People who have empathy, compassion and a passion to work with adults who have a disability to support them to live the life they want are being invited to apply for a number of new job vacancies .
Lancashire County Council has launched a campaign to find more workers to enable people living with a range of disabilities to live independently in a variety of settings, such as in their own home or out and about in their community.
The roles involve providing additional support to help people get the most out of life. Support workers become part of the person’s life and get to know their family and friends.
These jobs give people the chance to share their own life skills and experience to help people to learn and enjoy a range of community activities.
County Councillor Graham Gooch, cabinet member for adult social care, said: “Support worker jobs are a great opportunity for people to contribute to their local community. They can enable people to develop their independence, make choices and make the most out of life.
“Since I’ve been the cabinet member for adult social care, I have met a number of the county council’s support workers. I have been impressed by their dedication, empathy and compassion.
“Working in adult social care is not just an emotionally rewarding role, it’s one of the most varied too. Supporting people with different requirements means every day is different.
“I hope many people will be interested in these roles, apply for a position and ultimately, enjoy working with us.”
As a support worker, what’s most important is your personal qualities and values, there are full and part time roles and flexible hours to fit around your life. Training is also provided.
Tanya and Ina are support workers in the Lancaster and Morecambe area. They support adults to enjoy short stays away from their home.
Tanya said: “We like working in the short breaks service because every working day is different to the last. We support many people with a variety of different needs.
“Some have complex needs and some need minimal help. People come and stay overnight at short breaks and have their own ideas and plans for an enjoyable break away from home. Our job is to make sure that happens.”
Ina added: “We want people to leave thinking they’ve had a good time and they want to come and stay again.”
For more information about the vacancies in adult social care, visit our jobs web page or text ‘INFO’ to 88200.
There are opportunities for ongoing career progression, job security and to study for relevant qualifications. The county council is a Foundation Living Wage Employer, paying above the National Living Wage.