A support worker role will vary depending on the person you’re supporting, as well as seniority and specialism, but generally speaking you will be supporting vulnerable people with many aspects of their day-to-day living, helping them to take care of themselves and live a fulfilled life.
The duties and responsibilities of a support worker are unique and varied because the people you support all have unique needs. Whilst this can be a very diverse role, the key focus is always on supporting a person to lead a fulfilling and more independent life.
On a day-to-day basis, support worker duties could include helping with meal preparation, household chores, administering medication, managing finances, accessing community facilities, going shopping, meeting friends, visiting the doctors, finding a job, or providing general emotional support.
Qualifications are not essential to become a support worker as full training is usually provided on the job. However, there are general qualifications, as well as support worker qualifications and support worker courses you can undertake. For example, your employer may ask for GCSEs in English and Maths (grade A-C).