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We're looking for enthusiastic, caring and friendly individuals to join our care teams either working directly with the council or with our partners to ensure residents are safe, cared for and live their happiest life possible.

You may have left college and are looking to start a career with great potential. Maybe you’ve had years looking after your family and now fancy something new and fulfilling.

It could be you’ve lost your job during the pandemic or don’t feel that your job is very secure and are looking for a fresh start. Or maybe you just fancy a new role and a change of career. If this sounds like you then read on.

What roles are available?

We’re committed to the people we support and to the community around us. We have roles in lots of teams working across the borough in supported living, care homes, home care, day centres and respite, helping people to live happy lives.

You’ll either work with our own council teams or with our trusted ethical partners. You don’t necessarily need any qualifications or previous work experience in this area – in fact we have great success stories from people who used to work in leisure, hospitality and other types of work and have moved into care.

What’s really important are your values, your positive attitude and wanting to work with people who need care and support. We want you to bring your humour, your smile and your own experiences and interests to motivate and engage the people you are supporting.

What’s also great is that because we have roles available right across the borough, there’s bound to be one very local to you, making getting to work easy.

What will you be doing?

Tasks may include:

  • Supporting people with their daily living skills, whilst encouraging them to be independent and help themselves e.g. meal preparation and taking part in activities
  • Providing reassurance, good company and conversation, supporting people to reach their dreams and aspirations and live their best life
  • Helping people to get out and about and access what’s available in the community
  • Supporting people with their medication
  • Providing discrete support with personal care.

You may have to work weekends, bank holidays or unsociable hours and we can chat to you about this to see what works

What are we looking for in you?

Don’t worry, you don’t need any particular skills. We want to talk to you if you have:

  • A warm, caring and calm nature. Positive people with an open mind and an open heart
  • Good moral values you can share with others
  • A willingness to go on people’s journeys with them - be it their life journey or a trip to the corner shop
  • A friendly sense of humour (a must) and enjoy talking to people
  • Enthusiasm and motivation
  • A desire to help our local people who need that extra support. You can see the person beyond their disability and see the 'can do' rather than the 'can’t do'
  • An ability to work both on your own and as part of a team.

What's in it for you?

  • You’ll be doing a meaningful job in a caring and friendly environment. It’s so much more than a job though, you’ll be joining a family.
  • A great career choice with training and the opportunity to build skills and gain qualifications. Check out some of the stories from our staff who are not only loving the choice they made but are continually progressing in their career
  • Flexible hours - let us know the hours that suit you and we’ll see what we can do.

Register your interest

If you feel there is something here for you and want to be considered, please register your interest and we'll be in touch quickly. Complicated application forms aren’t our thing (we can sort all that afterwards). We just want to hear from you.

Alternatively, if this role isn’t for you log in to Greater.Jobs (external link) to keep up to date with all Council vacancies and sign up to receive email job alerts (external link).

Join us at our open evenings

If you want to find out more about working in our care teams before applying, why not come along to one of our opening evenings. You’ll get the chance to:

  • Find out more about the roles and hear from staff about how they find it
  • Meet lots of potential employers who are keen to talk to you and have vacancies right now
  • Ask any questions you may have and line up interviews
  • Hear from the Be Well leisure team who will share tips on mindfulness, staying calm in situations like meeting new people, interviews and starting new jobs, as well as offer fitness advice
  • Pick up free gym and swim passes, and a wellbeing pamper gift as a thank you for coming along.

These open evenings are totally relaxed, so please feel free to bring a friend along if you wish. There’ll also be drinks and nibbles available.

When, where and how to attend?

Testimonials

Kim's story

"I’m Team Leader at a wonderful property within our Supported Living services. I manage a large team to ensure customers living here have a full and happy life of their own choice. It’s true you can have a great career in adult social care. I started working for Wigan Council 18 years ago as a support worker in a residential setting, which was home to people with varied learning disabilities and complex health needs. I was involved in a move to a much bigger property that went really well. After this I decided to take a career step and was promoted to Team Leader. I was thrilled to be appointed to the post and have never looked back! Having started by managing two small properties I now manage Tanfield, a large residential property in Hindley. I have a fantastic, positive and highly motivated team and happy customers. It’s completely amazing. Come and join us, I’m sure you’ll love it too."

Lee's story

"The best thing about this job is working with people and being able to make a positive difference to their lives. I started as an Apprentice Support Worker at the Council when I was 18 years old. This gave me the best possible start working at various bases with customers with varying support needs, gaining lots of experience whilst also developing knowledge through completing an NVQ level 2, enabling me to secure a permanent position. I gathered more experience working in different areas and taking on new challenges. I was successful in gaining a position as a Market Development Officer and the extra experience led to me becoming a Registered Manager. For me, to work in social care, you need to genuinely care about people and be passionate about supporting people on a journey to live their best life. If that’s you, come and join us."