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What is Support?

SUPPORT WORKERS – Full and Part-time Roles

The role of a Support Worker is to assist people to manage their home and to experience the lifestyle of their choice, through the provision of practical assistance where needed, guidance, encouragement, and the support to maintain a person’s skills and interests.

Support Workers also have a key role in promoting better health and improved well-being, by ensuring that people eat well, take regular exercise, and have access to appropriate health services to reduce health inequalities.

If a person requests support from us we will work with the person, and those closely involved in their lives, to find out what the person needs and wants from their support to help them live their lives to the full. Support can vary from a few hours per week to 24 hours per day. Examples of support might be some help in managing a home, cooking skills, keeping safe and well, help with budgeting, medication, pursuing interests, keeping in touch with friends and family, or personal care if required. The provision of support should, at all times, be underpinned by the following principles:

  • Respect for the person’s dignity and rights
  • Autonomy of the person in determining their lifestyle and aspirations
  • Inclusion of the person in the community
  • Independence through opportunities for the person to develop and maintain skills
  • Recognition of, and sensitive responses to, the particular needs associated with the person’s disability
  • Engagement of the person in deciding and reviewing their support arrangements

It is important to remember that the person being supported should always be at the centre of any discussions or plans about their support. Support recognises that everyone has the right to make informed choices and to have a life which is rich in purpose, meaning and fulfilment. This leads to people realising their full potential and achieving their ambitions in life.

Application packs can be obtained by downloading from the link below or from Reception at the Brothers of Charity Services (Scotland) on 01896 661200.

Together Borders Support Worker Information Pack
Application Form

Completed application forms should be returned to: Brothers of Charity Services (Scotland), Triest House, Bridge Street, Galashiels TD1 1SW by the closing date stipulated in the job description advertised.