Short Breaks Link Worker

13 September 2022
£22,183 - £23,541 / year

Job Description

About the employer:

Nottingham City Council is known for inclusivity and innovation, and we are continually working around the clock to deliver services for Nottingham’s citizens, visitors and investors.

Our aspiration is to make Nottingham a Great City, but to do this we need to be a Great Council, provide Great Services and recruit and develop a Great Workforce.

About the role:

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our Short Breaks Link Work Team.

Our team support children and young people with disabilities and complex health needs to access their community, develop friendships and gain independence. The Short Breaks service is all about enabling young people to live their very best lives, exploring their potential and giving them the very best opportunity to have a meaningful and beneficial break. It’s also about ensuring families and full time carers are able to find the time for themselves, which can include doing their housework, shopping, or just having a rest! As part of a young person’s support network, you will be expected to build a positive relationship with them, befriend them, and care for them.

Some of our young people may require personal care, or support with their mobility needs for example, and it’s important that this is managed with their dignity in mind. Compassion, patience and understanding is a must. There may also at times be challenging situations on link work sessions, as we do support some young people who can display behaviour that challenges, so the ability to think fast and react appropriately – and sensitively – is also essential. Our more complex children and young people may require 2:1 support (based on their assessed needs).

We are a Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered service and we currently hold a GOOD rating.

As part of the Short Breaks Link Work Team you will have the opportunity to access a wealth of training in order to develop your skills and work as part of a supportive team to deliver the best services possible to the young people we support. We want you to recognise the potential in all the young people we work with; to enable, rather than limit them – so we expect link workers to plan sessions with our young people, rather than for. This gives you the unique opportunity to explore the local community and support them to try new things – like climbing, board-gaming, or even eating a new healthy snack for the first time. The role offers the opportunity to become an important part of young people’s lives and enable them to achieve their aspirations. As their allocated link worker, you will support young people on a weekly basis aiming to achieve identified outcomes and developing independence, by planning and taking part in a variety of fun and exciting activities.

Working with young people with a variety of disabilities such as Autism, Learning Disabilities, Physical Disabilities and complex health needs, successful candidates will be supported to develop their knowledge to become all around experienced support workers. The role supports Children and Young People who live within the Nottingham City area and the post holder will offer direct support and care both in the young person’s home (where appropriate) but mainly in their community.This support will be on a 1:1 basis; however, some young people will require 2:1 support, dependent on assessed need.

Successful candidates will possess knowledge and experience of supporting children and young people (ideally in similar roles and 1:1 situations), and those who can demonstrate challenging behaviour. They must have a proactive ‘can do’ approach and the ability to think creatively when planning Link Work Sessions. Candidates should be physically able to carry out all the duties of the role; i.e. supporting complex needs, challenging behaviours and delivering active sessions.

Candidates should ideally have their own mode of transport, or be able to use public transport for the efficient performance of duties in line with service requirements.

Hours of work:

Part Time , Hours per week – 18.5

How to apply:

To apply visit EMSS Jobsite – East Midlands Shared Services

Employee benefits:

We will value your contributions, promote flexible and modern ways of working, will double your monthly pension contributions, offer a very generous 25-32 days holiday package each year (exclusive of public bank holidays and dependent on length of service) and give you the option to purchase up to 28 days additional holiday tax-free!