Life Skills Coach
graduate job

Life Skills Coach

Daybreak Centres
Newcastle upon Tyne
Time left to apply
4 days to apply on Prospects

Job description

Life Skills Coaches (LSC) are required to provide the highest quality of delivery, care and support to those we work with, in accordance with organisational policies, procedures and practices and the standards set by the Local Authorities who commission us. You will work as part of an enthusiastic, committed team supporting people with a learning disability to achieve their life outcomes.

Core responsibilities
  • To promote the independence and individual rights of the people we support by maintaining a person centred approach.
  • To use and promote person centred practices to contribute to person centred planning for all those we support including others significant to them. To ensure the quality of plans, with an emphasis on assessment of needs and achieving good life outcomes.
  • To deliver and evaluate activities using creativity and judgement to find innovative ways to meet need and deliver outcomes which are person centred, not service led.
  • To ensure that the voice of every person we support is heard and informs all planning, delivery and review.
  • To enable the people we support to maintain their personal worth, interests, identity and emotional well-being.
  • To assist the people we support to maintain their self-care, personal safety and physical health needs.
  • To offer ‘just enough’ and reducing support, so that more independent outcomes are enabled wherever possible.
  • To keep records of plans, outcomes, expenditure etc, on Daybreak forms.
  • To report accidents, concerns, comments, complaints or observations to your line manager immediately.
  • To take appropriate action in an emergency.
  • To carry out other duties as required commensurate to the post.
What you can bring to the role using your creativity and judgement
We want staff to bring enthusiasm and use their unique skills, developed through their work and life, to support adults with learning disabilities to develop skills which they can use for their work and life. We are interested in skills from performing arts to cooking to painting and decorating, gardening, upcycling furniture, running own business, creating sustainable projects.
Standard responsibilities for all staff
  • To be an ambassador for Daybreak, promoting, embodying and upholding our values with all stakeholders.
  • To be accountable for your own working practices which are aligned to organisational objectives.
  • To promote and support Daybreak’s safeguarding agenda, ensuring that all clients are safeguarded in line with our policies.
  • To work within Daybreak’s equality and diversity policy, championing inclusion for all.
  • To work within health and safety guidelines and follow safe working practices.
  • Use your creativity and judgement to help Daybreak sustain social enterprises.
  • To work as part of the Daybreak team, attending and contributing to team meetings as required.
  • To ensure continuous professional development (CPD), including attending appropriate training and appraisals to support best practice and achieve corporate objectives.
  • Use standards and frameworks identified by the CEO to drive improvements.
  • You will on occasion be expected to work out of hours during evening and weekends
  • Any other job related duties as directed by your line manager that are appropriate within the status and grade of the post.

Company information

Daybreak is a charity based in the North East of England, founded in 1982 by parent-carers who wanted to provide meaningful day time occupation for their adult sons and daughters with a learning disability. The need for Daybreak remains, as having a disability still limits a persons opportunities and chances in life. Our Mission is "To empower people with additional needs to achieve happy, independent, healthy and socially inclusive lives".

Working from three hubs across the North East of England, Daybreak uses person centred approaches, involving families and professionals, to design and deliver the right support, enabling people to live the life they choose. Daybreak creates pathways for all our people, increasing independence wherever possible. The pathways developed are unique to the person, with their goals and aspirations sitting in the heart of their living action plan. The goals are as varied as the people we support but might include finding a friend, learning to make a cup of tea, performing in a play, or traveling independently. Our professional and passionate staff team deliver a varied programme of activities, all designed to enable our people to reach their full potential, to lead fulfilling lives, and to contribute to their communities.
We have 5 core values at the heart of all we do. We are:
Person Centred - Those who use our service exercise choice and control and we offer needs based, outcome focused support. We use Person Centred principles in managing the organisation too.
Open - We are part of a person's circle of support, and communicate and work with all concerned. We are a listening and supportive organisation. We work in partnership with others.
Accountable - We all take pride in what we do, so we measure our outcomes and share them. We always strive to improve.
Creative - We encourage and support innovation and enterprise from everyone at Daybreak.
Inclusive - Those who use our service inform all we do, we fly the flag for inclusion in the wider community.
With new legislation and the backdrop of challenging financial times in the world of social care provision, we have prioritised and planned for the future, with input from all stakeholders. Our aspirational strategic four year plan identifies the following four goals...
  • To maintain what is working, by continuing to offer our valued, hub based day services.
  • To be the person-centred, high quality, flexible, service provider of choice, for people with additional needs in the North East of England.
  • To offer a service that operates outside the hubs, within people's own communities, moving them onto good life outcomes (Pathway to Community).
  • To offer a supported employment service, helping adults with disabilities to find paid work (Pathway to Employment).

Person requirements

Interests and knowledge

  1. Knowledge of social care sector or willingness to learn if new to our sector (Essential)
  2. Experience and /or interest in supporting vulnerable people to achieve better lives (Desirable)
  3. Knowledge of person centred practices (Desirable)
Personal qualities
  1. Passion and positivity (Essential)
  2. Proactive and can use your own initiative (Essential)
  3. Excellent communication skills (Essential)
  4. Creative, enthusiastic and able to use your skills to make a positive contribution to the team (Essential)
  5. Confidence to question and ask for help when needed (Essential)
  6. Willingness to work flexibility as team of a work (Essential)
  7. Resilience to cope with changing situations (Essential)
  8. Personal values aligned with Daybreak’s values (Essential)

Qualifications and experience requirements


  • Five GSCEs A-C including literacy and numeracy or equivalent (essential)
  • Current driving licence (D1) (desirable)
  • Willingness to undertake further training (essential)


  • Transferable work and life skills (essential)

Accepted degree subjects





Newcastle upon Tyne

Contract and working hours

Permanent · Full-time

Start date

06/01/2017 · Winter

How to apply

Number of vacancies: One

Closing date: 09/12/2016

This job listing will no longer be available on Prospects from 09/12/2016

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