A support worker is someone who supports people living with learning or physical disabilities, autism, or mental health needs. They encourage and help them to live their lives more independently and support them to reach their potential.
A support worker role is varied and each person who requires support has unique individual needs. All good support providers will put the person at the centre of their support plan. This is called person-centred, active support. If you’re considering becoming a support worker be sure to check that this is how your prospective employer works.
A support worker’s day-to-day responsibilities depend on the needs, wants and ambitions of the person they are supporting. At Dimensions, we help people to carry out their daily tasks to take care of themselves, we teach them new skills, provide emotional support and work towards longer term goals that ensure they are living a fulfilled life.
As a support worker, you will find yourself working in a variety of settings. This can include someone’s family home, a supported living service (usually a private rental property where the person lives alone or with a small group of housemates) or a small care home, usually of no more than 6 people.
Being a support worker can be a rewarding job and there are many reasons to work in support work. It can be a challenging role to take on, however the positive difference that you can make to someone’s life brings accomplishment and satisfaction.
If you enjoy a varied job, supporting and caring for others and are a sociable person, support work is a great career choice. You can help individuals build up their confidence, reduce loneliness and have fun, creating wonderful memories together.
Experience within the care sector is helpful but not essential, as the skills that are more beneficial to have to be a support worker are:
To become a support worker, it isn’t required to have any qualifications as when you start a support worker role at Dimensions, we provide all the mandatory training you’ll need. Everyone who works for us is trained to meet mandatory and essential standards, and you’ll find we train our colleagues beyond the minimum requirements.
Within the first 12 weeks of working with us, we’ll support you to complete the Care Certificate or All Wales Induction Standards.
And as you progress your career with Dimensions you’ll find a wide range of training and career development opportunities open up to you.
If you believe you have what it takes to become a support worker, take our quiz to find out if it’s right for you. Then, you can apply for a support worker career at Dimensions. You can search for the role you want by searching for a particular keyword, postcode, or type of role. Then, click apply, fill in your details and upload your CV! We will be in touch with you.