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Carers Support Officer (South) - Westbank

  • Multiple Locations
  • Part Time
  • £16,989.77 per annum, pro-rata (£24,651.83 FTE)

Location: Hybrid - Heathfield or Ivybridge Office/Home WorkingAbout Westbank:Westbank is an award-winning, Devon-based registered charity established in 1986 and became a company limited by guarantee in 2007. The organisation was originally set up to provide practical and emotional support to people in the villages along with west bank of the River Exe. The organisation now works with communities and individuals across Devon.Devon Carers is a service delivered by Westbank, and is one of the largest and most successful carer’s services in the UK, providing information and support to over 30,000 unpaid carers of all ages. Devon Carers is the focus for the delivery of a number of services for carers of all ages across Devon, including Peer Support, Hospital Services and Young Carers. About Devon CarersThe UK economy saves over £198 BILLION every year because of the work that unpaid Carers do day in and day out. In Devon this saving is £1.5 billion, which represents a saving of £2854 per minute.BUT WHO SUPPORTS THOSE CARERS? You can. Here at Devon Carers, we support over 30,000 unpaid carers, ensuring their health and wellbeing is taken care of. Devon Carers is a service delivered by Westbank and is one of the largest and most successful carer’s services in the UK. Westbank is a well-established charity based in Exminster that aims to promote and improve the health and wellbeing of people in the local community, across Devon and beyond. We are looking for people with caring values, who maybe want a new career challenge or to get a foothold in a new career in adult social care.If you are somebody who sees themselves as respectful, compassionate and able to contribute and make a difference to people's lives, then we have opportunities for you. Come and join our dedicated, committed and fantastic teams.About the roleNo two days are the same for a Carers Support Officer: the work we do is hugely varied. Here is a taster of what your role will include: Conversations with unpaid carers, identifying and supporting their needs (with reference to the Care Act 2014); Promoting preventative strategies; developing carers own strengths and skills, EMPOWERING them to make informed choices; Delivering 1:1 support for unpaid carers in line with their action/ support plans; Working collaboratively with the locality team, completing work within service delivery timescales; Promoting the rights and wellbeing of unpaid carers across Devon. Additional information can be found in the Job Description.The PersonPersonal qualities: Do you have excellent rapport building skills, especially over the phone, from that very first point of contact? Are you empathetic and emotionally intelligent? Are you able to draw information out of people; drill down to the essence of what they are really saying; and analyse. Are you confident holding challenging conversations?Do you have excellent communication skills? Can you demonstrate that you are articulate and can vary your approach depending on who you are talking to? Are you an active listener? Can you structure, plan and control a conversation without being the one who is doing all the talking? Do you have excellent administrative and organisational skills, with a keen eye for detail? Previous experience: Experience of working in a social/health care sector or a related field;Experience of providing one-to-one advice or support in a similar/relevant role;Knowledge/understanding of unpaid carers and their issues;Experience of working flexibly, from office/home and ability to organise/prioritise workload whilst maintaining and developing professional relationships with service users and other professional agencies;Experience of GDPR practices, including how to share information appropriately;MS Teams, Office, online databases;Driving licence and availability to drive for work with appropriate insurance cover;Right to work in the UK.Understanding of the Care Act 2014 is desirable, but a willingness to learn and understand about the Act is what really matters.Additional information can be found in the Job Description.DO I NEED EXPERIENCE IN THE ADULT SOCIAL CARE SECTOR? Ideally - yes, but if you can bring all of the above personal qualities to the table, we’ll give you the tools to learn and develop in the role. We can deliver a full program of training to ensure you’re able to flourish in the role – all you need to do is demonstrate that you have the ability and essential skills we are looking for. The rewardsAs well as a competitive salary and enhanced annual leave allowance (33 days per year, inclusive of Bank Holidays). You’ll get a foot in the door to a rewarding career in the care sector and you’ll be making a difference DAILY. Here’s a quote from one of our unpaid carers…“You just made my year because you listened to me”. Imagine having that impact on someone; having the ability to change someone’s outlook and quality of life, just by acknowledging, giving credit and listening to them. This is why we do what we do. Our charity is committed to supporting inclusion and diversity in everything we do, so we encourage all candidates who meet the requirements to submit their application.Westbank is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is, therefore, subject to an Enhanced DBS check.It is a criminal offence for people who are barred from working in Regulated Activity (under the Safeguarding and Vulnerable Groups Act 2006) to apply for roles that require them to work unsupervised with that particular group (adults at risk/children).In relation to any disability, should you have any particular requirements in order to attend an interview, please e-mail vacancies@westbank.org.uk.To applyTo apply, please submit an up to date CV and cover letter outlining how you meet the person specifications and why you believe you are suitable for the role and email it to vacancies@westbank.org.ukPlease ensure you cover/explain any gasp in employment as well as answers to the following questions:Can you list recent work/life experiences of supporting adults to help them utilise their own strengths towards independence?Can you communicate your understanding of how the Care Act 2014 relates to the local authorities meeting the needs of unpaid carers?Can you evidence how you are able to manage a busy workload with competing demands?We will not be able to consider your application without a covering letter so please ensure you submit one to avoid disappointment.Closing Date: 9:00 am on Tuesday, 11th of June 2024

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SEND Teaching Assistant - Homelands Primary School

  • Multiple Locations
  • Part Time
  • C4: £11.98 per hour (£17,000 per annum actual salary) (pay award pending)

Required for September 2024.The Headteacher and Governors of Homelands Primary School are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic SEND teaching assistant to support children with a range of needs across the school.We are looking for motivated team players, who have experience of working with children with SEND. A positive and encouraging attitude is essential, as is kindness, patience and an ability to use your initiative. You will need to have experience of working alongside staff to plan and deliver a differentiated curriculum and timetable based on the specific needs of children. We are looking for applicants, who are dedicated to making a difference to children’s lives and to ensuring that every child has the opportunities they deserve.This post is fixed term and is attached to SEND funding, the continued attendance of pupils at Homelands Primary School and their continued need for support.The successful candidates will have:Experience of working with children with SENDUnderstanding of attachment Experience of delivering 1:1 and/or small group interventions A positive and encouraging attitudeKindness and patienceExcellent interpersonal and time management skillsHigh expectationsGCSE Grade C or above, or equivalent, in English and Maths A commitment to our school vision, aims and ethos, its community and the school improvement agendaWe can offer you:A happy, welcoming and caring schoolChildren who are well-behaved, enthusiastic and eager to learnA supportive and hard-working team who want the best for our childrenA fantastic, well-resourced environmentCommitment to your continued professional developmentAn opportunity to make a real differenceVisits are welcomed.We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children; an enhanced DBS disclosure is required for all successful candidates. It is a criminal offence to apply for a role in regulated activity if you are barred under the Children’s Barred List. We will conduct online checks (e.g. google search and social media) on shortlisted applicants.For further information about this post and an application form, please visit the school website https://www.homelands.torbay.sch.uk/ or contact the School Business Manager, on 01803 328264 or sbm@homelandstorbay.org. Applications should be sent to sbm@homelandstorbay.orgPlease apply by 9am on the closing date.

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Reception Teacher - Loddiswell Primary School (South Hams Federation)

  • Multiple Locations
  • Part Time
  • MPS (based on experience)

The post is fixed term due to a need for Maternity Cover to start 1st September 2024.The South Hams Federation are looking for an inspirational, innovative and highly skilled practitioner to join our warm, welcoming and successful Loddiswell Primary School. The position is a part-time, fixed term position to cover Maternity leave, teaching our Reception class. Loddiswell Primary School is a happy, successful school with high expectations of staff and pupils alike. We are looking for a passionate, enthusiastic teacher, with a genuine love of teaching and children, who can inspire our children in all areas of the curriculum.We can offer you: A welcoming school and a supportive team;An attractive environment to work in;Enthusiastic, well-behaved pupils who are eager to learn;Hardworking, motivated, supportive colleagues and leadership team;Excellent professional development opportunities;A caring and innovative environment based.The successful applicant will: Be an exemplary classroom teacher with high expectations of pupils’ achievement and behaviour;Have experience delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage framework;Have knowledge and understanding of Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised;Be passionate about promoting a creative curriculum that fosters pupils’ love of learning;Have a commitment to working in partnership with staff, parents, and the community to promote excellent learning opportunities for all;Be driven, enthusiastic and have a clear vision for educational excellence;Have excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively;Have a good understanding of how assessment and data can move children on in their learning;Have a passion for supporting disadvantaged pupils and pupils with SEND. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.This role requires a DBS disclosure.This role requires the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English.Online searches may be done as part of pre-recruitment checks.References will be contacted prior to interview and proof of identity is required. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive culture, we do not discriminate against candidates and employees.Visits to the school are warmly welcomed and strongly encouraged prior to application. Please call the School Office to make an appointment on 01548 580295. For an application form and a job description please email hr@southhamsfederation.org.ukClosing date for applications is Monday 10th June 2024.

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