilst introducing them to new experiences and having lots of fun along the way!
Client/Family met by Snap?
Yes, we have met this client and her family online.
Rachael is recruiting for this role
or 020 7729 2200
Snap Care is committed to safeguarding children, young people, and vulnerable adults. We are committed to equality of opportunity and recruitment/selection decisions are based only on individuals' ability to best do the job. *Where a specific gender is stated as essential, gender is considered to be a genuine occupational requirement in accordance with paragraph 1, schedule 9 of the Equality Act 2010.