Job overview

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

Salary: Β£18,000-Β£30,000

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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

Pros:

βœ… Making a daily difference to a vulnerable person’s life

βœ… Lots of variety in the day-to-day and the opportunity to partake in fun activities

βœ… Full training provided, and great opportunities for progression within Healthcare

βœ… Support Workers working in residential settings are rarely working alone and can learn from colleagues

Cons:

❌ 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.

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