Vacancies and Volunteering

Current Vacancies

Volunteer in our services

Charity Shop Volunteers

Fundraising Volunteers

Children’s Services

Summer Activity Schemes 2019

Support Workers £8.62 – £9.20 per hour (including holiday entitlement)

We are now recruiting for our 2019 summer schemes. If you would like to join us for 2019 then please download a date availability form below.

You can return your completed form by email to enquiries@autismbeds.org or by post to Autism Bedfordshire, Suite B1, 1 Hammond Road, Elms Industrial Estate, Bedford MK41 0UD.

If you have worked or volunteered with Autism Bedfordshire within the last 12 months you will not need to complete a new application form. However, we may need to update your records – including a new DBS check.

PLEASE NOTE we can only accept staff and volunteer availability forms for FULL WEEKS. AB operates an Equal Opportunities Policy and every applicant will be judged on individual merit. Please be aware that the compulsory training day will be on Saturday 1st June 2019. If you are unable to attend this for any reason please let us know immediately on the enclosed form.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss any of the details mentioned, please contact the Children’s Services Team.

Date Availability Form

Application Form

Application Form Guidance Notes

Support Worker Roles and Responsibilities


Support Workers –  Loads of Autistic Fun in Biggleswade & Leighton Buzzard

Part-Time: alternate Saturday mornings during term-time

£8.62 – £9.20 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 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


Support Workers – Wanted Fun in Biggleswade

Part-Time: alternate Friday evenings during term-time

£8.62 – £9.20 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 group 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


Adult Services

Team Leader –  Adult Social Group

Part-Time: alternate Thursday evening

£9.46 per hour (including holiday entitlement)

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

These groups provide an opportunity for adults with high functioning autism to socialise, gain confidence and develop their skills. The groups meet regularly and enjoy a range of different activities such as attending the local cinema, bowling and visiting different restaurants in and around Bedford town centre.

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.

Experience: The ideal candidate will be an approachable person with experience of working with adults with high functioning autism and be decisive and quick thinking.

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 2019


Senior Team Leader –  Adult Social Group

Part-Time: Monthly Session

£10.20 per hour (including holiday entitlement)

We are looking for an experienced, motivated and enthusiastic person to run our social group in Luton.

These groups provide an opportunity for adults with high functioning autism to socialise, gain confidence and develop their skills. The groups meet regularly and enjoy a range of activities such as attending the local cinema and bowling.

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.

Experience: The ideal candidate will be an approachable person with experience of working with adults with high functioning autism and be decisive and quick thinking.

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 2019


Office Vacancies

None.

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

Volunteers Needed

Summer Activity Schemes 2019

Gain valuable experience supporting children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions across different settings and activities.

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 volunteers are given the opportunity to develop and increase their skills and experience, supporting their future career pathways.

Location: Bedford and Luton
Scheme weeks: 22nd July – 26th July, 29th July – 2nd August, 5th August – 9th August
Training Day: Saturday 1st June (compulsory)

What we offer:

DBS check
Uniform
Training
Volunteer expenses
References

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

Date Availability Form

Application Form

Application Form Guidance Notes

ASW Roles & Responsibilities


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, Luton and 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


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.

Volunteering is one of the best ways to give back to one of your favourite charities.

We are always looking for brilliant and helpful volunteers to lend a hand a fundraising events and activities. There’s lots to get involved in, including supermarket in-store collections, sponsored challenge events, sporting activities, festivals, fetes and more!

You don’t need any specific training or skills to join the team. All you need is a positive outlook, a winning smile and a confident nature. Anyone under the age of 16 will need to be supervised by an adult.

You don’t need to be an expert on autism and nor do you need to tralk to members of the public about your own experiences of autism, unless you wish to.

If you are interested in volunteering at any of our fundraising activities, please contact fundraiser@autismbeds.org. All of the opportunities to help are also promoted on our social media pages.

Current opportunities:

Date Times Location What we will be doing
Saturday 8th June 10.00am – 4.00pm Tesco, Leighton Buzzard In-store collection
Saturday 29th June 10.00am – 4.00pm Tesco, Dunstable In-store collection
Saturday 6th July 12.00 Midday – 8.00pm Upper Caldecote Playing Fields Running a stall, collecting funds, selling merchandise
Monday 15th – Saturday 27th July TBC Quarry Theatre, Bedford Collecting funds
Saturday 17th August 10.00 – 4.00pm Morrison’s, Bedford In-store collection
Friday 23rd August 10.00 – 4.00pm Tesco, Riverfield Drive, Bedford In-store collection