Our 2017 workforce survey identified that a significant percentage of our workforce are, themselves, blind or visually impaired. One of RWPN's priorities is to support these members. Two areas in particular have been identified as priorities: firstly establishing clear roles and boundaries for Support Workers, so that both the Rehabilitation Worker and their Support Worker can thrive and be protected; secondly to support Rehabilitation Workers in their negotiations with Access to Work.
The following documents have been submitted by Rehabilitation Workers as guidance to provide sample templates for others to use and adapt. Below are three Support Worker Job Descriptions, two Task Logs for Access to Work that outline those aspects of work they require support with and those they do not. In addition there is a Code of Conduct for a Support Worker. None of these are definitive: they are guides.
We also provide 1-to-1 peer support for visually impaired workers from visually impaired workers and will be setting up a What's App group for them as well. It is intended to offer a support mechanism for Support Workers.