VAC2793 - Dementia Support Worker (South Lakes, Cumbria)

Contract Type: Permanent

Location: Community Based

Salary: £20,363 - £21,603 pro rata actual per annum (depending on skills and experience)

Working Hours: 28 per week over four days

Closing Date: 31 January 2022

Interview Date: Tuesday 8th February 2022

Contact: Penny Giles - penny.giles@alzheimers.org.uk 07714139140

VAC2793 - Dementia Support Worker (South Lakes, Cumbria)

Please note the deadline for submitting applications for this vacancy is 12pm Midday 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 Worker service provides a highly responsive and individualised support, 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 affected by dementia in identifying their needs, providing them with information and support to maintain their independence, improving their sense of well-being, and enabling them to have more control of their lives. You will help create opportunities for people to meet, problem solve around challenges in their day-to-day lives and help prepare for future challenges. In summary you will have an important role empowering people to live well with dementia.

It will be important to ensure any information is received and understood by the people you support as well as helping them access appropriate services at the right time. You will develop and contribute to a database of local information, ensuring continual improvement of the service and growth in organisational knowledge.

This role will require you to build relationships with a range of local contacts. You will network with health and social care professionals, marketing the Dementia Support Worker service to them to help people with a diagnosis get referred to us as early as possible. You will develop 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.

You will visit people in their homes, organise existing group activities as well as look for opportunities to expand similar models of support. You will be able to identify safeguarding concerns and manage them appropriately.

This role is focused on the South Lakes area of Cumbria, but you may be required to occasionally cover other areas of the county. You will often be working from home, supporting people by telephone, but a core part of the role is being a visible presence in the community.

About you

We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated, and highly professional individual who would like to be part of Alzheimer’s Society. Dementia Support Workers are empathetic and organised individuals who really understand the value good support can make to a person with dementia and their family.

You will have 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 to manage your caseload of clients effectively.

You will be confident in using and maintaining a database and understand the importance of adhering to Alzheimer’s Society policies.

You will be comfortable presenting to groups of people and championing the values of Alzheimer’s Society. You will be self-motivated and happy to work independently as well as part of the wider Cumbria team.

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.

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

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