What is a support worker?

Put simply, being a support worker means directly supporting people with a learning disability.

You’ll support them to live the lives they want. This could see you doing pretty much anything – from day-to-day things like cooking or helping with finances, to day trips and craft projects.

It varies from person to person, but it’s always about building trust, creating opportunities, and encouraging what’s possible. You’ll also support them to develop relationships and play an active part in their local communities. It’s not always the easiest job. But it’s always rewarding.

You will need to be prepared to work flexibly over a seven-day period. Download our support worker job pack or call our resourcing team on 01733 246 699.

When I support someone to do something they really enjoy doing, such as going to the theatre, and seeing their face light up and hearing the laughter, it’s the best feeling in the world.
- Karen, relief support worker, Fareham

Benefits and rewards

Knowing that you’re making a positive and lasting difference to people’s lives is a great feeling. And it’s far from the only benefit you’ll get when you join us.

Find out more about our Benefits and Rewards.

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Find out about the latest exciting Mencap job vacancies in your area!

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A day in the life of a Mencap Support Worker

We employ more than 8,000 people around the UK in permanent jobs, who are mostly support workers.

Watch our video and find out more about a day in the life of a Mencap support worker.

Two women laughing sat next to each other inside

Your learning and development

Being a support worker with us isn’t only about creating opportunities for people with a learning disability – it’s about having plenty of opportunities to learn and grow for yourself.

Find out more about your learning and development opportunities at Mencap.

What makes a good Support Worker?

We look for people who are patient, reliable, honest and friendly. You must take the time to really get to know and understand others. You’ll need a sense of humour too.

Because when you’re helping to fight for equality, and overcoming a thousand different obstacles every day – well, sometimes you’ve just got to laugh. 

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