Mainstay DRP Careers

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Here at Mainstay DRP, we really care about what we do – opening doors for adults with learning disabilities, and supporting them to achieve independence. Our wonderful staff are the backbone to our success.

We look for truly caring people who are passionate about developing a career supporting adults with learning disabilities in all aspects of their lives. If you’re the kind of person who rises to challenges, thrives in a people-focussed environment, and has genuine compassion and resilience, then Mainstay DRP could be the place for you.

Some experience in any kind of caring role is desired, but is not always essential – some of our best people have had previous careers in areas like trades, retail, and manufacturing. What really sets them apart is their willingness to make a difference to people’s lives.

And there’s no doubt that working with our incredible clients is life changing for our staff too.

As well as working every day in a fulfilling career, we also offer –

  • Comprehensive training aligned to NISCC
  • Support to gain market-leading qualifications
  • Mentoring and on the job training from our experienced staff
  • Health Cash Plan
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Pension
  • Free parking on all of our sites

Finance Manager – Full time, Permanent

Here at Mainstay DRP, we really care about what we do – opening doors for adults with learning disabilities and supporting them to achieve independence.

Working in our office in Downpatrick, you’ll work closely with the Head of Finance and Business Resources, ensuring effective and robust financial procedures are implemented and maintained in our Central Office and across all our services. You’ll be responsible for maintaining accurate recording of all financial information and regular reporting of these to the Head of Finance and Business Resources, Chief Executive, Finance Sub Committee and full Management Committee where necessary. You’ll also be responsible for ensuring that the organisation remains compliant with all statutory financial regulations that apply to it, as well as supporting the Head of Finance and Business Resources to ensure there is an effective and efficient estate management function.

Required skills

  • Fully qualified accounting technician or Part/fully qualified accountant with a relevant qualification from any recognised accounting board
  • Proven experience working in a similar role managing a finance function, including managing staff
  • Strong experience in using SAGE 50 Accounts and a good knowledge of SAGE payroll.
  • Experience of procurement processes in relation to maintenance issues
  • Experience of managing budgets and procurement within robust financial and governance procedures
  • Highly organised
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to work in a confidential and professional manner
  • Strong IT skills, particularly in Microsoft packages and Sage or similar
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Strong teamwork ethos to work as part of a small, busy office team
  • Excellent problem solver, with proven ability to make improvements and efficiencies
  • Full clean driving licence and access to a vehicle to enable movement around our sites and for offsite appointments related to the role

Desirable Skills 

  • Knowledge of Health and Safety procedures and legislation

Salary ranges from £35,000 – £40,000 depending on experience

Closing date: Friday 25th November 2022

See our website for full details and to apply – www.mainstaydrp.org/work-with-us



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Job Purpose

Working in our Central Office as part of our small office team, you’ll be responsible for a range of administrative work, with particular responsibility for maintenance and health and safety administration, post, banking and reception duties.  You’ll also be responsible for allocating and coordinating maintenance, repairs and health and safety work to the Maintenance Officer and external contractors.

Main Responsibilities:

Maintenance and health and safety Administration

  • Coordinate tasks to the maintenance officer and any other external contractor as required, such as repairs, scheduled painting, groundwork etc.
  • Be the first point of contact for staff to report maintenance issues and action accordingly
  • Liaise with health and safety external providers to ensure health and safety checks are complete within the agreed timeframes for all of our sites – e.g. fire checks, risk assessments, PAT testing etc.
  • Manage the Maintenance Database, ensuring that maintenance issues are reported correctly, and are dealt with within agreed timeframe and to the required standard.
  • Escalate issues appropriately to finance manager
  • Liaise with managers and other staff members to provide updates on maintenance work to be done
  • Follow up with external contractors to ensure work is completed within timescale
  • Help staff obtain quotes/tenders within our procurement policy.

Reception

  • Provide a professional, responsive reception cover
  • Answer telephone professionally, dealing with queries and transferring to the appropriate people quickly and efficiently.
  • Be a point of contact for visitors, staff and committee members, directing them to their place of meeting and providing refreshments

Incoming and Outgoing Mail

  • Process incoming mail and distribute appropriately.
  • Frank and record outgoing mail, ensuring it is posted daily in a timely manner

General Administration

  • Assist with general, HR and finance administration as required, including filing and archiving documents, photocopying, printing committee papers, banking, making bank lodgements and collecting petty cash
  • Ensure client mileage claims are received on time and are recorded appropriately and accurately in the central records using excel
  • Ensure stationary, office equipment and PPE are stocked effectively and liaise with suppliers in ordering of same
  • Maintain the electronic boardroom diary
  • Take minutes at meetings as and when required

Housekeeping

  • Carry out housekeeping duties with other team members including hygiene in the kitchen, emptying bins, dishwasher and tidying after meetings or training
  • Adhere to covid-19 guidelines at all times, including temperature taking of visitors at reception, and taking part in any covid testing as required.
  • Ensure the meeting room is prepared for meetings and set up for hospitality if required.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Maintain a friendly, sympathetic, informative and professional relationship with colleagues, service users and committee members.
  • Ensure that conduct within and outside the organisation does not conflict with professional expectations of the Mainstay DRP
  • Carry out any other duties as are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the job as requested by your line manager, Head of Finance & Business Resources or CEO

Essential Requirements

  • Level 2 Qualification in Business & Administration or equivalent with a recognised awarding body
  • Previous experience in an office/ administrator role (at least 6 months)
  • Good standard of education with strong competency in English and Maths
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Strong team work ethos to work as part of a small, busy office team
  • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy
  • Able to work in a confidential and professional manner
  • Must be able to demonstrate experience of all Microsoft packages including Office 365, Teams, Excel and Word
  • Able to use own initiative, manage own workload proactively
  • Full Clean Driving licence and access to a vehicle to enable movement around our sites, banking duties and offsite appointments related to role.

Desirable Requirements

  • Experience working in a maintenance administrator position or handling maintenance-related queries and workload

9am – 5pm Monday to Friday

Salary – £22,015 per annum



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40 hours per week

Our Support Workers are experienced in providing the best quality of support for our clients with complex learning disabilities and autism, as well as leading teams on each shift. You’ll have some previous experience in a similar role.

Essential Criteria

  • NVQ/QCF Level 2 in Social Care (Adults) or an equivalent qualification, PLUS at least one year’s experience of working with people who have a learning disability OR
  • Relevant training such as NISCC Induction PLUS two years’ experience of working with people who have a learning disability and autism
  • Experience of administering medication
  • Administration and recording skills
  • Able and confident to lead, motivate and organise a shift team
  • Full Driving Licence acceptable to the organisation’s insurers

Rate of pay – £10.69 per hour. In addition, we also offer a very competitive rate of £70 per night for every sleep-in shift worked.

Working hours for our care posts include irregular hours such as daytime, evenings, weekends, split shifts on a rota basis, as well as some waking night duty.

 



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As the residential Manager of Short Breaks you will be responsible for all aspects of running the service.  You will be responsible for the operational day-to-day management of the service ensuring Mainstay compliance with relevant legislation. Our Short Breaks is a service that provides respite and a short break of up to one week at a time for up to 9 guests.

 

Essential Criteria

  • 3 years’ experience of managing a successful care/day or respite service delivery or care home
  • QCF (NVQ) Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health & Social Care or Residential or Adult Management
  • Experience of working with adults who have a learning disability.
  • A confident leader with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Able to motivate and inspire a team
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Strong team worker
  • Full Clean Driving License with access to a car
  • Excellent IT and report writing skills

Salary -£33,800 per annum



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ASSISTANT SERVICE MANAGER – SUPPORTED HOUSING

40 hours per week

As an Assistant Manager of this supported housing service, you will be responsible for deputising in the absence of the Service Manager, to effectively manage the delivery of the supported Housing living service in accordance with agreed aims, objectives and standards to the optimum benefit of service users.  Working in partnership with colleagues in the senior management team, you will ensure the provision of high quality services enabling individual needs and organisational priorities to be met.

 

Essential Criteria

  • 3 years’ experience in a management position within a social care setting.
  • QCF (NVQ) Level 5 in Care (Adults) or in process of completing an NVQ Level 5 in Leadership for Health & Social Care (Adults)
  • Experience of working with adults who have a learning disability.
  • Experience of working within a Supported Housing Environment
  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Able and confident to lead, motivate and inspire a team
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Strong team worker
  • Full Clean Driving License with access to a car
  • Excellent IT and report writing skills

 

Salary – £30,000



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Job Title: Cook

Location: Residential Services

Hours of work: 32.5 hours per week

Work Pattern: Usually Mon- Friday, 11am – 5.30pm – depending on the needs of the service. Some very occasional weekend work

 

Job Purpose:

To work as part of a team alongside our residential care staff to provide safe, healthy and nutritious meals for our service users

 

Job Activities:

  • Menu planning, preparing, cooking and serving dishes for our service users, aligned to their individual needs, including delivering dishes to one of our homes
  • Provide a varied diet with optional needs
  • Provide a fortified diet to those that require one (SALT recommendations)
  • Maintain a high level of food hygiene standards
  • Take responsibility for the kitchen and dining area and equipment, ensuring all areas are kept clean, and that a high level of hygienic practices are observed in cooking processes under COSHH regulations.
  • Order supplies and shop for ingredients within an agreed budget, checking and storing of supplies.
  • Maintain a clean and tidy appearance. Wearing protective clothing provided as required and adhering to hygiene regulations.
  • Be able to communicate with residents remembering we are in their home
  • Cater for events in the home for example birthday parties and bake sales etc
  • Maintain confidentiality, privacy and dignity of residents at all times.
  • Act in a manner, which is courteous, polite friendly and considerate at all times.
  • Attend and contribute to staff meetings, training sessions and fire drills and to identify own training needs
  • Report any accidents immediately they occur.
  • Keep clear and concise recordings on a daily basis as required by legal and organisational standards i.e. environmental health.

 

General

  • Uphold the Mainstay DRP Code of Professional Conduct, in your role as a NISCC registered health and social care professional
  • Actively participate in supervisions with your manager and develop your skills in required areas
  • Actively and positively participate in regular team meetings
  • Attend training events and courses as required in the fulfilment of your role
  • Accurately maintain all records and administration in line with our policies and procedures, including using our online care logging system, and providing effective handover information to team members
  • Adhere to all health and safety requirements in the fulfilment of the role

Essential:

  • Good standard of education to include a competency in English and Maths
  • Basic Food Hygiene Certificate
  • Knowledge of healthy balanced diets and nutritional guidelines
  • Able to apply to and maintain annual registration with the NISCC
  • Full Clean Driving licence and access to a vehicle to enable movement around our sites for the delivery of shopping and meals (mileage payment provided)

Desirable:

  • Some experience working in a health and social care setting

Rate of Pay: £10.40 per hour



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Our residential and supported living teams support adults with learning disabilities in everyday tasks, caring for their individual needs while enhancing their independent living skills. Working as part of a team, you’ll get to know our service users, from helping them with daily tasks on a one-to-one basis, to supporting them on social and recreational activities.

While some experience or knowledge of working in a caring role is desired, what’s most important to us is a genuine passion for caring for adults with a learning disability, and a willingness to develop a career in this rewarding field, where you’ll really get the opportunity to make a difference. Full training is provided.

 

We now require Night Duty Staff, with 30 hour, 40 hour and Bank contracts available.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide person-centred support to service users as identified in their care plans
  • Facilitate and enhance their daily and independent living skills
  • Inspire our service users to succeed and develop
  • Act as a nominated co-worker for allocated service users, putting the service user at the heart of what they do
  • Accurately maintain records in line with the organisations policies and procedures, adhering to all guidelines and best practice
  • Be a positive, proactive and supportive member of our team
  • Proactively develop new ideas to support our service users and to enhance how we work for our service users

Essential Criteria:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong team player
  • Motivated to work in a challenging but extremely fulfilling care environment
  • A good standard of education, with good numeracy and literacy skills
  • Full Driving Licence acceptable to the organisation’s insurers

Desirable Criteria

  • A relevant qualification such as QFC/NVQ 2 in Social Care (Adults)


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Are you currently studying a health and social care qualification and would like to add some excellent work experience to your CV?

Here at Mainstay, we really care about what we do – opening doors for adults with learning disabilities, and supporting them to achieve independence. We now have some fantastic opportunities for students to join us on flexible, student summer contracts.

Working as Assistant Residential/ Support Workers, you’ll gain excellent training and development to help you start your career working with adults with learning disabilities and autism.

Our residential and supported living teams support adults with learning disabilities in everyday tasks, caring for their individual needs while enhancing their independent living skills. Working as part of a team, you’ll get to know our service users, from helping them with daily tasks on a one-to-one basis, to supporting them on social and recreational activities.

While some experience or knowledge of working in a caring role is desired, what’s most important to us is a genuine passion for caring for adults with a learning disability, and a willingness to develop a career in this rewarding field, where you’ll really get the opportunity to make a difference. Full training is provided.

Working hours include daytime, evenings, weekends, and may include long days/ split shifts on a rota basis, as well as some night duty

Essential Criteria:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong team player
  • Motivated to work in a challenging but extremely fulfilling care environment
  • A good standard of education, with good numeracy and literacy skills
  • Must be 18 years+

 

Desirable Criteria

  • Currently studying or just completed a relevant qualification such as QFC/NVQ 2 in Social Care (Adults) or any similar health and social care related qualification
  • Full Driving Licence acceptable to the organisation’s insurers

 

What’s on offer: 

  • 30 hours, 40 hours or flexible Bank contracts during the summer months depending on what works for you
  • Opportunity to continue working for us if your studies are finished, or on a Bank contract while you continue your studies
  • Comprehensive training aligned to NISCC and mentoring from our highly experience permanent employees
  • Training specific to each of our clients’ needs, like Diabetes, Epilepsy
  • Additional Sleep-in rates of pay – £70
  • Overtime at 1.5 times hourly rate
  • Health Cash Plan
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Pension
  • Free parking
  • Free meals
  • Discounted Gym Membership

 

Rate of Pay: £9.70 per hour £9.90 per hour (driver, after completing driving training)

 



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30/ 40 hours per week contracts available

Our residential and supported living teams support adults with learning disabilities in everyday tasks, caring for their individual needs while enhancing their independent living skills. Working as part of a team, you’ll get to know our service users, from helping them with daily tasks on a one-to-one basis, to supporting them on social and recreational activities.

While some experience or knowledge of working in a caring role is desired, what’s most important to us is a genuine passion for caring for adults with a learning disability, and a willingness to develop a career in this rewarding field, where you’ll really get the opportunity to make a difference. Full training is provided.

Working hours for these posts include irregular hours such as daytime, evenings, weekends, split shifts on a rota basis, as well as some waking night duty to meet the needs of the clients.

 

Responsibilities: 

  • Provide person-centred support to service users as identified in their care plans
  • Facilitate and enhance their daily and independent living skills
  • Inspire our service users to succeed and develop
  • Act as a nominated co-worker for allocated service users, putting the service user at the heart of what they do
  • Accurately maintain records in line with the organisations policies and procedures, adhering to all guidelines and best practice
  • Be a positive, proactive and supportive member of our team
  • Proactively develop new ideas to support our service users and to enhance how we work for our service users

 

Essential Criteria:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong team player
  • Motivated to work in a challenging but extremely fulfilling care environment
  • A good standard of education, with good numeracy and literacy skills
  • Full Driving Licence acceptable to the organisation’s insurers

 

Desirable Criteria

  • A relevant qualification such as QFC/NVQ 2 in Social Care (Adults)

Rate of Pay: £9.70 per hour £9.90 per hour (driver, after completing driving training)

This position involves some working at night, including sleep-in and waking night duty, as part of the rota.



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“I changed my career from working in a trade to working with Mainstay DRP. I worked my way up and now I’m a Senior Support Worker in our Supported Housing Service. It’s very different to what I used to do, but I love it! Our service users are fantastic, and I’ve been fully supported with great training and qualifications.”

Mark, Senior Support Worker, Ardcora Supported Housing

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