Support Worker

Headway Bristol
16,056 pro rata
Contract Type: 
Part Time
21 - 25 hours per week (Mon, Weds & Friday)
Details of Role: 

“It's nice to support someone to have the quality of life they deserve” - Lindsey, Support Worker, Headway Bristol

With a 40 year history behind us in Bristol, we are proud of our roots and achievements, supporting brain injured survivors and their families and carers. Our core services include a community outreach support service, day centre and carers support service and we are always interested in hearing from experienced support workers who would relish a role in the Charity sector.

We are currently recruiting for an additional member of staff for our dedicated Reablement & Wellbeing Centre team. This role will involve supporting adults with an acquired brain injury who attend our Centre in Frenchay; working with them to help develop their social and cognitive skills as part of their rehabilitation programme. Your care industry training and experience will be put to good use, helping individuals regain their confidence, learn new skills and redevelop old ones. We are looking for caring, friendly and reliable individuals who are able to work independently with individuals on a one to one and group basis, but also flexibility as part of the overall Centre support team.

Our Support Worker team is integral to the running of our cognitive rehabilitation programme within the Reablement & Wellbeing Centre and they need to demonstrate initiative, enthusiasm, flexibility and a passion for delivering a first class service. Leading or supporting one to one or group activities, you will be confident with people from all walks of life, be pro-active, mindful of equality, disability and diversity, and understanding of the needs of individuals. The role will involve providing some very basic personal care but your primary focus will be to ensure that our service users have a positive experience, in line with their care plans. Our activities programme includes cooking, health walks and gardening, to playing games and participating in dance and music therapy.

An awareness and/or understanding of the sensory, cognitive and physical disability of a person who has sustained a brain injury or other similar condition such as stroke, dementia or mental health would be a distinct advantage. The role can often be challenging and you will have the maturity and experience to be able to support those who have complex needs and behaviour problems. You will also contribute to researching and planning activities and so some basic IT skills are sought.

Whilst the role is largely Centre based, our support workers need to be able to drive and have their own transport and it would be also advantageous if you are able or are willing to be trained to drive our mini-bus (not essential). The post will involve occasional drop-offs and pick-ups of our service users to the Centre and taking groups out in the mini-bus for day trips and booked activities across the region.

Qualifications: Minimum qualification required is Care Certificate and/or NVQ2 in Health & Social Care (and/or appropriate level of experience). The post is subject to a DBS check and satisfactory references.
Salary & Benefits: Hourly rate commences at £8.82 per hour (£16,056 pa full time/pro rata) and rises to £9.04 per hour upon successful completion of a six month probationary period. We offer 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (pro rata), time off in lieu, free parking and a stakeholder pension. Our staff training and development programme, which includes regular courses at our Day Centre site in Frenchay, will ensure that you remain up to date on all your key skills and experience.
Hours: Our core services are delivered Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.00pm – although some flexibility is essential as there is a requirement to occasionally work an odd evening or weekend (these will be agreed with you in advance). This post is offered on a part time basis, working 21 hours a week, (with a flexibility to work up to 25 hours per week if required) between 9am and 4.30pm on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with flexibility around other days if required.

As we would like to improve the ratio of male staff within our team we are keen to receive applications from suitably qualified male support workers.

Closing Date: 
Friday, 8 February, 2019 - 17:00
How to Apply: 

Unfortunately, due to our strict Equal Opportunities monitoring we do not accept CV’s. Interested applicants will need to download an Application Pack as below. Alternatively, you can request an Application Pack either by emailing us at or by telephoning the Corporate Services Director on 0117 4143222. If you would like further information about the role before applying, please don’t hesitate to contact our Services Manager on the same number.

Please ensure that your application is received by the deadline date and time below and if you are unable to attend an interview on the date below, if short listed, please do let us know when applying.

Headway Bristol is an Equal Opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all sections of the community. All offers of employment are subject to DBS Clearance and satisfactory references.

Closing Date: Friday 8th February 2019

Contact Person: 
Louise Woodman
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 
0117 4143222
Postal Address: 
Frenchay Beckspool Building Frenchay Park Road Frenchay Bristol BS16 1LE