Support Practitioner - £16,731 pa

Closing date: Thursday 30 March 2017 17:00
Inverclyde and Renfrewshire
Labiba Ghafur
0141 353 4050


The Richmond Fellowship Scotland is a leading voluntary organisation, supporting people with a broad range of needs to live in their own homes, as part of their community. We are an organisation driven by strong values and a firm commitment to choice, dignity and social inclusion. Although we support over 2800 people throughout Scotland, we are committed to delivering services that recognise people as individuals and treat them with dignity and respect; just like we would all want ourselves.

We are currently looking to increase our staff resource in Johnstone and are looking for people who can help our supported individuals to achieve their own positive outcomes. We are therefore looking to recruit at least 4 new staff members to join the team. In addition to this we are looking for staff who can work with us on a relief basis who can bring the same qualities to the team.

If you're fit and healthy with a wide range of personal interests and activities, and are willing to share your community contacts with those you support, this could be the opportunity for you.

Johnstone is a service where staff support up to 5 individuals over the course of a week. Sometimes you may be working on your own and have to use your own initiative, but there is a support network of experienced staff nearby. Let me tell you what the people who live at Johnstone like to get up to.

The people here have a very active social life and enjoy getting out and about. You could be supporting them on a regular basis to go out for dinner, attend clubs, meeting up with family and friends or going to work or to daycentres. Whilst in the service, people like painting and using computers or chilling out watching tv.

You will be part of a committed team, supporting individuals with a variety of complex needs, some of whom also have physical and learning disabilities. . All of the people supported need full support with all aspects of their life which includes either full support with personal care or prompting with personal care, support with cooking or prompting to cook meals, general household tasks, shopping and attending appointments. Some people have complex communication needs and we use different communication tools to meet the individuals' needs. But there is a good range of skills within the current team and you won't be left to deal with things alone, and you will receive excellent training, including a VQ in social care.

The individuals also require support at night; therefore you will be required to participate in a rota that includes sleepovers and wakened night shifts. There is a wide range of shifts available (e.g. 7.30am - 4.30pm, 9-5pm, 12noon-9pm, 4-10pm and sometimes later for night-time activities) and the sleepover shift is usually a long day followed by a short day (e.g.10am till 10.30pm S/O then a 7am - 10.15am finish).

There are full time and part time posts available, but this service is all about being flexible, so if you are looking for part time but can be flexible then this could still be the ideal service for you.

No care experience is necessary for these positions, but we are also seeking people who have previously worked in this type of service and who are looking to develop their career with an organisation committed to achieving outcomes for the people we support and for our staff. People with skills in supporting those with autism and learning disabilities or knowledge of borderline personality disorders will find this a great service to be part of.

This is an excellent opportunity to make a change in your life and in that of the people we support. The work can be challenging, but as well as a competitive salary, enhanced pension contributions and annual leave, childcare vouchers and discounts at over 850 online and high street retailers, we can offer you a rewarding and satisfying role in your local community.

Closing date for all applications is 30 March 2017.

PVG checks will be required of all successful applicants; having a conviction will not necessarily debar you from working in this sector.

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