Fed up of your job? Why not swap it for one helping others

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Promoted by Eildon

We spend a large proportion of our lives working but how many people can say they do something that truly makes a difference to the lives of others?

If you've had your fill of the daily grind then Eildon may have the role for you as a support worker in one of their six adapted houses that support individuals with learning disabilities across the Scottish Borders.

As a support worker with Eildon, you’ll find that no two days are the same as you assist the people we serve to lead positive lives and fulfil their varied interests.

Support workers can enjoy activities such as attending concerts, participating in local sports, and facilitating volunteer placement opportunities in the community and beyond.

Day to day tasks for our employees are more about promoting independence and developing skills, which lead to enabling service users to an active and varied social life.

The service is registered with the Care Inspectorate and is celebrating (in its current format) its thirtieth year. Testament to its ongoing success in supporting independent living is that two residents are currently celebrating their thirty year anniversaries in their homes.

As well as providing adapted houses, Eildon also runs an Outreach services, which operates out of the Station Avenue Duns development. The services aids a number of individuals who live in mainstream tenancies, and who have supports needs.

Ben Robertson, a senior support worker at Eildon Housing’s Station Avenue in Duns says: “Working at Station Avenue is something I am very proud of and it feels really good to be excited about your job and what you do for a living. It’s a great career to get into with lots of development up the line, and it is quite future proof as well.

Ashley Lumsden, a support worker at Station Avenue adds: “Working at Station Avenue as a support worker offers a varied and rewarding job – from organising tenants’ support plans, helping with their personal and health care, to cooking, shopping, getting involved with their hobbies and leisure activities, so you can be the companion who helps the tenant get the very best from life.”

Eildon is currently commencing a course of upgrades across the service, with spaces being revamped to cater for the changing needs of the service users, as well as introducing innovative care management software.

Eildon is looking for exceptional individuals who will enhance the existing staff team, and who will promote and encourage independence, involvement and empowerment for all service users. Working hours are based on the needs of the service users which means hours may include: mornings, evenings, weekends, sleepovers and waking nights. Eildon offers a variety of contracted hours up to 37.5 hours a week.

As well as being a Living Wage Employer, Eildon also offer a generous contributory pension scheme, membership of Health Cash Plan and a variety of training opportunities.

Visit www.eildon.org.uk 
for more information.