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A career in social care is interesting and rewarding
A career in social care is interesting and rewarding. A career with Aspire can make a real difference to your own life as well as the people you will be supporting.
Your values and approach are more important to us than any qualifications or experience you may already have. We will make sure you have all the skills you need to support people to live a great life in the community doing the things they choose.
We have a blended approach to training and we recognise that people learn in different ways.
We value our staff team. Without them we could not support people or do the fantastic things we do together. We were awarded a Silver standard (with 5 Gold elements!) for Investors in People in late 2017 and are a Disability Confident Employer.
Support work can vary. In Aspire we have a lot of different opportunities, depending on the people we are supporting.
We have an organisational commitment to active support and positive behavioural support.
Active support is empowering and encouraging people with a learning disability to learn, to grow and to achieve so they have a great life. We believe that everyone has the right to choose how they live their life and that our role is to support and empower them to do that.
We also recognise that all ‘behaviour’ is communication. Positive Behavioural Support (or PBS) aims to find what makes people happy and what makes them unhappy or anxious. Staff who know the people they support well will learn how they communicate when they are happy, sad or uncomfortable. They recognise triggers and encourage people to avoid and manage situations that might cause them difficulties.
PBS is particularly important for people who don’t speak so cannot express pain, sadness or frustration verbally. They may do something that is described as ‘a behaviour’ to communicate their feelings. We see our role as getting to know each person so well that we understand what they are trying to tell us.
The means that the role of a support worker is very responsible – and also very enjoyable and rewarding. It is great to see someone you support become more independent or learn a new skill… or simply enjoying themselves.
We make sure that you have all the training you need to become a confident and competent member of our team. We encourage everyone to get involved, share their ideas and have a great day together.
Click on the video below to find out what makes a good support worker – a film made by our lovely colleagues in Thera East Anglia!
We have paid roles in our teams across Aspire and lots of volunteering opportunities. We also offer Apprenticeships and work placements to students at school, college or university.
As an Aspire support worker, you will:
Empower people to choose how they live their life and what they do day to day
Encourage people to learn new skills and be as independent as they can be
Support people to make and maintain relationships that are important to them
Work with people, their families, friends and professionals to support the person at the centre of their circle of support.
Benefits of working with us
Friendly and supportive team
Competitive pay rates
28 days paid annual leave each year
Contributory pension scheme
Paid DBS checks
Paid travel expenses in field-based community support
Discounted AA cover
Discounted gym membership