Dementia Support Worker (County Durham)

Contract Type: Permanent

Location: Durham and Chester-le-Street

Salary: £11,978.40 - £12,462 actual per annum (depending on skills and experience)

Working Hours: 21 per week

Closing Date: 04 March 2021

Interview Date: W/C 22 March

Contact: Penny Easton - penny.easton@alzheimers.org.uk

Dementia Support Worker (County Durham)

Reference number: VAC1981

Office Location: Community Worker

Area role covers: County Durham  

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

Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025.

About the role

The Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Support service involves dedicated members of staff giving one to one support, information and guidance to people with dementia or their carers and wider family or friends, to help people understand dementia, cope with day to day living with dementia and prepare for the future.

As a Dementia Support Worker you will have the rewarding opportunity to provide support and guidance to people with dementia and their carers; helping to maintain their independence, improving their sense of well-being, and putting them in more control of their lives. The service is unique to each service user as it is based upon their personal circumstances and support needs.

You will offer support and guidance to your clients in a variety of ways, whether in the client's own home, at service offices or at other locations, face to face, by phone, letter or email. You will also assist service users to access other services, providing signposting and referrals.

This role will require you to build relationships with a range of local contacts. You will network with health and care professionals, marketing Alzheimer’s Society services to help people with a diagnosis to get referred to the service as early as possible. As well as developing networks with partner organisations who also work in the field of dementia to promote the aim of empowering individuals living with dementia to make informed choices.

About you
Are you someone who can work well as part of a team and are passionate about improving the quality of life for people living with dementia? Are you an enthusiastic, inspiring and resilient individual?  Can you hit the ground running?

If you are highly organised, driven, with great time management and interpersonal skills and able to travel independently across County Durham then we’d love you to be part of our team! 

We are looking for an individual who possess NVQ level 3 (or equivalent) with an understanding of dementia and the needs of those living with dementia and their carers. Your ability to assess client needs along with the understanding of the need for client confidentially is essential to providing a valuable and worthwhile service. To be successful in this role you will have excellent non-judgmental communication skills as well as strong organisational and time management skills in order to manage your caseload of clients effectively. You should have good IT skills, be able to travel independently and be able to seize opportunities that are presented to you.

Alzheimer’s Society embraces diversity, inclusion and accessibility for all of our people. We are committed to building a diverse organisation that represents the communities we serve and ensuring inclusion in everything we do.

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.

Additional Information

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Job application guidance

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

Alzheimer’s Society embraces diversity, inclusion and accessibility for all of our people. We are committed to building a diverse organisation that represents the communities we serve and ensuring inclusion in everything we do.

Please note: Some of our roles may require a criminal records check. You can find our policy here.

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