Reading Borough Council is a leading provider of high-quality care services and are seeking compassionate community-based Care Assistants to join our team to support with reablement, often those who are disabled or frail, or recovering from injury or illness, to develop the confidence and skills required to allow them to continue living at home - Care with a difference!
We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity and inclusion is the key to our success. Reading Borough Council is a Disability Confident Employer and is committed to the recruitment and continued employment of people with disabilities.
About the Role
By working in partnership with Community Assessors, District Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and NHS you will support service users with personal care (washing, toileting, dressing etc), medication administration, stair practice, reablement walks. Your work will directly impact the well-being and quality of life of those you care for.
You will use an electronic recording system and access other IT to enhance your role and how you deliver best practice.
Our Care Assistants are directly employed by Reading Borough Council giving you access to holiday entitlement and a local government pension scheme.
As a Care Assistant at Reading Borough Council, you will have a significant impact on the lives of individuals who need assistance with their daily activities, making a positive difference in our community.
Our dedicated office staff and experienced care team will provide you with the guidance and assistance you need.
While prior experience is advantageous, we understand that everyone starts somewhere. At Reading Borough Council, we believe in providing equal opportunities, and we offer comprehensive training to all our employees to ensure they have the knowledge and skills needed to excel in their roles.
If you have the following qualities and a genuine desire to make a positive impact in your community, we encourage you to reach out to us:
- Compassion: A heartfelt commitment to improving the lives of those in need.
- Empathy: The ability to understand and connect with the emotions and experiences of others.
- Excellent Communication Skills: The capacity to communicate effectively, both verbally and non-verbally.
- Patience and Understanding: A willingness to provide care and support with patience and empathy.
- Team Player: The capability to work harmoniously within a team and follow instructions.
Responsibility and Dependability: A strong sense of duty and the ability to be relied upon.
At Reading Borough Council, your qualities and dedication to your community are what truly matter. If you possess these attributes and are eager to contribute positively to the well-being of our residents, we welcome your application. Your desire to help others is a valuable asset, and we look forward to hearing from you.
Our available shift offers include:
7.30m to 1.30pm (21 hours per week) = £16,218 - £17,960 Per year
7.30am to 1.00pm (19.25 hours per week) = £14,867 - £16,464 Per year
Our hourly salary rates are £14.81 to £16.40 per hour
You will be required to work a 7-day fortnight set shift pattern including working weekends and bank holidays - however we require flexibility at times to meet service needs.
You’ll be part of a team that relies on each individual to play their part to the best of their ability. As well as the colleagues that you work closely with every day, you’ll also be part of Team Reading, playing your personal part in making Reading a successful and vibrant place.
Our vision is to ensure that Reading realises its potential as a great place to live, work and play, and that everyone shares the benefits of this success. Our values and behaviours guide how we will achieve this:
Work Together as one team - work collaboratively, with each other and with our partners, and demonstrate the Team Reading values in everything we do
Drive Efficiency - show initiative, be adaptable to change and put forward ideas to help improve delivery and efficiency. Take responsibility for our own learning and development and for reaching our potential
Be Ambitious - be demanding of our own performance – striving to be even better – and be prepared to engage with and challenge leaders in a constructive and positive way
Make a Difference to Reading - maintain the highest levels of customer service and be flexible and willing to provide the services needed at the time they are needed
At Reading Borough Council, we are dedicated to not only providing top-tier care services but also ensuring that our Care Assistants are well taken care of. We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
A competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including:
- Generous holiday entitlement – starting from 25 days holiday each year plus bank holidays - rising to 33 days after 10 years' service, with the option to buy additional leave (pro rata for part time staff)
- Maternity, adoption, parental and sick pay
- Ongoing training opportunities
- Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
- 'Your Reading Passport' scheme - competitive rates for local gyms
- Free Care Assistant Uniform – including PPE, Masks, Gloves, Aprons, etc…
- Opportunity to study for Diploma in Health and Social Care
- Exceptional support from our office staff and existing care staff
- We pay for your DBS application
- Parking permit for Reading is provided
- Mileage paid at 45p per mile (driving licence is essential as you will required to travel across the Borough)
Staff must be physically fit to undertake the role. A driving licence and access to your own car is mandatory due to the travelling around the Borough.
We will require evidence you have the right to work in the UK – unfortunately we are unable to provide sponsorship for this role.
For more information about the role please contact Paula Thorner (Community Reablement Coordinator) at Paula.Thorner@reading.gov.uk or 0118 937 4010 or 07738 916 407
Closing date: Applications will be reviewed on submission
Interview date: To be confirmed
Please note that the closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.