Gateway Award Support Worker

Contract:               5, 10 OR 15 hours per week, 3 days available, 9:45am – 2:45pm

Pay:                        £8.17/hour

 Reports to:          Projects Manager

 Work base:          Wirral Mencap Office (but most activities will be community based)

See full job description and person specification

The Gateway Award is an accessible Awards programme, specifically designed for people with a learning disability. The programme enables people to set and reach goals in various areas of their lives including independence, health and leisure as well as volunteering.

The Gateway Award is similar in structure to the Duke of Edinburgh Award with bronze, silver and gold levels. Participants achieve their awards by participating in a wide range of activities throughout the year. We deliver the award programme to groups of people from our centre but most activities take place in the community.

The programme currently runs on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, of which we are seeking one or two staff for all three days. As of July 2017, the days will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday so flexibility across working days would be preferable.

 Key responsibilities

  • Supporting and motivating people with a learning disability to participate in a range of activities to develop their fitness, lifestyle skills, hobbies and access to the community
  • Encouraging participants to try new things and to achieve as much as they possibly can during sessions, ensuring they are reaching full potential
  • Ensuring the welfare and safety of participants by following Wirral Mencap policies and procedures
  • Providing individualised care and support to participants where necessary
  • Working alongside the Supervisor and Activity Instructors (i.e. sports, dance, music) to adapt activities for people with a learning disability
  • Supporting the delivery of in-house activities (arts and crafts/ cookery) as directed by Supervisor
  • Working alongside the Supervisor and Project Manager to ensure that all participants are reaching the desired outcomes as set by the Gateway Award and Wirral Mencap

This post is subject to an enhanced criminal records check.

TO APPLY, please submit a CV and cover letter to Lizzie Carline either by email or by post to Wirral Mencap, 42-44 Market Street, Birkenhead, CH41 5BT. The cover letter should outline your suitability for the post against the job description and person specification.

Closing date: Monday 20th March 2017, 5pm.


 Is this not for you? why not volunteer, for more information, follow this link 


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