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Support Worker, Creative Support

up to £9.10 per hour

in Manchester

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Job description

Up to £9.10 per hour

Are you a ‘people person’ with the commitment and person-centred values to be able to make a real difference to the lives of people with a learning disability?

We are seeking Support Workers for our Supported Living Services in Trafford. The role will involve providing personal care and personalised support to individuals to improve their health and wellbeing and to develop their quality of life and independence. This will include support with activities in the home and in the wider Trafford community, building connections and relationships with others. You will enable individuals to make choices, to have control over their lives and to enjoy opportunities for personal development. Prior experience of supporting people with a learning disability and/or autism is valuable for this Support Worker role but not essential if you have the following personal qualities and attitudes:

  • Kindness and compassion
  • Enthusiasm and creativity
  • A respectful and inclusive approach
  • A diligent and conscientious attitude
  • Ability to work positively in a team
  • The courage to question and to challenge when needed
  • Commitment to enable service users to achieve their goals
  • Willingness to keep learning and developing your own practice

You will need to be able to communicate effectively with service users and colleagues and you must have a good standard of written English in order to contribute to written records. You must be able to work shifts and to be flexible and reliable. There may be a requirement to work sleep-ins in the service user’s home to ensure their safety overnight, for which a generous allowance is paid.

We pride ourselves on our effective infection prevention and control (IPC) measures to prevent the transmission of Covid-19. To ensure your safety and the safety of the vulnerable people we support we will provide you with all necessary PPE, information and training in IPC.

We will offer you competitive salaries and good conditions of service including paid sick leave, free life assurance and employee welfare support services. We will support you with excellent training so that you can practice confidently and competently in your role as Support Worker and develop your career in social care. This will include Diplomas in Health and Social Care.

Our services in Trafford are well supported by our friendly local office in Sale Town Centre and you will be supported by our highly motivated senior staff.

Creative Support is a progressive charitable organisation which provides high quality, person-centred support to people with a learning disability and/or autism, people with mental health needs and older people. We are an Investor in People accredited employer of over 5,000 highly valued staff across England. We are committed to equality and diversity and to ensuring that all our staff can flourish and develop their careers with us.

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.

Application Instructions:

In order to apply, please read the job description and then complete the online application form using the links above.

You can also download a copy of our application form using the links above. Completed Application Forms must be submitted to our Head Office address (below) 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/95016071

How does the pay compare?

This job
£9.10
Typical range
£8.72–11.36

Support workers are typically paid £8.72–11.36 an hour. This job pays up to £9.10 per hour.

How this job measures up

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  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    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 36 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, the role of head office should be to support the people on the frontline serving customers.

    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.

  • People are paid below market rates

    Does Creative Support pay market rates?

    People are not paid market rates

    How we know this

    89% of people are paid below the typical pay for the type of work they do

    Based on information from 36 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Pay can vary a lot between types of job. Employers should be ensuring that the rates their staff are paid are in line with similar roles elsewhere.

  • People don’t get sick pay

    Does Creative Support pay sick pay?

    No. People don’t get proper sick pay

    How we know this

    76% of people say they wouldn’t get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work

    Based on information from 38 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone gets sick sometimes. You should be able to take time off without worrying.

    At a good job you should still get paid if you’re scheduled to work but can’t due to sickness. Your contract should say how many sick days you can take each year.

    This is more than the legal minimum, which says you should only get paid if you are unwell for 4 full days. See Citizens Advice for more details.

Not great
  • People feel stressed

    Is it stressful to work at Creative Support?

    Most people feel stressed here

    How we know this

    68% of people say they often feel stressed at work

    Based on information from 37 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Work isn’t always easy, but if you’re frequently feel stressed, that’s not good.

    Your employer should support you with enough people and resources to get your job done without feeling overwhelmed.

  • Breaks aren’t paid

    Do workers at Creative Support get paid breaks?

    Not always. Most people don’t get paid breaks

    How we know this

    61% of people say they don’t get paid breaks

    Based on information from 38 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should have paid breaks.

    You should be paid for all your time at work, whether you’re on a break or not.

  • People are not paid enough to live on

    Does Creative Support pay enough to live on?

    Most people are not paid enough to live on

    How we know this

    75% of people say they are paid below the Real Living Wage for where they live

    Based on information from 40 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should be paid enough to live on.

    The Real Living Wage is a voluntary rate employers can sign up to that is based on the real cost of living.

    The Real Living Wage is currently £9.50 per hour, and £10.85 per hour in London.

  • No career progression

    Are people given support to progress at Creative Support?

    Only some people are given support to progress here

    How we know this

    In the last year, 62% 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 34 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should help you progress at work, if you want to. That might be supporting you to get better at the job you currently have, learn something new, manage a team or take on more responsibilities.

    This means you’ll be able to build on your skills and experience, and earn more money.

  • People don’t get proper breaks

    Do people at Creative Support get proper breaks?

    Most people don’t get proper breaks

    How we know this

    75% of people report that they don’t get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 36 job reviews

    Why this matters

    When you take a break it should be a proper rest. It should last the full duration and you shouldn’t get pulled off it.

  • People don’t recommend their team

    Do people at Creative Support recommend working with their team?

    Only some people recommend working with their team

    How we know this

    61% of people report that they wouldn’t recommend working with their immediate team to a friend

    Based on information from 41 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job means enjoying the place where you work.

    The people you work with every day really matter. They can be the difference between a terrible day and a great one.

    If you’d recommend your team to a friend, this shows that something’s going right.

  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do people get of their shift pattern at Creative Support?

    Most people don’t get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

    How we know this

    • 39% report getting one week notice or less
    • 10% report getting two weeks notice
    • 10% report getting three weeks notice
    • 32% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 10% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 41 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you get plenty of notice about when you’re working.

    This makes it easy for you to plan the rest of life, as well as your finances, because you know how much you’ll be working and when.

  • Uninformed about head office

    Do workers feel well informed about how Creative Support is doing?

    Only some people feel well informed about how the company is doing

    How we know this

    59% of people feel that they aren’t kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole

    Based on information from 34 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, there should be a supportive relationship between the people working on the frontline serving customers and the people who own the company or work in head office.

    You should be kept informed about how the company is doing as a whole, both in good times and when things get tough for the business.

Good
  • Easy to change shifts

    How easy is it for Creative Support workers to change shifts?

    Most people find it easy to change shifts

    How we know this

    52% of people report that it’s easy to change shifts if they need to

    Based on information from 23 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. It should be easy to change a shift if you need to, whether that’s in an emergency or for planning ahead.

  • Easy to take sick leave

    How easy is it to take sick leave at Creative Support?

    Most people find it easy to take sick leave

    How we know this

    58% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 33 job reviews

  • People enjoy their job

    Do people at Creative Support enjoy their jobs?

    Most people enjoy their job

    How we know this

    69% of people report they enjoy their job

    Based on information from 13 job reviews

  • Good choice of shifts

    Do Creative Support workers get to choose the shifts they work?

    Most people get enough choice over which shifts they work

    How we know this

    66% report that their manager gives them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 35 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. This means you get a say in when you prefer to work.

  • No short notice shift changes

    Do Creative Support managers change shifts at short notice?

    Most managers don’t change people’s shifts at short notice

    How we know this

    68% of people say their manager doesn’t changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 34 job reviews

    Why this matters

    If your manager is often changing your shifts at short notice that’s a sign of poor planning. At a good job you won’t be messed around at the last minute.

  • Managers are respectful

    Do people at Creative Support feel treated by respect by their managers?

    Most people feel treated with respect by their managers

    How we know this

    59% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 32 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get treated with respect by their managers. You shouldn’t feel discriminated against or bullied, and if you have a problem you should be able to speak to someone about it.

  • No unpaid extra work

    Do workers at Creative Support do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    Rarely. Most people don’t do unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    62% of people report that they don’t do extra unpaid work

    Based on information from 37 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get paid for any extra work they do, even if it is outside your contracted hours. At a good job, you should be paid for all the time you spend at work.

Excellent
  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it to book a holiday at Creative Support?

    People find it easy to book holidays

    How we know this

    81% of people report it’s easy to book holidays

    Based on information from 37 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should let you take time off when you need it, and it shouldn’t be a nightmare to arrange.

  • Enough training

    Do people get enough training when they start at Creative Support?

    People get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    80% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 35 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should give you good training when you start, not just drop you in at the deep end.

    This means that you’ll be happier and more productive from day one and shows that your employer values you.

    It’s also very important if your job involves anything that could be dangerous. Good training from the outset keeps you and your team safe.

  • Good for parents

    Is working at Creative Support good if you have caring responsibilities?

    People say this is a good place to work if you care for a child or other relative

    How we know this

    83% of people who care for a child or other relative report this is a good place to work

    Based on information from 12 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Whether it’s looking after children or caring for a relative, a good job should support your responsibilities outside of work.

  • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Do workers at Creative Support worry about hours?

    People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    How we know this

    86% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Based on information from 37 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting enough hours each week.

    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

  • Best thing

    Working with service users become a extended family unit.

    Worst thing

    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

    4.5

    Employee, August 2021

  • Best thing

    It's not an easy job call times are late because there's no travel times allowed sometimes but not always

    Worst thing

    There are none for me but sometimes they may be like cleaning up bodily fluids etc

    4.9

    Support worker, November 2020

  • Best thing

    Some residents really appreciate what we do.

    Worst thing

    A resident doesn't listen and causes hazards and nothing much gets done about it

    4.6

    Night support worker, October 2020

  • Best thing

    Some people I work with .

    Worst thing

    Some management and some people. Pay. Shift patterns .

    3.5

    Employee, August 2021