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Activities worker

Activities workers organise social activities for people who need care and support.

What is it?

Activities workers organise social activities for people who need care and support, as well as assisting individuals so they can take part.

Activities workers are usually based in care homes or day centres, but you could also work in someone’s home or the community.

What might the role involve?

Your role might involve:

  • talking with people about the types of activities they’d like to do
  • organising activities that are tailored to the needs and abilities of individuals, as well as group activities that will bring individuals together
  • booking external suppliers to provide entertainment
  • organising trips out in the local community, considering transport arrangements and accessibility
  • assisting people so they can take part

What skills do I need?

Everyone working in social care needs a good standard of English, as well as numeracy and digital skills. You’ll need to enjoy working as part of a team and be good at problem solving. Additional skills required to be an activities worker include:

  • the ability to motivate people
  • good organisational skills
  • digital skills to research and book activities online
  • time management and the ability to schedule and plan ahead.

What experience and qualifications do I need?

You don’t necessarily need any qualifications to become an activities worker. What’s really important is that you’re a kind, compassionate and thoughtful person.

Your employer might ask that you have qualifications showing good English and numeracy skills such as GCSE A-C in English and Maths. It might also be helpful to have a social care qualification such as a Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care. Don’t worry if you don’t have these qualifications though – if you’re interested, you can work towards them once you start the job.

How do I progress?

When you start in your role, you should do an induction which includes necessary training such as health and safety, first aid and moving and handling. You might also receive specific training such as autism awareness, communication skills or training to help you support people with dementia.

Beyond this there could be opportunities to progress into more senior roles relating to activities, or you might choose to go into other roles such as a care worker, senior care worker, rehabilitation worker or personal assistant, for which training options are also available.

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