Dementia devastates lives. By 2021, 1 million people will be living with the condition. But dementia won't win. Until the day they find a cure, our client will be here for anyone affected by dementia - wherever they are, whatever they're going through. Everything they do is informed and inspired by them.
They are the UK's leading dementia charity. Every day, they work tirelessly to find new treatments and, ultimately, a cure for dementia. They provide expert information, training, and support services to all those who need their help. And they are creating a more dementia-friendly society so people with the condition can live without fear and prejudice.
Position: Side by Side Coordinator
Location: Merthyr Tydfil
Contract type: Full time, Permanent
Hours: 35 per week
Closing date: 2 May 2019
About the role:
They can offer you a stimulating and challenging career as part of our local team in South and Mid Wales. With offices in Torfaen, Bridgend, Powys, Merthyr, Cardiff and the Vale, their team of over 300 staff and volunteers deliver a range of services to people affected by dementia across the area. They are supported by an Area Manager and the locality management team.
They are looking for a motivated individual to join their Side by Side team who will be based in Merthyr. The successful candidate will support people with dementia in their own homes and in the community by providing them with opportunities for one to one personalised support. You will contribute to the development of individual support plans and undertake risk assessments and will not provide personal care or provide counselling, advice or advocacy.
Support provided will be in line with the service specification, which will enable people with dementia to continue with personal hobbies and interests, try new experiences and continue with daily living and other activities that are important to them. You will also support people with dementia to make informed choices on how they spend their time and to encourage people with dementia to maintain independence, autonomy and cognitive abilities for as long as possible.
You will provide encouragement and assistance to the person with dementia in undertaking daily living tasks and provide support to the person with dementia to participate in leisure activities that aim to reduce the person with dementia’s social isolation and/or increase their leisure time or satisfaction. Leisure activities can include support with participating in activities in the home, for example, art or crafts, gardening, puzzles, baking or music. Leisure activities may also include support with participating in activities in the community, for example, going for walks, playing golf, fishing, etc.
You will possess an NVQ Level 2 or equivalent and have a good understanding of the needs of people with dementia and their carers. You will also have experience in a care or support environment and providing one to one support to vulnerable people and experience of record keeping and/or report writing.
Their employees work hard every day to make a true difference in people's lives. They are proud to support them with a range of benefits, recognition and many options for working agilely. All contributing to a strong work life balance. They also have various learning programmes to support you in your development and help you grow to realise your potential and shape a career with them.
Our client is committed to equal opportunities.
You may have experience of the following: Support Worker, Social Care, Dementia, Charity, Charities, Third Sector, Social Worker, Community Care, Not For Profit, Healthcare Assistant, Care Worker, Vulnerable People, Voluntary Sector, Care Assistant, Volunteering Officer, Volunteer Manager, Volunteer Coordinator, Volunteer recruitment etc.