Day Support Host for Tapestry Day Club – Part Time
Tapestry Day Club is a not-for-profit social enterprise offering high quality small group day support for people across West Sussex and Surrey. The service is primarily for those who are socially isolated and may also be experiencing memory loss associated with early dementia. Small groups give the time and space for people to feel at ease and to form friendships.
A Host with Tapestry Day Club is responsible for running a hosting day, usually for up to four to five guests. The Host will collect their guests from their homes (within a 5 miles radius of the Host’s home) in the morning between 10.30-11am and return to the Host’s home where they will spend the day and enjoy refreshments, a home cooked lunch and optional activities. The Host then drops their guests back to their homes between 3.30-4.30pm, returning to tidy and clean up and submit a report online.
Tapestry Day Club prefers its hosting days to be ‘organic’, there are no prescribed activities nor a timetable for the day. The day progresses depending on the interests, mood, and engagement of the guests. Some groups like activities such as doing crosswords, board games or jigsaw puzzles, gardening, listening to music, doing quizzes, singing, reading books and reminiscing. The Host is responsible for ensuring that everyone in the group is involved and engaged.
The guests have different abilities and interests, and it is the Host’s responsibility to ensure that they all remain safe, comfortable, and supported throughout the day. When deciding whether a new guest might be suitable for the service, they ask that their mobility is such that they are able to get in and out of a car by themselves and are able to manage their own personal care.
The hosts work as self-employed and paid a day rate which rises incrementally dependent on the number of guests. They also receive a food allowance and all their mileage costs are covered.
They need to have a full, clean driving licence, have a 5-door car, a downstairs loo, be a competent cook and be fluent in English. Hosts will need to complete 6 training modules* (funded by TDC) and have an EDBS (TDC funded if host does not already have one)
Other essential requirements must be to:
Have excellent communication and listening skills, be able to think on their feet, be empathetic and warm, a desire and commitment to improve people’s lives and to make a difference, a positive can-do attitude, a friendly and creative disposition, ability to work on own initiative, understand confidentiality and be able to initiate & organise activities.
• Emergency First Aid one day, face to face course
• Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults (online)
• Food Safety & Hygiene Level 2 (online)
• Manual Handling (online)
• Awareness of mental health, dementia and learning disabilities (online)
• Dementia Awareness (face to face or online)