Support Workers look after the well-being of young or vulnerable people. They help them to reach their potential, through practical, and emotional support, tailored to the individual. It is a varied and rewarding role as you help people improve their quality of life and achieve their goals.
Experience: Work or life experience (caring for a friend or family member) is welcomed but not necessary.
Work hours: Typically 1-39 hours per week which may include night shifts
We've helped many Beam members start work as a Support Worker. See their stories here.
Day to day
- Helping service users with day-to-day activities including hobbies and meal prep
- May include some personal care
- Monitor the health of the service user and note and report any significant changes
Pros and cons of a support worker role
✅ Making a daily difference to a vulnerable person’s life
✅ Lots of variety in the day-to-day and the opportunity to partake in fun activities
✅ Full training provided, and great opportunities for progression within Healthcare
✅ Support Workers working in residential settings are rarely working alone and can learn from colleagues
❌ Entry-level positions often paid at minimum wage
❌ Personal care is intimate and may be hard, physical work
❌ May require anti-social working hours such as early starts and weekends
❌ Support Workers may be required to travel from house to house
❌ Support Workers may be required to work alone in most shifts
Where to look for a role
There are many employers currently hiring and use search terms such as "support worker" or "support assistant" on jobs boards.
Some companies to get you started: