Dementia Support Worker

Contract Type: Permanent

Location: Sheffield

Salary: £14,545 - £15,430.71 actual per annum (depending on skills and experience)

Working Hours: 25 per week

Closing Date: 29 October 2021

Interview Date: To be confirmed (interviews will be conducted through Zoom or Teams)

Contact: Diane Hinchcliffe - diane.hinchliffe@alzheimers.org.uk

Dementia Support Worker

Reference number: VAC2517

Please note the deadline for submitting applications for this vacancy is 5pm on the closing date.

Are you passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of people affected by dementia? Do you want a career where every day is different and full of reward? Could you be a part of supporting and empowering people and their families with expert guidance and advice?

Yes? Well, we would love to hear from you!

The Dementia Short-Term Intervention Service (DSTIS) Sheffield, provides a highly responsive and individualised information, signposting and referral service to people affected by dementia who have higher level needs. This specialised service receives referrals from GP’s; Adult Social Care and partner providers within the People Keeping Well Partnership in Sheffield. You will;

  • You will work with people with dementia and/or their families, carers and friends, providing person-centred, intensive information, guidance and referral support for up to six weeks. Support focus working with each person to increase their confidence and resilience when faced with a problem so that they can remain independent for as long as possible, preventing their needs from escalating to the point that they rely on statutory care in identifying their needs, providing information and guidance to help maintain their independence, improving their sense of well-being, and putting them in more control of their lives.
  • Be part of a highly motivated and supportive team, working to tight deadlines for initial response and completion of support outcomes
  • Build relationships with a range of local contacts, networking with health and care professionals, marketing the Dementia Short-Term Intervention Service and providing dementia support.
  • Develop networks and pathways with partner organisations who work in the field of dementia, ensuring seamless and consistent support and empowering individuals affected by dementia to make informed choices.
  • Provide support face-to-face, by telephone and online.
  • You will be delivering one to one services out in the community (predominantly working from home until Coronavirus restrictions fully lift).

About you

We are looking for a highly motivated individual, with an understanding of dementia and the needs of people affected by dementia.

 You will;

  • Be empathetic and non-judgmental in your approach with a commitment to equal opportunity.
  • Be passionate about putting people affected by dementia at the heart of everything you do, to make our service the best it can be.
  • It is desirable that you have knowledge and experience of Adult and Children Safeguarding, Information Governance policies and procedures and statutory laws such as the Mental Capacity Act
  • Have good communication skills to meet the diverse needs of our community and represent their needs to statutory and other voluntary agencies.
  • Have a sound knowledge of IT systems to record data, write reports and communicate by email and great organisational skills to manage your caseload of clients effectively.
  • Understand client confidentiality and how this is applied when representing client needs.
  • Preferably had some experience of working with a wide variety of relevant agencies.
  • Possess NVQ level 3 (or equivalent) or have demonstrable experience.
  • Due to the nature of this role you will be expected to have the ability and means to travel independently around the Sheffield area
  • Duties are predominately based in Sheffield but you will be part of a wider area team across South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and may be required to support remotely at times.
  • The role will require and enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Scheme) check.

 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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Please note, that for home-working roles, we require a reliable WiFi connection and a minimum 10Mb/s broadband. For our home-working employees, we currently offer a home-working allowance of £16 pounds a month (full-time).

If you’re experiencing problems applying for this role please contact recruitment@alzheimers.org.uk

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