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Want to join our team? Do you share our values? Help us improve the lives of disabled people. You don't need previous experience or qualifications. We'll provide on-the-job training.

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Our values and purpose

Choice Support offers all our staff and volunteers opportunities to embrace our values and purpose, and bring these to life when working with us. Our purpose is to create opportunities for people to be happy. Our values underpin what we do and help us to be the best we can be. They provide us with strong foundations and are reflected in our policies and procedures and comprehensive training to better support people. Our values are:

We care

We care about people and stand up for what is right.

We respect

We are open and honest and value people for who they are.

We learn

We listen, we work together and we continue to improve.

We lead

We are experts at what we do and make good ideas happen.

Diversity, inclusion and belonging

We are committed to promoting diversity and inclusion and taking action to address inequality. We particularly welcome applications from anyone who is from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background, anyone who considers themselves to have a disability and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Read more about our approach to diversity, inclusion and belonging here.

Meet our Diversity and Inclusion manager, Helen Choudhury, who shares her passion for equality and respect, here.

Learning and development

We will provide you with the training you need to be a great support worker, including a structured induction, regular on-going training and support to achieve a nationally recognised qualification. We will also offer you the opportunity to progress your career within a care provider that has an excellent reputation and promotion opportunities nationally.

A different kind of reward

The work can sometimes be demanding, but it is always rewarding, with the satisfaction that comes from helping someone else get the best out of life.

A support worker's role is never dull as there are never two days the same. The work you do is whatever the person you are supporting wants or needs to do. One day you might be supporting someone with their personal care, medication, shopping and housework, and then Skype calling their family. Another day you might be accompanying someone to the cinema or a club, or helping them make dinner for friends.

If your role is to help people into work, you'll be focused on helping them to achieve their goals and overcome barriers to employment. Your support could include helping people to submit job applications and prepare for interviews.

We have signed up to good practice

Ban the Box campaign

We are pleased to consider applications from people with criminal convictions. Most convictions do not present an obstacle to employment with us. We have signed up to the Ban the Box campaign and will only ask for details of criminal records later on in the recruitment process.

Disability Confident

Choice Support is Disability Confident, which is a scheme run by the Department of Work and Pensions. As part of our commitment we operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme - all candidates who declare a disability and meet the essential criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview.

The Halo Code

Choice Support is delighted to be adopting the Halo Code and joining the fight against race-based hair discrimination. We recognise the cultural, ethnic, racial and religious importance of Afro-hairstyles and we promise members of the Black community the “freedom and security to wear all afro-hairstyles without restriction or judgement.”

Find out more about the Halo Code.

Care Leavers Covenant

Choice Support is delighted to have signed a commitment to the Care Leavers Covenant to encourage more young care leavers to start a career in social care. We are working in partnership with the Covenant as part of the Government’s ‘Keep on caring strategy’ to support young care leavers (aged 16-25) to help them to secure work and live independently.

Leonie Brooks, HR manager, is our lead for the Care Leavers Covenant. Watch this video from Leonie or contact her directly if you are a care leaver wanting more information.

Mindful Employer

The Mindful Employer Charter is a national initiative, and becoming a signatory demonstrates our public commitment to promoting positive mental health in the workplace. We provide support and make adjustments for job applicants and staff who tell us they have a mental health condition. As part of this support we offer all colleagues the benefit of the AXA PPP Employee Assistance Life Management support programme.

Staff Sophie Staff
I’ve worked my way up to become an assistant manager. Sophie, assistant team leader

Support staff and managers need the same qualities, and that's empathy and patience.

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Staff Vilija
I had a major break-through with someone I support – it’s a great feeling. Vilija, Support Worker

Vilija explains how she's gained a person's trust by overcoming anxiety with physical contact.

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I feel I’m doing something worthwhile. It’s such a fulfilling and enriching job. We do make a difference however small this difference is. Mark, team leader

Mark had a completely different career before joining us as a support worker in 2007.

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The best part about my role is seeing people’s confidence grow. Becca, employment service coordinator

Managing a supported employment service in Richmond and Wandsworth, Becca is passionate about work opportunities being available to everyone.

You are allowed to be yourself and your individual ideas are listened to. Staff survey 2021
The organisation gives serious consideration to the wellbeing of their employees and this allows me to bring my caring side to work, letting me be me. Staff survey 2021
Choice Support makes you feel like a genuine equal member of a team and also part of a bigger picture. They are committed to looking after their staff properly. Staff survey 2021
Choice Support employs a very diverse group of staff- it doesn’t just say it will it actually does. Staff survey 2021
Every employee is valued, offering everyone the opportunity to improve their educational and professional skills to prepare you for any vacancy or new role in the organisation. Staff survey 2021
Sarah Maguire, the CEO, has always been open to anyone making direct contact with her. Her values and approach to her work are extremely encouraging and make the organisation a better place to work. Staff survey 2021
Regardless of challenges that arise we always find strength to overcome in our teamwork. We maintain healthy balanced practices to provide overall quality of life for those we support. Staff survey 2021

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Who we are

Choice Support is a national charity, formed in 1984, supporting people with autism, learning disabilities and mental health needs.

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