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Training Opportunities

The Bridge Community provides an intensive training programme that is very valuable for people that are interested in pursuing a career in the social field. It covers varied subjects such as 

  • Living in Community
  • Responsibilities & Practical Issues
  • Working in Community
  • Epilepsy
  • Safeguarding Training
  • Personal Care
  • Helping people to manage their Finances
  • Health & Safety
  • Fire Marshall Training
  • Self advocacy/ decision making / duty of care
  • Manual Handling & People Handling
  • Relationship based support & Reactive Attachment disorders
  • Safe Administration of Medication Training
  • Nutrition & Food Safety
  • Epilepsy & Buccal Midazolam Training
  • Record Keeping
  • Fire Extinguisher &  Fire Safety Training
  • Dealing with Complaints / Family Contact
  • MAPA CPI (Crisis Prevention and intervention)
  • Camphill Ethos, Culture & History
  • Basic First Aid
  • Communication
  • Challenging Behaviour & Positive Behaviour Support
  • Sexuality & Relationships
  • Down's Synrome & Autism
  • Sign Language 

The Training Programme is spread out over 4 months and will include a minimum of 3 hours a week of training as well as some work on demonstrating your Learning. While this is currently not yet accredited the training gives all coworkers a very sound basis for work in this field.

Camphill Foundations Course

The Community will support people staying a second year in the community or people who have previous relevant experiences to join the Camphill Foundations Programme which is run by Camphill Communities of Ireland. This course gives a deeper insight into Anthroposophical Foundations of the therapeutic approach of Camphill and helps people to gain a basic level of understanding of fundamental concepts of this very different holistic view of the human being and the its practical implications.

Accredited Training & Third Level Learning Opportunities

The Bridge Community will consider to support coworkers that commit to a service of between 3-5 years to undertake accredited training and possible parttime third level college courses in relevant fields such as Social Care Assistant or Social Care Worker from their second year in the community onwards. This may include the covering of study fees. We do expect coworkers who consider such studies to continue in their role as lifesharing coworkers with people with disabilities. If you are interested please get in touch with as to explore such possibilities

 

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Vacancies

Jul 01 2017

Short term volunteer

Co-Worker / Vocational

Minimum Age 18

Duration Minimum 1 year

We are looking for motivated, energetic and responsible volunteers interested in joining our life sharing community to live and work alongside adults with special needs. You will join a vibrant young team of about 12 -14 young adults between the ages of 18-24 from many different countries. The role involves living in a household in the community together with adults with special needs, supporting them in their day to day needs and work life. This role would best suit empathetic, caring and responsible people with a strong sense of commitment. Good English is essential and preference is given to those who can commit for the full year. Please do get in touch with us personally to explore more about the role, we are very happy to answer any questions that you may have. You can make contact by email or phone - Contact Ben Gamble on 00353 45 481597 or 00353 85 1311608.



A keen interest in adults with special needs is required. An interest in social care, art, music, farming/gardening, homemaking or a specific craft is an advantage. English language is a key requirement. Full training and induction into the role will be provided as well as mandatory external training. Reflective supervision is provided on a one to one basis at regular intervals.


Jun 01 2017

Short term co worker

Co-Worker / Vocational

Minimum Age 0

Duration Minimum 3 months

The Bridge are looking for dynamic young people to join our lifesharing community working alongside adults with special needs.  The role involves living in a household together with people with special needs and supporting them in their day to day needs and worklife. This role would best suit empathetic, caring and responsible people with a strong sense of commitment. Please do get in touch with us personally to explore more about the role, we are very happy to answer any questions that you may have. You can make contact by email or phone. We look forward to hearing from you.

 



English language is a key requirement for the role. Full training and induction into the role will be provided as well as mandatory external training. Reflective supervision is provided on a one to one basis at regular intervals.


Jan 01 1970

Social Care House-Coordinator

Employed

Minimum Age 18

Duration Permanent Contract

The Bridge Camphill Community is currently seeking a highly motivated person to fill the role of Social Care House Coordinator

Job Description:

To manage and support the smooth running of a household for adults with special needs and co-workers in an intentional community by leading a team of volunteers in creating a positive living experience and an environment and atmosphere within the home in which the needs of people can be met. This role will involve:

  • Inducting volunteers in the practical aspects of their roles and coaching / modeling desired ways of working on an ongoing basis.
  • Creatively supporting people to develop and pursue their aims & goals and engage in their leisure interests as well as coaching and leading volunteers in appropriate ways to support people to achieve the same
  • Overseeing and supervising supports in individuals personal and intimate care and ensuring that they are provided to the highest standard in a person centered approach
  • creating a warm, homely and inviting home both atmosphere and appearance, conducive to the development of adults with special needs
  • Ensuring that all issues in relation to health & safety, food, nutrition, cleanliness & hygiene, record keeping, keeping of proper accounts and compliance with Camphill’s policies and procedures are met to the highest standards at all times
  • Engaging constructively with the management Group and communicate any issues or concerns proactively.

Mission Statement

“Camphill Communities of Ireland work to create sustainable communities where children and adults of all abilities, many with special needs, can live, learn and work with others in healthy social relationships based on mutual care and respect. Most communities are a home for both people with special needs and volunteers. Members of the community share responsibility for the tasks and cultural activities of day-to-day life. Camphill is inspired by Christian ideals and the impulse of community building as articulated by Rudolf Steiner and is based on the acceptance of the spiritual uniqueness of each human being.”

Job Purpose

The jobs purpose is to support the intentional community, in developing and formalising a person centred culture, and to achieve a high quality of personal outcomes in a time of rapidly changing regulatory requirements, while maintaining its ethos and values.



Key Requirements, Attributes and Qualifications for employees of The Bridge Community:

  • Excellent communication, people management and problem solving skills, empathy and sensitivity to others.
  • The ability to work collaboratively and motivate a team to enthusiastically support individuals
  • Energy and enthusiasm, be highly motivated, reliable and  have a flexible approach to working hours
  • Good planning and time management skills
  • An openness to the Camphill Ethos and alternative  models of Social Care
  • An Understanding of HIQA Standards, Regulations, Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults and Duty of Care
  • Work experience in a related area such as personal assistant/carer, community development or social care and/or community regeneration
  • Experience in supporting people that display challenging behaviour
  • Full Clean Driving Licence.
  • This post is subject to Garda vetting 

Jan 01 1970

Local Volunteer

Day-Volunteer

Minimum Age 18

Duration Minimum 3 months

At the Bridge Community we always welcome new volunteers to join our dynamic team of volunteers. There are many ways in which people can volunteer in our community and many different areas, some of which are:

  • An Tearmann
  • Coffeeshop/Bakery
  • House Workshop
  • Garden Workshop
  • Farm Workshop

If you have a spare few hours a week and would like to become involved in some way in our community do come in and chat to Ben Gamble who will be happy to discuss with you.



An awareness and interest in disability issues. The ability to work alongside adults with special needs, and volunteers while meeting the agreed developmental goals. Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity. Be highly flexible, honest and trustworthy. Excellent people, communication and problem solving skills.


Jan 01 1970

Social Worker

Employed

Minimum Age 0

Duration Permanent Contract

The Bridge Camphill Community is currently seeking a highly motivated person for the role of  Social Worker

Job Purpose

The jobs purpose is to support the intentional community, in developing and formalising a person centred culture, and to achieve a high quality of personal outcomes in a time of rapidly changing regulatory requirements, while maintaining its ethos and values.

Job Description:

The social worker at the Bridge Community will have a significant role within the community in leading, guiding and facilitating the development of responsive, innovative and individualised solution focused approaches to support the people with special needs and their families.  This will involve keeping abreast of good practice issues, current trends, legislation, research to support and shape development of approaches to guide and inform responsive solutions to people’s life choices.  As part of the senior management team, they will take co-responsibility for the overall running of the Bridge Community. 

The role will involve:

  • Admissions to the community – dealing with correspondence, liaising with families and referral agencies and other services,  initial assessment / interview process and ongoing responsibility for management of the waiting pool
  • Reviews - Organizing, facilitating and recording of reviews for every resident and day attendee in the community on an at least annual basis (or more frequently if required) with goals and elements of person centered planning for the future and evaluation of goals achieved. This should include a pre interview with people on a one to one basis as well as a review with relevant people (houseparent’s and work masters)
    • Involvement in workshop reviews and timetable meetings where relevant
    • Involvement with basic health reviews as part of the Well Being meeting
  • Needs Assessments - Conducting and reviewing needs assessments in conjunction with House Coordinators and  Key-workers on at least an annual basis
  • Risk assessments and Enabling Plans  - Conducting and reviewing Risk assessments and Enabling Plans in different areas and activities for individuals in the community in conjunction with House Coordinators and  Key-workers on at least an annual basis
  • Behavioural Support Plans -  Drafting and reviewing (at least annually) of behavioural support plans in conjunction with House Coordinators and  Key-workers
  • Engaging with Multidisciplinary Supports and other Professionals – Engaging multidisciplinary supports in conjunction with House Coordinators and  Key-workers on behalf of individuals and attend multidisciplinary meetings with outside professionals such as external social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors, occupational therapists and physiotherapists, the health board or other agencies on the behalf of individuals in the community
  • Safeguarding - Acting in the role of designated officer in relation to safeguarding issues. Dealing with allegations of abuse in line with Camphill policy - reporting to and liaising with the NCMT, HSE, Tusla, HIQA, the Gardai and families. Conducting preliminary screenings - draft Safeguarding Plans and write Preliminary Screening reports as required.
  • Complaints and Feedback – Acting as the complaints officer in relation to complaints and feedback from service users and families. Involvement with complaints or disciplinary procedure where these involve someone with special needs (also as third party)
  • Advocacy & Consent- Being an advocate for individuals in the community where the need arises and support people in issues around informed consent where necessary. Engage and liaise with independent advocacy services on behalf of individuals where this is required
  • Self Monitoring Work Areas – The Role involves self auditing of key work performance in relation to key areas of responsibility

Mission Statement

“Camphill Communities of Ireland work to create sustainable communities where children and adults of all abilities, many with special needs, can live, learn and work with others in healthy social relationships based on mutual care and respect. Most communities are a home for both people with special needs and volunteers. Members of the community share responsibility for the tasks and cultural activities of day-to-day life. Camphill is inspired by Christian ideals and the impulse of community building as articulated by Rudolf Steiner and is based on the acceptance of the spiritual uniqueness of each human being.”



The ideal candidate will have:

  • Qualification a third level degree in Social Work
  • Registered as qualified social worker with Coru
  • At least 3 years recent experience working as a Coru registered Social Worker
  • Experience of working with vulnerable adults/children
  • Experience in the areas that challenge and positive behavioral supports, including behavior support plans.
  • Proven ability to manage and priorities case workloads, meet deadlines and work in a pressurised environment
  • Full Clean Driving Licence.
  • This post is subject to Garda vetting

Please direct all enquiries to Ben Gamble at 045-481597.  Full Job Description and Person Specification are available on request. Applications will only be accepted by email to thebridge@camphill.ie with letter of application and CV attached. Camphill is an equal opportunity employer.

Closing Date for applications will be 5pm on Friday 5th May 2017

Candidates shortlisted for interview will receive notification by the 9th May 2017
 for interviews being held between the dates   11th May to the 17th May 2017


Jan 01 1970

Social Care Workers

Employed

Minimum Age 18

Duration Permanent Contract

The Bridge Camphill Community is currently seeking a highly motivated person to fill the role of Social Care Workers

Job Description:

To manage and support the smooth running of a household for adults with special needs and co-workers in an intentional community by leading a team of volunteers in creating a positive living experience and an environment and atmosphere within the home in which the needs of people can be met. This role will involve:

  • Inducting volunteers in the practical aspects of their roles and coaching / modeling desired ways of working on an ongoing basis.
  • Creatively supporting people to develop and pursue their aims & goals and engage in their leisure interests as well as coaching and leading volunteers in appropriate ways to support people to achieve the same
  • Overseeing and supervising supports in individuals personal and intimate care and ensuring that they are provided to the highest standard in a person centered approach
  • creating a warm, homely and inviting home both atmosphere and appearance, conducive to the development of adults with special needs
  • Ensuring that all issues in relation to health & safety, food, nutrition, cleanliness & hygiene, record keeping, keeping of proper accounts and compliance with Camphill’s policies and procedures are met to the highest standards at all times
  • Engaging constructively with the management Group and communicate any issues or concerns proactively.

Mission Statement

“Camphill Communities of Ireland work to create sustainable communities where children and adults of all abilities, many with special needs, can live, learn and work with others in healthy social relationships based on mutual care and respect. Most communities are a home for both people with special needs and volunteers. Members of the community share responsibility for the tasks and cultural activities of day-to-day life. Camphill is inspired by Christian ideals and the impulse of community building as articulated by Rudolf Steiner and is based on the acceptance of the spiritual uniqueness of each human being.”

Job Purpose

The jobs purpose is to support the intentional community, in developing and formalising a person centred culture, and to achieve a high quality of personal outcomes in a time of rapidly changing regulatory requirements, while maintaining its ethos and values.



Key Requirements, Attributes and Qualifications for employees of The Bridge Community:

  • Excellent communication, people management and problem solving skills, empathy and sensitivity to others.
  • The ability to work collaboratively and motivate a team to enthusiastically support individuals
  • Energy and enthusiasm, be highly motivated, reliable and  have a flexible approach to working hours
  • Good planning and time management skills
  • An openness to the Camphill Ethos and alternative  models of Social Care
  • An Understanding of HIQA Standards, Regulations, Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults and Duty of Care
  • Work experience in a related area such as personal assistant/carer, community development or social care and/or community regeneration
  • Experience in supporting people that display challenging behaviour
  • Full Clean Driving Licence.
  • This post is subject to Garda vetting 

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