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Advanced Family Support Practitioner

Salary: £18,735 – £25,796 based on Full-Time equivalent for 12 months

6-month Contract £9,367 – £12,898 based on 37.5 hrs/wk

Pension Contribution Plus 4% stakeholder pension

Hours 37.5 hours per week

Closing date: 12 noon 30th November 2020

Interviews: 2nd/3rd Dec 2020

Responsibilities:

  • To provide personalised assessment and support for a targeted caseload of families across Bedfordshire who are currently engaged/registered with CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services).
  • To help identify and facilitate appropriate support to enhance and improve family life.
  • To liaise with other practitioners across education, health and social care to support positive outcomes for families.


  • Essential Skills and Experience: A minimum of one year’s experience working with children and young people with mental health conditions. Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of autism. Strong; communication, organisational and interpersonal skills, project management, quality assurance and evaluation experience. Competent IT skills and car owner/ driver are essential.


    Desirable Skills and Experience: Relevant Mental Health training/qualifications, knowledge of other neuro development conditions.


    Safeguarding: This post is subject to DBS checks and safeguarding training
    Hours: include agreed evenings and weekend work. The post holder will need to have the flexibility to work from home and at our Bedford office depending on current Covid-19 restrictions. Travel will be needed to support the delivery of the project countywide.


    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
    For further information or to discuss this post please call 01234 214871.


    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

    Transitions Support Officer

    Hours: 15 (split over 3 days, including some evenings and weekends)

    Salary: £18,735 – £25,796 (depending on experience)

    Contract Duration: 12months

    Location: Bedfordshire

    Closing Date: 25th November 2020

    Interviews: 1st December 2020 – 4th December 2020

    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 new and exciting position will work closely with an experienced and dedicated team whose purpose is to ensure that every autistic adult in Bedfordshire can lead a fulfilling and rewarding life.
    You will be responsible for creating and providing information and advice for parents, carers, professionals, and young people. The right person will have the ability to foster positive relationships with young people and to help identify and overcome barriers to their participation in further education, training, or employment. You will work closely with other agencies, post 16 education providers and parents/carers to support transition working with the processes around Education, Health and Care plans.
    Key Responsibilities: To form close links and partnership working relationships with services and organisations working with autistic young people aged 18 – 25 years.

  • To work jointly with the local schools/colleges/universities in promoting and facilitating the development of young autistic adult’s support in educational settings.
  • To work jointly with the young autistic adults and the team to identify and help develop opportunities around education, training, and employment.
  • To provide presentations, training, workshops, and publicity materials relating to awareness of young autistic adults and their needs, as appropriate.
  • To maintain up-to-date knowledge of developments in local and national transitions Strategy, Social Care and Health sectors and the wider community.
  • To provide other such services as may be required from time to time in relation to the post and wider work of the organisation.
  • To independently manage the workload and competing priorities
  • To report to the Adult Services Manager on the activities of adult services projects
  • To create and maintain accurate records and reports of the work undertaken
  • To be up to date in the understanding and implementation of Autism Bedfordshire’s policies and procedures
  • To identify opportunities for service development
    This role has the flexibility to be either part or full time and can be moulded around existing commitments for the right person. If you think this might be the role for you and want to discuss in more detail then contact Sharna Raine on 01234 350704 or email: Sharna.raine@autism beds.org
    To apply, please download an application form and further details below:
    Application Form
    Application Form Guidance Notes
    Support Worker Roles and Responsibilities


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  • 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