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Support Worker (Maternity Cover) Ref: 50067476

Saxonbury, Freshwater, Isle of Wight

Grade 4, £19,650 - £20,043 per annum, plus shift allowance of 10% of plain time beyond core hours

Contact: Louise Ixer or Roxy Matthews on 01983 755228.

Vacancy Reference: 50067476

Closing Date: 11/10/2022

Contract Type: Fixed – term, to cover a period of maternity leave until January 2023.  The role will then become a casual post.

Hours: 37 per week

Are you looking ready to make a difference to the life of individuals needing care? This is your opportunity to join the incredible care team at The Saxonbury in Freshwater.

At The Saxonbury you’ll be surrounded by colleagues who make FUN the focus every day, as you support one another to enable people to build their life skills and lead fulfilling, happy lives.

We need a positive, committed, and forward-thinking Support Workers to join this authority-run home in Freshwater for adults with a learning disability and 'Behaviours that Challenge'. You'll play a key role in delivering high-quality service to the individuals, with a person-centred approach actively supporting and maximising independence and life experience.

Duties will include personal care, dressing, washing, toileting etc.  Our support workers are also kept busy each day with enriching activities and events designed to ensure that each day is the best it can be for the people living in our care.

From picnics on the beach, parties in the dining room, sporting activities from golf to frisbee, cooking, gardening and so much more, there is always something fun happening at the Saxonbury and you can be a part of it.

You'll need to be a strong communicator with a clear commitment to excellence and an obvious passion for working in a caring environment. You will need to build a strong relationship with the individual you support, understanding their unique needs and pro-actively working to ensure the best quality of life.

It is important that our residents have access to a wide range of community activities and we therefore welcome applications from people who can drive vehicles used by the residents in the home.

Shift patterns will be a variation of the below:




When you join us, you'll be well supported with structured supervision, training and plenty of development opportunities. PLUS, as a member of #TeamIWC you’ll also have access to the following;

  • A generous annual leave entitlement of 31 days per year, plus public holidays
  • Local Government pension scheme
  • National and local Staff discounts & benefits schemes
  • A confidential Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) to support your health and general wellbeing.
  • Solent ferry travel discounts via Red Funnel, Wightlink & Hovertravel
  • Island bus network discount and / or staff parking permit scheme
  • Discounted island sports & leisure gym membership
  • Cycle to work scheme

For further information or an informal discussion, please contact Louise Ixer or Roxy Matthews on 01983 755228.

Find out more about working for the Isle of Wight Council and living on the Island 

A relocation scheme of up to £8,000 is available to new employees subject to qualifying criteria. Further details are available upon request.

The Isle of Wight Council protects its employees from discrimination and this is supported by the 
Unacceptable Behaviour PolicyEmployee Code of Conduct and Behaviours Framework. We actively promote the diversity of our workforce and we provide flexible working options (where appropriate) to support the different needs of our employees.

The Isle of Wight Council is an equal opportunities employer, who is proud to encourage applications from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities to better reflect the diversity within our local community. In addition to this, we are also a 
Disability Confident Employer. Along with a number of other areas of commitments, this means that providing you meet the basic essential requirements of the advertised role and have declared yourself as disabled, you will be offered an opportunity for an interview within the council.

Please view information pack and complete your job application online at Telephone 01983 823134 or email if you need further information about applying. Please note only applications completed and submitted online by the closing date will be accepted.

We often receive a high volume of applicants for our vacancies. If you do not hear from the recruiting manager within three weeks of the closing date, we regret that your application will not have been successful on this occasion. If unsuccessful, we actively encourage you to revisit our job pages and apply to alternate posts that may be suitable.

Closing Date: 27 September 2022