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Community Support Worker - Wellington Residential

Every person with a disability deserves a life of choice, freedom and independence.

What did you do at work today? Bounce on a trampoline? Organise an earthquake drill, help someone with their CV? Give advice on how to break up with their girlfriend, sing a Wiggles song 8 times, go to Zumba, help someone plan their 21st birthday party? Did you use your insight to figure out why someone was upset and then help them feel better? Help someone to plan a healthy tasty menu within their budget and teach new them some cooking skills? Did you help someone make a friend or join a local volunteer group?

Every day, our support workers do all of this and more. Working for our Residential service at Spectrum Care, your role would be to provide support for young men and women with intellectual disabilities. Just like you, they want the same things in life as most people, but they just might need some extra help to make it happen.

We currently have a variety of rewarding full time, part time, casual and fixed term roles available across Wellington and the Hutt Valley. You might be interested in working daytime shifts helping young adults find work and study opportunities, or working alongside people in their homes during the day, evening and overnight.

You need to be a quick thinker who can 'tune in' to what is happening around them, to know when to be a calming influence, and when to use positivity to energise things. You'll need to be good at explaining and teaching, great at making relationships and connecting with people, and you'll need insight to know when to step forward and help, and when to step back and observe. Some people we support use words to communicate, others communicate in other ways- but if you're an empathic and observant person you can usually work out what they're wanting to say.

About you:

  • You're a person with integrity, emotional intelligence and you're motivated to help others thrive
  • You're someone who is able to offer solid emotional and psychological support as people negotiate the challenges of daily life
  • You're willing to learn how to support people with practical tasks including some intimate cares - which may include supporting someone to shower, use the toilet or change their continence products.
  • You're a good communicator, and will develop great relationships with your colleagues, people you support and their families, as well as making community connections
  • You're friendly, thoughtful, reliable, patient, creative and positive
  • You're keen to learn, and will study towards NZQA Health and Wellbeing qualification
  • You have a full New Zealand driver's licence
  • You have basic computer skills (internet, emails)

What we can offer:

  • Ongoing in-house skills development and support to achieve an NZQA qualification - earn while you learn!
  • A meaningful, life changing career pathway
  • Work with a friendly team from many cultures
  • Opportunities to progress into leadership roles and participate in organisational projects
  • Pay rates from $21.50 - $27.00 per hour

If you're interested in supporting people to develop self-confidence and independence, and live their lives of choice, get in touch- we'd love to hear from you!

If you have any questions, please call Sophie on (09) 634 9730