At Wilberforce Trust we employ over 100 people who all make a real difference to people’s lives. Whether working in our houses across York and Tadcaster or in our head office in Huntington each person plays a key part in supporting people with sight loss.
If you would like to phone to chat about the role first and find out more please call us at the Trust on 01904 760037 and ask to speak to Amy White. We look forward to hearing from you.
Care Support Workers
Full time, Part time and Relief posts available
We are currently recruiting Care Support Workers to work in our nine houses located in York and Tadcaster
Pay and Benefits
After a successful probation our Care Support Workers receive £8.25 for week day hours, and £9.10 for nights and weekends. Sleep overs are paid at £72.00 for a 10 hour shift. We also offer a health package with Simply Health.
Staff receive 20 day’s holiday plus bank holidays, increasing to 25 days plus bank holidays after 2 years’ service.
New employees can expect to undertake a period of induction in their allocated workplace. The aim of this is to ensure that as the new employee you are comfortable with the users of our services you may be working with. We also aim to enable you to get to know your work colleagues and support you to understand the requirements of your role.
You will be communicating and working with clients of the services Wilberforce provides, and if you are a support worker you will be working with the tenants in our supported housing in York and Tadcaster, meeting their individual needs but with support from colleagues with greater understanding and experience of the individuals concerned.
There is an induction pack, to give every employee a basic understanding of their role, tailored to the job you will do but it may include, eg, information on health and safety, moving and handling, medication awareness, payroll, timesheets, etc.
Care Support Workers Induction, Training and Career Progression Opportunities.
As a new member of staff you will receive a structured induction and training package. This will include a 10 day induction course at Wilberforce House, and a period of supervised shadowing whilst working with our tenants in one or more of our 9 houses in York and Tadcaster. You will be fully supported by your colleagues and manager during this time. You are paid whilst you are training both on and off the job.
Our induction training week will include visual awareness training to help you understand the challenges of our tenants with sight impairment, health and safety, infection control, moving and handling and food safety. These sessions are designed to add to the basic understanding gained through your work. Some training is mandatory, either required by organisations such as the Care Quality Commission or required by the Wilberforce Trust.
In some of the supported accommodation houses, depending on the particular needs of the tenants, additional specialist training may be appropriate. Some tenants may require support staff to assist with specific health care needs such as epilepsy and diabetes or bowel care. Staff may therefore receive training in administering suppositories, rectal diazepam and diabetes management.
On Going Training and Career Development Opportunities
All support staff undertake NVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care (HSC). The Trust pays all registration and assessment fees so there is no cost to the employee.
The Wilberforce Trust will also consider developing any Care Support Worker who wishes to move into management and further their career, and currently supports Support staff studying for NVQ level 5 in Leadership for Health and Social Care.
There are also opportunities for Support Workers to become ‘Champion’ leaders. Our Champions choose to take on various additional responsibilities such as carrying out investigations, health and safety management and Competency Assessment. Full training is provided.