Job Title: Life Enabler (Transforming Care)

Location: Hillingdon, London

Application Closing Date: 19/05/21

Job Salary: £21,214.46 per annum (35 Hours Per Week)

Outline of Business/Company
Certitude is London's leading adult social care provider for people living with learning disabilities, autism, mental health support needs and their families and carers. We support over 1,800 people in 16 London boroughs.

General Description
At the Certitude Group, not only are we proud of our history of supporting people with complex mental health needs and learning disabilities, we are also making history as we are supporting a young man (S-AM) to move into his own house as part of the Transforming Care programme. Transforming Care is all about supporting people with learning disabilities and/or autism to live in their own homes, in the community, and most importantly closer to their family and friends.

Key Responsibilities:
We are looking for you to get S-AM and the team to up and go on an adventure every day, making it fun and happy. Are you willing to work to support S-AM who has severe Autism and complex needs? S-AM is a happy person with a hilarious sense of humour, however due to his complexities, he can also demonstrate challenging behaviours at times. It is important that the right person is able to adapt to this and understands the importance of de-escalation and diversion tactics.

S-AM enjoys:
• Going for long walks in the park, trampolining, horse riding, going on forest adventures and swimming.

• He can sometimes decide to stay in his room all day, so it’s important that the team members encourage S-AM to go outside and to motivate outings

• S-AM enjoys listening to music

• S-AM loves food and Disney films

• S-Am loves anything involving trains and planes

· Supporting people who may challenge (verbally, physically) particularly people on the autistic spectrum

· Keeping calm and confident in challenging situations

· Experience of enabling people with a learning disability/autism to take positive risks in their lives

· Working in partnership with families and professional networks

· Experience of supporting people who are on the autistic spectrum to become more active in their community

· Experience of building great relationships which promotes inclusion for people with learning disabilities

· Experience of keeping the person you support and others safe

Key Skills:
• You will need to have a ‘can-do’ resilient attitude and be committed to inspiring positive change in this young person’s life.

• You will need to be engaging, patient, and be able to inject fun in activities and during everyday support.

• Have a pro-active approach as no two days will be the same

• You will need to be creative, intuitive, and able to improvise when needed. If you have a curious mind and are solutions-orientated, we welcome you.

• Be motivated to learn new skills and mentor your peers.

• Be able cook and clean with a meticulous attention to detail

• Be reliable and dependable as a team member

• Be able to work with S-AM’s family in a professional manner

• It would be an advantage if you were able to speak some Portuguese

• A background in sports, therapy or drama/music /yoga /tai-chi would be an advantage

• Ideally a full, clean manual driver’s license

• You must be an outgoing individual with a proactive nature

• It’s important you understand Autism and its complexities and unpredictabilities

• If you come from an artistic background, we would love to hear from you, as we would like to encourage these activities to take place with S.

Physical Requirements:
Willingness the assist with personal care is essential

Experience and Technical Skills / Professional Qualifications:
· Possess a manual driving license and be able to drive a 7-seater Van (Desirable)

· Able to make and maintain great relationships with others and help others make contacts and friendships

· Able to motivate others and build their confidence to try new things, meet new people, organise others to get things achieved

· Practical and organised – willing to get involved in practical support for others e.g. cooking, driving, get to medical appointments on time

· Someone with interests and skills that they are willing to share and get others involved as well as being able to work on his/her own initiative and also be a great team player.

Essential Criteria:
• Knowledge of safeguarding, Mental Capacity Act

• Knowledge of the Transforming Care Agenda

• Appreciation of trauma informed approaches

• Understanding the challenges that are likely to be faced by many people with complex support needs

DBS Check Required:
Yes – paid for by employer