What would you like to know?
If you have a question about our homes or what we do, take a look at our FAQs. You can also contact us and ask us anything.
How can I learn more about autism?
Autism is a very complex condition. Everyone is different, and there are many levels of severity. We provide all co-workers with in-depth training.
Here is a very brief overview on our blog.
If you have any further questions, please get in touch on 01256 812663.
I’d like to work with you - where do I start?
Brilliant! We are always looking for dedicated people to join us. You can take a look at our current vacancies here Work With Us or give us a call on 01256 812663.
I’m not a qualified care worker - can I still come and work with you?
Yes, absolutely! We provide all the training and support you need. You can take a look at our Work With Us or give us a call on 01256 812663.
Where are your homes?
There are ten homes at the moment, and we have plans to open more in the near future. All our homes are in Hampshire – in Basingstoke or Romsey.
How do I complain?
Sometimes things go wrong – if they do, you can get in touch with us on 01256 812663. We see every problem as an opportunity to learn and improve, so we welcome all feedback.
Do I need previous experience working with people with autism?
No, but you do need to be able to show you understand what the work involves and its challenges.
You might have experience in this area without realising it: do you have a family member with learning difficulties or other special needs? Or have you done any volunteering?
What are the hours of work?
You’ll be working a set shift pattern at Liaise Loddon – so you’ll be able to plan your life around regular hours. Each home has a different routine, so your exact hours will depend on where you work. But they will be predictable, which should make things easier.
Can I apply online?
Yes, you can. Simply go to Work With Us and click on the job you’re interested in. Click the ‘apply now’ button, and you’ll land on a log-in page. If you already have an account with us, sign in and apply online. If you’re new to Liaise, please create an account and follow the on-screen instructions.
Can you email or post me an application form/job description?
Yes, we can. Please call us on 01256 812663 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and leave your details.
What is the selection procedure?
The first step is the application form. You can tell us in detail about your experience or your understanding of the kind of work we do. You’ll be able to tell us why you’re the right person for the job and how you can make a difference to the lives of the people we support.
Next, you’ll come on an assessment visit to one of our homes. We like to take time to get to know you, and for you to get to know us, so you’ll spend four hours with one of our teams which will include a formal interview.
We usually ask all candidates to complete their DBS application at the same time, so you can start as soon as possible if we offer you the job. We will pay for your DBS application.
When do you apply for references?
Only when we have your permission to do so. We usually do this when we’ve offered you a job.
Is there any progression within the company?
Yes – there are excellent opportunities for progression and career development at Liaise. For example, our Positive Support director Henrik started as a deputy manager at Liaise and Cathie, our Director of Care was a care manager.
Also Tom who joined us in 2006 as a qualified chef, was initially employed as a cook in one of our homes. He enjoyed working so much with our people that he decided to become a support worker and is now a Positive Support Co-ordinator having recently completed his QCF level 5 in Health & Social Care.
What training do you provide?
You’ll get the best training in the industry at Liaise. You’ll have an extensive induction which covers the Common Induction Standards, training that covers health and safety requirements and in-depth courses in PROACT-SCIPR-UK®.
We want you to be confident in your abilities and in our support, so we provide tailored professional development to help you cope with the very complex needs of the people we support.
Our tailored training covers:
- Severe challenging and restrictive behaviour
You’ll also have the opportunity to apply for qualifications that suit your job role and experience.
I have already done the care certificate; do I need to do it again?
We usually ask you to do all our induction training because it’s a great opportunity to learn how we do things at Liaise. If you can show you’ve recently completed the care certificate, we might just ask you to complete the training that is specific to Liaise.
What is the salary scale?
The basic starting salary for day support workers is between £8.00 and £8.42 per hour, depending on skills and experience.
Our colleagues earn salary increases based on promotion, performance and gaining qualifications.
Will you honour my holiday if I’ve pre-booked it?
Yes. We’ll ask you about this during your interview, so let us know what dates you have booked then.
Which home will I join?
We try to make sure you join the home you visit during your assessment, so you’ll know something about it before you start. However, this isn’t always possible because sometimes another home will need you more.
Whichever home you start working in, there are lots of opportunities to move between homes to build your experience.