Isle of Wight Council

Plean Dene (a council run home for adults with learning disabilities)

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Casual Support Workers - Shanklin (Ref: 50035325)

Shanklin, Isle of Wight

Grade 4a, £11.18 per hour as standard (plus shift allowances)

Vacancy Reference: 50035325

Hours: Plean Dene usually has up to 30hrs per week available for casual work - this varies week to week and will be split between available staff. 

Contract: Casual

Are you a kind, caring individual, with patience and empathy?  Would you enjoy spending your days supporting individuals to live fulfilled, happy and enriched lives?

Are you looking for flexible or additional hours that fit around your own schedule?

At Plean Dene in Shanklin, we provide a warm, friendly and welcoming home environment for our residents, a wonderful group of 9 adults with learning disabilities and ‘behaviours that challenge’.

Our job is to ensure that those we care for are have an active, fulfilling lifestyle and we need a team of Casual Workers to support us in this goal.

As part of our team, you will enable and support with all kinds of activities encouraging our residents to enjoy Island life, from walks along the coast from Shanklin to Sandown, trips to feed the ducks, bus trips around the Isle of Wight and visits to local garden centres, you’ll even join our residents on day trips and excursions to a range of Island attractions such as Tapnell Farm, Robin Hill and Rylstone Gardens.

Our residents have a wide range of care needs and diverse interests so you will need to tailor your work to suit each individual, ensuring everyone is happy and engaged in the activities and experiences that suit them best.

On site at home, you could be supporting with arts and crafts workshops, working with our ‘Magic Table’ (a virtual gaming experience) supporting with domestic duties such as cleaning or helping in the kitchen as we provide delicious home cooked meals each day.

You’ll also support with regular personal care whenever needed, which can include toileting, dressing and feeding, supporting each individual to be as independent as possible.

Our team needs to be a special mix of energy and enthusiasm with the ability to also be gentle and calm, to adapt to the needs of all our residents, some of whom will communicate non-verbally which will require time and patience to master. 

Contact us today to discover how you can fit in with our team as a Casual Support Worker at Plean Dene! The typical shift times are as follows:

* Early Shift - 07.15-14:.45

* Late Shift - 14.30-22.00

* Wakeful Night - 22.00-07.30


For further information or an informal discussion please contact Chris Grimes, Registered Manager on 01983 866015

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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 Policy, Employee 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.

If you have difficulty completing your online application or if you need further information about how to apply, telephone 01983 823134 or email 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.