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Respite Support Worker
  • Employer: Reading Borough Council
  • Reference: DAC0081
  • Published: Thu 29/10/2020, 10:00 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 08/11/2020, 23:04 PM
  • Working Pattern: Part Time, Evenings, Nights, Weekends
  • Hours: 30 hours per week
  • Salary: £15,000 - £24,999
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Reading, Berkshire

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Respite Support Worker

Salary - £17,633- £21,925 Per Year
1 x Part-time post - 30 hours per week – shift work
6 Months - Fixed Term Contract

We are a Respite Care Team whose aims are to provide high quality support to adults with complex learning disabilities on a 1:1 basis, regardless of gender, race, religion or sexual orientation.

We support individuals to achieve and meet their everyday living needs e.g. support with personal care, manual handling, administering medication, meal preparation and support etc . We provide clients with opportunities to develop independence, build positive relationships and be empowered to make informed choices, within a person-centred approach. 


As a member of the Respite service you will be part of a team who provide support to all the different individuals that accesses the service, therefore no one day is the same as the service user group can change on a daily basis. You will be working alongside other colleges as part of the shift, or on occasions on your own.


We are looking for a dynamic & innovative person to join our existing experienced & skilled staff team. The successful candidate will have experience in working in care or support setting, they will treat our clients with dignity & respect whilst meeting their individual care needs, including support with personal care.  


In addition to the above, the successful candidate will have the ability to assess risk & plan strategies to minimise & manage these.  They will also be committed to working shift patterns on a rolling rota so you can plan your life outside of work, shifts include weekends and sleep-ins, a typical early shift may start at 7am during the week and 7.30am on Weekends and a late shift may start at 2pm with a 9pm finish or a 9.30pm finish if you are doing a sleep-in. You will be required to work two weekends in three.



You will be able to demonstrate:

  • Good general education, to include good literacy skills
  • NVQ3/QCF Level 3 Diploma in Care and Promoting Independence or commitment to achieving this
  • A commitment to delivering Person Centred Support to a range of individuals
  • Able to relate to service users and meet their needs, with a sense of understanding, patience, respect and dignity
  • Ability to accurately maintain and review individual client files
  • Ability to undertake manual handling tasks
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team as well as on own initiative (there may be occasions where lone working may be applicable)
  • Ability to communicate effectively both written and verbally
  • Ability to be self-motivating
  • Basic Microsoft IT skills, ability to read/check emails etc.


Progression through the full salary range is dependent on attaining the relevant QCF qualification.  You will also demonstrate a commitment to anti oppressive practice along with a flexible attitude to travelling around and working in the local area.


Our offer

We offer a supportive environment to grow and develop your career with the opportunity to put your ideas across. Innovation and ambition is strongly encouraged, and you’ll get a great feel for that, working in our friendly and collaborative environment.


A competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including;

  • Generous holiday entitlement - 24 days holiday each year plus bank holidays - rising to 32 days after 10 years' service, with the option to buy additional leave
  • A wide range of flexible working opportunities
  • Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
  • Life Assurance - three times your annual salary (for members of the LGPS)


For an informal discussion about the Support Worker post, please contact Rachel Jerrard on 07834 964 762 –, Karen Rumbol on 07973 793 837 – or Dominic Ruskin on 07973 793 843 –


Closing Date: Sunday 8th November 2020

Interviews: TBC


Please note that the closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


Reading Borough Council is a Disability Confident Employer and is committed to the recruitment and continued employment of people with disabilities.