You will be supported in an individual learning plan to help you develop professionally and personally. Depending on your needs and objectives, training can help you earn qualifications, progress in your career and gain more job satisfaction.
We give opportunities for career advancement and support colleagues who wish to gain professional licensing and additional qualifications. The Charity has training agreements in place and is also able to advise on additional funding for professional course fees. We commit equally in training budgets to Staff training in health & social care to colleagues in specialisms such as finance, governance, HR and management. All Staff undertake core training and are required to regularly update Safeguarding and disability practice, as we work in an open and fully inclusive working environment on site.
All Staff are managed in small teams led by a Manager or Senior Manager. Every Staff member receives 3-4 support & supervision sessions and an annual appraisal. During these sessions we focus not only on your performance, ideas and aspirations for the future, but discuss how the team is working to achieve the Charity’s values and strategic objectives. Staff have regular informal and formal consultations to ensure we focus on wellbeing in the workplace, physical, mental and emotional health and conditions of work. The Charity has a commissioned Employee Assistance Programme which is available to its employees 24/7 and their immediate family members. All Line Managers are trained in supporting mental health and the workplace, to identifying and supporting employee carers and colleagues with disabilities. We employee a strong ratio of both colleagues with disability and unpaid carers. Communication across the Charity is a priority. Our Teams meet on a monthly basis and Hub teams have daily handovers. All Staff use 365, the Charity’s Staff adept users of Yammer and Teams to communicate across sites and services. Two Away Days are held annually giving everyone a chance to meet together, undertake some professional development in a fun and informal setting and to meet our Trustees.
The Charity’s normal operations are 08.30 – 16.30 (Monday – Thursday) and 08.30 -16.00 on Fridays. Some Staff have site-based roles, some combine community-based roles with site-based delivery and some undertake flexible working from home. The Charity has a ratio of Staff working part-time and we are able to offer job share. Occasionally staff are asked to undertake unsocial hours at weekends, early starts or evenings, for which Time Off in Lieu (TOIL) is given. For part-time staff agreed overtime may be paid in place of TOIL.
In 2020 the Charity adopted the National Joint Council Scale in place of its current pay-scale. Progression through our pay-scale is based on role scope and responsibilities: we do not offer PRP. Our benefits package: competitive rates of pay, generous leave allowance, employer pension, sickness pay and Employee Assistance Programme.
“There is a genuine feeling of dedication and commitment around fun and a ‘can-do’ attitude.”
Why work for us?
As a small charity working with people with complex needs, staff at Journey really are our most valuable community asset. We welcome staff from a range of professional backgrounds who have strong understanding of, and commitment to, learning disability and supporting unpaid carers. Together the team exchanges experience, knowledge and skills. We are a small team but a very dedicated team and we hope you consider joining us.
Journey does not provide care services but life skills and employability services. Adopting best practice in both care and disability services, we mirror the care quality commission standards in our practice and have adopted wider frameworks which are recognised by commissioners in local authorities and the NHS as indicators of best practice. All our work is delivered using a person-centred planning and positive behaviour support model. We have our own assessment framework, I can, which is used to measure each stage of client progression.
Whatever your background and areas of interest, we will nurture your talents, continue developing you professionally and help you reach your aspirations. We want you to flourish at Journey.
Working with people with learning disabilities is hugely fulfilling on a professional and personal level. As part of one of our Journey teams you will see the difference you’re making to people’s lives each day. All of us, whether working directly with Clients, Administrators, Drivers or Managers, you are part of the team which delivers such an excellent service to the people we support.