Senior Care Worker

Everyone deserves an incredible future - become a Senior Care Worker with Options Autism to continue developing yours!

Job Title: Senior Residential Care Worker

Location: Underley Garden, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

Salary inclusive with 6 sleep ins per month: £29,780.00 per annum
From September 2022, one week’s petrol allowance per month for all staff who live 10 miles+ away from site. Examples would be:

Kendal - £60 per month

Lancaster - £100 per month 

Hours: 40 hours per week

Contract: Permanent

Underley Garden is an Ofsted Good rated provision. Our young people have a range of complex needs associated with autism and learning disabilities, including complex communication, sensory and behavioural needs associated with their disabilities.

This home is based in Kirkby Lonsdale and is within commuting distance from Kendal, Penrith, Morecambe, Lancaster and surrounds.

The opportunity

This is a role with an exciting career and development plan, structured to ensure our staff are trained, supported, and continually developed. We want to give you the best possible toolkit, to deliver outstanding care and support to our Children and young people and help them achieve incredible outcomes.

There will be a thorough induction, fully expensed training courses, which together will help you expand your knowledge, get qualifications, and prepare to develop your career even further towards a Deputy Manager position. It is an incredible opportunity to further your career and see it flourish.

The Role

Options Autism Work directly with Children with autism who exhibit a wide range of abilities, from non-verbal to high-functioning and you will be patient and compassionate and, most of all, dependable – working hard to forge a much-needed relationship of trust with those in your care.

This will involve creatively learning about the young person’s interests as well as their dislikes and their triggers, using that connection as a launchpad for a rewarding relationship. A passion for this kind of relationship-building is essential.

You will be responsible for the wellbeing of the children or young people in your care. This will include chaperoning the children to appointments and activities, completing relevant paperwork, undertaking household tasks, and where appropriate administering medication. You will also lead, train and develop new and existing care workers within your team, helping the deputy manager to maintain a skilled and knowledgeable team in order to deliver the best care for our Children and Young People. You will be in a management role and responsible for ensuring staff are correctly supervised and all paperwork for the bungalow is completed to a high standard. 

Working as part of an incredible committed team, you will co-operate and share knowledge and learning to the benefit of great care. Excellent communication skills are essential, both in terms of teamwork and – most importantly – as you will be in close contact with the children you care for.

Kindness is key. In this role, a warm smile can make a massive difference.

Who are we are looking for?

To become a Senior Care Worker with us, you will need to have achieved your Level 3 Diploma/ Level 4 Apprenticeship for Residential Childcare, or NVQ equivalent. You should also have at least 1 year’s hands on experience in a similar residential environment. 

We know that the children and young people in our care can be challenging, and we are looking for Senior Care Workers who are up for that challenge. You will be patient and resilient, and able to recognise the reward in transforming a young person’s life. You will take care of everyday needs, using a calm, reliable approach that builds trust and confidence.

You will be friendly, approachable and kind in your dealings with your team and children and young people. You will be committed to giving them the space and opportunity to thrive, playing your part in creating a nurturing environment in which they can fulfil their potential.

You will play a key role in the smooth-running of the site, and you will have a good grasp of safety and hygiene, and a conscientious dedication to the young people’s wellbeing. This is a role in which attention to detail really counts – and one that touches the real lives of people every day

Why join Options Autism?

Your health and wellbeing are important to us, so you’ll get an exceptional reward package including:

  • 255 hours’ annual leave allowance, which equates to 6 weeks. This increases following two years’ service to 298 hours which equates to 7 weeks. You are also entitled to an additional days holiday for ‘one moment in time’ to celebrate a special occasion. 
  • For all staff we are introducing a green initiative from September where we provide a financial incentive to car share. So we are paying mileage one week in every four for all those staff who live more than 10 miles from UGS. If these staff then participate in the car share programme with 3 other people this in effect makes their journeys to and from work free.
  • Life Assurance
  • Pension scheme with options to increase your contributions
  • “Your Wellbeing Matters” – access to a wide range of first-class mental health support services and physical health checks.

And a market-leading benefit offering through our Flexible Benefits Platform, Vista, enables you to choose the package that’s right for you, including:

  • A wide range of health, wellbeing, and insurance benefits
  • 100’s of discount options valid in the UK and abroad
  • Cycle to Work Schemes
  • Electric Car Purchase Scheme
  • Critical illness cover

And that’s not all, we place the outcomes of the children and vulnerable young adults in our services at the heart of everything we do, so you’ll wake every day in the knowledge that your role will have a significant positive impact on the lives of others.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all employees to share this commitment and undertake appropriate checks.


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