Support Worker Unity

Scottish Charity Awards 2017 winner – Charity Champion – Laura Young, Teapot Trust

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Organisation information


Charity registered in Scotland SC020039

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Aims & objectives

Unity (formerly Unity Enterprise) is committed to promoting the rights of people for full cultural, social and economic inclusion within their community. Unity was established in 1989 as an inter-church initiative offering training and personal development to young unemployed people. Following considerable expansion, client groups now include; 14-16 year olds with school attendance problems or who have been excluded from school ; 16-18 year olds who wish to attain formal vocational qualifications; physically disabled people; people with learning difficulties ; offenders serving a custodial sentence and those who have been released from prison people who are long-term unemployed; people with mental health issues ;carers. Unity social enterprises include - Travel Options, Furniture Options and two cafés/caterers The Travelling Spoon.
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Time of attendance
5 hours 5 days per week
No of references
Hours (per week)
Mon- Friday 10am - 3pm
Salary (£/hr)
£8.75 per hour

Job description

Empower seeks to promote equality by providing opportunities to adults 16+ who live with a learning disability, support need or autism to work towards goals in education, work or recreation. We recognise the Service user as the expert in their own lives and work with individuals to achieve the goals they set.

In the role of a support & development worker you will be expected to carry out the following Duties and Responsibilities:

• Provide Group or 1:1 support to adults with a Learning Disability

• Provide a safe environment where people have choice and control

• Treat everyone with dignity and respect

• Recognise people’s right to confidentiality

• Motivate and encourage individuals to achieve their goals

• Maintain up to date and accurate progress notes

• Be a Key worker for a number of individuals

• Carry out reviews

• Engage Service users in conversations and meetings about plans for activities

• Develop and plan ideas for activities

• Communicate effectively with Service Users, Staff team and Visitors

• Provide some support for personal needs of Service Users

• Demonstrate skills to groups i.e. Cookery, Craft, Gardening etc.

• Work as part of a team

• Work on your own, and use your own initiative

• Contribute to team meetings and Development days

• Undertake any training specific to your role

• Promote Person Centred approach

• Have an understanding of Learning Disabilities legislation and keep up to date with changes

• Be aware of the National Care Standards for support services and work in accordance to these standards

• Have an understanding of legislation and local policy covering working with Vulnerable Adults, and the reporting procedures associated with these

• Write incident reports and report any issues of concern

• Represent Empower in the community

• Any other reasonable tasks as requested by your line manager

Person specification

Experience in Support or Care- from Work/Home/ Voluntary

You should be Friendly; smile and look happy to be at work

You should be Patient, often it takes our service users a little longer

Enthusiastic, if you are excited by the activity the group will be more interested and eager to participate

Discreet, a person’s right to dignity and respect is very important to us

Supportive- you work alongside someone to enable and empower them, this means being supportive of other staff as well as Service Users

Honest you should approach everyone with honesty, especially when things are working less well, it is the only way to improve the situation

Reliable- not only the organisation but the Service Users who rely on you- so it’s important not to let anyone down

You should have Willingness to learn, also you should be Willing to take and follow instruction is key to your development within the role

You will need to be understanding, this will encourage people to talk and share with you


Ability to motivate people

Well organised

Able to plan and action activities

Good Verbal and Written communication

Good listening skills

IT Skills; Word Processing to update support plans and reviews

Additional information

Candidates will complete an SVQ II- Working with Adults with a Learning Disability (on-line course)and will be given on the job training including full Unity and Empower induction.

PVG/disclosure requirements

Required - can start subject to a successful Disclosure/PVG scheme membership