Employer verified_user West Area project
Salary National Minimum Wage
Hours 25 Hours
Contract Fixed term
Type Job
Closing date 30/11/2021

Background:The West Area Project (WAP) offers a day activity service to adults with learning disabilities and/or autism. We are a long established charity which was originally set up by relatives of people with learning disabilities who wanted a smaller more homely service. Our aim is to promote health, well being, independence and community involvement.WAP is lucky to be based in a community run leisure centrecalled the Lenton Centre (TLC) which has a gym and swimming pool. It is located in Lenton which is near to the QMC and has good bus and tram links. In ‘normal’ times in partnership with TLC, we also run an activity group called WAP ACTIV2 on Tuesday nights which is aimed at people with learning disabilities, autism and/or mental health problems who feel intimidated by mainstream gyms and leisure centres with their complex fitness machinery. This service is primarily aimed at people who do not attend the WAP day service and has proved very popular. The role:WAP is a small project which is committed to remaining so. As Day Activities Support Worker you will be expected to contribute to the provision of stimulating activities to WAP members. These activities will be either in groups or on a 1 to 1 basis and will take place at TLC or in the community. If you want an idea of our usual timetable please look at www.westareaproject.org.uk At West Area Project we work hard to provide a very supportive environment to our members, staff, students and volunteers. We offer a thorough induction, training and ongoing supervision to support personal and professional development. At the end of your time with us you will be uniquely qualified to work in social care or health in a number of support roles.

Background:The West Area Project (WAP) offers a day activity service to adults with learning disabilities and/or autism. We are a long established charity which was originally set up by relatives of people with learning disabilities who wanted a smaller more homely service. Our aim is to promote health, well being, independence and community involvement.WAP is lucky to be based in a community run leisure centrecalled the Lenton Centre (TLC) which has a gym and swimming pool. It is located in Lenton which is near to the QMC and has good bus and tram links. In ‘normal’ times in partnership with TLC, we also run an activity group called WAP ACTIV2 on Tuesday nights which is aimed at people with learning disabilities, autism and/or mental health problems who feel intimidated by mainstream gyms and leisure centres with their complex fitness machinery. This service is primarily aimed at people who do not attend the WAP day service and has proved very popular.

The role:WAP is a small project which is committed to remaining so. As Day Activities Support Worker you will be expected to contribute to the provision of stimulating activities to WAP members. These activities will be either in groups or on a 1 to 1 basis and will take place at TLC or in the community. If you want an idea of our usual timetable please look at www.westareaproject.org.uk

At West Area Project we work hard to provide a very supportive environment to our members, staff, students and volunteers. We offer a thorough induction, training and ongoing supervision to support personal and professional development.

At the end of your time with us you will be uniquely qualified to work in social care or health in a number of support roles.

We expect candidates to have had some experience of providing care: This could be unpaid care, maybe through supporting a sick, older or disabled relative, sibling/friend or through voluntary work.

 

The day centre is open weekdays from 9.00am to 4 pm. Your work will be during those times although some workers may choose to work at Activ2 on Tuesday night.

We intend to prepare any of our employees to go far beyond the normal support with attendance, timekeeping, communication, teamwork and travelling to work.

 

We have experience of doing this with all our previous volunteers who usually use their time at WAP as a platform to move into a career in health or social care.

 

We would be training our job placement people in:

 

  • Understanding learning disabilities, autism, mental illness and dementia.
  • Our value base which is to maintain dignity whilst promoting independence.
  • Promoting healthy living and activity in a population which is especially vulnerable to obesity related illness.
  • Safeguarding vulnerable adults- policy and guidance.
  • The Mental Capacity Act and its use in daily practice.
  • The funding of the project and social care budgets.
  • The role of each of the professionals from social worker to psychologist.
  • How to organise and take minutes at meetings.
  • How to positively support people in activities from gym to arts and crafts.
  • Reflective practice through one to one supervision.

 

We provide the above training as standard as we believe this is the minimum to enable any person to provide the quality of service we offer at WAP.

 

Additionally there could be the opportunity for the candidates to use the Kickstart training budget to train as a level 2 gym instructor. They would be supported in this online and practical training by the West Area Project and TLC.

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