Support Worker at Houghtons MK41 - Bedford
Contract type: full-time / part-time / bank
Do you have a caring nature? Are you looking to make a difference to people's lives? Do you want to work in an environment where no 2 days are the same? Are you flexible with your working hours? Can you see yourself providing care to adults who need your support?
If you have answered a big YES to these questions we would love to hear from you.
At Turning Point, we support people with Learning Disabilities across England.
As a Support Worker, you will make a real difference to residents' lives as you improve their daily living skills. Passionate about people, you will enjoy the scope and support to enhance your own life and career too, as you gain the experience and training you need to progress with us.
Where will I be working?
Houghtons is a Residential Care Home where 6 people with Learning Disabilities live from the age ranges 31 to 67. All the people at Houghtons have individual needs and it is the role of the support worker to support the people in all areas of personal, domestic and social needs, both at home and in the community. This Support could range from helping a person to make their evening meal to, supporting the person with their personal care needs including PEG and stoma needs, budgeting with shopping, to supporting with life goals to supporting the person on a holiday.
This role is also about empowering the people we support and providing an inclusive environment to enable people to integrate into everyday society.
All the people who live at Houghtons enjoy an active and fulfilled social life that require support to maintain this.
What will I be doing?
Your duties may change depending on the service you will be working in. However at Turning Point we all want to achieve the same goal - promoting independence!
This is a hands-on job in which no two days are the same. Some of your duties will involve:
- Supporting a full range of daily activities including cleaning and cooking, days out or going away on holiday
- Arranging activities in the home and in the local community
- Providing personal care, manual handling and helping with medication
- Developing residents' life skills and personal interests
- Accessing local community groups, education and employment with service users
- Helping residents stay safe and healthy
What skills and qualities do I need to have?
Whilst knowledge of learning disabilities and complex needs would be beneficial, it isn't essential. What is essential is that you are:
- Passionate, caring and enthusiastic
- Flexible, patient and non-judgemental
- A great team player with lots of energy
- Able to demonstrate good communication skills
- Able to complete the physical aspects of the role such as manual handling
This is a 24 hour service, therefore flexibility is essential. You will be working a range of shifts from 7:00/8:00 am to 2:00/3:00pm and 2:00/3:00 pm to 9:00/10:00pm, sleep ins or waking nights, some weekends.
Please note that working hours may vary from service to service.
What benefits will I receive?
Of course, we know it's not about the money. But that doesn't mean we don't reward our people for their invaluable work with a benefits package that includes:
- Annual pay reviews
- Reward Discount Scheme. This is a great scheme which will mean that you can get a whole range of discounts from top UK retailers to use as you like. The discounts that will be available to you include shopping cards offering up to 20% discounts on everyday shopping, holidays and eating out, discounts on days out, the cinema and attractions
- Excellent training and development
- Pension plan and life assurance cover
- Generous holidays with option to buy/sell days as suits your lifestyle
- Family/Flexible leave
- Free financial, legal and practical life advice, online health assessment tools, counselling services, and support from an occupational health and well-being provider
Why Turning Point?
We take pride in the services that we provide. There is one vision that everyone at Turning Point shares, which is held together by our values. These include believing in potential, communicating in a confident way, embracing change and treating each other as individuals.
Running services on a not-for-profit basis, we invest every penny back into our services - and, our people. So, if you are enthusiastic, motivated and committed to support people with Learning Disabilities to live fulfilling lives - here at Turning Point, we don't just offer you a job: we offer you a career.
Please apply online or send your CV directly to
We reserve the right to close this advert early if we are able to appoint to the vacancy before the advertised closed date.