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Could you help support people with learning disabilities?

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12:00pm 10th January 2018

A Dorset social care provider says its struggling to recruit to help meet the needs of the people it supports.

Positive Behaviour Support Four, is a not-for-profit organisation which provides care for people with learning disabilities who have challenging behaviour, as well as support for their families, within the comforts of their own home.

The group design personalised support plans for individuals, helping them to engage in new things, learning new skills and develop their independence.

They say they work to give their clients a purpose, and a reason to get out of bed in the morning. They also work closely with families, coaching them on how to handle difficult situations or challenging behaviour, that can include aggression and self-harm.

Jonathan Beebee, Chief Enablement Officer of PBS4 said: "Traditionally community services for people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour haven't been great, and that's led to people being sent to hospitals far away from their family. We're providing effective solutions to keep people with learning disabilities in their own tenancies, close to their families."

The social care crisis in the UK sees more and more people in need of care, causing a demand for even more support workers. PBS4 is currently asking Dorset residents to make a career change, to change the lives of others.

Mr Beebee said: "A lot of your day will be about going out and having fun, you will get to go to the cinema, you'll get to do fun things that the person enjoys. It's a really, really rewarding job."

Recruits will be working with people of all ages, currently the organisations youngest person is 12-years-old and it's oldest individual is 61. You will receive training, so you don't need to worry if you don't have previous experience in the industry.

Mr Beebee set up the organisation after his own experience of having a head injury, that sparked his interest of what support people with learning difficulties need.

"Quite often people will be neglected in a lot of ways, their needs will be ignored and they haven't got a voice. We're trying to be their champion, we're there working alongside them, listening to them and delivering the support that they want."

If you are interested in applying for a career with PBS4 please visit their website at pbs4.org.uk or call 02380 987 462 to book an informal discussion about any of their vacancies.

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