How you'll make a difference

Working in people’s homes, supporting adults with physical and sensory impairments, you will make a difference by providing a practical, multi trade service to enable disabled and older people to live with maximum independence and dignity. The purpose of the service is to prevent any unnecessary admissions to hospital or care homes and to facilitate timely and safe discharge from hospital. 
 
You will link in with other social care, community health and hospital staff as well as directly with the public. You will also work with the Council’s public health team’s Child Health Safety Scheme in order to fit home safety equipment in the homes of families. 
 
What will you be doing? 
 
  • You will design and build basic equipment to meet individual needs as well as making and fitting minor adaptations including grab rails and handrails for older and disabled people.
  • You will need to routinely use portable electric powered tools and the usual range of hand woodworking tools also larger workshop woodworking machinery and DIY working tools. 
  • Part of your job will be to undertake adaptation and construction work using different building techniques and materials, always ensuring safe, effective, and secure installation.
  • You will install small appliances connected to radio, television, and telephone to assist people with hearing impairment.
  • You will manage your own workload, preparatory work, constructional work and home visits in the timeliest and cost-effective manner.
  • You will need to order and maintain material and equipment stock.
  • You will work as part of a team and assist or cover for Technician colleagues to ensure the work across locations is completed.
  • You will need to be aware of and work within health and safety legislation.

What we need from you

  • You will need to hold a relevant qualification e.g., NVQ 3 or equivalent qualification or have equivalent relevant experience such as the ability to demonstrate considerable experience covering a range of practical activities and DIY, in particular Carpentry, Masonry and fixings and installation of manufactured fittings. 
  • You will need to be skilled in the use of portable electric powered tools and a range of hand woodworking tools, as well as larger workshop woodworking machinery and DIY working tools. 
  • You will have good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • You will be adaptable and able to cope with changing work programmes and be able to deal with emergency situations.
  • Using a council vehicle, you will be required to travel widely within and outside of the Authority on occasions, so you must have a current driving licence.
  • Although not essential for the role, you may have a recognised trade qualification and knowledge of British Sign Language (BSL) as many of the users of the service are hearing impaired.
Please note that due to the nature of this role it is a requirement of employment that an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is obtained for this post.

How a career at South Gloucestershire Council is different

We value our staff as individuals, investing in their careers and we are recognised for the quality, breadth and depth of our training and development offer, which helps make the greatest long-term difference in work.  
 
We trust our team to work in the way which allows them to make the biggest difference and we continue to invest in technology to help staff do their jobs to the best of their ability and celebrate innovation.  
 
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Ensuring all our staff are given right skills, knowledge and support to recognise and respond effectively to potential abuse or neglect. 
 
We recognise that our diverse team of skilled and dedicated people make us a great place to work. We welcome applications from everyone and ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and developed on the basis of their merits and abilities.   
 
Our teams at South Gloucestershire Council are making a real difference to the lives of people who live, work and learn here.    
 
  • We're building and shaping communities which people are proud of   
  • We're working with the most vulnerable in our community to help them achieve what they want in life   
  • We're investing in our schools to ensure every child and young person in South Gloucestershire achieves their full potential.  
We've achieved a great deal, but we need talented and dedicated people to ensure we continue to make a difference.   
 
We’re making a difference, be part of it!   
 
For more information, please contact Catherine Young, Senior Practitioner on 01454 868138 or email catherine.young@southglos.gov.uk.
 
 

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