VSA is a well-respected local social care charity, helping support the people of Aberdeen for over 150 years.

Our mission is to provide the best of care to enable the best of lives; supporting individuals and communities to fulfill their potential.

VSA provides vital support and services to people of all ages. At VSA we support a person’s physical, mental, emotional and social well-being through a range of residential and outreach support Services.

Working in social care is a hugely rewarding career, and you can help change the lives of vulnerable children and adults. At VSA, we are looking for motivated and compassionate individuals to join our team.

VSA currently have an exciting opportunity available to join Forestgait Lodge as a Support Worker. Our Forestgait service is housing support for adults with learning difficulties in King’s Gate, Aberdeen. At Forestgait Lodge we provide agreed person-centred support to each tenant, and the service is staffed 24-hours a day. The main aim of the service is to support tenants to maintain their tenancies and be as independent as possible, which is enabled by agreed support planning.

We have a Full-time (35 hours per week) opportunity, and in return, you will receive a competitive salary and benefits:

Hours: 35 hours

Rota: The rota is 5 days from 7 (35 hours), where you will be required to work a variety of shifts including earlies, lates and alternate weekends.

Salary/Rate: £11.10 per hour

We offer our Support/Care Workers fantastic benefits including:

  • Company pension
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Generous annual leave
  • Refer a friend programme-Receive £200 when you introduce a family member or friend to VSA
  • Investment in your personal development and career through our learning and development programmes
  • Gain recognised SCQF Qualifications
  • Access to our employee discount scheme

About the role:

As a Support/Care Worker of this busy service you will be required to provide a quality service in order to meet the identified needs of service users, in line with specified VSA standards, policies, codes of practice and regulatory requirements, managing resources effectively within an agreed financial framework.

Responsibilities of our Support/Care Worker will include: -

Guiding and actively supporting Tenants in Housing Support tasks while they re-learn or maintain skills necessary for remaining in their Tenancy.

Supporting service users as Tenants in their daily living through identified ‘Care at Home’ tasks. In particular support with cooking.

Taking the lead in planning, monitoring and reviewing service delivery plans to meet individual needs and preferences, within budgetary and funding constraints.

Overseeing and participating in the maintenance of accurate recording systems and reports (both manual and computerised) to meet agreed standards in line with administrative, regulatory and management purposes

Complying with and having a sound working knowledge of necessary legislative requirements as laid down through the care standards and recognising the impact of following these standards on the overall provision of service.

Developing one’s knowledge and practice continuously through participation in training and development activities.

Communicating effectively with individuals according to agreed standards and procedures, accessing and updating records in keeping with guidelines.

Helping to provide a safe and protective environment by complying with health, safety, and security procedures, including medication, and reporting accidents/incidents when appropriate.

Carrying out any other tasks from time to time, provided they are reasonable and within the post holders' capabilities.

Have awareness and work within internal control systems in your area to facilitate improvement in the quality of service provided.

What we are looking for in our Support/Care Worker:

Ability to communicate well verbally with individuals

Experience of supporting people with autism would be advantageous but not essential

Ability to maintain accurate records

Good knowledge of homemade food

Basic I.T. skills

Record keeping

Problem solving

Using initiative

Organisational Skills

Good interpersonal skills

Experience with Learning disabilities is an advantage but not essential as training will be given.

If our Support/Care Worker role sounds like you, then click “Apply” below and start your career journey with VSA today!