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Employer Irish Wheelchair Association
Job Title Programme Assistant/Driver- Roscrea

Permanent, part time position- 21 hours per week

Overall Purpose of Job

As a Programme Assistant/ Driver you will be expected to develop, implement and lead programmes, projects and individualised supports to members engaging in the Resource and Outreach Centre. The objectives of the Resource and Outreach Centre are to provide pathways for people with disability to participate fully in the community, by means of establishing developmental, personal and social inclusion programmes. You will be required to undertake and ensure the execution of such other tasks/duties as may be deemed necessary to the successful implementation of the programme.


Close liaison is required with the ROC Service Co-ordinator, Service Support Officer, colleagues, volunteer’s, service users and their families. Links will also be made with relevant voluntary and statutory agencies and educational institutes.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and lead the implementation of Resource and Outreach Programmes as set b the Service Co-ordinator and Service Support Officer in line with the Resources and Outreach Operational Manual.

  • Complete all reports on programme design

  • Carry out administrative duties as required

  • Support the development of Youth Services in the area.

  • Facilitate opportunities for service users to access community facilities and engage in other activities.

  • Support individual service users in line with the Associations Person Centred Approach and through the Individual Support Service.

  • Prepare and maintain records as required by the ROC Operational Manual, Service Coordinator and Service Support Officer.

  • Mentor and support staff and volunteers in all aspects of programme delivery

  • Accompany and support service users on annual holidays, outings, social and day trips as required.

  • Support and engage with a change management process in line with HSE New Direction standards as required by the Service Coordinator

  • Actively ensure that standards and practices regarding health and safety are fully adhered to in all Resource and Outreach Centre activities and in the centre itself. 

  • Record and report any hazards or accidents to the Service Co-ordinator

  • To comply with IWA's Parent and Ancillary Safety Statements and any legislative duties set out in current Health and Safety and Fire Safety Legislation

  • Patient moving and handling; assist with personal care of service users where required

  • Ensure that your work and interactions with others is such that it promotes and enhances the independence of the service user.

  • Undertake training as directed by the Service Co-ordinator

  • Assist with safe transportation in line with requirements of the Transport Handbook guidelines.

  • Driving of IWA vehicles; Transport service users to and from Centre based and other services on a daily basis, as required by the Service Coordinator and Service Support Officer

  • The use of clamping, hoisting and lifting equipment are an essential part of this role

  • Ensure that vehicles for which you are responsible are at all times in a road worthy condition, and make such arrangements as are necessary for the maintenance, cleanliness and repairs of such vehicles in consultation with Service Coordinator/ Service Support Officer.

  • Flexibility and availability for out of hours service activities i.e. evenings and weekends

  • Support the fundraising function within IWA

  • Carry out other duties and/or responsibilities which may be assigned to you from time to time by the Service Coordinator / Service Support Officer


Training, Experience and Qualifications

  • QQI level 5 (Major Award) in Care Support or similar (a minimum of 5 modules completed and working towards the Major Award may be accepted) is essential

    FETAC Major Awards that are deemed relevant to IWA are:

    • Community & Health Services (to include minor components Safety & Health at Work and Care Provision & Practice)

    • Health Service Skills (to include minor components; Workplace Statutory Policies & Procedures, Care Skills and Care Support)

    • Health Care Support (to include minor components; Safety & Health at Work, Care Skills and Care Support)

  • Full Category B Driving License is required

  • Clean category D license and valid CPC would be an added advantage

Knowledge and Skills

  • Previous experience of networking, facilitation, development and delivery of projects or programmes is required

  • Previous experience of working with people with disabilities is required

  • Strong computer and administration skills are essential.

  • Knowledge and understanding of health and safety regulations as well as transport safety and standards are essential.


  • The ability to lead and work as part of a team and on own initiative 

  • An ability to build strong relationships at all levels and show confidence among the team

  • Strong customer service focus

  • Be of good character


Remuneration & Benefits

  • Salary range for this position is €13,462 - €16,601 DOE (prorated salary)

  • Excellent working conditions

  • Training & development opportunities

  • 25 days annual leave pro rata

  • Access to Defined Contribution Pension scheme and group VHI & HSF Health Cash Plans

  • Employee Assistance Programme


    This job description is a guide to the general range of duties and is not intended to be either restrictive or definitive and may be subject to periodic review.


Location Roscrea
Date Added 7 days ago
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