Services Support Worker – Independent Living Team and Services

Part time (up to 30 hours per week) or Full time (37.5 hours per week)
Salary – £18,525.35 full time (this will be pro-rata depending on part time hours chosen)

The successful applicant will work with RAD’s service teams to deliver one to one support, group/peer activities, remote sessions and community based services to deaf people in their first and/or preferred language. Provide support and guidance to enable deaf people to develop the skills to live independently and encourage positive outcomes as outlined in support plans, providing person-centred support to empower deaf people to access specialist support, including for those who have additional support needs including older people and those with learning disabilities and/or mental health challenges.

There is scope within this role to support the delivery of other services including DeafAge, RADvice (IAG), employability support and befriending along with wider outreach in the community to increase opportunities and awareness.
This role will be based in the community as well as remote working. To apply for this role you must be a native user of BSL (British Sign Language) or minimum Level 2. If the part time role is chosen, we would expect the candidate to work on a flexible basis (not fixed days).

This position will be on a permanent contract with life assurance benefit and generous pension contributions. Your work will make a positive difference to the lives of deaf people.

Essential requirements include:

  • Willing to attend any training as appropriate to the post
  • Experience of working with deaf people or within the deaf community
  • Understanding of deaf awareness and of deaf culture
  • Experience and understanding of the barriers faced by deaf people
  • Experience of working to outcomes/target related activity
  • Confidently able to advocate the needs and wishes of the people who we support
  • Proactive and creative approach to the development and delivery of person centred support
  • Effective communication skills, good organisational skills and the ability to use resources effectively and efficiently
  • Ability to work independently, using own initiative and as part of a team
  • Interest in working with Deaf older people, people with learning disabilities or mental health challenges in a non-judgemental approach
  • Able to develop productive relationships with your team, colleagues, management, clients, external partners and other key stakeholders
  • Ability to respond quickly and appropriately in difficult situations (in line with training and policies/procedures)
  • A belief in continuous improvement, receptive to change and willing to learn with a positive attitude towards work, colleagues and the organisations vision
  • Flexible approach to working including evenings, weekends and bank holidays if required
  • Must be a car owner/driver

For further information, to view the job description, person specification and to download an application pack.

Please feel free to complete your supporting statement by sending in a video clip in BSL although this is not an essential requirement. In addition to the application, please send us a video clip of yourself telling us a little bit about you and why you want to work for RAD (no more than 2 minutes) – this gives us the opportunity to visually see your signing skills and bring your application to life.

This post is subject to two references, medical questionnaire and an enhanced DBS check. Both have to be satisfactory to RAD. Closing date for applications: 21st June 2021

Interview date: 30th June 2021 (via Zoom)

RAD is committed to safeguarding and ensuring the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. The suitability of all prospective employees or volunteers will be assessed during the recruitment process in line with this commitment.

RAD positively encourages applications from deaf people and will support deaf people to meet the person specification through Access to Work contracts.
RAD is an equal opportunities employer.

Please visit our website to view or download our equal opportunities policy and our employment of ex-offenders policy.

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