A Direct Payments Advisor works closely with an individual on a one-to-one basis providing advice, information, training & support on using direct payments and employing personal assistants. The job involves, meeting individual disabled people referred to the service, report writing, job and budget planning, and problem-solving.
Dewis Centre for Independent Living is a charitable organisation committed to supporting disabled people, allowing them to live independently, and providing them with ‘choice’. Our dedicated services strive to support them with the care and well-being they deserve.
The original organisation was created in 1996 as a non profit-making Company Limited by Guarantee. It was designed to act as a 3rd party organisation run by disabled people who used its services. Its specific aims were to allow a small number of disabled people to have choice in who they wished to have as their carers (personal assistants) whilst the Company employed the personal assistants.
As Direct Payments became an option in Rhondda Cynon Taf from 2001, the organisation undertook the role of ‘Support Service’. In 2001 it became a C.I.L. (Centre for Independent Living).
As a Centre for Independent Living, it has a management committee composed of disabled people, who use its services, and non-disabled people who are supporters of its ethos and values. The Management Committee oversees the work of the staff and helps to develop future policies.
The Organisation adopted the name Dewis Centre for Independent Living in 2006. It began its work and services around its Direct Payments Support Scheme in Rhondda Cynon Taf. From this original model it has developed similar support schemes in Merthyr Tydfil, then Powys, and in the Vale of Glamorgan. It expanded over the past five years into Advocacy, Training and other services which promote independent living.
Dewis C.I.L. remains a non profit-making organisation and is registered with the Charity Commission. Dewis’s main revenue comes from the Local Authorities who fund the services that Dewis provides.
We are an independent voluntary organisation providing a support service to disabled people. We are recruiting a Trainee Direct Payments Advisor who will join our existing team in our Fairwater Office, Cardiff. There are four increment points on the Dewis CIL scale for the Trainee role and is for the duration of learning the skills and tools of a Direct Payments Advisor. Following successful training, gained experience and confirmation supervision with the Direct Payments Project Manager, the successful candidate could transition to the role of a trained DP Advisor salary, the increments for this role starting at £24,496 and may rise through increments to approx. £26,845. The post comes with 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays.
This is an interesting and rewarding post with full training given in all areas. A Direct Payments Advisor works closely with an individual on a one-to-one basis providing advice, information, training & support on using direct payments and employing personal assistants. The job involves, meeting individual disabled people referred to the service, report writing, job and budget planning, and problem-solving. Advisors will become familiar with community care as it impacts on disabled people and children; will work closely with partners in Social Services; be trained and understand employment law, Inland Revenue procedures, PAYE, and become well acquainted with community care in general. The job involves external visits therefore Advisors will need to have access to their own transport.
Successful applicants will have initiative, be highly motivated with excellent standards of written and verbal communication. Have good interpersonal skills, be computer literate and able to demonstrate numerical & computational skills, be quick learners in adapting to the work of the team. You need to be a good team player and be able to work positively with our partners in social services. You will also be able to manage your own case load. The person appointed will be expected to undertake an enhanced DBS disclosure.
Location: Based in our office in Fairwater, Cardiff
Salary: Starting Salary: £22,777
Hours: 37 hours per week
Closing date: 12 noon Wednesday 28th February 2024
Interview date: W/c 4th March 2024
We have an integrated management committee of disabled people and non-disabled people. We particularly encourage disabled people and people with direct experience of disability to apply.
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