Support Worker – 17 hours, permanent – Nelson, Lancashire. Driver required. – Alternative Futures Group – Nelson

Being a Support Worker at AFG is a hugely rewarding role and could be your first step on a long and happy career in Health & Social Care.


So, what does a Support Worker do?

We have a vision to create a world where people control their lives. Here at AFG, we pride ourselves on helping the people we support to design, develop and ‘own’ the support they receive by planning this with them; we support people to make informed choices and increase their own independence; and we support people to maintain their own health, wellbeing and living environment. These principles are really important to us.

Our Support Workers work in a variety of settings including community-based services (often supporting people in their own homes) to our Treatment & Recovery Centres.

One thing that is common across all of our services is a focus on personalised support and tailoring our services to the needs and aspirations of the people we support with a diverse range of care needs (including Learning Disabilities, Physical Disabilities, Mental Health Concerns, Complex Care, Substance Misuse issues to name a few).


We value the people that work with us…

At AFG we recognise the contribution and value that our staff make. We would not be able to provide the life changing support that we do without people like you! In return for your contribution we will support you throughout your career and we provide a wide range of employee benefits, career development (including opportunities to undertake vocational qualifications) and lifestyle support services to ensure that you too feel supported, fulfilled and valued from day one of your employment with us.


About you…

There are a few things that we look for in all of our support workers; we would need you to…

  • be a good communicator (verbally and in writing)
  • be patient, confident and enthusiastic about caring for others
  • be able to use your own initiative
  • be able to work as part of a team
  • have flexibility to work a varied shift pattern to provide 24-hour support
  • share our AFG values

We don’t ask for any other relevant training or a previous career in care as full training will be provided – you just need a willingness to learn and develop.

As a ‘values based’ employer, the people that work for us genuinely care about the people they support, and we are seeking likeminded people to join our AFG family. If you are passionate about caring for others and have a real desire to make a positive difference to the lives of the people we support then we would love to hear from you.


More about this vacancy…

We asked the Team Leader to tell us more about this role and the amazing person that we need to work here.

Where is this vacancy based?
This vacancy is based in Nelson, Lancashire.

Who do you support?
You will be supporting 1 male and 2 females who have learning disabilities.

What activities do the people that we support at this property like to do?
The people we support are lots of fun. They are all very busy people and have lots of activities that they attend weekly. One of the ladies who lives there is very independent, goes out in the community unsupported and she loves to spend time at the local spa. Her faith is very important to her and she attends church every Sunday. The other lady really enjoys to shop and loves to be surrounded by nice things. She attends a local day centre twice a week. She has a Motability car and is very proud of it. She has a good sense of humour and likes a joke with staff and her housemates. The gentleman that lives here is a very busy man. He attends lots of groups and also goes to a day centre twice a week. He is a keen dancer and attends a dance class once a week. He loves to help other people and likes to keep his house in order.

Are there any skills or interests that a candidate could have that would be great to use to support this service?
We need someone who can drive and work flexible shifts.

What is the team here or is it lone-working?
You will sometimes be lone working within a small experienced staff team, who are very friendly and willing to help.

We hope this has given you more insight into this role and we hope to see your application soon.


Please note our Support Workers are contracted by area therefore flexibility is essential to work in other services where required.

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