Life Enrichment Activity Coordinator

THE COMPANY:

We are a relatively new children’s residential care home provider based in Northampton. We offer an excellent therapeutic service for up to five children who are aged 10 to 18. We are currently seeking a Life Enrichment Activity Coordinator who genuinely enjoys the rewards and challenges of working with children and young people to join our team.

 

THE ROLE:

As a Life Enrichment Activity Coordinator you will be required to develop and oversee an active living programme for each young person, which supports social contact, independence and fun so each and every one of our young people can thrive and live to their full potential.

 

You will need to communicate and liaise effectively with the manager, your co-workers, other professionals, and the young people.  You will promote and participate in activities, encourage choice and new opportunities for the children and young people. You will ensure that any risk assessments have been carried out prior to any new planned activity or event. The role will also require you to carry out general administration duties to assist with the running of the home.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Prepare and deliver activities for young people, focusing on participation, development, and enjoyment.  To ensure all policies and procedures are adhered to by you and the children in your care, including all health and safety, and safeguarding procedures. Continuously promote the welfare of the children in your care.

Show the required energy, enthusiasm and professionalism, acting as an ambassador for Discovered Care & Education and behaving as a suitable role model for children. Other ad-hoc duties (cleaning, equipment maintenance/ordering etc).

Able to tailor delivery and structure according to age and ability. Enthusiastic, energetic individual, passionate about working with, and developing children through play and activity. Good organisation and communication skills. Flexible, team player, able to adapt to dynamic situations and challenges.

To incorporate Occupational Therapy, e.g. Home based domestic activities, assisting tidying, cleaning room, setting tables etc. Social Activities, e.g. Concerts, parties, bingo, outings and other activities that encourage social interaction. Creative Therapy, e.g. crafts, sewing, painting, baking, gardening etc. Daily Living Activities, e.g. Self-care such as hair, hygiene, clothes and make up etc. Reality Orientation, e.g. signs and clues within the home environment, current affairs and news discussions, communication from staff etc.  Keep Fit Activities, e.g. musical movement, seated physical activity, Yoga etc. Small Group Activities, e.g. board games, quizzes etc. Leisure and Free Time, e.g. ensuring that the young people have ample opportunity for their own free time.

To support all care staff to participate in structured activities. To raise funds and support fund raising activities to provide additional amenities for the young people. To support the Home Manager to arrange special social events within the home and attend as and when required.

To undertake any training necessary for the completion of your duties. To attend staff and other meetings as appropriate. To undertake any other duties as and when required. To abide by all company Policies and Procedures in accordance with the Staff Handbook and Policy and Procedure Files

Applicants will be required to work some weekends on a rota basis, and may be required to go on holiday with the children and young people.

 

THE CANDIDATE:

The candidate will have genuine interest in working within a caring environment. Working with people with complex conditions and challenging behaviour. The ability to communicate effectively at all levels.  Satisfactory DBS check. Previous experience of developing and delivering activity programmes for young people. Full, clean driving licence. Knowledge and empathy of the service user group. Working effectively in a multi-disciplinary environment. Budgetary control. Knowledge of organising activities to enhance lives of residents.  Working within care home environment. Relevant Vocational Qualification (achieved or working towards).

 

Job Types: Full-time, part-time, permanent, bank staff