Dementia Support Worker

Contract Type: Permanent

Location: Community Based

Salary: £16,290.40 - £17,282.40 - actual per annum (depending on skills and experience)

Working Hours: 28 per week

Closing Date: 30 September 2021

Interview Date: Friday 8th October – Interviews will be held virtually via Zoom

Contact: Dianne Beaumont dianne.beaumont@alzheimers.org.uk Tel: 07540 920456 / Lila Walker lila.walker@alzheimers.org.uk Tel 07860 758843

Dementia Support Worker

Reference number: VAC2528

Area role covers: North Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent

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

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

The Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Support service provides a highly responsive and individualised information, signposting and referral service to people with a diagnosis of dementia and those that care for them.

As a Dementia Support Worker you will assist people with dementia and their carers in identifying their needs, providing individuals with support and help to maintain their independence, improving their sense of well-being, and putting them in more control of their lives.

It will be important to ensure any helpful information is received and understood by the service user as well as helping them to access the appropriate services and contact the right people for the help they need. You will develop and contribute to a database of local information, ensuring continual improvement of the service and growth in organisational knowledge.

As a community Dementia Support Worker you will attend community events offering immediate support, or signpost for more specialised support. The post will offer dedicated support to community hubs starting with a particular focus on Stoke on Trent.  By supporting community hubs we will increase our local presence and reach more people affected by dementia. Our community Dementia Support Worker would look to facilitate dementia friendly opportunities and reduce loneliness by capacitating more organisations to be able to support people with dementia. The effectiveness of the role will be defined by the number of events and people reached and/or supported. The role will also deliver Singing for the Brain, and support delivery of Carers Information and Support programme (Crisp) and Living Well with Dementia programme for people living with dementia.

This role will require you to build relationships with a range of local contacts. You will network with health and care professionals, marketing the Dementia Connect service 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

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. You should have experience of awareness raising within communities and networking abilities. 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.

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.

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.

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

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. This means ensuring our recruitment processes are barrier-free and inclusive as possible to everyone. We will make adjustments for people who have a disability or long-term condition. If you would like us to do anything differently during the application process, please contact us at recruitment@alzheimers.org.uk.

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