Isle of Wight Council

Plean Dene (a care home for adults with learning disabilities and autism)

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This vacancy has now closed. Support Workers x2 (Ref: 2024_775)

Plean Dene, 2 Luccombe Rd, Shanklin Isle of Wight PO37 6RQ

Grade 4, £23,500 to £23,893 per annum pro-rata (actual salary, £19,054.05 to £19,372.70)

Contact: Christine Grimes at 01983 866015.

Vacancy Reference: 2024_775

Closing Date: 19/04/2024

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: 30 per week

Allowances / Market Supplement: Shift Allowance


Are you a kind, caring individual, with patience and empathy?  Would you enjoy spending your days supporting individuals to live fulfilled, happy, and enriched lives?


At Plean Dene in Shanklin, we provide a safe, warm, friendly, and welcoming home environment for our residents, a wonderful group of 9 adults with learning disabilities and ‘behaviours that challenge’.

Our job is to ensure that those we care for lead an active, fulfilling, and enriched lifestyle and we are looking to appoint positive, committed, and forward-thinking Day Support Workers to assist us in this goal.

As part of our team, you will enable and support with all kinds of activities encouraging our residents to enjoy Island life, from walks along the coast from Shanklin to Sandown, trips to feed the ducks, bus trips around the Isle of Wight and visits to local garden centres, you’ll even join our residents on day trips and excursions to a range of Island attractions such as Tapnell Farm, Robin Hill and Rylstone Gardens.

Our residents have a wide range of care needs and diverse interests so you will need to tailor your work to suit each individual, ensuring everyone is happy and engaged in the activities and experiences that suit them best.

On site at home, you could be supporting with arts and crafts workshops, working with our ‘Magic Table’ (a virtual gaming experience) supporting with domestic duties such as cleaning or helping in the kitchen as we provide delicious home cooked meals each day.

You’ll also support with regular personal care whenever needed, which can include toileting, dressing and feeding, supporting each individual to be as independent as possible.

You will play a key role in delivering a high-quality service, which has a person-centred approach and actively supports and maximises residents' independence and life experience. Our team needs to be a special mix of energy and enthusiasm with the ability to also be gentle and calm, to adapt to the needs of all our residents, some of whom will communicate non-verbally which will require time and patience to master.

Contact us today to discover how you can fit in with our team as a Support Worker at Plean Dene!

The typical shift times are as follows:

* Early Shift – 07:15 - 14:45

* Late Shift – 14:30 – 22:00

* Wakeful Night – 22:00 – 07:30


You will be well supported and receive regular structured supervision, training and development opportunities.

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate an appropriate level of literacy and numeracy with a clear commitment to excellence. It is an important feature of these roles that residents have access to the range of community activities, and we therefore welcome applications from people who are able to drive vehicles used by the residents in the homes.

For further information or an informal discussion, please contact Christine Grimes at 01983 866015.

PLEASE NOTE: Out of Hours Standby and Call Out

You will be required to take part in the Out of Hours Stand-by Duty Rota as and when requested by management.  Standby and call out duties are paid in accordance with the IWC Terms and Conditions 2012 document.

Please click here to view the Isle of Wight Council’s Care Close to Home Strategy.

When you join #TeamIWC you'll receive our staff benefits package, including:

-  Annual leave entitlement of 32 days p/a PLUS public holidays!

-  Local Government pension scheme

-  Discounted Solent ferry travel

-  Island bus network discount

-  Cycle to work scheme

-  Staff parking permit scheme

-  Discounted island sports & leisure gym membership

-  National and local discounts & benefits schemes

For some vacancies (subject to criteria)

-  A relocation scheme of up to £8,000 may be available if you are specifically relocating to the Isle of Wight to take up a new role with us

-  If you choose to commute to the Isle of Wight daily, you may be eligible to have some travel costs reimbursed

Find out more about working for the Isle of Wight Council and living on the Island here.

The Isle of Wight Council protects its employees from discrimination and this is supported by the Unacceptable Behaviour PolicyEmployee Code of Conduct and Behaviours Framework. We actively promote the diversity of our workforce and we provide flexible working options (where appropriate) to support the different needs of our employees.

The Isle of Wight Council’s Terms & Conditions of employment are available upon request. Please contact our recruitment team via if you would like to receive a copy.

The Isle of Wight Council is an equal opportunities employer, who is proud to encourage applications from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities to better reflect the diversity within our local community. In addition to this, we are also a Disability Confident Employer. Along with a number of other areas of commitments, this means that providing you meet the basic essential requirements of the advertised role and have declared yourself as disabled, you will be offered an opportunity for an interview within the council.

If you have difficulty completing your online application or if you need further information about how to apply, telephone 01983 823134 or email Please note only applications completed and submitted online by the closing date will be accepted.

We often receive a high volume of applicants for our vacancies. If you do not hear from the recruiting manager within three weeks of the closing date, we regret that your application will not have been successful on this occasion. If unsuccessful, we actively encourage you to revisit our job pages and apply to alternate posts that may be suitable.

Closing Date: Rolling