Gateshead Community Support Worker

  • Job Reference: 00073085-1
  • Date Posted: 12 May 2022
  • Recruiter: CV-Library
  • Location: Gateshead, Tyne And Wear
  • Salary: £9.70 Per Hour
  • Sector: Healthcare & Medical

Job Description

Job Advert

We are looking to recruit new Support Workers to join our team to support people to live normal, happy, and independent lives in their own homes. We have an excellent opportunity for Support Workers in and around Gateshead on a permanent, part time contract (16 – 35 hours per week).

We currently have various part time positions available which can be designed to suit your circumstances and fit around you!  We can be flexible with the number of hours offered and will consider applications from all interested candidates.

Shifts are spread over seven days. There is a sleep-in requirement at some Services (usually one per week) which attracts an additional payment.  Flexibility is a must as you will need to be available to work across various shifts between the hours of 07:00 to 22:00

If you are a driver and have you own transport it would be a bonus but not essential.  It is important that you have a good sense of humour and are fun, enjoy participating in activities and be respectful to individual needs.

The people you will be supporting need help to access the community, learn everyday living skills, organise their medication and look after their finances.   

So, if you want to spend your days having fun with amazing people…then we have just the job for you!  No two days are ever the same.

What does a Support Worker do?

As a Support Worker you will be expected to provide an outstanding level of support that will help to ensure the people we support live a more comfortable, dignified, liberated and happy life.  You will have excellent communication skills and be a naturally caring and patient personality.  Typical responsibilities may include:

Supporting people to live independently – budget management, paying bills, housework, organising appointments and cooking delicious healthy meals.

Relationship building – supporting the people we support to understand the world around them and promoting positive relationships.

Community & Social Inclusion - supporting individuals to access and participate in their local community and social events to promote life skills and individuality.

Personal care - helping people to get ready for the day.  This may include prompting the people we support to take their medication and assisting with bathing, showering and using the bathroom.  Not all Support Worker roles include high levels of personal care.

Have you thought about working for Mencap?

Mencap is a leader in providing excellent support to people with a learning disability.  Our vision is a world where people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to and included. 

Everyone wants a purposeful job - to do something really meaningful.  Everything we do at Mencap keeps the people we support at the centre of what we do. 

With us, it’s never ‘just a job’.  In return for your hard work and passion you can find real and meaningful work experience, access to some excellent benefits alongside our competitive pay.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident Leader and welcome applicants with disabilities to apply for all roles with us.  To find out more about the scheme please visit We are proud to be a Disability Confident Leader and welcome applicants with disabilities to apply for all roles with us. To find out more about the scheme please visit the directgov website.

At Mencap, we value a diverse and inclusive workplace and we intentionally plan for the success of our colleagues in everything we do.  We welcome applications from everyone, so come as you are and join us.  Together we are Mencap!

Mencap are strongly encouraging all our colleagues to have the Covid-19 vaccine as a way to help protect each other and the people we support.

No two days will ever be the same – some will be challenging, and some will be a breeze – but they will ALL be rewarding! If you have any questions, or would like more information, please feel free to call the Service Manager, Sue on (phone number removed).

*All roles are subject to an enhanced DBS check and suitable references.

Job ID:  24865

Benefits

As well as knowing that what we do is making a positive difference to people’s lives, you will receive fair pay and have access to a wide range of rewards and benefits as one of our employees.

32 days holiday (including bank holidays) increasing to 35 days with long service plus the ability to buy up to another 10 days via our HolidayPlus scheme

Service related sick pay when 6 month probation is completed

Pension contributions into NEST Scheme on a salary sacrifice basis meaning NI savings

Death in service life cover for a nominated beneficiary under our life assurance scheme

Loans for debt consolidation, bikes, computers and phones when you have been with us for 6 months

Interest free season ticket loans

Discounts and cashback from 3% to 30% at high street shops including major supermarkets, cinemas, gyms, leisure/theme parks, holidays and much more via Mencap Extras

Opportunity to purchase a health cash plan to claim towards dental, glasses, therapy etc.

Free access to round the clock employee assistance program for advice and support

Quarterly award scheme and recognition at every 5 years through our YouRock program

Access to award winning training and development

*T&C's apply based on contract

About Mencap

At Mencap we work in partnership with people with a learning disability.  We do this by providing high quality, flexible services that support people, including young adults, to live as independently as possible in their own homes and in the community.

Everyone wants a purposeful job - to do something meaningful.  At Mencap, we can give you that.  You will have opportunities to develop as a person, colleague, leader and activist.

You’ll make new friends and feel inspired to reach your potential.  We will ask a lot of you - but you’ll get back so much more.  With us, it is never ‘just a job’.

In return for your hard work and passion, we can give you real meaning and purpose in your work