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Relief Support Worker

£8.72 per annum


Looking for a job where you can make a positive difference in your spare time AND be paid for it? Could you see yourself supporting a young man with complex learning disabilities? No experience needed.

We love what we do and are recognised as an award winning charity for our passion and dedication. Join us a Relief Support Worker and be a part of helping others live lives that make sense to them.


We are seeking a fun loving, caring and passionate Relief Support Worker to help support James* to live as independently as possible whilst providing the care and attention he needs to live a life that that makes sense to him.

You will be actively involved in a wide range of activities including walking, arts and crafts and swimming, there is a range of activities in the garden: bouncy castle, trampoline, hot tub spa, semi-rigid swimming pool, bus rides (James loves people watching) and looking at books. These activities will be expanded soon; hopefully increasing his in house activities such as painting, messy play etc.) through to the everyday living needs. There will also be some personal care and cleaning responsibilities as well as garden maintenance.

*Not real name

About James;

James in his 20s and lives in his own specially adapted home in Wigan, near his family. He has very individual needs, autism and behaviours that may be deemed as challenging. James enjoys anything to do with water play and outings in his car. James requires a lot of emotional reassurance and support.

How Relief work

The Relief (Bank) post supports the permanent rota staff by completing shifts that are vacant due to annual leave/sickness/training/unforeseen circumstances. As such, hours are non specific but the service will endeavour to balance the needs of the service against your own work/life balance as appropriately as possible.

We normally plan the rotas one month in advance and there is no obligation to accept the work. If you unable to do any shifts you will remain on our Relief register for 3 months before automatically dropping off. Of course the more you put in, the more you will get out of this. Could also be a great way to see if this is the career path for you whilst earning some extra money at the same time!

We'll provide you with full training and day-to-day help and advice from your Head of Service. Because of the young man's individual needs, all staff must complete Positive Behaviour Management training. You will play a key part in the process of helping him develop and grow, in conjunction with his family, the staff team and specialist advisors.

What we need from you

You don’t need experience to become a Relief Support Worker but you will need to be patient and resilient, with loads of common sense. Perhaps you have an interest in psychology or want to specialise in autistic spectrum conditions. Either would be a good fit for this job.

We have people join us from all walks of life. Stick with us and we’ll teach you all you need to know.

If you have a particular interest in counselling, psychology or in working with people on the autistic spectrum, who may sometimes display behaviours that challenge; that would be a good fit.

The work is demanding and it’s not for everyone but with the support of your colleagues the ultimate reward is the heart felt feeling of being able to see the positive impact you're able to have on another’s life and this is something that you'll never forget.

*You will need a full manual drivers licence (held for at least 12 months) and be aged 21 or over (for insurance purposes) to be able to drive the companys mobility car.

Who are we?

We are an award winning charity that has the core belief that everyone has potential, something to offer and a valuable contribution to make to their community.

We use a person centred approach to keep the people we support safe, happy and healthy and to ensure each individual is able to live a life that makes sense to them. Using a Positive Behaviour Support strategy ensures we see the person first, not their disability.

Pay and Rewards

MacIntyre offers a full induction and ongoing training, including the opportunity to gain a qualification (The Care Certificate) which is widely recognised within the Health and Social sector.

We also offer a range of benefits which include:

  • Free training
  • Workplace pension scheme
  • MacIntyre Rewards - great retail and leisure discounts
  • Employee Assistance scheme to support your health and wellbeing
  • MacIntyre Staff Savings Scheme

Next Steps

If this job sounds like the right fit for you, click on the green Apply button on the MacIntyre website, complete some brief details and upload your CV.

*Safer Recruitment Statement

MacIntyre is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Therefore we work with successful candidates to complete appropriate checks prior to joining

* If you would prefer to complete a manual application form, you can either download one from the attachments on our website advert or call us and we will send an application form to you.

Please note: we reserve the right to close this advert early if we have received a sufficient number of applications, so don't delay, apply today.

Empowering people with a learning disability to live a life that makes sense to them

Registered Charity No. 250840