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Support Workers – Loads of Autistic Fun in Bedford, Biggleswade and Leighton Buzzard

Part-Time: alternate Saturday mornings during term-time

£9.19 – £9.77 per hour (including holiday entitlement)

We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic team players to join the Autism Bedfordshire team. Successful applicants will provide support for autistic children and young people who attend our LOAF groups in Bedford, Biggleswade and Leighton Buzzard.
Applicants will need to have relevant experience & qualifications:

  • Experience of Health/Education/Social Care Roles;
  • Experience of Managing Challenging Behaviour;
  • Knowledge of Autism;
  • Knowledge of Asperger’s Syndrome;
  • GCSEs or Equivalent Qualifications;
  • Health/Education/Social Care Qualifications (Level 3).

To apply please download an application form, guidance notes and the roles and responsibilities below. Return your completed form to recruitment@autismbeds.org.

Application Form
Application Form Guidance Notes
Support Worker Roles and Responsibilities

All vacancies are subject to safer recruitment processes including a DBS check.


Support Workers – Wanted Fun in Biggleswade

Part-Time: alternate Friday evenings during term-time

£9.19 – £9.77 per hour (including holiday entitlement)

We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic team players to join the Autism Bedfordshire team. Successful applicants will provide support for autistic children and young people who attend our Wanted Fun groups in Biggleswade.
Applicants will need to have relevant experience & qualifications:

  • Experience of Health/Education/Social Care Roles;
  • Experience of Managing Challenging Behaviour;
  • Knowledge of Autism;
  • Knowledge of Asperger’s Syndrome;
  • GCSEs or Equivalent Qualifications;
  • Health/Education/Social Care Qualifications (Level 3).

To apply please download an application form, guidance notes and the roles and responsibilities below. Return your completed form to recruitment@autismbeds.org.

Application Form
Application Form Guidance Notes
Support Worker Roles and Responsibilities

All vacancies are subject to safer recruitment processes including a DBS check.


Adult Services

Service Manager

Hours: 28 – 37.5 (including some evenings and weekends)

Salary: £25,796 – £30,762 (Full time equivalent)

Location: Based at our Bedford Office but will be expected to travel across Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes

Closing Date: 1st August

Interviews: 5th And 6th August 2021

Autism Bedfordshire’s services help break down the barriers to social participation for autistic people and their families by providing places where they can go and feel comfortable, accepted and not judged by society.

We offer a wide range of services across Bedfordshire, including community-based outreach work, adult skills development courses and workshops, employment support, employers support, daytime and evening social groups, transitions support, benefits advice, and specialist helpline service for autistic adults, families and their carers. We have been making a difference since 1991 by combining our expertise with innovative approaches and putting the autistic community at the heart of what we do.

A new and exciting opportunity has arisen to manage the day-to-day delivery of the Adult Services department across Bedford, Luton, Central Bedfordshire and at times Milton Keynes.

As Service Manager, you will lead and manage the delivery and development of the service. You will have oversight of service delivery and lead on partnership working and collaboration across the geographical area. You will support all staff in their work, ensuring high quality and safe practice.

You will have management experience and a demonstrable track record within the field of adult social care and community-based services, as well as a wide-ranging understanding of autism and associated learning disabilities. You will be able to demonstrate passion for collaboration, partnership, strategic and service development.

If you would like to discuss in more detail then contact Sharna Raine on 01234 350704 or email: sharna.raine@autismbeds.org
To apply, please download an application form, guidance notes and the person spec below.

Return your completed form to recruitment@autismbeds.org.

Application Form
Application Form Guidance Notes
Job Description
Person Specification

All vacancies are subject to safer recruitment processes including a DBS check.


Office Vacancies


Data Analyst and Communications Manager

20 – 25 hours/week (hours can be worked flexibly)

Salary range: £23,622 – £30,762 FTE;

pro rata : 20 hours: £12,600 – £16,400 25 hours: £15,750 – £20,500

We are looking for a highly skilled, experienced and enthusiastic Data Analyst and Communications Manager to support the Charity’s operational teams in managing the data and information gathering processes across the full range of the Charity’s services. Reporting to the CEO, this role is pivotal to the growth and success of the charity. The Data Analyst and Communications Manager is primarily responsible for data and information management and analysis, output and outcome reporting, and marketing and communications.

The post-holder will be based in Bedford.

If you would like to have an informal chat about the role then please email: gill.christmas@autismbeds.org and leave you contact number.

To apply, please download an application form, guidance notes and the person spec below.

Return your completed form to recruitment@autismbeds.org.

Application Form
Application Form Guidance Notes
Job Description
Person Specification

All vacancies are subject to safer recruitment processes including a DBS check.


Shop Vacancies

Assistant Charity Shop Manager

Location: Bedford

Hours: 20 – 22.5 hours per week

Salary: £17,000.00 pro rata per annum


Autism Bedfordshire is an independent charity that provides a range of services to reduce social isolation and improve the quality of life for children, young people and adults with autism and their families in Bedfordshire.

We are looking to appoint an Assistant Charity Shop Manager to help assist in running Autism Bedfordshire’s charity shop in Bedford. The Assistant Shop Manager will be responsible for the day to day operation of the shop while ensuring that targets are met. The post-holder will take responsibility for the management of the shop including staff and volunteers.


Key responsibilities will include ensuring the highest standards of customer care, managing the daily operation of the shop including stock management and shop appearance, managing the security and accounting of cash, health and safety issues, administrative tasks, and the recruitment, training and supervision of volunteers.


To apply, please download an application form, guidance notes and the person spec below.

Return your completed form to recruitment@autismbeds.org.

Application Form
Application Form Guidance Notes
Job Description and Person Spec

All vacancies are subject to safer recruitment processes including a DBS check.


Volunteers Needed

Volunteer Assistant Support Workers – Loads of Autistic Fun in Leighton Buzzard

Part-Time: alternate Saturday mornings during term-time

Volunteer expenses reimbursed

Closing date: Friday 25th June at 5.00pm


We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic team players to provide 1:1 support for autistic children and young people at our LOAF (Loads of Autistic Fun) groups in Leighton Buzzard.

Key aspects of the role include: assisting Support Workers in supporting individuals in our care; assisting in setting up safe areas for scheduled activities; promoting social and communication development through stimulating activities appropriate to age range and abilities.

To apply please download an application form, guidance notes and the roles and responsibilities below. Return your completed form to recruitment@autismbeds.org

Application Form

Application Form Guidance Notes

ASW Roles & Responsibilities

All vacancies are subject to safer recruitment processes including an enhanced DBS check.


Volunteer Assistant Support Workers – Loads of Autistic Fun in Biggleswade

Part-Time: alternate Saturday mornings during term-time

Volunteer expenses reimbursed


We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic team players to provide 1:1 support for autistic children and young people at our LOAF (Loads of Autistic Fun) groups in Biggleswade.

Key aspects of the role include: assisting Support Workers in supporting individuals in our care; assisting in setting up safe areas for scheduled activities; promoting social and communication development through stimulating activities appropriate to age range and abilities.

To apply please download an application form, guidance notes and the roles and responsibilities below. Return your completed form to recruitment@autismbeds.org

Application Form

Application Form Guidance Notes

ASW Roles & Responsibilities

All vacancies are subject to safer recruitment processes including an enhanced DBS check.


Volunteer Assistant Support Workers – Loads of Autistic Fun in Bedford

Part-Time: alternate Saturday mornings during term-time

Volunteer expenses reimbursed

Closing date: Monday 31st May at 5.00pm


We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic team players to provide 1:1 support for autistic children and young people at our LOAF (Loads of Autistic Fun) groups in Bedford.

Key aspects of the role include: assisting Support Workers in supporting individuals in our care; assisting in setting up safe areas for scheduled activities; promoting social and communication development through stimulating activities appropriate to age range and abilities.

To apply please download an application form, guidance notes and the roles and responsibilities below. Return your completed form to recruitment@autismbeds.org

Application Form

Application Form Guidance Notes

ASW Roles & Responsibilities

All vacancies are subject to safer recruitment processes including an enhanced DBS check.


Volunteer Assistant Support Workers – Wanted Fun in Leighton Buzzard

Part-Time: once a fortnight on weekday evenings during term-time

Volunteer expenses reimbursed

We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic team players to provide 1:1 support for autistic children and young people at our Wanted Fun groups in Leighton Buzzard.

Key aspects of the role include: assisting Support Workers in supporting individuals in our care; assisting in setting up safe areas for scheduled activities; promoting social and communication development through stimulating activities appropriate to age and ability.

To apply please download an application form, guidance notes and the roles and responsibilities below. Return your completed form to recruitment@autismbeds.org

Application Form

Application Form Guidance Notes

ASW Roles & Responsibilities

All vacancies are subject to safer recruitment processes including an enhanced DBS check.


Volunteer Assistant Support Workers – Wanted Fun in Luton

Part-Time: once a fortnight on weekday evenings during term-time

Volunteer expenses reimbursed

We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic team players to provide 1:1 support for autistic children and young people at our Wanted Fun groups in Luton.

Key aspects of the role include: assisting Support Workers in supporting individuals in our care; assisting in setting up safe areas for scheduled activities; promoting social and communication development through stimulating activities appropriate to age and ability.

To apply please download an application form, guidance notes and the roles and responsibilities below. Return your completed form to recruitment@autismbeds.org

Application Form

Application Form Guidance Notes

ASW Roles & Responsibilities

All vacancies are subject to safer recruitment processes including an enhanced DBS check.


Volunteer Assistant Support Workers – Wanted Fun in Biggleswade

Part-Time: once a fortnight on weekday evenings during term-time

Volunteer expenses reimbursed

We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic team players to provide 1:1 support for autistic children and young people at our Wanted Fun groups in Biggleswade.

Key aspects of the role include: assisting Support Workers in supporting individuals in our care; assisting in setting up safe areas for scheduled activities; promoting social and communication development through stimulating activities appropriate to age and ability.

To apply please download an application form, guidance notes and the roles and responsibilities below. Return your completed form to recruitment@autismbeds.org

Application Form

Application Form Guidance Notes

ASW Roles & Responsibilities

All vacancies are subject to safer recruitment processes including an enhanced DBS check.

Charity Shop Volunteers

We are looking for enthusiastic and reliable volunteers to join our charity shop teams in Bedford and Dunstable.

Supported by our small, friendly team you can get involved in:

  • sorting clothes
  • spotting premium items
  • serving customers
  • pricing goods
  • creating window displays.

We’ll need you to:

  • be friendly and approachable
  • have common sense
  • use your own initiative
  • work as part of a team.

Previous experience is not necessary as long as you are responsible, enthusiastic and can demonstrate customer service skills.

Training will be provided, and time commitment is flexible. We can reimburse your reasonable local travel expenses for shifts of over 4 hours, and we will be able to provide a reference to prospective employers.

This is a great opportunity to gain and develop your experience in the competitive retail sector, make new friends, and help Autism Bedfordshire provide care and support for people living with the challenges of autistic spectrum conditions.

Position Details

Commitment Level: Regular Volunteering

Location: Bedford and Dunstable

Interests: Shops / Retail

Availability: Flexible

For further information please call 01234 214871 or email: recruitment@autismbeds.org

To apply please download an application form, guidance notes and the roles and responsibilities below. Return your completed form to recruitment@autismbeds.org

Application Form

Application Form Guidance Notes

Role description


Autism Bedfordshire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults in its care. To ensure that this is achieved we expect all employees to share this commitment and staff working with these vulnerable groups will be recruited and selected in line with safer recruitment policies and practices.

There are no fundraising opportunities at present due to the Coronavirus situation – please check back in the future.

All vacancies are subject to safer recruitment processes including a DBS check.
Please refer to the following polices and procedures when applying
Child Protection Policy
Child Protection Policy – Appendices
Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Policy and Procedure
Safer Recruitment Policy and Procedure