The Wilberforce Trust

As York's oldest charity we are proud to support people with sight loss and hearing loss, plus additional disabilities across York and the surrounding area. We do this through our range of community services and by supporting the tenants to live as independently and fully as possible. 

Our mission is to be a leading provider of high quality support, training and care services, and to create opportunities, for people with sight loss, including those with other disabilities; to encourage and facilitate the development of these on a local, regional and national basis by being a model of good practice. Our aim is to do this in a way which enhances the quality of life of those we work with.

£8.75 - £9.50 hourly
The Wilberforce Trust York, UK
Nov 09, 2018
Full time
If you are looking for a rewarding and challenging role where you can make a real difference to the lives of individuals with visual impairments and other complex disabilities then this role will suit you. The work is person centered and we aim to help each individual to live as independently and fully as possible. We are a friendly charity who really care about our tenants, most of whom have been with us for many years. Experience is not necessary, but we are looking for people who enjoy supporting and caring for others, who have high standards, are open and friendly and who respect the dignity of others. If this is you, we will invest in your training and development and support you in a rewarding career in care and support work. Vacancies We currently have Full time (38 hours) and Part time Vacancies. Pay and Benefits We pay the recommended Living Wage Foundation hourly rate. After a successful probation you will receive £8.75 for week day hours, and £9.50 for nights and weekends. Sleep overs are paid at £78.30 for a 10 hour shift. We also offer a health package with Simply Health providing financial support for dental, optical and other health bills. You will receive 20 days' holiday per year, plus bank holidays, increasing to 25 days plus bank holidays after 2 years’ service. More about the Role Our Care/Support workers provide daily support and personal care, and once fully trained will administer medication to our tenants. You will be working across all our services in York and Tadcaster. Duties may also include arranging daily activities, taking our tenants out on trips and activities, helping to prepare meals or attending sensory sessions at Wilberforce House. We also encourage tenants to develop and maintain positive relationships with family and friends. There are opportunities to progress within the organisation, gain recognised qualifications including NVQ level 2 to 5, and take on roles with additional responsibilities. All staff are supported to achieve the Care Certificate and attend a full time two week induction course. Experience and Skills Required Previous experience is desirable but not essential. However a caring and sensitive nature is all important, along with an ability to work well in a team. We are interested in candidates who have experience caring for others either in, or outside work. Time spent caring for family members for example is relevant experience for this role. We also require a good level of written and spoken English and basic arithmetic, with an ability to record information accurately. Hours You may chose the hours that you would like to work, up to 38 per week. Your hours will be worked following a rota. You will typically work one weekend, followed by one weekend partly worked and then have one weekend off. We try to arrange shifts to suit our staff, but we do require flexibility. Sleep overs are optional. Further Requirements Because of the nature of the role a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Certificate plus good references will be required before starting. We will offer an interview to any candidate with disabilities who meets the minimum requirements. More information about the role and the Trust are available on our website Or if you would like to talk to someone before applying please call   01904 760037   and ask to speak to the Recruitment and Staffing Coordinator. How to Apply If you would like to apply please send us a full application form available on our web site   If you have not worked in care before please tell us why you would now like to start in this area of work.