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Senior Team Leader – Loads of Autistic Fun in Leighton Buzzard

Part-Time: alternate Saturday mornings during term-time

£10.83 per hour (including holiday entitlement)

Location: Southcott Lower School, Leighton Buzzard

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic Senior Team Leader at our Loads of Autistic Fun group in Leighton Buzzard to plan, supervise and run activities subject to guidance from the Children’s Services Team.
Main Duties:

  • Planning for scheduled activities;
  • Health & Safety;
  • Welfare of staff, volunteers and service users;
  • First Aid and accident reporting;
  • Fire and Emergency procedures;
  • Support and promote Safeguarding;
  • Manage and support Team Leaders, paid staff and volunteers;
  • Administration and other duties.

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
Senior Team Leader Roles and Responsibilities
For further information or to discuss this post please call Amy on 01234 214871.


Support Workers – Loads of Autistic Fun in Bedford, Biggleswade & 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


Adult Services

Adult Skills Tutor and Support Officer Vacancy

(12 Months Fixed Term)

Hours: 37.5 (including some evenings and weekends)

Salary: £18,375 – £25,796 (depending on experience)

Location: Bedfordshire and Surrounding areas

Reporting to: Skills and Support Lead, Adult Skills Manager

Reporting Staff: Senior Team Leaders, Team Leaders, Volunteers

Closing Date: March the 10th at Midday

Interviews: Commencing (12th March)


Autism Bedfordshire is an independent charity that is dedicated to improving the lives of autistic people and their families by providing impactful services across the county and surrounding areas.
Our adult support services primarily focus on working with autistic adults who do not have a learning disability through the following opportunities:

  • Skill development courses
  • Employment support
  • Social opportunities
  • Advocating on behalf of our membership

  • This dynamic and evolving position will work closely with a small but experienced and dedicated team whose mission is to ensure that every autistic adult in Bedfordshire has the opportunity to lead a fulfilling and rewarding life.
    The success of this role is greatly dependent on having the right attitude and personality to foster a progressive working relationship with our members and having the adaptability to meet individual needs. An ideal candidate would be an organised individual with the appetite and desire to learn, adapt and develop our existing services.

    Key Responsibilities:

  • To support or lead skill development courses
  • The post holder will facilitate and develop services for Autistic adults across Bedfordshire
  • To oversee, organise and lead on the social activity programs for Adults in evening across Bedfordshire
  • To lead in resolving issues highlighted by helpline calls
  • To coordinate and support on multiple projects across the adult services team
  • To liaise with multiple project partners and attend networking events as required
  • To report to the Adult Skills and Support Lead on the activities of adult services project
  • To create and maintain accurate records and reports of the work undertaken
  • To promote Autism Bedfordshire’s services
  • Independently managing their workload and competing priorities
  • Identifying opportunities for service development
  • To create and manage the adult services newsletters

  • If you think this might be the role for you and want to discuss in more detail then contact
    Lisa Bowes (Direct Manager for post) 01234 350704 or email: Lisa.bowes@autismbeds.org
    or
    Sharna Raine (Adult Services Manager) on 01234 350704 or email: sharna.raine@autismbeds.org
    To apply, please download an application form below.
    recruitment@autismbeds.org.
    Application Form
    Application Form Guidance Notes
    Job Description
    Person Spec


    Shop Vacancies

    There are no current vacancies in this category


    Volunteers Needed

    Volunteer Assistant Support Workers – Loads of Autistic Fun in Bedford & 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 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


    Volunteer Assistant Support Workers – Wanted Fun in Bedford, Biggleswade, Leighton Buzzard & 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 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 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

    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