Residential Support Worker- Caring For Life
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Hours: Full time, 40.00hrs

Contract: Permanent

Closing date for applications: 31st January 2022

Caring For Life is a Christian ministry whose mission is to share the gospel and love of Jesus to disadvantaged, vulnerable and at risk adults in Leeds, West Yorkshire. We do this by offering support through a range of therapeutic daytime projects as well as supported living and remote support in and around the city.  The charity’s motto is to “Share the love of Jesus" and our ultimate aim is to see those in our care come to know Jesus as Lord.

The Charity runs 2 Supported Living homes. One for men and one for women.  We are looking for 3 people to join this team of dedicated employees who have been called into Christian Ministry; to support individuals living within the home.  Both homes have a family feel to them with residents able to stay as long as they need or want to.

Main objectives of the role include:

  • Seeking to care for each person in a consistent, Christ-like, compassionate way, addressing the spiritual, emotional, physical and mental health needs of each resident.
  • Undertaking regular overnight or weekend stays at the home, on a rota basis. Helping to maintain a happy, friendly, relaxed and caring atmosphere in the home, remembering at all times that the home belongs to the residents and their welfare is paramount. 
  • Ensuring that each person is treated as an individual, with respect, and as an equal, a human being created in the image of God and loved by Him. Working together with the home’s staff team to implement a key-working system in the home, to ensure that individual needs are met, individual risk assessments are undertaken and updated as necessary, and personal support plans are utilized and followed through. 
  • Ensuring that any safeguarding of adult’s issues is reported immediately to CFL’s Lead Manager for safeguarding, working together with the appropriate agencies for effective follow up, to ensure the protection and welfare of the person.
  • Ensuring the safety of any children visiting the home, or children with whom the residents may have unsupervised contact; maintaining the code of conduct required by Free to Trust, CFL’s Policy for the Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults.
  • Working together with other agencies, such as mental health services, NHS, Leeds Adult Social Care, referring agencies and other support networks to ensure the overall wellbeing of each person. 
  • Helping to ensure that birthdays, Christmas, and other special occasions are remembered and celebrated together. 
  • Taking responsibility when on duty for the overall health and safety of the residents, including enabling self-medication.  Helping with the weekly shopping for the home, as required. 
  • Helping and encouraging the residents to acquire essential life skills, e.g.  cooking, shopping, washing, and ironing, cleaning, personal hygiene, simple budgeting and so forth. Advising them on how to use all appliances and equipment within the home safely.
  • Helping and encouraging each person to keep their room in a clean and pleasant condition, and to help with the general cleaning of the house, helping them to take a pride in their home. 
  • Encouraging and helping each person to attend appointments, accompanying them when necessary. 
  • Advising residents on how to use public transport safely, helping new residents to get to know their local area and community.
  • Advising and helping to resolve conflicts and helping residents to deal with problem situations with their family or friends.
  • Assisting in-house meetings, to enable residents to share their views on life in the home, to be fully consulted on issues and to decide together on issues relevant to all the residents. 
  • Helping the residents to develop an interest in hobbies and to spend their leisure time constructively and happily.

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