Dementia Support Worker

Contract Type: Permanent

Location: North of England

Salary: £12,207 actual per annum

Working Hours: 21 per week

Closing Date: 29 July 2019

Interview Date: TBC

Contact: penny.easton@alzheimers.org.uk - 07484096964

Dementia Support Worker

Reference number:   VAC16407

Office location:         South Shields or Chester Le Street – to be discussed at interview

Contract type:           Permanent (subject to funding)

Please note this role will close at 12:00pm.

Dementia devastates lives. By 2021, 1 million people will be living with the condition. But dementia won't win. Until the day we find a cure, Alzheimer's Society will be here for anyone affected by dementia - wherever they are, whatever they're going through. Everything we do is informed and inspired by them.

We are the UK's leading dementia charity. Every day, we work tirelessly to find new treatments and, ultimately, a cure for dementia. We provide expert information, training, and support services to all those who need our help. And we are creating a more dementia-friendly society so people with the condition can live without fear and prejudice.

About the role

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 1:1 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 role includes facilitating a range of services including Singing for the Brain and Dementia Cafes for the people of Sunderland affected by dementia.

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 such as GP surgeries, face to face, by phone, letter or email. You will also assist service users to access other services, providing signposting and referrals. Therefore an important part of your role will be to engage and effectively network with other organisations.

About you

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 and maintain a caseload 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 service users and network with organisations effectively.

Good IT skills and experience working with databases is also essential.

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? Then take the first step and apply today.

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

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