The Kent Autistic Trust are looking to recruit a selection of care staff to support us on a short or long term basis. If you have experience of adults or children with learning disabilities or autism then we would be interested in hearing from you. You may be a care worker, nurse, teacher, teaching assistant or recreational instructor or you may have family experience of supporting people with autism. If you have a caring disposition, whatever, your background, which could be hospitality, retail etc, we would like to hear from you now if you would like to help us to support our family of autistic adults.
We cannot predict how Covid19 will affect our organisation, but we can prepare for the risk of absence that may occur as a result of staff having to self-isolate. We’re fortunate that we have a strong dedicated team, who are committed to providing amazing care. However, even the most resilient, well trained team, aren’t infallible and it is of paramount importance that we continue to provide quality care to those we support.
Depending on your experience you will be working alongside experienced staff to support adults with autism in a residential or supporting living setting. Our work is complex, challenging but very rewarding. Many of those we support have been cared for by our staff for long periods of time. Having caring staff around them makes their world a little easier. The impact of the necessary changes that have already been introduced by the Government and society in response to Covid19 is likely to be confusing for those with autism. Helping those we support to keep occupied with activities from arts and crafts to games or helping them to cook and clean are all things that you can help with.
There is some personal care requirements but this will depend on your prior care experience to ensure dignity. Some of those we support have medical conditions such as epilepsy and others are non-verbal, so prior experience with supporting people with a range of medical conditions and communications needs would be good but not essential as you will be working alongside qualified staff.
As a 24/7 business, we have a need for staff to undertake varying hours, including early mornings, days, late evenings and weekends. Hours will be depend on needs, but we need full, part time and also casual hours. Whatever you can spare!
Starting wages will either be in line with the new NLW of £8.72ph, and we are currently paying during this period an additional allowance of £1ph for staff working over 37.5 hours pw. For more experienced staff we are paying up to £9.23ph, with an additional allowance of £1ph for staff working over 37.5 hours. We also pay an enhanced rate for night workers of £10.50ph.
Please apply via our website www.kentautistic.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.