Community and Outreach Support work is based on support rather than direct personal care. They will teach people who need care and support, to look after themselves and teach them skills such as how to cook themselves a meal safely and how to make themselves a hot drink. They may organise activities such as shopping trips, visits to the theatre or cinema or they may simple be with individuals in their own home to help them cope with day to day living.
You’ll usually need skills in English and maths for communicating and writing reports.
Some employers may expect you to have at least 1 year’s experience of working with people in a caring role.
You may also find it useful to have a relevant health or social care qualification.
You may be able to get into this job through an apprenticeship.
You'll need to pass background checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
Think Care Careers has information and advice about careers in adult social care.
Career Path and Progression
With experience you could work towards qualifying as a social worker. You could do this yourself, or with support and funding from your employer.
You could also move into related careers like family support work or counselling.
Related careers you may be interested in:
- Healthcare assistant
- Care home advocate
- Drug and alcohol worker
- Family support worker
- Residential support worker
- excellent communication skills
- tact, patience and the ability to cope in difficult situations
- the ability to build good working relationships
- the ability to work in teams with other professionals
- problem-solving skills
- organisational skills
- IT skills
£16,000 to £21,000