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Brothers Of Charity Services Ireland – West Region



JOB REF: 54/2024W

A panel may be formed from this competition from which future Social Care Worker vacancies in the Bruach Na Mara Services may be filled over the next 6 months.


The Brothers of Charity Services in South Connemara are a community based, person centred service focusing on the needs and abilities of adults with intellectual disabilities. The vision of the service is to support people with intellectual disabilities to achieve a full and valued life in their community. We continually review the way in which we support people in line with best practice internationally. Our focus going forward is to form a relationship/partnership with each individual and their family and communities, supporting people to plan and direct their own service so that they can enjoy a life with a healthy balance of supports. We wish to create... opportunities for people who use our service to have valued social roles in their communities and to have the chance to form friendships.

Tá Seirbhís Bhruach Na Mara lonnaithe i gceantar na Gaeltachta i Chonamara Theas. Tugann muid tacaíocht de dhaoine le míchumas intleachtúla maireachtáil ina gceantair dhúchais féin, i measc a muintir agus a gcáirde chun go mbeadh an duine in ann deis a fháil a bheith lán pháirteach ina phobal féin.


The Role:

The Social Care Worker will report to the Team Leader and will fulfil a key worker role for individuals and aim to provide a safe, secure environment where individuals will participate in community and leisure activities, make choices and enjoy a lifestyle that fulfils their potential and expectations with opportunity for new experiences.

Reporting/Responsible To

Social Care Leader/Team Leader/Service Coordinator/Area Manager



The successful candidate must have -
• A HETAC/DIT/NQAI BA in Applied Social Studies/Social Care. Open Training College (HETAC) accredited National Degree in Applied Social Studies (Disability).
• A minimum of 2 years’ experience of working with people with an intellectual disability. Experience in working and supporting individuals with a variety of support needs is essential - this may include autism, complex medical needs, mental health, behaviours that challenge and physical disabilities.
• A full clean manual Driving Licence (Class B) is essential for the appointee to drive the transport that is assigned to the Service.
• Fluency in verbal and written English and IT skills is an essential requirement of this post.


Candidates must demonstrate:
• Excellent organizational and planning skills, with the ability to set goals, put into action and follow through.
• The ability to communicate effectively in both written and verbal forms.
• Excellent listening skills, creativity and initiative, be innovative and self-motivated, have the ability to exercise good judgement, discretion and confidentiality, patience and a sense of humour
• Fluency in the Irish Language is desirable. If not fluent, a willingness to learn Irish, with the support of the service, is expected.
• Commitment to current best practice internationally and co-operating in an interdisciplinary team environment with a person-centred philosophy
• Staff will be expected to network with local community groups and develop positive links for the individuals who use the service.
• Keep up to date with current practice within the field

Working Hours

78 hours a fortnight based on a 14 day duty roster. The successful candidates will be required to work sleepovers, day & night duty, weekends and public holidays. The Brothers of Charity model of service is based on Personal Outcome Measures requiring employees to be flexible in their working hours to provide a quality service delivery for each individual.

Annual Leave

22 days per annum. Appropriate service related leave will be granted after 5 and 10

years’ service respectively.


Department of Health Social Care Worker salary scale (01/10/2023) - €36,945 x 10 increments –

€51,743 (max) per annum. LSI €52,700 per annum is payable after 3 years on the maximum of

the scale.


These posts are Temporary full-time and pensionable linked to permanent employees reduced hours/maternity leaves and a temporary redeployment.


A probationary period of nine months from the date of appointment applies to the post. The

employment may be terminated at any time during the probationary period should the

employer find that the appointee is unsuitable to continue employment. The probation period

may be extended at the Employer’s discretion.

Job Description

The Brothers of Charity model of service is based on Personal Outcome Measures requiring employees to be flexible in their outlook and working hours to provide a quality service delivery for each individual.

Specific Conditions
• Staff must have a positive attitude towards working with persons with an intellectual disability and help to ensure that they lead as normal and enjoyable a life as possible.
• Staff must treat each person with an intellectual disability as an individual and at all times acknowledge and respect the rights and personal dignity of the person with an intellectual disability.
• Staff are required to establish and maintain relationships with adults with disabilities that are based on respect and equality and that promote their independence.

Main Duties And Functions
• Be an active member of the assigned team.
• Develop positive relationships with individuals.
• Ensure that the support of all individuals is of the highest professional standard using Individual Personal Outcome Plans and a Key Worker system.
• Advocate for the individuals in all aspects of life by developing a good working relationship with the family and others involved with them.
• Support and facilitate individuals in community participation, integration and the development of their independence.
• Ensure the Service is operating in line with the Health Information and Quality Authority Standards (HIQA) for residential Services.
• Support individuals in recreational and social activities in the evenings and at weekends.
• Be willing to participate in all training and recreational activities including taking individuals on outings, trips and holidays as arranged.
• Assist individuals in making informed decisions.
• Support individuals in developing and maintaining friendships and other relationships.
• Support individuals in exercising their rights and managing their finances.
• Assist the individuals in accessing public services such as medical services, public transport, and so on.
• Drive the service vehicle in order to meet the needs of the people supported by the services.
• Help individuals to achieve personal goals and choices with regard to employment, home environment and leisure activities.
• Assist individuals in maintaining good health, receiving appropriate healthcare and maintaining good personal hygiene.
• Support the individuals with their personal care and activities of daily living.
• In conjunction with the multi-disciplinary team, carry out regular positive behavioural programming reviews and set goals for improvement.
• Carry out housekeeping duties, and ensure the house is maintained to a high standard of cleanliness and décor.
• Assist individuals in menu planning and preparation of food, cooking daily meals and maintaining a high standard of food hygiene.
• Administer medication when necessary in line with the Services’ Medication Administration and Management Policy.
• Supervise support workers while on duty.
• Provide leadership to the staff team in the absence of the Team Leader/Social Care Leader.
• Avail of all training and development opportunities that enhance this position.
• Maintain records with respect to individuals, finances, purchasing and human resources as are required.
• Ensure confidentiality is maintained in all matters concerning people supported by the services including the safe storage of reports and records.
• Ensure that all accidents/incidents to individuals, staff and visitors are reported in accordance with Service policy.
• Operate within the policies and procedures of the Service in all aspects of your work.
• Promote dignity at work and show respect to individuals, colleagues and stakeholders in the course of duty.
• Be aware of and become familiar with fire drill procedures within the work place, i.e. fire detection, evacuation and fire fighting.
• To be conscious of Health & Safety matters in the workplace and, in particular, to comply with employees’ obligations as set out under Chapter 2, numbers 13, 14 & 15 of the Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act, 2005.
• As the duties and responsibilities of any post in the Service are likely to change with the ongoing needs of the people supported by the services, i.e. age, level of disability, health etc, staff are expected to have a high level of flexibility, willingness and an ability to develop new approaches to their work as the people supported by the services needs demand.
• Perform such other duties appropriate to the post as may be assigned by the Team Leader/ Service coordinator. All duties must be carried out in person at all times.

The role of the post holder will not be limited by reference to this job description. It would be expected that the role will evolve as professional, structural and Individuals demands change and the post holder will be expected to demonstrate flexibility skills that will facilitate this.

Informal enquiries to: Sharon Faherty, Area Manager or Brigeen Dolan, Service Coordinator, Bruach Na Mara - Tel: 091-721536

Closing date for online applications is 5pm Thursday 23rd May 2024

Interviews will take place on 27th June 2024

The Brothers of Charity Services Ireland is an equal opportunities employer
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