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   Work for us
in Oxfordshire
  We have opportunities for Support Workers to join our teams in Didcot, Wallingford and Oxford, in full­time, part­time and bank roles.
£8.33 per hour
As a Support Worker, you will play a key role in enabling the people we support to carry out all of the daily tasks involved in everyday life.
We believe that, if you have a positive attitude and values that align with our own, we can train you on the rest! So long as you have a willingness to learn (and a good sense of humour!) we will support you every step of the way.
We offer a comprehensive benefits package including an employer contributory pension, employee assistance programme, childcare vouchers and holiday allowance that increases with length of service.
If you would like to find out more then check out our website:
Or, if you’d like an informal chat with one of the team, please call us today on:
01865 893269
  Being a support worker
Jon is a Support Worker based in Didcot, Oxfordshire, where he is part of a team of permanent and bank staff supporting four people with complex needs. Jon joined Affinity Trust in 2016.
Why did you join Affinity Trust?
I wanted a change of career and liked the sound of being a support worker. I wasn't sure how I'd find it, but liked it pretty quickly and got into the flow of it.
What did you do before?
I used to work in a stationery shop but found it monotonous after a bit. After being there a few years, I wanted a change. My mum works in social care so I started applying for jobs like that.
What does your work involve?
As well as the fun aspects like day trips, I make sure all health needs and appointments are met. There’s paperwork to be done, and I support people with medication.
I work in shifts, including some overnight shifts. Our service is ‘waking nights’, which means that some of the people we work with may need support during the night.
The people we support’s needs can change, for instance due to illness. Or they may bounce back from a bad phase, ready for their normal routines or new experiences.
Supporting adults with learning disabilities to lead active and fulfilling lives
What do you enjoy most?
My role is different all the time. Going out with the people I support is great. We do that most days. This includes things like personal shopping, music therapy and karaoke. But I’ve also gone on boat rides, train trips, and to the cinema – helping people do things they appreciate and enjoy.
What would you say to someone considering a career as a
support worker?
To someone considering being a support worker, I'd say it's great for patient people who want to assist and benefit people in little or big ways. It's nice to feel you're enabling people to do things, and it's also nice for them to have familiar, friendly people to support them.

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