Creative Support is a national, fast growing not-for-profit organisation providing support to individuals with a wide range of care needs. We are currently looking for Support Workers to join our team at The Houghtons, in Bedford.
We are looking for warm, flexible, caring and proactive individuals to provide person centred care and support at The Houghtons service, which is a residential home service for adults with learning disabilities and complex health needs in the heart of Bedford. You will be working with a tight knit team of support workers to provide respectful care to six individuals with wide range of needs, helping to ensure service users are able to enjoy valued fulfilling lifestyles.
Support Worker Duties:
Providing respectful personal care, practical and emotional support to six individuals with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and complex health needs
Maximising social opportunities and community engagement
Provision of constant 1-1 support to Service Users as part of a team
Develop and sustain warm and trusting relationships with service users
Collaborating with colleagues, families and involved professionals to ensure a coordinated and consistent service
The Houghtons is based just off of Goldington Road within walking distance of Goldington Green Park in Bedford. It is well connected via local bus routes and there is free parking on site for those driving to work.
Experience is not essential for this role as full training will be provided. However, you must be able to demonstrate a warm and caring personality and positive and proactive approach to the role. We welcome applications from experienced practitioners, graduates and individuals looking to pursue a career in social care.
Benefits of working with Creative Support:
Free 24/7 counselling and employee support programme,
Support to complete the nationally recognised Care Certificate,
Competitive pay and a pension with company contribution and 28 days annual leave,
Company paid enhanced DBS for all staff,
All our staff are supported 24/7 by our out of hour’s teams.
Creative Support is a passionate, inclusive, and anti-racist organisation. We are a Stonewall Diversity Champion, Disability Confident Employer who have recently received Investors in People Silver award. We actively encourage applications from candidates from all backgrounds and cultures.
We expect all applicants to Creative Support to have had at least their first Covid 19 vaccination prior to starting employment with us and to be committed to having the second vaccination within a 3 month period.
In order to apply, please read the job description and then complete the online application form using the links on the Apply page.
You can also download a copy of our application form using the links. Completed Application Forms must be submitted to our Head Office address or emailed to be considered for the vacancy. If you have not received a response to your application within 10 working days of the closing date please accept this as notification of an unsuccessful application. Unsuccessful applicants must wait 6 months before reapplying.
This job was originally posted as www.totaljobs.com/job/94736611
How this job measures up
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Do people think Creative Support head office understands what's happening where they work?
People think head office doesn’t understand what’s happening where they work
How we know this
92% of people think that this employer’s head office or owners don’t have a good understanding of what’s really happening where they work
Based on information from 37 job reviews
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To do that properly, the company’s owners or head office need to have a good understanding of what’s really happening on the frontline. This is especially important when a company owns multiple locations.
Are people given support to progress at Creative Support?
Only some people are given support to progress here
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In the last year, 63% of people report not being given an opportunity to get better at their job, learn a new skill, learn to manage a team or get more responsibility in their role
Based on information from 35 job reviews
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This means you’ll be able to build on your skills and experience, and earn more money.
87% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours
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A good job should guarantee you a minimum number of hours in a contract, if you want it.
This makes it easier to plan your finances, because you know how much you’ll be earning.
What employees are saying about Creative Support
Working with service users become a extended family unit.
Wages always wrong
No support for staff from team leaders or managers
Not all staff team players
Terrible pay for all the different roles we undertake
Putting our families at risk during Covid no bonus given for dragging our selves into work each day
Shortages of staff due to employing wrong candidates people who don’t care
Bullying into doing things you feel uncomfortable doing
Staff members leaving jobs to be done for next person to do rather than do jobs themselves
Employee, August 2021
It's not an easy job call times are late because there's no travel times allowed sometimes but not always
There are none for me but sometimes they may be like cleaning up bodily fluids etc
Support worker, November 2020
Some residents really appreciate what we do.
A resident doesn't listen and causes hazards and nothing much gets done about it
Night support worker, October 2020
Some people I work with .
Some management and some people. Pay. Shift patterns .