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Are you a caring person? Do you want to make a real difference in people’s lives? Are you looking for a new career? Do you live or work in the Stoke area?

If you answered yes to any of these, why not try a role as a support worker?

At our Queen Oaks Court supported living service in Bucknall, Stoke-on-Trent from 10 am – 3:30 pm Wednesday, 10 November, we’ll be holding Job in a Day, a mini-career fair for support worker roles across the Stoke area.

We’d love to see you there! Please register your interest by emailing stephanie.powell@lifeways.co.uk, or by calling Stephanie on 07936 372 606. When you contact Stephanie, she’ll provide you with details of the exact address of Queen Oaks Court.

In the meantime, check out some frequently asked questions on the support worker role below.

What is a support worker?

A support worker is someone who looks after the well-being of people in their daily lives. Support workers help people living with different physical disabilities and mental health needs to live their lives more independently and assist them to reach their potential by providing both physical and emotional support.

The role of support worker is very varied. Why? Because each person has unique needs – and this makes the job unique too.

Why become a support worker?

Being a support worker can be a rewarding career. Even though the role can be hard and at times tricky, many of our colleagues say that making a positive difference to someone’s life and helping them become more independent brings feelings of accomplishment and satisfaction.

If you enjoy a varied job role and lots of interaction with others, being a support worker can be a great choice.

Some of the best parts of the job are sharing new experiences together, creating new memories and celebrating successes. You’ll enable people to overcome their fears and challenges whilst helping them to build confidence and self-esteem.

What kind of people would I support?

Working as a support worker at Lifeways means you’ll support a very diverse group of individuals.

We support adults with diverse and complex needs, including learning disabilities, autism, physical disabilities, acquired brain injuries, and mental health conditions. 

Individuals who live at our services are aged from 18-80 – and of course, no two people are the same!

Can I grow my career as a support worker?

Absolutely, yes! At Lifeways, we’ve seen people start as support workers in our services go on to become team leaders, service managers, and area managers – all without moving to another employer.

No matter where you start in social care there are always opportunities to develop and progress, as this case study of a colleague shows.

Every one of our support worker roles comes with a clear career pathway for training and development – if you choose.

We provide comprehensive training throughout the year with mandatory courses offered and supplementary courses available upon request.

Additionally, our induction programme includes enrolment on to the Care Certificate, which is designed to equip health and social care workers with the skills they need to provide compassionate, person-centred support.

Is being a support worker a stable, steady job?

Yes. In the UK and across much of the world, there’s a growing need for support workers to help people reach their goals - and don’t just take our word for it.

The King’s Fund charity thinktank estimates that as more adults require support, the social care workforce (made up in large part by support workers) may increase to 3.1 million by 2025 – which is double the current estimated social care workforce of 1.54 million people.

Yet we don’t even have to look that far ahead to see the current growth of the social care sector – and stability of support worker roles.

Last year, while many people were furloughed due to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, need for social care workers (who were all classified by the government as key workers) increased. 

Does being a support worker give me flexibility with the hours I work?

Yes. Whether you wish to work 12 hours a week, or a full working week, being a support worker gives you lots of flexibility to fit around your schedule.

This is because many of our supported living and residential services are staffed 24/7 to support individuals with diverse needs – so there’s lots of hours that may need filling.

See you there!

If you have any more questions on the support worker role, we’d love to answer them in person on the day.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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