Now is an exciting time to move into a Support Worker role with The Kent Autistic Trust. We look for new staff who have strong personal values when it comes to supporting vulnerable adults with autism. We provide an excellent 12 month starter training programme.
So what do you need to succeed as a Support Worker at the Trust?
Our ethos is enshrined in better outcomes for those we support. Fundamental to this is having workers with the best experience who can demonstrate quality and compassion.
Care is our core business. The care we deliver helps those we support. Caring defines us and our work. Those we support deserve the care they receive to be right for them, consistently, throughout every stage of their life.
Compassion is how care is given through relationships based on empathy, respect and dignity. We like to think of it as intelligent kindness, and it’s central to how we deliver care and how those we support perceive it.
All those in caring and support roles must have competence to understand the individual health and social needs of those we support. Our Support Workers need expert knowledge, both clinical and technical in order to deliver effective care and treatments based on research and evidence. Having an in-house Positive Behaviour Team ensures that our approach is person-centred, and always non-aversive.
Central to successful caring relationships and to effective team working is excellent communication. Active listening is as important as what we say and do and ensures that those we support are at the forefront of any decisions. It’s good to talk but it’s amazing to listen!
Having a courageous workforce is essential. Courage enables us to do the right thing for the people we care for, to speak up when we have concerns and to have the personal strength and vision to innovate and to embrace new ways of working.
A commitment to those we support and the autistic community in general is a cornerstone of what we do. We continually need to build our commitment to improve the care and experience of those we support.
All of the above is only possible, because we have an amazing staff “family” who bring passion to their job, every day, in every way. As an employer we strive to ensure that our workforce is engaged and resilient. Frontline work is complex and challenging but also heart-warmingly rewarding. Debriefs, supervisions and regular staff meetings ensure that we learn, understand and care for each other.
If the above resonates with you, and if you would like to be part of our family then we would love to hear from you. Have a look at our current vacancies, and come join us.
If you are not ready to commit to a permanent job with us then perhaps you might like to consider a casual role, in fact many of our long serving staff stated their career with us through casual work – indeed causals staff are trained to the same standard and can seamlessly interchange with their permanent counterparts.
Be the difference - we look forward to hearing from you soon.