Are you considering a fresh start in your career by becoming a Support Worker with New Directions? This could be your first role in the sector or you may have worked in the care sector for many years. If you are new to support work, you may be asking, “Can anyone become a support worker?” The simple answer is “YES,” if you have the right qualities and have a genuine interest in supporting individuals to be in control of their own life and be as independent as they possibly can be.
Due to the ongoing success of New Directions and our future growth, we are now looking to recruit new Support Workers. We do not require you to have qualifications in health and social care before you work with us as a Support Worker, because we provide our staff with all the training they need. However, experience is beneficial – this could include caring for a family member or friend, or you may have knowledge from a previous role. There are characteristics that help you to succeed as a Support Worker help you to work as part of a team, supporting people to live the life they choose. Some of these personal qualities include respect, empathy and honesty in encouraging people to make informed decisions. We need our support staff to be flexible and adaptable because every day is different. Problem solving and a ‘can do’ attitude is key to working through new situations with your colleagues.
Senior Support Worker Sarah says, “I always wanted to be a Support Worker and previously worked in a care setting which gave me many transferable skills. The most rewarding part of the job is to see the independence of the people who New Directions supports growing. Everyone is so individual in their outlook and sense of humour which gives me a refreshing perspective of the things we take for granted. My best memories are working 24/7 on the supported holidays because the people we support enjoy taking part in everything they possibly can. I like working on an individual basis and as part of a team, as it teaches you how to be organised and manage priorities.”
The ability to develop professional working relationships through honesty, trust and respect is crucial, as you may be working alone with individuals in their own homes or out in the community. Our Support Workers treat the people we support with sensitivity and the compassion they deserve while also motivating them by building their self-confidence and self-esteem. Being a Support Worker is a challenging and rewarding role where you can develop your skills and a career in the care sector. We encourage professional development and welcome applicants who would believe they have the right qualities and values to join our successful team.