Dementia Support Worker
Are you an enthusiastic, inspiring, and dedicated individual looking for a rewarding and exciting new role? Do you have a passion to make a positive difference in the lives of those affected by dementia? Do you have great organisational skills, effective time management and engaging but empathetic interpersonal skills?
If this sounds like you, our client would love to welcome you to be part of their friendly and supportive team!
Dementia Support Worker Responsibilities:
Delivering one to one and group services out in the community (predominantly working from home until Coronavirus restrictions lift).
One-to-one Service support:
• Providing knowledgeable, compassionate and trusted guidance and support to people affected by dementia.
• Helping people understand dementia and how to cope with day to day living whilst preparing for the future.
• Offering support to your clients whether this is in the client's own home, at service offices, out in the community, face to face, phone, letter or email.
• You will also assist service users to access other services, providing signposting and referrals.
• Empowering individuals living with dementia to maintain their independence, improving their sense of well-being, and putting them in more control of their lives, making informed choices about their own life.
• Networking and building meaningful relationships with a wide range of local organisations, promoting our client's services to help people with a diagnosis to get referred to the service as early as possible.
• Coordinate, organise and facilitate the engaging and safe running of group services aimed to inform, educate, and support those affected by dementia, such as Singing for the Brain. Virtual sessions and occasional travel required to other areas e.g., Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham.
• The sessions should be well designed and allow participants to engage fully to maximise their enjoyment and the beneficial impact, taking account of individual needs of group attendees when designing group sessions and adjusting the programme as necessary. The role will involve effective service user involvement, co-ordination of service-related volunteers and liaising with relevant statutory and voluntary organisations in the area.
Dementia Support Worker Requirements:
Are you an enthusiastic, inspiring and resilient individual? Can you hit the ground running?
If you are highly organised, with great time management and interpersonal skills then they’d love you to be part of their team!
• An ability to assess client needs along with the understanding of the need for client confidentially is essential to providing a valuable and worthwhile service.
• An understanding of the value of group activities to people living with dementia.
• Experience in coordinating, organising and facilitating group work.
• It is desirable that you have experience of coordinating volunteers.
• It is desirable that you have experience of liaising with statutory and voluntary agencies.
• Excellent person-centred and non-judgmental communication approach and active listening skills.
• Great organisational skills to manage your caseload of clients effectively.
• Passionate about to putting people affected by dementia at the heart of everything you do, to make the service the best it can be.
• Good IT skills.
• Be able to travel independently across County Durham.
• Qualified to NVQ level 3 (or equivalent) with an understanding of dementia and the needs of those living with dementia and their carers.
About our client:
They are the UK's leading dementia charity. They provide information and support, improve care, fund research, and create lasting change for people affected by dementia.
Position: Dementia Support Worker
Location: Community based - covering County Durham
Contract type: Permanent
Hours: Part Time, 28 per week
Salary: £16,290.40 - £17,282.40 actual per annum (depending on skills and experience)
Closing date: 29 July 2021
Interview date: Dates to be confirmed if invited for interview. Interviews will take place via Zoom or Teams.
You may have experience of the following: Support Worker, Dementia Adviser, Care Assistant, Caseworker, Special Needs Assistant, Social Worker, Social Care, Community Care, Helpline Coordinator, Volunteering Officer, Support Worker, Mental Health, Dementia, NFP, Not for Profit, Charity, etc.