Up to £18.00 Gross Per Hour

SN4 | Support Worker

Ref: 2349| Posted: 28th Jul 2022

Title: Support Worker
Location: Swindon, SN4
Nearest Station: Swindon
Wage/Salary: Up to £18.00 Gross Per Hour (
£19,630.00 gross per annum)
Driver Essential? Yes – automatic car provided on duty to take Neil to activities
Essential: Experience supporting a child with physical disabilities in a home environment.
Desirable: Experience working with an autistic young person and working alongside other professionals, e.g., OTs, physios.
Start Date: ASAP
Days & Hours: Tuesday to Friday. Term Time: 4.00 pm to 7.30 pm. School Holidays 10 hours on average a day. Alternate Saturdays: 5 ½ hours (or if you prefer, every Saturday, with a gross annual salary of £22,204.00)
Family/Client Pets: Cats
Recruiter: Rachael Cordell

About this client/child:
Neil aged 12, is a cheerful and engaging young man who loves music, electronic devices, and games. He can get anxious if there are unplanned changes to his routines. Neil lives in a busy household with his parents and two younger sisters. Neil has Cerebral Palsy due to a birth injury. He also has a learning disability and a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC). Neil walks with a K-Walker indoors and uses a wheelchair when he is out and about. He is verbal but also uses Widgit symbols and visual stories for more complex language and comprehension.

Overview of role:
As Neil’s Support Worker, you’ll be able to focus on his needs, while his mum attends to his sisters.  One key area will be to encourage Neil to do more activities especially out in the community, such as horse riding and swimming, which he enjoys but hasn’t recently had the opportunity to do. Term-time days are Tuesday to Friday, as Neil’s dad looks after him on a Monday. After-school help with Neil will include his personal care, incorporating his therapies in a fun way, preparing tea, and getting ready for bed.  On Saturdays (5 ½ hours) and in the school holidays (average 10 hours a day), there is time to organise and implement fun activities either at home or out in the community that Neil will enjoy. Saturdays and school holiday days usually start at 8.30am but may vary a little depending on what activities have been planned. The family would love someone to come away with them on occasional holidays, this is optional and would be either in the UK or abroad, for one week at a time. The hourly rates are £16.00 for weekdays and £18.00 gross per hour for weekends, with a gross annual salary of £19,630.00.

Who this job would suit:
This role will suit a fun, confident support worker who is experienced supporting a child with a physical disability within a family setting. You’ll be creative and keen to bring in your own ideas to best support Neil. This is a busy household, so you’ll be pro-active and a self-starter; someone who can get on with what needs doing. Neil requires access to a range of activities, so this will suit someone who enjoys being physically active and can drive an automatic car to take him out and about. Neil has various therapists supporting him, so if you have worked previously with Physios, OTs, and/or Speech and Language therapist, that would be ideal. If you have worked with children on the autistic spectrum this would also be a bonus but is not essential.

What’s great about this job:
This is a great opportunity to work with a lovely young man and help him reach his potential, and access and enjoy activities. You’ll receive excellent training from his therapists including Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech & Language, and Music Therapy. The role offers a competitive hourly rate. Opportunity to work every Saturday if more hours required.

Who is recruiting for this role?
Our client is using our Shortlist Service. Snap Care will screen applications to confirm the essential criteria for the position is met. 
The client will then continue the recruitment process. By applying for this vacancy, you agree to us sending your CV and contact details to our client. Please see our website for more information.