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Guide Communicator Support Worker
KAB provides a comprehensive rehabilitation service to visual and hearing impaired people of all ages and abilities across Kent.
We currently have various opportunities across East Kent and the Tunbridge Wells area for enthusiastic, reliable, motivated and caring individuals to provide support on a 1 to 1 basis to clients who have a sight loss or dual sensory impairment.
The hours of work are flexible and vary dependent on demand, however successful candidates can expect to be offered 6 to 20 hours per week dependent on location. If you are interested in this role but live outside these areas then please contact us regarding other opportunities across Kent.
The role of the Guide Communicator aims to support people in overcoming the restrictions and barriers they experience due to their dual sensory impairment. Key areas of support are communication, access to information, and mobility. Examples of typical support include: enabling weekly shopping and leisure activities; dealing with written and telephone correspondence and attending medical appointments. Support is provided in various locations including a person’s home, the community and in residential settings; to enable service users to remain as independent as possible. The ideal candidate will have good and clear verbal communication skills; have the ability to work confidently using their own initiative and be empathetic to quickly adapt to new clients. No personal or domestic care is involved in this role.
In return KAB offers a rewarding and widely varied support role; regular timetabled visits with dedicated service users and opportunity for ad-hoc cover; enhanced rate for out of hours visits and BSL users and a full training support programme including shadowing and regular supervisory contact.
This is an ideal opportunity for those already working with visual or hearing impaired individuals, or for someone with experience in a support or care worker role, seeking to develop skills in this area.
Experience of working with people who have a dual sensory impairment or complex needs is desirable, but full training will be given. A BSL level II qualification is also desirable but not essential.
If you wish to discuss this position further please contact Rosie Charles on 01622 691357.
We will contact you within three weeks of receiving your application regarding an interview date if you have been successfully shortlisted.
To apply, please download an application pack or call 01622 691357.