Community Support Worker
Applications for the post of Community Support Worker are to be made by a cover letter detailing how you meet the entry criteria including a CV.
The aim of the role is to deliver a range of community-based interventions for vision impaired children and young people to support their personal development. This will include (but is not restricted to) the following responsibilities:
• Design, plan and deliver activities for groups of vision impaired children and young people, including residential and holiday programmes, weekend Health and Wellbeing Clubs and Social and Independence groups
• Support vision impaired young people with goal setting and achieving outcomes
• Support the recruitment of young blind and partially sighted young people who might benefit from the project.
• Support young people to be signposted into mainstream leisure and recreational activities
These activities are arranged at different times to suit prospective participants and occur primarily outside standard office hours, including weekends and evenings
To promote the wellbeing of vision impaired children and young people by:
• encouraging participation in a range of community activities
• promoting the development of social skills
• encouraging choice and decision making
• supporting children and young people develop skills for independent living
Key Tasks and Main Duties:
• Facilitating engagement of vision impaired children and young people in range of community-based activities that support their personal development
• Lead on recruitment for all activities working closely with engagement team and externally with a range of bodies including disability organisations, local authorities, schools and colleges to foster partnerships and recruitment opportunities.
• Ensure all delivery is in line with the quality assurance framework
• Complete project paperwork including session plans and risk assessments, attendance forms, evaluation forms and sessional records updating internal databases as appropriate.
• Ensure that health and safety is foremost through completing venue and risk assessments as required.
• Ensure that safeguarding is foremost throughout all activities
• Prepare regular updates on the programme and performance for management information
• Utilise the relevant resources and facilities within budget with support from Deputy Community Service Manager.
• Maintain and update information on all aspects of programme on database.
• Undertake other administrative tasks related to the delivery of the programme
• Ensure that equality and diversity is embedded in all activities
The ideal candidate will come from a Youth Work, Rehabilitation, Social Work Community Health or Education background, with a qualification at NVQ Level 3 or above in a related field
Essential knowledge, skills and experience:
• Knowledge of inclusion for disabled children and young people in a variety of community settings
• Familiarity with difficulties and challenges that confront disabled children and young people
• Knowledge of public and community services available to disabled young people
• Knowledge of the principles of equal opportunities, health and safety and safeguarding
• Ability to engage positively with children and young people to support their personal development
• Excellent inter-personal skills: able to communicate assertively to the team and with impact, maximising resources; able to build positive relationships quickly and easily with a diverse group of young people; able to exercise diplomacy at all levels whilst working across the team
• Ability to facilitate participation in social, leisure and recreational activities for participants with a range of abilities and interests
• Ability to establish positive relationships with representative of partner organisations and service providers
• Ability to put into practice the principles of personal safety and safeguarding
• Ability to provide management support and guidance to volunteers and other staff assigned to the project
• Ability to work both autonomously and as part of a team, in a busy office maximising resources.
• Innovative and pro-active approach to problem solving
• Excellent time management with an ability to manage workloads, set priorities and meet strict deadlines
• Excellent administration and ICT skills; able to use standard IT systems such as Microsoft Office
• Experience in setting up and delivering community programmes for disabled children and young people
• Experience of goal setting with children and young people, recording and monitoring progress to prescribed deadlines in line with departmental processes.
• Experience of working in partnership with other organisations to deliver agreed outcomes
• Successful track record of managing volunteers to support service delivery
• Experience in managing databases and proficient in using MS Excel and database software
Conditions of the post
• Weekend work to support or monitor weekend activities with children and young people
• Travel regularly across London and occasionally to other parts of the country to meetings and for service delivery
The Society is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Therefore, all posts are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure check from the Disclosure and Barring Service and 2 satisfactory professional references.
Salary: £25000 per annum
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