Our Values and Ethos
Our business is all about:
- people – providing our customers with support to live the life they want, despite their sensory loss and possible other disability
- personalisation – ensuring the support that our customers receive is centred on the individual, allowing them choice and control
- positive impact – delivering a service that turns needs, wants and aspirations into a reality
Our members of staff make this happen.
Our employees believe in what we do and we want people who share our values and ethos.
We know that when you’re looking to start a new job in social care, it’s vital that the role satisfies your need to make a positive difference to the people you work with.
We highly value our people who join us to help deliver a great service with enthusiasm, personality and professionalism. By working for us, you will benefit from the knowledge that your work and contribution to our/your organisation has a tangible, direct and sometimes instant impact on the quality of people’s lives.
Our teams are built on these shared values.
Careers at About Me Care and Support
We employ full and part time staff in a variety of roles and in areas such as support workers, assistant service managers and service managers. So, if you are passionate about being involved in something great and would like to work for The Deafblind UK Group please call us on 01733 358100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Types of roles:
Our support workers assist our customers in maintaining an independent lifestyle. As a support worker you will broaden our customers’ experiences and enable them to make meaningful choices which in turn will help to reduce isolation and improve their access to information, communication and mobility. Our support workers provide aid in all aspects of daily living, including personal care.
Our service managers are responsible for delivering high quality support to our customers and managing a team of support workers within a designated geographical area. Our service managers are experienced in delivering health and social care support and, ideally will already have some people management experience. An NVQ3 in care or equivalent is essential for this role.
28 days annual leave including bank holidays
Perkbox employee benefits system, giving access to discounts on many major brands
Free comprehensive induction with ongoing training package including:
Deafblind Manual Training
Deafblind Communicating & Guiding
Career development opportunities
Opportunity to take part in bespoke training and gain qualifications relevant to your role
Flexible working arrangements where possible (part-time hours etc.)
Enhanced DBS check fully paid for by Deafblind UK
Auto enrolment Pension Scheme
Childcare Vouchers Scheme
Annual Christmas Saving Club
Learning and Development
We are fully committed to supporting learning and development for all our staff. We understand how important it is to receive the right training and we commit to investing in our employees to ensure that we deliver the very best. All staff take part in a three day corporate induction held at our head office, which includes our communication and guiding awareness course. In addition to this all staff receive one to one training through various learning and development opportunities. Where relevant, we will support employees to achieve nationally accredited qualifications.
We provide job specific learning and development opportunities for all support workers. These include:
– Supporting you to complete the Care Certificate within your first few weeks of employment
– Providing the opportunity to attain a level two qualification in Health and Social Care
– Continually updating your skills and knowledge for your career in care
– Providing the opportunity to take other appropriate qualifications relevant to your role
Here’s what our employees had to say about their induction:
“I really enjoyed my induction, the sessions were interactive and fun. I got a real insight into the lives of the people we support”
Safeguarding and Employment Checks
Ensuring the safety of our customers is of paramount importance and so we carry out thorough checks on all our staff. All employment at The Deafblind UK Group is offered subject to satisfactory checks including previous employer references. Staff who have direct contact with our customers will be required to have an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Check (if applicable).
Equality and Diversity
As a disability organisation specialising in sensory loss, we are committed to valuing people as individuals and ensuring equality of opportunity and fairness for both customers and employees.
We recognise that people from many different backgrounds can bring fresh ideas and a different approach which can make the way the organisation works more efficient, creative and innovative.
We treat all people with dignity and respect and are committed to championing diversity, eliminating discrimination and promoting fairness.
We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community. We have been awarded the Disability Confident symbol which demonstrates our positive attitude towards job applications from people with a disability.
Supporting Employees who have a Disability
Many of our employees use Access to Work funding (through Job Centre Plus) to support them in their role. Access to Work funding can provide a wide range of support to those who require it. We work very closely with our staff to ensure they get the right support to successfully carry out their job. If you are applying for a role with us, you just need to tell us that you may require or already use ‘Access to Work’.
Your Learning and Development
We are fully committed to supporting learning and career development. We understand the importance of providing the right training and investing in our staff to ensure that we continue to deliver the very best in care and support.
We provide job specific learning and development opportunities to support you in your role. These include:
- Supporting you to complete the nationally recognised, Skills for Care, Common Induction Standards during your first 13 weeks of employment
- Training to use the communication and guiding skills required to become a skilled Support Worker within sensory loss
- Providing the opportunity to complete a Level 2 qualification in Health and Social Care (Support Workers) within 18 months of joining us
- Continually updating your skills and knowledge
- Talking to you about career development and promotion opportunities, including a Level 3 qualification (where relevant)
- Providing the opportunity to take other appropriate qualifications relevant to your role such as management training
Our development opportunities are constantly reviewed to ensure we develop and train our staff in line with the needs of our growing organisation, customers and staff, who deserve a rewarding career.
We are always on the look out for the very best talent to join our team. With a friendly and supportive environment, competitive rates of pay, your very own Perkbox employee benefits subscription, childcare vouchers, savings schemes, career progression opportunities and flexible working arrangements, why wouldn’t you want to work for us?
As a growing national organisation, we regularly have career opportunities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for right now but would like to join our team, we’d love to hear from you, please send us your CV and we’ll bear you in mind for any future opportunities. Also, why not like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter to get instant updates about new roles.
I’ve applied for a job with Deafblind UK, what happens next?
First of all, congratulations, you are one step closer to joining our team! After the closing date, our recruitment team will review your application and get back to you within five working days. If your application has been successful, you will be invited to meet us for an interview.
Interview and Assessment
If we think we’d like to hear more about you, we will invite you for an interview which will usually take place in the area that the job will be in, or at our head office in Peterborough.
For some roles, we will invite successful interviewees back for a second interview and we may ask you to do a short piece of work to give you the opportunity to show off your skills!
We welcome and actively encourage applications from people who have disabilities. If you require any support at your interview, for example, communication support or an interpreter, please tell us in your application or when we invite you to interview.
Good luck, we look forward to welcoming you on board soon!