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Being a support worker

Thorough training, supportive teams and plenty of progression. Make life rewarding and have a positive impact on the people you support.

Is this you?

We find the right people with the right values to best support adults, young people and children with a learning disability, autism, or both:

  • Resilience

  • Team Player

  • Make Things Happen

  • Kind & Compassionate

  • Flexible & Creative

  • Problem Solver

  • Ask Questions

Euricka's Story

Euricka supports several people who share a home, where support is provided 24/7.

In the video Euricka describes a typical day, how she provides person centred support and what she enjoys about her role. Video: Euricka's story

Why join us as a support worker?

When you join us as a support worker, you'll have a comprehensive induction into Brandon. You don't necessarily need experience as we provide full training. You'll learn the fundamental skills and knowledge you need in your role. Your induction will include training and assessment for the nationally recognised Care Certificate.

Our training is designed to ensure you feel confident right from the start. You'll also work 'shadow shifts' to observe an experienced colleague. You'll be assigned a mentor too, so there is always someone to offer help and advice.

We'll continue to support you to gain professional qualifications, take on additional responsibilities and develop your career.

Mutual reward

When our support workers talk about their roles, they often use the word 'rewarding'. There will be challenges, but in building empowering relationships with the people you support, you'll find their achievements inspire you, and make you feel valued too.

Supporting people in their daily lives

Disabilities affect people in different ways, and our approach is always 'person centred'. Our support plans are carefully focused on the people we support's preferences, and are designed to enable people to be free to live more fulfilled lives. Depending on the needs of the people you support you may support in some or all of the following areas:

Personal Care

Many of the people we support need help with their personal care needs. For some people this may be in the form of simple prompts and reminders, whilst others require help with bathing or shaving, for example. Some people require support with intimate care needs.

Shift Work

The majority of support worker and team leader roles require a commitment to shift work and include 24/7 rotas and weekend working. Flexibility is key as you might support several people, in different settings.

Mobility

Many of the people we support require help with their mobility, for example, they may be wheelchair users.

Eating & Drinking

Some people we support need help with eating and drinking. For some people, this may involve helping to cut up food, whilst others might need their food prepared in a certain way.

Communication

Some of the people we support communicate non-verbally in various ways, including for example, the use of sounds, gestures, or through the use of Makaton sign language.

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