Life as a Support Worker

Wake up every day feeling good about your job. Being a Support Worker with FitzRoy means supporting someone to make choices about how they live their life – from choosing an outfit for the day ahead, to decisions like where to go on holiday.

You might not have done this sort of work before, but that doesn’t matter. There are lots of people with different skills and experience who become great support workers. People have joined us from a variety of careers like construction, banking, teaching, factory work, to name a few. We will provide you with all the training and support you need to be confident and happy working with lots of different people, from the people you support and their families, to your colleagues and your manager.

Some of the things you’ll be doing

Morning

In the morning you could be helping people to get ready for the day ahead. Perhaps supporting them to get washed and dressed. Some people just need a bit of help and encouragement while others need much more personal care.

After Breakfast

After breakfast the plans for the day begin. The amount of support you will give varies, some people will need intensive care throughout the day. Others will need you to support them in the community, perhaps to have their hair cut, go shopping, meet a friend, or buy lunch out.

Afternoon

Later on in the day you might be cooking the evening meal or supporting people to meet friends out, go to the cinema, or watch television.

Evening

In the evening you’ll support people to get ready for bed and sometimes you may be required to sleep-in at the service overnight to support people if they need throughout the night.

Working hours

A typical shift is around 7½ hours and can fall between 7am and 10pm, any day of the week. Night staff usually work a 10-hour shift. All our rotas are planned in advance so you know when you are working. A full time week is 37.5 hours, and we offer guaranteed hours, full-time, part-time or bank contracts.

Training and development

As a person-centred organisation we use a variety of training options to ensure our staff are safe and feel competent to undertake their roles. The mix of classroom courses, e learning and assessments in service, gives you flexible training and ensures you have the skills to support someone with learning disabilities.

All new starters undertake the Care Certificate induction, which takes into account previous experience, knowledge and training accreditation so that you don’t undertake training unnecessarily. Staff can also train for NVQ qualifications in Health and Social Care.

If you are keen on finding out more click here for an interactive video.

I’ve been in the Care Sector for 30 years and can honestly say I’d put my training with FitzRoy above anything I’ve had before.

The training was absolutely perfect; I couldn’t ask for better support. I feel like I have all the knowledge I need to do my job.

A career with FitzRoy

Did you know you can have a great career supporting people with disabilities? Click on the job title to find out more.

Enjoy the variety and satisfaction that comes from supporting people with a wide range of disabilities.

After some experience and training you could be promoted to senior support worker with more responsibility.

Use your skills and enthusiasm to work with the manager to manage your service.

Lead your team and enjoy watching the people you support, and your staff flourish.

With your wide ranging experience and management skills you will oversee the running of many services across a region.

You will oversee the operations for the whole organisation and provide the best possible support services for people with disabilities.

Finally, you could become the Chief Executive and lead the organisation to growth and excellence.

If you still have questions, or if you would like some more information, please call the recruitment team on 01730 820 940, or email us at recruitment@fitzroy.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

Information for recruitment agencies

FitzRoy values its relationship with recruitment agencies and regularly review the agencies we work with and with whom we have an agreement. To be considered to join FitzRoy’s agency supplier list, please complete the Agency Approval Form and send this with any supporting documents to recruitment@fitzroy.org. Once your form is returned to us, we will notify you should we be interested in working with you.

Please do not try to advance your case by contacting us directly. FitzRoy do not accept speculative CVs. Any received will be considered the property of FitzRoy and any terms and conditions associated with the use of such CVs will be considered null and void. Thank you for your interest in working with FitzRoy.

It is an amazing team here. We all work together for the purpose of the person. This is their home and we are here to support and care for them.

FitzRoy nursing care