At Carers First, we understand that caring can be hard, but believe getting the right help should not be. Obtaining relevant information and support can itself be a challenge, but with it, carers can thrive. That is why Carers First offers several avenues for people to get the help they need either online, on the phone or within their community. We offer timely advice and worth with carers and their families to identify the best way forward, for them as individuals. There are many reasons people require care, including illness, disability, frailty, mental health issues or addiction.
We are currently seeking a Young Carer Support Worker to join our team in the Medway Locality. Your hours will initially be 22 hours per week but moving to full-time (37 hours) in January 2021. The hours may include some unsocial hours to meet the needs of the young carer/young adult carer project. The Young Carer Support Worker will work as part of a small local staff team in Medway, providing information, support and advice to young carers who are impacted by the caring role and responsibilities
The successful candidate will work with children and sometimes adults within the family, managing conversations with the carer using a strength-based approach to identify need and plan the support and will work closely with the Adult and Family Carer Coordinator’s to provide 1-1 support, group sessions and workshops to Young Carers and will promote partnership. You must also be willing and able to work as required into the evening (and infrequent weekends) to support running after school/holiday activities and home visits for Young Carers.
Candidates must be able to demonstrate they have excellent communication and teamwork skills. You will need an excellent working knowledge of health and social care, particularly relating to young people and carers and experience of working with young people either in a 1:1 or group. You will be required to have a full driving licence and access to a car, as you will be required to travel between various locations in Medway to support the young cares/young adult carers.
In return, you will benefit from working for a not-for-profit organisation that delivers a service which makes a real difference to people’s lives. We offer training and development to help you grow your career, good annual leave entitlement, flexible working options, access to our work-place pension, employee assistance programme and a Benenden Healthcare package.
If you are interested in becoming part of our team and have the skills and experience, we are looking for and are passionate about making a real difference then please read the Job Description and Person Specification.
Appointments are subject to Carers First receiving an appropriate disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service that we consider acceptable. We encourage and welcome applications regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation or age.
If you would like to discuss this role confidentially, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to organise for one of the Team to contact you. Please note that if you have not been contacted within one week of the closing date, your application has not been successful.
Closing Date: Friday, 18 September 2020 Interview Date: Monday, 28 September 2020
Carers FIRST is an Equal Opportunities Employer
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