Vacancies and Volunteering

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Children’s Services

Senior Team Leader – Wanted Fun in Luton

Part-Time: alternate Thursday evenings during term-time

£10.83 per hour (including holiday entitlement)

Location: Families United Network Centre, Unit 5, Britannia Estate, Leagrave Road, Luton

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic Senior Team Leader at our Wanted Fun group in Luton 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.


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 & Luton

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, 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


Adult Services

Assistant and Support Officer

Hours: 25 (including some evenings and weekends)

Salary: £15,895 – £18,956 (dependant on experience)

Closing Date: 14th August, 12pm

Interviews: Commencing 21st August 2020 – 28th August 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 fantastic new role will work closely with a small but knowledgeable and devoted team whose mission is to ensure that every autistic adult in Bedfordshire can lead a fulfilling and rewarding life.
The success of this role is greatly dependent on the individual having a person-centred approach to our members needs and having strong administration and coordination skills. An ideal candidate would be an organised individual with the appetite and desire to learn.
Key Responsibilities:

  • To report to the Adult Services Manager on the activities of adult services projects
  • To coordinate and support on multiple projects across the adult services team
  • To liaise with multiple project partners and attend networking events as required
  • Support members with transitioning into Autism Bedfordshire service
  • To create and manage the adult services newsletters
  • To create and maintain accurate records and reports of the work undertaken
  • To promote Autism Bedfordshire’s services
  • To be up to date in the understanding and implementation of Autism Bedfordshire’s policies and procedures
  • To assist in resolving issues highlighted by helpline calls
  • Independently managing their workload and competing priorities

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@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
Person Specification
This role is in part funded by the National Lottery and European Social Fund


Office Vacancies

There are no current vacancies in this category.


Shop Vacancies

Assistant Charity Shop Manager

Part-Time: 15 – 22.5 hours per week

£17,000.00 per annum pro rata

Location: Bedford

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 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


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