Being a Support Worker at AFG is a hugely rewarding role and could be your first step on a long and happy career in Health & Social Care.
So, what does a Support Worker do?
We have a vision to create a world where people control their lives. Here at AFG, we pride ourselves on helping the people we support to design, develop and ‘own’ the support they receive by planning this with them; we support people to make informed choices and increase their own independence; and we support people to maintain their own health, wellbeing and living environment. These principles are really important to us.
Our Support Workers work in a variety of settings including community-based services (often supporting people in their own homes) to our Treatment & Recovery Centres.
One thing that is common across all of our services is a focus on personalised support and tailoring our services to the needs and aspirations of the people we support with a diverse range of care needs (including Learning Disabilities, Physical Disabilities, Mental Health Concerns, Complex Care, Substance Misuse issues to name a few).
We value the people that work with us…
At AFG we recognise the contribution and value that our staff make. We would not be able to provide the life changing support that we do without people like you! In return for your contribution we will support you throughout your career and we provide a wide range of employee benefits, career development (including opportunities to undertake vocational qualifications) and lifestyle support services to ensure that you too feel supported, fulfilled and valued from day one of your employment with us.
There are a few things that we look for in all of our support workers; we would need you to…
be a good communicator (verbally and in writing)
be patient, confident and enthusiastic about caring for others
be able to use your own initiative
be able to work as part of a team
have flexibility to work a varied shift pattern to provide 24-hour support
share our AFG values
We don’t ask for any other relevant training or a previous career in care as full training will be provided – you just need a willingness to learn and develop.
As a ‘values based’ employer, the people that work for us genuinely care about the people they support, and we are seeking likeminded people to join our AFG family. If you are passionate about caring for others and have a real desire to make a positive difference to the lives of the people we support then we would love to hear from you.
Now that we’ve told you about what it’s like to work for Alternative Futures Group, find out more about the vacancy!
This vacancy is a Casual Support Worker opportunity primarily working at Fir Trees. Fir Trees Treatment and Recovery Centre in Wigan is a specialist 14 bedded Mental Health Rehabilitation Centre set within its own grounds down a quiet road with access to local shops and free parking. Fir Trees specialises in the rehabilitation of people with enduring mental health conditions such as schizophrenia and personality disorders to develop the skills to reintegrate successfully back into their communities with the support of a strong MDT.
Support Workers at Fir Trees will be involved in the delivery of the care pathway each person we support will undertake whilst assisting the nurses and therapy staff in their delivery of therapies.
Support Workers will also be involved in ensuring the safety and lifestyle structures of the people we support and will be fully trained in the appropriate specialities to carry out their duties. We are looking for Support Workers who are enthusiastic and enjoy working as part of a Multi Disciplinary Team (such as nurses and therapists) with a common goal. You must also be flexible in your working patterns which include long days, including weekends and rotation to nights which are 12.5 hour shifts.
Casual Support Workers need to be flexible to cover shifts which are usually 12.5 hours involving day and night shifts. Please note our Casual staff are contracted by area therefore flexibility is essential to work in other services where required.
(Although you will work most of your shifts at the above named service, you may be required to work at alternative services across Greater Manchester therefore all contracts state Greater Manchester as location).