Cáirdeas Centre: Social Care Worker

Cáirdeas Centre

Social Care Worker for Cáirdeas Centre, Tullow, Co. Carlow

You are:

A dynamic and energetic team player with a passion for working with young people with intellectual disabilities. You are kind, caring, and compassionate. You have excellent team working skills, and thrive in a collaborative environment. You have the ability to work under pressure and handle changing priorities. You are familiar with best practices in Social Care and apply these consistently in your work.

We are:

Cáirdeas Centre is a non-profit organisation and registered charity funded by the HSE that provides care to individuals with intellectual and other disabilities. We aim to provide a holistic service from 18 years, including, Day Services, and a wide range of Clinical Services. The successful candidate will work as a member of the team and enjoy a high level of professional support.

Social care worker: will be expected to hold a level 7 in Social care or equivalent and have at least 2 to 3 years post qualification, in a similar role.

Core Duties and Responsibilities:

Supporting people to achieve positive outcomes:

  • Enabling people to develop their cultural, spiritual and emotional needs as well as their health, relationships and communication requirements.
  • Involving people using communication/language that is meaningful to that person.
  • Providing the type of support that the individual wants and needs, at times requested by them, thus supporting the development of relationships of trust and confidence.
  • Support the individual to take part in communal activities and festivals.
  • Assist with appointments and events as required (e.g. planning, accompanying as required, etc. Occasionally accompanying a person on a short break or holiday if necessary)
  • Working in line with Risk Assessments and Personal Plans as appropriate.
  • Participating in the development and implementation of Individual Personal Plans.
  • Maintaining complete and accurate records including individuals’ personal files, heath action plans and financial records.
  • Supporting people to be at the centre of any planning about their own lives.
  • Ensure a healthy and nutritious diet is offered that takes individual needs and choice into account.
  • Participating in review meetings during which personal goals and outcomes are agreed.
  • Liaising and working closely with a range of other support services, agencies, families and other professionals as required.
  • Supporting people to be valued members of their community.
  • Supporting people with respect in order to meet their day to day needs including:
    Physical Support (e.g. moving & handling, fire safety, cleaning, laundry, infection control, mobility and communication needs)
    Personal Care (e.g. dressing, bathing, toileting, assistance with eating, sleeping support, skincare, first aid, health promotion)
  • Promoting community activity, employment, education and leisure/social opportunities.
  • Working as a team member, supporting the development of best practice and learning (e.g. attend team meetings, share learning from training)
  • Developing consistent working practices (e.g. participating in the checking & auditing of health and wellbeing of individuals.
  • Having a willingness to share duties and support each other (e.g. liaise with the workshops to make sure house-work transitions are managed according to the individual’s needs)
  • Working within and supporting the delivery of services that meet current relevant national legislation and standards. Adhering to Cáirdeas Centre policies and procedures at all times, including:
  • Risk Management Framework
  • Behaviours that challenge
  • Health & Safety
  • Confidentiality
  • Safeguarding Framework
  • Code of conduct and duty of care
  • Keeping accurate and appropriate notes and records as may be required in terms of providing safe quality care and support for an individual (e.g. managing risks, accidents, incidents, concerns, complaints, medical matters and changes in people’s circumstances)
  • Taking an active role in your personal and professional development through supervision and training opportunities.
  • Being an active member of the Care Team and positively contributing to the management and development of the Cáirdeas Centre.

Other Tasks:

This job description is not exhaustive and there may be times you will be required to undertake other duties in order to meet the needs of other individuals within Cáirdeas Centre.

To undertake other reasonable comparable duties as requested by the management group.

To behave in a manner that reflects positively on Cáirdeas Centre at all times.

This post requires you to work flexibly, which may include working evenings, as required. Arrangements for working hours will be agreed with individual employees based on the care and welfare needs of service users.

Closing date for receipt of applications is MONDAY 30th SEPTEMBER 2019.

Letters of application with a current and comprehensive CV to be sent to cairdeascentre17@gmail.com

Informal enquires also to Eileen Doyle 059 9152668 or 086 2651754

Job Role (non-exhaustive):

  • Provide a high quality of life and supportive atmosphere for individuals in our care.
  • Promote involvement and participation in all activities.
  • Implement programmes designed to assist in learning new skills.
  • Assist individuals to carry out tasks & activities and offer support as necessary.
  • Develop close contacts locally and encourage community integration.
  • Ensure written records are completed and up to date.
  • Reports to: Manager

Essential skills and experience

  • Strong communication & interpersonal skills
  • Experience in supporting individuals to live a good life
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team
  • Planning & organisational skills
  • Ability to ensure a safe work environment
  • Basic hygiene and infection control knowledge
  • Computer literate including Microsoft Office and reporting writing
  • Must be willing and able to participate in swimming pool activities
  • Must be willing and able to drive the Cáirdeas Centre transport vehicles
  • Clean Driver’s License essential


Tullow, Co Carlow

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