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Support Practitioner

  • Part time
  • £17,745 pro-rata
  • Galashiels
  • Closing 26th November 2018

  • Advertised from 7th November 2018
  • 16-39 hours
  • 1778


Start your day knowing you will make a difference!

The Richmond Fellowship Scotland is a leading voluntary organisation, supporting people with a broad range of needs to live in their own homes, as part of their community. We are an organisation driven by strong values and a firm commitment to choice, dignity and social inclusion. Although we support over 2800 people throughout Scotland, we are committed to delivering services that recognise people as individuals and treat them with dignity and respect; just like we would all want ourselves.

We are currently looking to increase our staff resource in the Galashiels area and are looking for people who can help our supported individuals to achieve their own positive outcomes. We are therefore looking to recruit new staff members to join the team.

If you`re fit and healthy with a wide range of personal interests and activities, and are willing to share your community contacts with those you support, this could be the opportunity for you.

You will be part of a committed team, supporting an individual with complex needs, epilepsy, autism, and a learning disability. The person needs support with some aspects of their life such as paying bills and general household tasks, but may also need support with personal care and hygiene. The person has limited verbal communication and can find it difficult to understand information given to him at times. This gentleman can get anxious and display challenging behaviour such as verbal or physical outbursts, becoming upset or disengaging from support.

You will join an experienced team full of enthusiastic staff that will mentor you, provide support and guidance and you will also receive excellent training including a VQ in social care.

There are 3 Support Practitioner posts available (hours range from 16 to 39 hours per week). if you are looking for part-time work and can be flexible this could be the service for you.

The shifts are usually long days- 8.30am to 9.30pm, or 8.30pm to 10pm with a sleepover, finishing the following morning at 8.45am. The person can anxious at handover times, so we have eliminated this by introducing this long day system. The shifts will vary from week to week and will include lone working.

You will be supporting this gentleman on long walks, playing football, golf, pool and snooker and with cooking and baking.

We are looking for people who are assertive, with strong boundaries, who are able to follow a structured plan of support, while still making activities fun and enjoyable. It is essential that you have a driving licence and experience for this type of role is essential, particularly experience working with people with autism.

This is an excellent opportunity to make a change in your life and in that of the people we support. The work can be challenging, but as well as a competitive salary, enhanced pension contributions, annual leave and discounts at over 850 online and high street retailers, we can offer you a rewarding and satisfying role in your local community.

Application notes

For further information and to apply, please visit our website

Closing date: 26th November 2018

PVG checks will be required of all successful applicants; having a conviction will not necessarily debar you from working in this sector.

All new staff members will be required to register with the SSSC within 6 months of their start date.