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Information and advice caseworker for People with Hearing Loss (Maternity Cover)

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HAS Caseworker – Maternity Cover (Hearing Loss)

Job Title:                 Information and advice caseworker for People with Hearing Loss

Location:                 Hackney

Line Manager:         HAS Advice Services Manager

 Terms and Conditions:

  • This is a part time position 25 hours per week
  • Contract from 15th August 2018 until 31st March 2019.
  • Salary £24,922.58 pro rata

 Job Aims:

  • To provide a Social Welfare Information and Advice service to hard of hearing residents of Hackney.
  • To develop a social and personal development service for local Service Users in the Area.
  • To provide guidance and customer representation to the communities with hearing loss within Hackney.

This can include; deafened people, older people, people who are socially isolated; people who cannot speak English as a first language or English is their second language.

Summary: HAS provides support to residents, particularly those most in need, enabling them to understand their rights and responsibilities, access what they are entitled to, manage and resolve their problems and build their capabilities.

The Person

We are seeking an individual with great organisational and interpersonal skills to handle caseloads of individuals and offer social welfare to our clients within the Borough of Hackney. A proven ability of communicating with deafened and hard of hearing clients is essential and an awareness and understanding of hearing loss, issues pertaining to hard of hearing people is also essential. In addition:

  1. Similar experience of 2-years of social welfare advice.
  2. An understanding of hearing loss, in particular age-related hearing loss.

Deadline for application is Sunday 29th July 2018 by midnight

Application form

PS – HoH Officer – Hackney revised june 18

Job Description

For further details please contact: Hazel Saunders, hazel.saunders@deafplus.org

Hearing Male Personal Assistants (PAs)

Hearing Male Assistants (PAs)

deafPLUS are pleased to join the YOUchoose consortium led by Action Deafness as a partner to deliver a high quality PA service in the Greater London Area. The aim of YOUchoose is to ensure independence amongst our clients.

We are now recruiting hearing male Personal Assistants (PAs) to join deafPLUS in the South East London area.

deafPLUS is a London Living Wage employer. We are a vibrant charitable organisation with a lively team. We are currently seeking to recruit a pool of hearing male Personal Assistants (PAs) for a specific deafened wheelchair user, to join our PA Community Support Service. We provide personalised support services throughout Greater London.

Our aim is to increase individuals’ independence, build their confidence and enable them to learn new skills.

What are we looking for in a PA?

  • Previous experience of working in a PA role or caring is preferable;
  • Excellent communication skills – the ability to communicate clearly and to be able to adapt communication methods depending on the environment;
  • A good level of written English
  • Good typing speed and experience of using laptops and tablets;
  • Excellent organisational skills;
  • The ability to work flexible hours including weekends and bank holidays where necessary;
  • Drive and enthusiasm and a passion for helping individuals become more independent;
  • A friendly, caring and patient manner;
  • A sense of humour;
  • The ability to work on your own initiative;
  • The ability to adapt activities to the client’s needs
  • Able to push a wheelchair
  • Manual Handling and First Aid Skills desirable

General duties focus around providing daily living support, such as developing/increasing client’s communication and life skills, accessing local services such as leisure centres and community groups, supporting clients to maintain their independence in the general community and at home.

deafPLUS is a London Living Wage employer and the rate of pay for PA’s is £10.20 per hour. Increased rates of pay for weekend and bank holiday work.

Benefits to you:

  • Up to 25 days paid holiday (Accrued Pro-rata, based on hours worked)
  • Auto Enrolment Pension Scheme
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Enhanced DBS check fully paid for by deafPLUS
  • Deaf Awareness Training and full induction provided

Training will be provided.

If you are interested in the post, please send your CV and a covering letter explaining how you meet the person specification to laura.sampson@deafplus.org by Thursday 19th July 5pm.
Mobile: 07521 663987

deafPLUS Ealing Centre Manager/Senior Caseworker -37 hours

deafPLUS Ealing Centre Manager

deafPLUS is a registered medium-sized charity and company limited by guarantee working to encourage integration and equality between deaf and hearing people in all areas of life. We provide a range of services from Advocacy to Employment, equipment to information and advice across 7 centres around the UK.

deafPLUS are seeking a Centre manger to manage our Ealing centre, line managing 4 members of staff and managing 2 current projects. The successful applicant will also be the senior caseworker, providing advice, guidance, casework, signposting and customer representation to adult Ealing residents. We work in partnership with Ealing Mencap, Age UK, Mind and ECIL (ESAS).
ESAS supports individuals with:

• with sensory impairments including people who are both blind and deaf (This can include older people, people who are socially isolated and people who cannot speak English as a first language.)
• whose disabilities limit their physical mobility
• with learning disabilities
• with autism
• with organic and functional mental health problem
• with substance misuse issues
• Carers of the individuals listed above
• Who have other needs/complex issues that require signposting and support to access other appropriate provision

Working hours: 37 hours per week (this is a fixed term contract to March 2019 – with possible extension for 3 years depending on funding being secured).
Salary – salary point – 528-530 – £26167.73 – £28669.11
Place of work: Lido Centre, 63 Mattock Lane, Ealing, London, W13 9LA. Some travel will be expected and Home visits will be carried out in exceptional circumstances.

Deadline for application is Sunday 15th July 2018 by midnight

Interviews will take place on the week commencing 16th July.

For further details please contact: Will Davidson, will.davidson@deafplus.org

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We welcome applications from suitably experienced individuals irrespective of
racial origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy & maternity, gender, religion or disability.

deafPLUS Information and Advice Caseworker (Ealing) -2 days a week

deafPLUS Information and Advice Caseworker (Ealing) – 15 hours a week

deafPLUS is a registered medium-sized charity and company limited by guarantee working to encourage integration and equality between deaf and hearing people in all areas of life. We provide a range of services from Advocacy to Employment, equipment to information and advice across 7 centres around the UK.

deafPLUS are seeking a deafPLUS Information and Advice Caseworker. This is a fantastic opportunity. The successful applicant will provide:

  1. Information and Advice on:
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Debt
  • Welfare Benefits
  • Money management – including advice on prioritising bills and payments, reducing expenditure and budgeting (refer to our Money Advice Helpline)
  • Immigration (refer to Refugee Women’s Association)
  • Employment
  • Family
  • Consumer
  • Other areas of social welfare law
  • deafblind support
  • making referrals for equipment aids and adaptations, tele-care, assistive technology, apps and other technology to increase independence
  • signpost to the Carers Service for the availability of carers’ services and benefits
  • sources of independent advocacy, advice and information
  • advice on breaks from caring
  • health and wellbeing of carers; and advice on wider family relationships
  • carers’ access to financial and legal issues
  • caring and employment, education and learning
  • carer’s need for advocacy
  • raise awareness of the need to plan for future care costs;
  • Practical help with planning to meet future or current care costs;

Salary: £20,086.03- £24,562.45 pro-rata (point 526) depending on experience and qualifications. This post is until 31st March 2019. (extension three years possibly).

We would consider graduates or college leavers, with no previous experience, who have the right skills and will provide training.

Deadline for expressions of interest is Sunday 22nd July 2018 by midnight
Interviews will take place on week commencing 23rd July

For further details please contact: Mary Hicks, Centre Manager on mary.hicks@deafplus.org

We welcome applications from suitably experienced individuals irrespective of
racial origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy & maternity, gender, religion or disability.

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Interpreter/Communication Running Guides

 Interpreter/Communication Running Guides wanted

As part of the YOUchoose consortium led by Action Deafness, deafPLUS are pleased to join as a partner to deliver a high quality PA service in the Greater London Area. The aim of the PA community support service is to ensure independence amongst our clients building their confidence and enabling them to learn new skills.

deafPLUS is a vibrant charitable organisation with a lively team. We are currently looking to recruit a pool of IRGs (Interpreter Running Guides) to join our PA Service.

We have a very exciting and unique opportunity to combine your British Sign Language/communication skills and running to enable a BSL Deafblind runner to be more independent and have better access to races and events.

Do you love running? Have you got what it takes to make a difference to the life of a Deafblind runner?

  • Can you run 5k in 20-25 minutes?
  • Can you run 10k in 45 – 55 minutes?
  • And, can you run a half marathon in 1 hour 45 minutes – 2 hours?

We are looking to recruit a pool of IRGs to join deafPLUS to support the runner at various ‘Runthrough’ events in London and elsewhere on Wednesday evenings and at the weekends.

What are we looking for in an IRG?

  • You will have experience in running events and be a member of a running club
  • Be able to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends and bank holidays where necessary to guide the Deafblind runner at events/races
  • Have passion for running and enthusiasm
  • Be able to work on your own initiative
  • Have a good level of BSL, preferably level 3 and above and have experience of interpreting **Please note it is not a requirement to be a qualified interpreter for this post**
  • Desirable – experience of working with Deafblind people would be an advantage, including the use of Deafblind manual, other communication methods and guiding skills.

The rates of pay for IRGs is £20 – £35 per hour dependent on level of BSL skills.

Benefits to you:

  • Free Sighted Running Guide training by England Athletics to become a licensed running guide (see below)
  • Free entry to races and events when working
  • Up to 25 days paid holiday (Exc. Bank holidays)
  • A comprehensive training package including Interpreter Guide qualifications
  • Auto Enrolment Pension Scheme
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Enhanced DBS check paid for by deafPLUS

**Training will be provided**

England Athletics Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running Workshop Information:

The England Athletics Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running workshop has been developed in conjunction with British Blind Sport and provides runners, leaders, coaches and volunteers with information and experience about supporting visually impaired people to run. The workshop covers a number of areas including types of visual impairment (VI), behaviour and terminology and how to make running sessions VI friendly. The two hour workshop also includes a practical element where attendees get the chance to experience guiding and being guided by each other.

Following the workshop, you will become a licensed running guide

(Although there is no Deafblind (DB) equivalent training, deafPLUS will work with England Athletics and British Blind Sport (BBS) to include types of Deafblindness and to make sessions DB friendly.)

 

Guidance for the role of an IRG

  • You don’t need to have prior experience in guide running to become a guide runner, but you do need to love running and have experience in running events. Training will be provided.
  • Don’t run too fast and keep a steady pace with the DB runner. Always let the DB runner set the pace. It’s not your job to set the pace unless the DB runner asks you to.
  • To interpret/communicate race briefings and other social chat amongst other runners and organisers.
  • Be alert and communicate often. As a guide, you need to be aware of what is ahead of both you and the DB runner at all times. Be conscious of distances, ground width, elevation, obstacles and everything else you see with your peripheral vision.
  • Point out all potential hazards such as slippery sections, gaps, puddles, potholes, obstacles, dogs, kids, other runners and everything else that you might encounter.
  • Be patient when guiding a DB runner through a course, especially when you’re doing it for the first time. They will not see you well due to the environment, or they might get confused with directions.
  • At times, you have to be assertive, especially in risky and hazardous situations. It’s perfectly fine to stop and go around an obstacle, or to yank a DB runner out of the way if it’s too late and their safety is at risk.
  • It’s normal for a DB runner to inform the guide what he or she is doing wrong and will offer suggestions on how to improve it. Don’t take offense. You have to be open to suggestions and accept criticisms as ways to improve your guiding skills.
  • Keep in mind that you’re not a coach, so never order a DB runner around or shout. Don’t be condescending and patronizing either.
  • To interpret/ assist with communication in post-race social chat amongst fellow runners and organisers.

If you are interested in the post, please send your CV and a covering letter explaining how you meet the criteria above “What are we looking for in an IRG?“ by Thursday 19th July 5pm to laura.sampson@deafplus.org

Interviews: Weds 25th July at deafPLUS Bromley

Personal Assistants (PAs)

Personal Assistants (PAs)

As part of the YOUchoose consortium lead by Action Deafness, deafPLUS are pleased to join as a partner to deliver a high quality PA Community Support Service in the Greater London Area. The aim of deafPLUS’ PA Community Support Service is to ensure independence amongst our clients.

We are now recruiting a pool of Personal Assistants (PAs) to join deafPLUS.

Have you got what it takes to make a difference to the lives of Deaf, hard of hearing, deafened and deafblind (D/deaf) people in the Greater London Area (GLA)?

deafPLUS is a London Living Wage employer. We are a vibrant charitable organisation with a lively team. We are currently seeking to develop a pool of Personal Assistants (PAs) to join our PA Community Support Service. We provide personalised support services for D/deaf people throughout Greater London, in particular South London.

Our aim is to increase individuals’ independence, build their confidence and enable them to learn new skills.

What are we looking for in a PA?

  • Preferably, you will have experience of working in a PA role previously;
  • Have excellent organisational skills;
  • Be able to work flexible hours including weekends and bank holidays where necessary;
  • Have drive and enthusiasm;
  • Be able to work on your own initiative.
  • Have Level 2 BSL (or equivalent) or a Communicator Guide qualification or experience of working with d/Deafblind people would be an advantage, including the use of Deafblind manual, other communication methods and guiding skills.

General duties include providing daily living support. This may include developing/increasing clients confidence, communication skills and life skills, accessing local provisions such as leisure services and community groups, supporting the service user to maintain their independence in the general community, developing hobbies and interests in accordance with their support plan.

deafPLUS is a London Living Wage employer and the rates of pay for PA’s is £9.75 per hour

Benefits to you:

  • Up to 25 days paid holiday (Exc. Bank holidays)
  • A comprehensive training package including Deafblind Communicator Guide
  • Auto Enrolment Pension Scheme
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Enhanced DBS check fully paid for by deafPLUS

Training will be provided.

If you are interested in the post, please send your CV and a covering letter explaining how you meet the person specification to:

Contact: laura.sampson@deafplus.org
Mobile: 07521 663987

Job Description and Person Spec can be downloaded here:

PA JD Persons Spec