Carers in Hertfordshire is a well-respected, independent, carer-led charity that works to ensure that all Hertfordshire's unpaid family and friend carers are recognised, valued and supported in their caring role, have the opportunity for a life outside of caring, and can exercise a collective voice in the county.
We support carers of all ages - children and adults - looking after someone in the county because they are elderly, have a learning or physical disability, a physical or mental illness, or misuse drugs or alcohol. We provide free services, including information, individual and group support, learning opportunities and more. We also arrange a variety of ways for carers to work closely and collaboratively with professional staff in a wide range of voluntary and statutory organisations to link our services and help those organisations to develop a carer friendly focus. Our Care Service provides Carers Breaks and Domiciliary Care in Hertsmere, Three Rivers and Watford.
We are pleased to be an accredited Living Wage Employer. This means that every member of staff in our organisation earns not just the minimum wage but the Living Wage.
The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually, based on the cost living in the UK. It is currently £9.50 per hour for outside London.
We believe that every member of staff deserves a Living Wage. You can find out more about the Living Wage by visiting www.livingwage.org.uk
We have a variety of vacancies listed below. The Application Packs for the posts are available for downloading at the bottom of each description and in the download area at the bottom of the page (please scroll down). The packs include: an Application Form (with Recruitment Monitoring Form for Care Support Workers) and a Job Description and Person Specification. You can also find some background information about Carers in Hertfordshire in the download area.
Kickstart – Project Assistant
Salary: £9.50 per hour
Contract: Initially 6 months
In September the Government announced the launch of the Kickstart scheme to help people aged between 16-24 into work. We are looking to employ four young people through this scheme on 6-month contracts to support Managers on a variety of projects and deliver direct services to family carers.
We will offer training and support so that you will have the skills to help you get a job in the future.
You will need to be referred by JCP Work Coach before you can apply for one of these roles - if you’re currently claiming Universal Credit, your local Jobcentre will be able to help you work through the eligibility criteria.
For more information see https://jobhelp.campaign.gov.uk/kickstart/
If you have been referred by your JCP Work Coach you can download the application pack by clicking here.
Young Carers Service Manager
Full time (37 hours)
We are looking for a carer-focussed individual to join our management team to oversee our Young Carers Service. You must be passionate about involving children and young people and their families in the design, development, and delivery of services. You will need experience in managing a team that work remotely and offer a range of services, including casework, to young carers and professionals in Hertfordshire.
This role will work with local stakeholders to ensure young carers are identified, protected from inappropriate caring, and will have the support they need to learn, develop, thrive and to enjoy a positive childhood.
We are looking for someone who has:
- Experience of casework and casework supervision, including families with multiple and complex needs, with the outcomes having been tracked and recorded on a database.
- A proven ability to provide support, supervision and coaching to staff and to successfully manage people, including the end-to-end recruitment process e.g. disciplinary issues, induction, appraisals.
- Experience of working in partnership with children’s social care and building effective working relationships, and assertively negotiating, with a range of partners and funders at various levels.
- The ability to plan and deliver a high-quality outcome-focused service, producing evidence to demonstrate compliance with the contractual and legal obligations of the charity.
- A commitment to and a strong understanding of safeguarding.
- Self-motivation, emotional resilience, a flexible approach and the ability to effectively manage their own wellbeing.
Interview Date: Saturday 2nd October 2021
The application pack can be downloaded at this link.
Young Carer Co-Ordinator and Young Carer Support Advisor
We have two similar vacancies in our Young Carer team at the moment - one for a Young Carer Co-Ordinator and one for a Young Carer Support Advisor.
We are looking for those who are passionate about supporting young people to achieve their potential.
You will need excellent communication skills and be able to be creative to seek solutions to issues facing children, young people, and their families. You will be able to present information in a clear and concise manner suitable for a variety of audiences.
You will have strong IT skills and be confident using databases to record your work understanding the need for clear record keeping that demonstrates your understanding of the situation and allows others to work in partnership. Previous experience of using Families First, Outcome Stars or similar tools will be an advantage but is not essential.
As a carer led organisation Carers in Hertfordshire believes that the voice of the carer is central to everything we do, so you will be able to ensure young carers voices are heard at every level, whether this is in planning the care for them and their family or in the planning of services that affect them. You will contribute to this through supporting the work of the young carers council, encouraging feedback on support as well as regular surveys and the annual young carers conference.
Young Carer Co-Ordinator
Salary: £20,547 FTE
Hours: Full time (37 hours). Part time will be considered over 30 hours per week.
The Young Carers Co-Ordinator will support the team taking referrals and holding a smaller caseload of families with emerging needs. You can download the application pack at this link.
Young Carer Support Advisor
Salary: £22,492 FTE
Hours: Full time (37 hours) Part time will be considered over 30 hours per week.
The Young Carers Support Advisor will be working with young carers and their parents holding a caseload of families with targeted and intensive needs. You can download the application pack at this link.
Applications for both roles will close on Monday 11th October 2021.
Care Support Workers
Salary: Competitive (rate depends on the days and times worked with enhanced rates for evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays). Full and part-time hours available.
Are you a reliable, compassionate person and want to help people with care needs stay safe and happy in their own homes if that is where they want to be? Did you want to make a difference to family members by giving them a break from caring?
If the answer to any or all of these is yes, then you may be interested in joining our Care Service as a Care Support Worker. The Service aims to provide high quality, flexible services that respond to the individual needs of carers and the people they care for.
• Excellent hourly rates - £10.46 per hour weekday up to £13.95 per hour for Bank Holidays;
• Mileage at 40p per mile between clients homes;
• Paid holiday (based on the hours you work);
• Free uniform, including personal protective equipment (PPE) and a work mobile phone and pay for your DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check;
• Training and ongoing opportunities for career progression;
• Support from office based staff and a 24/7 on call team.
Applicants will need a full UK driving licence and use of a car. You will also have good written and verbal communication skills and a calm and caring manner.
We are particularly looking for people able to work:
• Monday to Friday from 4pm to 8.30pm to provide homecare in the Borehamwood and Bushey areas.
• Weekends (to work 8am – 12pm noon and/or 3pm to 8.30pm) to provide homecare in the Borehamwood and Bushey areas.
• Flexible, but ideally regular hours Monday to Sunday to provide Carers' Breaks in all the areas we serve - the boroughs of Hertsmere, Three Rivers and Watford.
You can find out more or apply via the Care Support Worker pack available to download below or call us on 020 8905 1158 to discuss the role.
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