Dementia Support Worker
Contract Type: Permanent
Salary: £20,363 - £21,603 actual per annum (depending on skills and experience)
Working Hours: 35 per week
Closing Date: 16 January 2022
Interview Date: 25 January 2022
Please note the deadline for submitting applications for this vacancy is midnight on the closing date
Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading dementia charity. We provide information and support, improve care, fund research, and create lasting change for people affected by dementia.
About the role
This role will take the lead in the organisation and delivery of Alzheimer's Society groups in Doncaster in addition to one to one provision of dementia support. The role is community based and will involve working from home, delivering groups in the community and visiting people with dementia and their carers in their home when needed. If successful you will be working as part of a team of three Dementia Support Workers.
The Doncaster Dementia Support service involves dedicated members of staff giving one to one support, information and guidance to people with dementia, their carers and supporters to help people to understand dementia, to cope with day to day living with dementia and prepare for the future by getting the right support in place. Alzheimer's Society groups provide an opportunity to meet regularly and talk about living with dementia in an informal social environment. They provide opportunities for people with dementia, family members and carers to ask questions of professionals, learn from the experiences of others, gain information about dementia, local services and practical tips about living well with dementia.
As a Dementia Support Worker you will have the rewarding opportunity to provide support, information and guidance to people with dementia and their carers; helping to maintain their independence, improving their sense of well-being, and putting them in more control of their lives. The service is unique to each service user as it is based upon their personal circumstances and support needs. You will offer support to your clients in a variety of ways, whether in the client's own home, or at other locations in the community, face to face, by phone, letter or email. You will also assist service users to access other services, providing signposting and referrals.
This role will require you to build relationships with a range of local contacts. You will network with health and care professionals, marketing Alzheimer's Society services to help people with a diagnosis to get referred to the service as early as possible. As well as developing networks with partner organisations to promote the aim of empowering individuals living with dementia to make informed choices.
Are you an enthusiastic, inspiring and resilient individual? Can you hit the ground running? If you are highly organised, with great time management and interpersonal skills then we'd love you to be part of our team! We are looking for an individual qualified to NVQ level 3 (or equivalent) with an understanding of dementia and the needs of those living with dementia and their carers. Your ability to assess client needs along with the understanding of the need for client confidentially is essential to providing a valuable and worthwhile service.
To be successful in this role you will have excellent non-judgmental communication skills as well as strong organisational skills in order to manage your caseload of clients effectively. Good organisation and facilitation skills, excellent communication and listening skills and an understanding of the value of group activities for people living with dementia will be essential. We are looking for an individual who has experience or understanding of coordinating, organising and facilitating group work. It is desirable that you have experience of or can demonstrate an understanding of what is needed to coordinate volunteers as the role management of volunteers is part of the role. You will also be committed to putting people affected by dementia at the heart of everything we do, to make the service our best it can be. You will be speaking to people at all levels across the area so great networking and influencing skills are essential. You should have good IT skills and the ability to embrace occasional changes in IT tools, be able to travel independently and be able to seize opportunities that are presented to you.
Your personal statement in your application will help us to understand how your skills and experience make you perfect for the role and it is the key piece of information we use to shortlist, if you feel that you demonstrate the qualities outlined then please let us know how you do it in your personal statement.
Our employees work hard every day to make a true difference in people's lives. We are proud to support them with a range of benefits, recognition and many options for working agilely, all contributing to a strong work life balance. We also have various learning programmes to support you in your development and help you grow to realise your potential and shape a career with Alzheimer's Society
You may have experience of the following: Support Worker, Dementia Adviser, Care Assistant, Dementia Advisor, Caseworker, Special Needs Assistant, Social Worker, Social Care, Community Care, Helpline Coordinator, Volunteering Officer, Support Worker, Mental Health, Dementia, NFP, Not for Profit, Charity, etc.
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