What's it like to be a Community Support Worker?
Community Support Workers provide care and support to clients so they can become more independent in their everyday lives. They help clients in various ways, such as assisting with personal care including grooming and feeding, household chores such as cooking and cleaning, and arranging transportation and recreational activities.
Tasks and duties
- Assessing the needs of clients and the nature and extent of their difficulties.
- Planning, developing and implementing support programs.
- Monitoring and reporting on the progress of clients.
- Referring clients to agencies that can provide additional help.
- Providing personal care assistance such as dressing, bathing and going to the toilet.
- Assisting with domestic activities such as washing and vacuuming.
- Preparing meals and assisting with eating meals.
- Interacting with clients and encouraging and arranging various activities to help stimulate them physically and emotionally.
In some cases, Community Support Workers advocate on behalf of clients so they know their rights in situations where they may be experiencing inequality, injustice or discrimination.
What can I earn as a Community Support Worker?
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How to become a Community Support Worker
- Complete a Diploma in Community Services (CHC52015). The Diploma course should include 400 hours of supervised fieldwork placements. Alternatively, complete a bachelor degree, such as the Bachelor of Human Services and the Bachelor of Community and Human Services.
- Get work experience in a vocational placement.
What skills are employers looking for?
- Working with children check
- Background check
- Self motivation
- Australian car licence
- First aid certification
- Ms office proficiency
- Interpersonal skills
- Team work