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Donations Needed!

Saturday 12 July 2014

 

 

Our volunteers need your support!

 

They are trying to raise funds for our new premises by attending lots of events up and down the county borough holding stalls at fayres and fetes.

They need your donations!

Are you able to donate tins, bottles, raffle prizes, bric-a-brac, unwanted gift items?

Our volunteers will arrange collection if you are unable to bring items to us.

Please telephone us if this is an issue for you.

We will accept any donation providing it is not an electrical item and it is clean, in date and in good working order.  Please be generous if you can!

Thank You

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Can Do road show hits town!!

Saturday 5 July 2014

 

DISABILITY CAN DO ROAD SHOW HITS TOWN!

Our Disability Awareness Roadshow will traveling around the Caerphilly County Borough next week. Take alook at the schedule of times and venues and keep an eye out for us in your area, pop by and have a chat.

Monday 7th July
11am – 2pm Rhymney Library Car Park
3 – 7pm Tesco Ystrad Mynach (unconfirmed)

Tuesday 8th July
10am – 2pm Lidl, Risca
3 – 7pm Tesco, Risca

Wednesday 9th July
10am – 2pm Opposite Gelligaer Surgery
3 – 7pm Sainsbury’s Pontllanfraith (foyer)

Thursday 10th July
10am – 2pm Asda Blackwood
3 – 7pm Newbridge Meredith Terrace Car Park

Friday 11th July
10am – 3pm Caerphilly Morrison’s

Saturday 12th July
11am – 4pm Risca Hoedown Fair
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* New Job Opportunity*

Wednesday 4 June 2014

 

Housing Support Co-ordinator
full time (35 hrs per week) £19,317
Initial contract length of 2 yrs with continuation being subject to funding.

To apply:

Please send a current CV along with two referees and a covering letter detailing your housing related work experience over the past two years.  (Please minimise your cover letter to 2 pages of A4 maximum.)
to admin@disabilitycando.org.uk by no later than 12noon Fri 20th June 2014.

Please note:
The Trustee Board is looking for an immediate start for the successful applicant.

An enhanced DBS check applies to this post.

If you require further information please telephone 01495 233555.

Please See below Job Description

 

The Job Role Title:                                   Housing Support Co-ordinator

 Responsible To:                                        Charity Manager

 Salary:                                                          £19,317 Full Time (35 hrs per week)

 Main Office Base:                                      Penllwyn Millennium Centre

 Job Purpose

To provide flexible, housing related support to disabled people to enable them to sustain their tenure, thrive and live independently. Engage with service users and build trusting relationships.

The role will include visiting service users in their own homes as part of a structured approach to their support, working closely with other professionals and agencies to provide a co-ordinated service, which meets the identified needs of the individuals and will allow them to attain or sustain accommodation suitable for their needs.

 

Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Support disabled people to access the information, support and skills needed to maintain & retain their homes.
  • Complete a needs assessment and identify any potential risks relating to the disabled person.
  • Develop and agree upon a support plan that will meet the identified support needs of the disabled person.
  • Support disabled people to access services and facilities that will enable them to maintain and develop their independence and achieve the desired outcomes within their support plan.
  • Regularly review and evaluate the effectiveness of the support plan and agree upon new actions if required.
  • Ensure that the services who have agreed to provide support are working towards meeting the identified support needs of the disabled person.
  • Support people to apply to Council/social landlords and private letting agencies if they need or are considering alternative accommodation.
  • Support disabled people to liaise with and where appropriate negotiate with landlords.
  • Enable disabled people to compare utilities costs and offer support with moving to an alternative provider if desired.
  • Negotiate & advocate for the disabled person to ensure they receive services from statutory, non statutory, voluntary services & any other services or agencies if needed & participate in case conferences with these agencies as required.
  • Refer the disabled person to the Can Do Independent Advocacy service if needed.
  • Offer emotional support to the disabled person & help them access appropriate services as needed.
  •  Offer the disabled person support with financial matters including budgeting & accessing appropriate debt management support as needed.
  • Support the disabled person to maximise their income and to refer them to the Can Do Welfare support team if needed.
  • Support people to explore options for transport, including applications for bus passes & blue badges or to develop road safety skills or practice routes for public transport.
  • Promote physical & mental wellbeing
  • Encourage and support the disabled person to maintain the security of their home. To report repairs & arrange for home improvements & adaptations if needed.
  • Support and encourage the disabled person to keep appointments and plan ahead.
  • Network with local community, services, professionals & research appropriate information to assist the disabled person.
  • Promote the service at community locations and organised events as necessary.
  • Induct, support and supervise the volunteer team who assist with the day to day running and delivery of the housing related support service.
  • Receive referrals, arrange initial appointments and manage waiting lists as required. 
  • Self manage a caseload, including managing an outlook diary, appointments and prioritising the needs of the people we support.
  • Set up and maintain accurate records and provide information & reports as required.
  • To have an awareness & understanding of Disability Can Do’s policies & procedures.

 

STANDARDS AND ETHOS

  • Post-holders are expected to be aware of work pressures on other colleagues and proactively offer to assist where their workload allows.
  • It is important that post holders have the ability to think strategically and creatively, to plan, organise and manage workload effectively.
  • Must be able to multi-task and handle multiple demands, stretching targets and to grasp new concepts quickly.
  • Be able to support diversity and equality of opportunity in the workplace.
  • The post holder will be working in a developing environment and he/she will therefore be expected to undertake other appropriate duties as required for the effective operation of the organisation.
  • Contribute to team meetings and organisational priorities and abide by organisational policies and practices.
  • Responsibility for health and safety in the area under his/her control and ensure that he/she is familiar with the organisations policy on statement on health and safety.
  • A commitment to participation in all relevant training and other development opportunities that will allow progression within the role.
  • To work alongside, support and supervise volunteers to the Organisation.

 

Person Specification

 

Essential or Desirable

Evidence

Experience

 

 

Substantial experience in Housing related support and or Health & Social Care.

E

 

Experience of working alongside, supporting and supervising volunteers.

D

 

Skills & Abilities

 

 

The skill and ability to devise, implement and review support plans and to undertake, record, monitor and review risk assessments.

E

 

The skill and ability to receive referrals, manage waiting lists and self manage a caseload.

E

 

Ability to accurately maintain records and provide information & reports when required.

E

 

Ability to use a variety of IT systems including Microsoft office.

E

 

Ability to negotiate support from statutory, non statutory & the voluntary sector. Joint work with other providers and ensure that agreed interventions are delivered and reviewed as required.

E

 

The ability to assist the person supported to set up and maintain a home.

E

 

The ability to offer advice when the person supported requires it, helping support their family and social relationships.

E

 

The ability to assist those supported to keep appointments and attend important meetings.

E

 

The ability to network with the local community, services, professionals

E

 

 

The skill and ability to offer the person supported assistance with matters relating to welfare benefits, finance and budgeting.

D

 

The ability to develop personal life-skills and social skills of the person supported, offering emotional support where needed.

D

 

Enable people supported to maintain the security of their home, report repairs and arrange home improvements and adaptations.

E

 

To source and advocate for the person supported to access agencies that may be able to assist with counselling.

E

 

The ability to drive & have access to a car for transport. Must also be willing to have business insurance

E

 

Knowledge and Understanding

 

 

Understanding of and commitment to Can Do’s mission, aims, policies and procedures.

E

 

Understanding of the role of a Housing Support Coordinator.

 

E

 

Understanding of the need for privacy and confidentiality.

 

E

 

Knowledge of national and local housing legislation, policies, procedures and protocols.

E

 

Knowledge of First Aid, Food Hygiene, Health & Safety and POVA.

 

D

 

Knowledge of the issues that affect people who have issues relating to mental health/substance misuse/domestic abuse/learning disabilities/physical disabilities or being a vulnerable young person/older person/ex offender/vulnerable single or two parent family.

D

 

An understanding of, and commitment to, equal opportunities.

E

 

Commitment to providing an effective role model for both the people we support and staff.

E

 

Commitment to working as part of a team, in particular with a range of other agencies.

E

 

Willingness to attend training, help with in house training, learn new skills and be open to new ideas.

E

 

A commitment to enable people to do things rather than doing for people.

E

 

Willingness to advocate on behalf of person referred for support.

E

 

Ability to support senior management and the trustee board in long term planning of the service.

D

 

Education and Training

 

 

‘A’ level/QCF 2(or equivalent) or willingness to undertake.

D

 

ECDL

D

 

 

This job description/specification is indicative of the range of current duties and responsibilities of the post holder, it is not comprehensive.  It is inevitable that the duties will change to reflect the organisational development, and it is essential therefore that it should be regarded with a degree of flexibility, so that changing needs can be met.  These changes will be discussed with the post holder.  Substantial changes could require a job evaluation re-assessment, which could affect the job grade and contractual terms.

 

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Has your working life been affected by disability?

Tuesday 6 May 2014

 

HAS YOUR WORKING LIFE BEEN AFFECTED BY DISABILITY?

Disability Rights UK are keen to hear from individuals who have recent experience of their working life being significantly disrupted or halted by a newly acquired disability.

They are collaborating on a project to showcase the impact on an individual’s career, livelihood and family as well the options, resources and support available to them as they strive to return to work.


The nature of this project / case study is such that individuals interested in participating should be aged between 25-45 and have a recently (last 6 months) diagnosed disability which has led them to leave work.

Please email jason.jaspal@disabilityrightsuk.org with details of your circumstances if you are interested in taking part. 
 
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*NEW* Welfare Support Job Opportunities

Monday 20 January 2014

 

The Disability Can Do Organisation is seeking to recruit the following posts to deliver Welfare Support Services for Disabled Adults and Carers across Caerphilly County Borough:


Welfare Support Services Manager (full time, 35 hrs per week, salary £26,539) post ref 20141
Welfare Benefits Caseworker (full time, 35 hrs per week, salary £20,858) post ref 20143
Administrator (full time, 35 hrs per week, salary £19,128) post ref 20142
Training and Placement Officer (part time, 30 hrs per week £16,395 pro rata, £14,053 actual) post ref 20144


All posts are subject to CRB check.


All posts are offered on a conditional basis until satisfactory completion of a 6 month probationary period.  Contract length – 3 years, with further continuation subject to funding.


Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 12 noon, Friday 14th February 2014.

Any queries please email support@disabilitycando.org.uk  or please call the office on  01495233555

 

We cannot accept emailed applications.  Please return a hard copy of the Job Application form to:-
Recruitment, The Disability Can Do Organisation, Penllwyn Millennium Centre, Penllwyn Lane, Pontllanfraith, Blackwood, NP12 2EQ

 

Click here to open the Welfare Support Manager Job Description (Word 2007 or newer)

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BIG PACKING A BIG SUCCESS!

Sunday 22 December 2013

 

BAG PACKING A BIG SUCCESS!

Disability Can Do was at Sainsbury's Pontllanfraith today packing customers bags in the store.

The aim of the  bag-packing was to raise funds and awareness for the charity, and to publicise our services available in the area. We are please to say the event was a great success, and thanks to the shoppers generosity we managed to raise £686.29  

A big big thank you goes to Sainsbury's for giving us the support we needed to raise much needed funds, and to all our volunteers and helpers who were at the store all day.

A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!

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OFFICE CLOSURE OVER CHRISTMAS PERIOD

Friday 20 December 2013

 

Office Closure times over Christmas Period

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CHRISTMAS RAFFLE WAS A REAL CRACKER!

Thursday 19 December 2013

 

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE WAS A CRACKER!

A huge thank you to everyone who bought, sold and donated prizes to our Christmas Raffle 2013. 

 We managed to raise a grand total of £456.00 which will go towards the running costs of the charity.

We would like to thank everyone who helped to sell tickets, without your hard work we would not have had such a successful raffle. Special thanks also goes to those who kindly donated prizes for our raffle.

We would like to make a special mention of Sainsbury’s & International Greetings and thank them for all their support with our fundraising efforts, and their donations of raffle prizes.

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WELSH DECLARATION OF THE RIGHTS OF OLDER PEOPLE

Friday 13 December 2013

 

WELSH DECLARATION OF THE RIGHTS OF OLDER PEOPLE

Welsh Government are seeking comments and views on this draft of the Welsh Declaration of the Rights of Older People.

The proposed declaration sets out the rights that older people have. This information would help statutory bodies and service providers who work for, or on behalf of older people to know what is expected in Wales.

It would include guidance on what is expected to ensure older people receive the support and services they need. It would also help older people to know what their rights are by clearly setting out their entitlements.

We are asking for views from people of all ages but particularly would welcome comments from:

Older people

Young people

Families

Carers

Black and Minority Ethnic interest groups

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender interest groups

Residents Associations

Housing associations

Credit unions

Care and support workers

Organisations  made up of older people

Organisations which provide services to older people

Organisations which work for or on behalf of older people

Employers

Education and Training provide

 

How to respond

Submit your comments by 15 March 2014, in any of the following ways:

Email

Strategyforolderpeople@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Post

Strategy for Older People Team, Integration Policy and Delivery Division
Welsh Government
Floor 4 (North Core), Crown Buildings
Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NQ

Additional information

Telephone: 029 2082 6928    

Large print, Braille and alternate language versions of this document are available on request.

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