There are many aspects to being a Support Worker, including:
Providing physical support which may include helping with personal care
Providing emotional support for individuals
Supporting and helping with health care needs
Supporting people with communication
Encouraging and supporting individuals to take part in Paul’s Place activities
Supporting Service Users to learn new skills, and have new experiences
Working with others to ensure that all care needs meet the highest possible standards
What skills are needed to be a support worker?
There are many skills that are needed in order to be a support worker, these include:
A sense of humour
An interest in helping other people, regardless of their condition
The ability to communicate clearly and sensitively when talking to people
The ability to remain calm under pressure and when dealing with challenging situations
Good listening skills
Great problem-solving skills and the ability to adapt and act accordingly to situations
Good time management skills to be able to support the needs of multiple people
The ability to work both alone and as part of a team
A high level of patience
Being empathetic towards everyone
Great verbal skills
A non-judgemental attitude regardless of a person’s needs
What qualifications will I need to be a support worker?
Being a support worker doesn’t require any specific qualifications. Experience of working in care and an experience of disability is helpful but not required. Paul’s Place will provide core training to enable you to do your role and in time, will support you to take your NVQ/SVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care.
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