Support Worker

Support Worker

Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading dementia charity. We provide information and support, improve care, fund research, and create lasting change for people affected by dementia.

Position: Dementia Support Worker
Location: Mexborough, South Yorkshire
Contract type: Part Time, Permanent
Hours: 25 per week
Salary: £14,260 to £14,835 per annum depending on skills and experience

Closing date: 24 January 2020
Interview date: TBC

About the role:

Are you ready to be part of a developing service for Alzheimer’s Society? Are you passionate about supporting people with dementia to retain or re-engage in hobbies and interests, or take up new activities?

This post is linked to the Doncaster Dementia Family Support Service, and along with the Side by Side service is key to building a supportive community, by offering meaningful connections to local communities.

Using your excellent communication and listening skills to develop and inspire others; as Dementia Support Worker you will provide one-to-one dementia support for people with dementia and their carers by phone and home visit as well as supporting the running of some of the Dementia Cafes and Singing for the Brain sessions.

Within this role it is essential that you build relationships with a wide and diverse range of local contacts including, but not limited to, memory assessment services, GPs, mental health services, carers support services and other community-based organisations.

It is desirable that you have experience of coordinating and role managing volunteers and liaising with statutory and voluntary agencies. Because the role covers the large borough of Doncaster and some areas are not covered by public transport, a driving licence and car are essential to fulfil the role.

About you:

We are looking for a person with good time management and communication skills. It is desirable that you understand the needs of people with dementia and their carers. Experience of record keeping, and report writing is essential, as is the ability to assess and evaluate client need, and you must be willing to undertake the necessary training to deliver the required support to our service users. You must understand the inclusion agenda and its relevance within a diverse society.

You will possess NVQ level 3 (or equivalent) or demonstrable experience, have experience of IT systems and computer records system and it is desirable that you have experience of working with people with dementia and carers, and the ability to provide effective support.

You will be responsible for your own caseload therefore the ability to manage your own time effectively is essential. Your caseload will be varied so we are looking for someone with the right mix of enthusiasm, professionalism and flexibility who is able and willing to work in a variety of settings.

You may have experience of the following: Dementia Support Worker, Care Assistant, Caseworker, Special Needs Assistant, Social Worker, Social Care, Community Care, Helpline Coordinator, Volunteering Officer, Support Worker, Dementia Adviser, Mental Health, Dementia, etc.