Day Opportunities Support Worker

Waverley Hall

24 hours per week, 9.30am to 3.30pm, Tuesday to Friday
£7.65 per hour to £8.25 per hour

Mencap in Kirklees are recruiting for a Support Worker to join the staff team at Waverley Hall in Huddersfield.

This job involves supporting people at the day service and also when out and about in the community. Everyone has different needs and different levels of ability and the support workers job is to encourage the person to do as much as they can for themselves and keep as active as they can, both mentally and physically.

The starting pay rate for people without a Level 2 Diploma (NVQ or BTEC) in Health and Social Care is £7.65. If you don’t have this when you start you will complete it with us and your pay rate will go up to £7.80 per hour. Once you have completed your Level 2 you can choose if you would like to do your Level 3. When you have completed this, or if you have it already, the pay rise is £8.00. After 18 months of satisfactory service there is a further pay rise of 25 pence per hour.

Experience is helpful but not essential as we provide full induction and training. Though experience isn’t essential having the right attitude is. Everything we do is about supporting people to be as independent as possible, helping them to stay safe and doing everything we can to make sure people have enjoyable lives.

Closing date: 12 noon – Monday 7 August 2017

Day Opportunities Support Worker, Waverley Hall job description Day Opportunities Support Worker Waverley Hall JD -July 2017

Waverley Cafe Senior Support Worker

Learning Disabilities

30 hours per week
£9.47 per hour
One year fixed term contract

Waverley Café in Huddersfield is the base for Mencap in Kirklees’ catering training scheme for people with a learning disability. The café is open to the public and serves healthy and nutritious food with options available for people who are following special diets.

Trainees attend for one or two days a week over a period of 6 months. While trainees are on the scheme they learn catering and customer service skills and work towards an employment related qualification. Trainees are also supported to find further training, volunteering and paid work positions.

The scheme has been made possible due to 5 years of funding from the Reaching Communities Fund of the National Lottery. One year of funding remains for the project. This post is therefore advertised as a one year fixed term contract.

The training scheme is staffed by the co-ordinator, the senior support worker and two café support staff. They are helped in this task by volunteers and by trainees who have completed their training and stayed on as peer mentors.

The senior’s role has two parts. The first is to be involved in all aspects of running a commercial café and the second is to support the co-ordinator by supervising staff and volunteers, organising and delivering training, assessing trainees work against qualification standards, publicising the scheme and assisting in the search for new sources of funding.

The senior support worker also takes responsibility for delivering external catering orders and for this, they need to be a driver with a car available for work. Exceptions will be made for people unable to drive due to disability.

Closing date: 12 noon – Monday 7 August 2017

Waverley Cafe Senior Support Worker job description Cafe – Senior Support Worker – JD -July 2017
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 Application pack

For further information please contact Linda Green, 01484 340811,

To apply please download the application form and the equal opportunities form.

If you require addition space please use the additional information form.

 Due to CQC regulations your first referee must be your present employer, or if you are currently unemployed your last place of work. Family members, including those by marriage, must not be given as referees.
Once completed, please post or email to the address below.
 Linda Green,
Mencap in Kirklees,
Brunswick House,
33 East Street,

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Pay Rates

When the pay rate says “depending on qualifications” the lower rate is for people who do not have a Level 2 Diploma/NVQ in Health and Social Care and the higher rate is for people who have a Level 3 Diploma/NVQ.

If you do not have a Level 2 when you are appointed then you will complete your Care Certificate and start working towards your Level 2. Once you have your Level 2 you will receive an extra 15 pence per hour. After the Level 2 you can choose if you want to complete your Level 3. On completion of a Level 3 you will receive an extra 20 pence per hour. After 18 months of satisfactory service you will receive a further pay rise of 25 pence per hour.

If the pay rate says “fixed rate” then it doesn’t change due to qualifications gained or length of service.

Staff get a lot of training at Mencap in Kirklees and there are no charges for any of the courses. There are also no uniforms to buy or charges for things like DBS checks.

If you have to travel as part of your job, maybe while working on the community team, then you will be paid 45 pence per mile towards your fuel and car costs.


Holidays and Sick pay

The holiday allowance when you start is 22 days plus the 10 ½ bank holidays. It increases the longer you stay with us and after 6 years reaches the maximum of 28 days plus the 10 ½ bank holidays. Care staff often have to work some bank holidays and if you do those days can be booked at different times throughout the year.

After you have been with us for one year Mencap in Kirklees starts to pay sick pay. This covers the equivalent of 2 weeks full salary in the first year and rises to a maximum of 3 months full salary after 6 years.

Other benefits

Once you have been with us for 6 months you can join the work place pension scheme. Under this scheme Mencap in Kirklees also contributes 3% of your salary. You can  join Simply Health which gives you up to £75 back a year for dental bills and up to £86 a year on glasses and optician costs. You can also join Mencap Extra’s which gives you discounts on many brands and activities