Facilitator in our Disability Services
About the Organisation
The Kingsley Organisation is a charity, established in 1987, with the aim of supporting disabled adults to fulfil their potential. We recognise the importance of independence, choice and control and have developed therapeutic and person centred approaches that underpin a range of training and personal development programmes.
Valuing individual uniqueness and diversity, we base our programmes in community settings with the aim of promoting inclusion, challenging stereotypes and breaking down barriers.
The Organisation’s head office, Kingsley Centre, is an established community venue. The Centre has a village shop, Post Office, café, and a variety of activities delivered with the involvement of our disabled participants and volunteers.
Our main programme of support is Chainreaction, providing disabled people the opportunity to explore their own personal development, increasing confidence and independence. Participants of Chainreaction access a therapeutic group, one to one mentoring, peer support and a programme of both practical and therapeutic activities that promote independent living skills and health and wellbeing.
At the Kingsley Centre we also have a Supported Volunteering Programme, providing a ‘world of work experience’ for disabled people wanting to build their self-confidence and employability skills.
The programme enables disabled people to take up a variety of volunteering roles at the Kingsley Centre including in our village shop, café, Post Office, reception desk, administration, housekeeping, gardening, maintenance and supporting people in our Chainreaction service.
During Covid-19 we have had to deliver our services differently. We have continued to provide building-based services adapting our provision to take into account social distancing and additional PPE. We have also developed a remote service, supporting individuals and their families using phone and video calls. We have also provided support in peoples own homes and gardens and in the community.
Although we are planning for a full return to building based services during 2021, Facilitators will continue to play a key role in delivering activities and support remotely.
About the Role
Facilitators work in both our Chainreaction and Supported Volunteering programmes.
Facilitators plan and deliver a programme of activities that meet the needs and goals of disabled people accessing our programmes.
Examples of activities in Chainreaction include meal planning and preparation, money skills training and budgeting, travel training, arts and crafts, gardening, dance and fitness workshops, cooking and baking, support to understand and manage health conditions, support to manage relationships, accessing local leisure facilities. In our Supported Volunteering programme activities include practical support and on the job training in our shop, café and community centre, as well as training and workshops that promote employability skills.
The role includes personal care and moving and handling of people.
Facilitators take on different levels of responsibility dependent on their skills and training. For this role we are looking for someone with previous experience of supporting disabled people. Also someone who is able to take up a team leader role and looking to develop their management skills. Support work, counselling, teaching and youth work skills would all be transferrable to the Facilitator role.
Chainreaction has a therapeutic model and facilitating morning group sessions is an essential part of the role. We provide full training in therapeutic group work skills and this requires travel to London one afternoon/evening per week for an academic year.
We also expect Facilitators to have achieved, or be prepared to undertake, the appropriate diploma in health and social care or an equivalent qualification. For facilitators this would be a level 3 qualification.
We are looking for a full time Facilitator. This role is for 35 hours per week, worked between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. Flexibility to be able to deliver activities occasionally during evenings and weekends would be an advantage.
Facilitators are paid £18327 per annum.
How to Apply
Please request and return completed application forms to:
Hayley Sutton, Kingsley Centre, Forge Road, Kingsley, Bordon, GU35 9ND.
Telephone 01420 479000
Those shortlisted will be expected to attend an in-person interview and complete a written and practical assessment at the Kingsley Centre. The Kingsley Centre is a covid secure building, with social distancing and other mitigations in place to prevent transmission of Covid-19.
Closing date for applications Monday 26th April
Key Tasks from the Facilitator Job Description:
- To work in line with our person-centred philosophy and social care commitment and engage in training and activities provided to support this
- Collaborating with other Facilitators and utilising the skills of the team, to offer individuals and the group a range of activities that promote independent living skills, health and wellbeing, assertiveness, self-advocacy, education, personal development, training, work experience and employability skills
- To take a day manager role, as directed by the Manging Facilitator, planning and overseeing the day and providing direction, guidance and supervision to the team
- To deputise for the Managing Facilitator when required and to fulfil all delegated tasks
- To facilitate morning group sessions and support other junior staff with their roles in group, as directed by the Managing Facilitator
- To be the key worker to individuals, as directed by the Managing Facilitator, developing programmes containing agreed short-term and long-term aims, ensuring they access an individually responsive programme of activities, conducting one to one sessions and 6 monthly reviews. To provide support to the team in their key worker roles.
- To ensure, alongside the Managing Facilitator, that all activities, whether internal or external, meet individuals needs and to evaluate both courses and the skills of trainers during and after
- To keep appropriate records, ensuring accuracy and confidentiality and enabling individuals to access information held about themselves.
- To liaise both internally and externally with regard to meeting individuals needs, under the direction of the Managing Facilitator
- To work as part of a team to ensure the care needs of participants are met. Providing personal care that meets the core principles of dignity, including:
Any help required at mealtimes
Help required with transfers from the wheelchair to the floor or other reasonable physical movements
Assistance with any reasonable medical condition, such as epilepsy, diabetes
Dealing with accidents and emergency situations
To take a lead or supervisory role in delivering any of the above, undertaking additional training if required and be responsible for liaising with other member of staff and passing on any specialised knowledge, as directed by the Managing Facilitator
- To ensure that the working area is clean and safe enviornment and that any defects or concerns are dealt with and/or reported to the appropriate person
- To be involved in the referrals and the admissions procedure, under the direction of the Managing Facilitator
- To be responsible for following all policies and procedures as laid down by the Organisation
- To undertake periodic basic training. It may also be necessary to undertake Health and Social Care Diplomas at the appropriate levels and additional training according to the needs of the Organisation
- To keep up to date with new policies and practices in the field of disability.
- To attend supervision, team meetings and training days and external supervision in line with BACP requirements.
- To undertake duties that contribute to the day to day running and development of Kingsley Organisation, this includes, but is not limited to, being trained and working in our shop, café, Post Office and community centre in Kingsley and to new or existing disability services across the Organisation
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