Female Community Support Worker

Disability, Social Care
Salary Details
£9.26 per hour/ £18,060 FTE
Contract Type
Hours per Week
16 hours per week
Closing Date
Could you be a Sense Community Support Worker? It's an exciting time as Sense has just released its new strategy, we now have an opportunity for a Community Support Worker to join our team in Harborne, Birmingham.

Job Description

This is a permanent role, working from 16 hours per week. There is an option to increase hours by working with other supported individuals in Birmingham.

This is a fun and rewarding opportunity to support a young individual who has Autism to access the community for social and leisure purposes. 

You will be supporting the young person to participate in activities they enjoy, have meaningful experiences, and make new friends. You will support them to make their own choices of how they want to spend their day, but a typical day in this role might be spent:

  • Attending a local centre that provides activities for people with learning difficulties
  • Arranging to meet a friend for a walk in the park, then going out for lunch
  • Going to a trampoline park, then relaxing while looking at some picture books

The person you will be supporting is a non-verbal communicator, so the ideal candidate will be confident with using other ways to communicate, for example using pictures, song and dance, or expressive body language. 

This a role working in the community on a 2:1 basis. Although you will be supporting in a community-setting, there is some support with personal care required (supporting the individual with toileting.)

There will also be opportunities to work with other people we support and gain skills working with children and adults who are Deafblind. 

You will be working approximately 3 days per week to start, between 10:30-3:30 Monday to Friday and you must be available alternate Saturdays.

The duties are varied and no two days will be the same. The people we support are individuals and they are all treated as such. As a general guide, you may support with personal care needs, as well as help to take part in a wide range of special interests and activities that support their health and wellbeing.

Does this sound right for you?

Working at Sense gives you a wide range of benefits including:

  • 24 days’ holiday + bank holidays; increasing with length of service
  • Free DBS Check
  • Free leadership and management development (such as our award winning Growing Stronger Leaders Together programme) 
  • Free access to over 100 online and face to face training including the care certificate.
  • On-going development opportunities
  • Flexible working and family friendly policies
  • Employee referral scheme
  • Health and well-being support
  • Pension Scheme
  • Discount scheme 

Your duties can include:

  • To support individuals / groups within the centre and community.
  • To provide a customised, responsive and high quality service to people with multiple sensory impairments, physical and/or learning disabilities who use Sense services.
  • To deliver services which meet or exceed organisational expectations and standards.
  • Full job specification is attached below.

Your required skills and experiences:

  • For genuine occupational reasons we are looking to appoint a female candidate only (exemption under the Equality Act 2010 Part 1 Schedule 9).
  • You require a full UK license and must be willing to drive your own vehicle.
  • Experience of supporting individuals with complex needs is desirable.
  • Understanding the needs of people who have Autism is desirable. 
  • Knowledge of multi sensory impairments / learning difficullties is beneficial.
  • Full person specification is attached below.

To apply

Please use the link below to complete your application. Managers will use your supporting statement to shortlist candidates for interview; in relation to the Personal Specification. Therefore, it is very important you complete this section thoroughly.  We would recommend that you read the candidate guidelines, job description and person specification (found at the base of this advert) before applying.

Please note to avoid disappointment, we advise you to submit your application as soon as possible as we reserve the right to close posts at any time.

No agency submissions please: any submissions without prior authorisation from the Sense Recruitment Team will be treated as our own and as such no fee will be payable.

If you require any further assistance, please contact the Recruitment Team on 0121 415 6735 or recruitment@sense.org.uk

Sense is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable children and adults and expects all employees to share this commitment. Therefore, all offers of employment, where appropriate, are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Sense is committed to equality of opportunity, and to promoting and celebrating the diversity of staff, volunteers and the people we work with. We value everyone’s contribution and ensure people are given the opportunity to realise their potential. We will promote equality and diversity in all that we do and the work we do in partnership with others. For more information please visit: https://www.sense.org.uk/about/equality-and-diversity/

Company Description

About Sense

For everyone living with complex disabilities. For everyone who is deafblind. Sense is here to help people communicate and experience the world. We believe that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential.