Dementia Support Worker

Contract Type: Permanent

Location: Wellington

Salary: £12,207 actual per annum

Working Hours: 21 per week

Closing Date: 20 December 2018

Interview Date: 9 January 2019

Contact: shropshire@alzheimers.org.uk

Dementia Support Worker

Reference number:              VAC15828

Area role covers:                  Newport and across Telford and Wrekin

Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading dementia charity. We provide information and support, improve care, fund research, and create lasting change for people affected by dementia.

About the role

We are seeking a Dementia Support Worker to cover the Newport area within Telford and Wrekin.

As a Dementia Support Worker you will provide support, information and guidance to people with dementia, their carers and wider family or friends throughout Shrewsbury. We are looking for people who can support creative solutions within this challenging role. The support is provided in a range of settings, including the client’s home, community and in group. The support will include enabling service users to have a great understanding of dementia, plan for the future, as well as signposting and providing referrals to other services. To ensure service users continue to live as they want to within their community you will also work with local volunteers who are supporting local communities to be ‘dementia friendly’.

As the role covers a large area the ability to travel independently would be preferable.

About you

We are looking for an individual who has gained a NVQ level 3 (or equivalent), with a demonstrable knowledge of dementia and the needs of those living with dementia and their carer’s. You will work with service users to establish their needs and create a support plan. An understanding of data protection and confidentiality is essential.

To be successful in this role you will have excellent communication skills, be able to manage your time and priorities your roles. You should have relevant experience of record keeping and report writing and be confident in the use of IT.

This role involves regular use of IT packages, therefore a good standard of IT would be desirable.

You will have proven facilitation skills as well as being a good listener. You will also have a sound understanding of the value of groups. You should have a caring style and an understanding of a person centred approach. Experience of working with statutory and voluntary agencies would be an advantage. An understanding of relevant legislation such as the mental capacity act is required.

You will be part of a team in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and across a wider Locality making a difference to the lives of people affected by dementia.

Our employees work hard every day to make a true difference in people's lives. We are proud to support them with a range of benefits, recognition and many options for working agilely, all contributing to a strong work life balance. We also have various learning programmes to support you in your development and help you grow to realise your potential and shape a career with Alzheimer's Society. 

You can also visit our Working for Us pages, which give you more information about what it’s like to be an employee at the Society.

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