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Support Worker

Autism Initiatives
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Job Description:

We have Support Worker opportunities for individuals to join our:

  • Housing Support Services across Granton, Leith, Milton Road, Corstorphine, Morningside and Slateford
  • Outreach Support Services - providing dynamic outreach services across the Lothian’s within the community, in people’s own homes and within resource centres.

Purpose of job

The Support Worker (SW) role is to undertake daily activities and routines within their allocated team/service, which include direct contact with people supported, household tasks and administrative procedures.  The Support Worker will be expected to establish and maintain high standards of social care practice within the organisation.  Staff at this level must be able to work on their own initiative and be able to plan and organise daily activities and routines for themselves and others.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Action support and care plans devised from person-centred plan.
  • Be responsible for the basic care of the service users e.g. bathing, dressing and a general overview of their practical needs.
  • Take responsibility for planning, organising, training and development through goal planning.
  • Develop an understanding and experience of behaviours of concern.
  • Submit written information on people supported and monitor their progress.  Reports should be written up for use at case reviews, which the Support Worker maybe required to attend.
  • To administer medication to people supported in accordance with their General Practitioner’s wishes and recognised procedures.
  • To ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of the people supported at all times and maintain high standards of personal appearance and personal hygiene for the service user.
  • To report to the Team Leader, or other designated senior members of staff, if problems arise regarding health, behaviour and general welfare of the people supported.
  • To ensure confidentiality is maintained to a very high standard at all times in accordance with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
  • Support individuals appropriately in any leisure activity or social function e.g. swimming, clubs, special interest groups etc.
  • Working as part of a team, sharing responsibility fairly, attending regular team meetings and being supportive of others.
  • Working with managers to identify your development needs and access relevant learning and development opportunities.
  • To attend and participate in staff training courses and relevant meetings, and provide feedback where appropriate to other members of staff regarding information/knowledge gained.  
  • Opportunities may arise to escort service users on an annual holiday or occasional short breaks throughout the year.

Benefits of working with us include:

  • Competitive Salary - £11.53 to £11.95 per hour
  • Sleepover rate paid at £10.50 per hour
  • 31 days Annual Leave Entitlement, including bank holidays
  • Your birthday off every year, to treat yourself!
  • Ongoing Learning & Development throughout your Support Work role
  • Opportunity to undertake SVQ Level 3 qualification
  • Career Progression Opportunities
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Auto-enrolment pension scheme
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Medicash Healthcare Plan
  • Eligibility to become a Blue Light Card Member for online & high street discounts

We look forward to meeting you on at the UK Careers Fair – Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh on Wednesday 16th March 2023.

Why work for
Autism Initiatives
We are autism specialists committed to best practices we learn every day alongside autistic people and their families and use current research to develop our best autism practice approaches. Our range of specialist autism services are person-led. No two people with autism are the same and neither are any of our personal plans. We work with each individual and their family to understand what they need to enjoy a good quality of life, how they work best, and how we can support each person to achieve their own goals.
Edinburgh Careers Fair
will take place at
Assembly Rooms
10am - 2pm
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