Services Support Worker – Independent Living Team and Services

Surrey, Kent and Derby
Sessional hours
Hourly rate: £9.30 per hour

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. The role will provide support and guidance to enable deaf people to develop the skills to live independently and encourage positive outcomes (as outlined in support plans).

This role will involve 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 may be scope within this role depending on experience to support the delivery of other services including DeafAge befriending, Advice (IAG) and employability 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.
Sessional staff are not permanent employees. There is no guarantee of the hours of work. The times, days and number of hours that RAD offer sessional staff will vary from week to week depending on the needs of the service users. It is flexible work and staff can choose the sessions they want from those offered. Many sessional workers develop their experience and go on to work regularly with RAD and may become  permanent members of staff if vacancies exist. 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
  • 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 use 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

Closing date for applications: 9 April 2021
Interview date: 21 April 2021 (via Zoom)

Royal Association for Deaf people
Derby, Surrey or Kent
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