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Location Holywood
Job type Permanent
Salary Negotiable
Published 4 months ago
Contact email Angela Hughes
Job ref 090623ASW_1686317517

Job description


£21,795 per annum

38 hours per week - rota system that includes evenings and weekends

Holywood, Co Down

My client is seeking to employ support workers to work as part of a community with the purpose of meeting the physical, psychological, emotional and social needs of each resident with disabilities and challenging behaviour. Ideally, you will have experience supporting persons with Autism and learning disabilities.

Support Workers will assist the house team in providing the highest possible standard of support and care to adults with complex needs and challenging behaviour. The team create a home setting that promotes independence, choices and rights, supporting the well-being of individuals within a safe and caring environment. The Support Worker role can require an element of personal care and at times may require redirection or physical intervention as a last resort with those presenting challenging behaviours.

Set upon a 100 acre estate with the sweeping, green fields of our farm, grazed on by our herd of beef cattle and woodlands with brooks, we offer a therapeutic setting with which to base a calm and nurturing environment on.


With this vision and our aim of providing the best service possible, we are looking for empathetic and caring staff who share our values and a desire to help improve and add to the quality of life and wellbeing of our residents. And just as with our service-users, we believe that wellbeing at work is about creating an environment that promotes a state of contentment; something that allows employees to flourish and achieve their full potential, not only for themselves but also for the community.



  • Starting on 20 days annual leave pro rata plus Camphill Community Glencraig recognises 12 statutory days
  • Annual incremental pay increases on a 5-point salary scale
  • Enhanced rate for weekends/waking nights
  • Organisation Pension
  • Occupational Sick Pay Scheme (qualification period applies)
  • Free parking on site
  • Optional enrolment into the Benenden Health
  • Commitment to development of the staff team through training and learning opportunities
  • Staff recognition & reward incentives aligned to high standards of performance
  • Death in Service Insurance Benefit 2x Salary
  • Professional registration fees reimbursement i.e., NISCC annual renewal fee


The Support Worker will:

  • Assist to ensure that all work within the adult community is person centred and upholds the principles of respect, privacy, dignity, fulfilment, independence and choice.
  • Support residents in the adult houses, workshops and the wider community.
  • Deliver individual programs of support, for example, social and domestic help, personal hygiene and community living skills designed to enhance and maximise the capabilities and independence of the residents.
  • Follow the resident's individual care and support plan and report any changes in, or concerns about the resident to their line manager
  • Assist house coordinators with the assessment of residents' needs.
  • Participate in monitoring and reviewing individual resident's skills and needs
  • As part of the team, establish goals with residents on an individual basis to ensure the effective utilization of the individual's abilities.
  • Participate in supporting the strengths and needs of the residents.



ESSENTIAL CRITERIA - all applicants MUST be able to demonstrate either at short-listing or at interview all essential criteria listed below. Applicants should therefore make it clear on their application form whether or not they meet these criteria. Failure to do so may result in you not being shortlisted. The stage in the process when the criteria will be measured is stated below.

The following are essential criteria which will be measured at short listing stage:




Evidenced By:



QCF level 2 OR equivalent in Health and Social Care or related discipline

(In the case of applicants who do not have an QCF level II OR equivalent but have at least 1 year's relevant care experience this part of the essential criteria will be waived)

Basic numeracy and literacy (English language) skills

Registered or agreeable to applying for registration with the N. Ireland Social Care Council.

QCF Level 3 in Health & Social Care, Social Sciences, Nursing or equivalent

Application form


At least six months experience in a caring field


1 year's relevant care experience as stipulated above

Experience in a health or social care setting

Experience in working with individuals with a disability

Experience of dealing with challenging behaviour

Application from


Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Effective communication skills

Ability to work as part of a team

Team worker

Caring & reliable

Maintaining confidentiality

Ability to work under pressure

Delivery of personal care to others

Knowledge of principles of social pedagogy based on Anthroposophical ideals

Awareness of the ethos of Camphill, and principles of anthroposophy

Application from



Be flexible to work on a rota basis that includes unsocial hours, weekends


Other Requirements

Valid work permit

Access NI check

Able to fulfil the Occupational Health requirements for the post

Job References

Work permit

Valid documentation

Occupational Health questionnaire

2 satisfactory references


Please forward your CV to Angela Hughes at Staffline Recruitment by clicking on APPLY. You can also contact Angela on 02890 242824 ext 404 / 07826064920 or via email

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