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Children’s Services Deputy Manager

Location: Countywide; Bedfordshire, administrative base at Head Office, Bedford. Home working arrangements essential due to Covid restrictions.

Salary: £25,796 – £32,146 plus 4% stakeholder pension.

Hours: 37.5 hours per week.

Line Manager: Service Manager.

Contract: 18 months with the possibility of extension (subject to funding).

Closing Date: 5.00pm Friday 29th July 2022.

We are recruiting a Children’s Services Deputy Manager to lead, facilitate and develop services for autistic children and young people and their families across Bedfordshire. The post holder will demonstrate excellent management skills to support the team, as well as off-site seasonal staff, with support and guidance from the Children’s Services Manager.
The post also requires a considerable amount of organisational skills and multi-tasking to oversee the team, and ensure that the services run smoothly, and are clearly communicated to our current and prospective members.
The post predominantly involves staff and volunteer recruitment to run the services, including workforce skill development & staff support; HR skills and experience are therefore very valuable for this post.
To apply please download an application form, guidance notes and the job description and 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.


Development & Projects Officer

Location: Countywide; Bedfordshire, administrative base at Head Office, Bedford. Home working arrangements essential due to Covid restrictions.

Salary: £18,735 – £25,796.

Hours: 37.5 hours per week.

Accountable to: Board of Trustees.

Line Manager: Service Manager.

Contract: 18 months with the possibility of extension (subject to funding).

Closing Date: 5.00pm Friday 29th July 2022.

We are recruiting a Development & Projects Officer to facilitate and develop services for autistic children and young people and their families across Bedfordshire. The post involves a significant level of staff / volunteer recruitment and management in order to deliver services.
The post also requires a considerable amount of organisational skills and multi-tasking to ensure that the services run smoothly and are clearly communicated to our current and prospective members.
To apply please download an application form, guidance notes and the job description and 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.


Farm Project Coordinator

Location: Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes, administrative base at Head Office, Bedford.

Salary: £22,604 – £25,796 Full Time Equivalent (£12,057 – £13,758 actual annual salary).

Hours: 20 hours per week pro rata.

Line Manager: Keyworker Operational Lead.

Contract: 23 months fixed term (potential to renew).

Closing Date: Friday 22nd July at 12pm.

An exciting opportunity to join our expanding Farm Project and support autistic children and young people who are finding mainstream education unmanageable. The postholder will coordinate the Autism Bedfordshire Farm Provision, ensuring all young people are appropriately supported to access this setting safely. This role involves a high level of organisational skills and communication with multiple stakeholders and includes providing 1:1 support for farm attendees to engage with the environment and their own personalised activities.
If you would like to discuss the role in more detail then please email liz.mcternan@autismbeds.org
To apply please download an application form, guidance notes and the job description and 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.


Children’s Services

Support Workers – Summer Activity Schemes 2022.

£9.18 (plus £1.11 holiday pay) – £9.50 (plus £1.15 holiday pay) per hour.

Dates: Monday 25th July – Saturday 30th July & Monday 1st August – Saturday 6th August.

Various venues in Bedford and Luton.

Closing date: 27th June 2022.

We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic team players to join the Autism Bedfordshire team for our Summer Activity Schemes in 2022. Successful applicants will provide 1:1 support for autistic children and young people who attend our Summer Activity Schemes in Bedford and Luton. Paid Support Workers will need to have relevant experience and qualifications.
Autism Bedfordshire summer schemes are fast paced, fun filled action packed days where you will get to see first-hand the difference, we are able to make for families. Our staff and volunteers are given the opportunity to develop and increase their skills and experience, supporting their future career paths.
What we offer:

  • DBS check
  • Uniform
  • Training
  • References
  • To apply please download an application form, date availability form, guidance notes and the roles and responsibilities below. Return your completed forms to recruitment@autismbeds.org.

    Application Form
    Date Availability Form
    Application Form Guidance Notes
    Support Worker Roles and Responsibilities

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


    Team Leader – Loads of Autistic Fun in Bedford.

    Part-Time: alternate Saturday mornings during term-time.

    £9.75 (plus £1.18 holiday pay) per hour.

    We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic Team Leader at our LOAF (Loads of Autistic Fun) family group to run activities for autistic children and their siblings.
    The ideal candidate will have a NVQ Level 2/3 or equivalent in health, education, childcare, or social care. Good communication and organisational skills are essential.
    Key aspects of the role involve planning sessions, managing a small staff team and ensuring all policies and procedures are adhered to. Working closely with the Children’s Services team you will continue to support excellent service delivery for our existing and future families.

    • 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
    Team Leader Roles and Responsibilities

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


    Team Leader – Loads of Autistic Fun in Leighton Buzzard

    Part-Time: alternate Saturday mornings during term-time.

    £9.75 (plus £1.18 holiday pay) per hour.

    We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic Team Leader at our LOAF (Loads of Autistic Fun) family group to run activities for autistic children and their siblings.
    The ideal candidate will have a NVQ Level 2/3 or equivalent in health, education, childcare, or social care. Good communication and organisational skills are essential.
    Key aspects of the role involve planning sessions, managing a small staff team and ensuring all policies and procedures are adhered to. Working closely with the Children’s Services team you will continue to support excellent service delivery for our existing and future families.

    • 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
    Team Leader Roles and Responsibilities

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


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

    Part-Time: alternate Saturday mornings during term-time.

    £9.18 (plus £1.11 holiday pay) – £9.50 (plus £1.15 holiday pay) per hour.

    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, Leighton Buzzard and Luton.
    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 Bedford and Kempston

    Part-Time: alternate Saturday mornings during term-time

    £9.18 (plus £1.11 holiday pay) – £9.50 (plus £1.15 holiday pay) per hour

    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 group in Kempston and our new group in Bedford.
    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

    Team Leader

    Part-time: up to 6 hours per month, Wednesday daytime.

    £9.75 (plus £1.18 holiday pay) per hour.

    Location: Bedford.

    We are looking for an experienced, motivated and enthusiastic person to help run our Daytime social groups in Bedford.

    These groups provide an opportunity for autistic adults to socialise, gain confidence and develop their skills. The group meets regularly and enjoy Walking, outdoor activities and visiting different restaurants in and around Bedford.

    Key aspects of the role involve planning sessions, working directly with the adults who access the sessions and ensuring all policies and procedures are complied with.

    The ideal candidate will be an approachable person with experience of working with autistic adults, be decisive and quick thinking.

    For further information please contact us on 01234 214871 or emailrecruitment@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
    Team Leader Roles and Responsibilities

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


    Shop Vacancies

    There are no current vacancies in this category.

    Senior Manager Hertfordshire (Adult Servcies)

    Hours: 37.5 hours per week (including some evenings and weekends)

    Salary: £30,762 – £36,794 depending on experience

    Location: Blended model based on service need: We have bases across Hertfordshire and some home working

    Closing Date: 22nd July 2022

    Interviews: 30th July 2022

    A new and exciting opportunity has arisen to manage the day-to-day delivery of the Adult Services department across Hertfordshire.
    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 a minimum of 3 years management experience and a demonstrable track record within the field of adult social care and community-based services, as well as an understanding of autism and cooccurring conditions. You will be able to demonstrate passion for collaboration, partnership, strategic and service development.
    If you would like to discuss the role in more detail then please email Sharna Raine, Director of Adult Services at sharna.raine@autismherts.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
    Job Description and Person Spec

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


    Learning Mentor (Autistic Adults)

    Hours: Flexible – Zero-hours contract

    Salary: £11.72 per hour (£10.46 basic per hour plus £1.26 holiday pay per hour)

    Location: Venues across Hertfordshire

    Line Management: Adult Services Manager

    Autism Hertfordshire has a new opportunity for a new and varied role in supporting autistic adults. Our upcoming projects include workshops, courses and social activities – we need people to help us deliver these much-needed services across Hertfordshire.
    Our new mentor will offer guidance to autistic adults within our projects and support our group leaders in delivery. You may have some personal experience of autism or a background in teaching or mentoring looking for a new challenge, but most of all we are looking for someone with a positive attitude who wants to make a real difference in their community.
    You will be able to listen sensitively and effectively while offering personalised input to support our membership to access their community and work towards their goals. We can offer you ongoing guidance around autism, people’s needs and effective support strategies.
    If you would like to discuss the role in more detail then please email our Adult Services Manager at alex@autismherts.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
    Job Description and Person Spec
    All vacancies are subject to safer recruitment processes including a DBS check.

    Volunteers Needed

    Volunteer Assistant Support Workers – Summer Activity Schemes 2022

    Volunteer expenses reimbursed

    Dates: Monday 25th July – Saturday 30th July & Monday 1st August – Saturday 6th August

    Various venues in Bedford and Luton


    We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic team players to join the Autism Bedfordshire team for our Summer Activity Schemes in 2022.

    Gain valuable experience supporting children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions across different settings and activities.
    Our volunteers are given the opportunity to develop and increase their skills and experience supporting their future career pathways.

    Autism Bedfordshire summer schemes are fast paced, fun filled action packed days where you will get to see first-hand the difference we are able to make for families.
    To apply please download an application form, date availability form, guidance notes and the roles and responsibilities below. Return your completed forms to recruitment@autismbeds.org.

    Application Form

    Date Availability Form

    Application Form Guidance Notes

    Assistant Support Worker Roles and Responsibilities

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


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

    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 Bedford, Biggleswade, Leighton Buzzard and 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 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 Biggleswade, Flitwick, Leighton Buzzard and 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 Biggleswade, Flitwick, Leighton Buzzard and 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.

    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.

    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