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Adult Skills Tutor and Support Worker

Hours: 37.5 (including some evenings and weekends)

Salary: £22,604.00

Location: Milton Keynes

Closing Date: 20th May 2022

Interviews: week commencing the 23rd of May 2022

Autism Bedfordshire offers a wide range of services across Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes and Hertfordshire including community-based outreach work, adult skills development courses and workshops, employment support, employers support, daytime and evening social groups, transitions support, benefits advice, and specialist helpline service for autistic adults, families, and their careers. We have been making a difference since 1991 by combining our expertise with innovative approaches and putting the autistic community at the heart of what we do.

This project aims to support individuals in Milton Keynes to understand and embrace their identity as an autistic person through exploring topics such as understanding autism, managing anxiety, social skills and navigating support available from other community, voluntary services. This will be delivered via 121 support and adult skills development courses and workshops.
By accessing this support, autistic adults, as well as their families, will be supported to become empowered.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To lead skill development courses and workshops.
  • To create new skills courses and recourses and make changes to delivery when needed.
  • Monitor learner progress to ensure learning continues and learners achieve in a timely manner.
  • Seek feedback from learners on learning support materials to review and improve the service and learning experience.
  • To plan, coordinate and deliver our monthly daytime and evening adult social group in Milton Keynes.
  • Contribute to the development of the service and play a part in support, supervision and training as required. The role is a non-clinical role. However, the post holder will receive support from both Autism Bedfordshire and the adult autism service.
  • Following the agreed period of case management, refer members on to the voluntary sector or local community support services, or other statutory services where appropriate.
  • To support individuals, their parents, partners, or carers to understand and embrace their identity as an autistic person through exploring topics such as understanding autism.
  • Make recommendations on where a non-clinical approach might support the individual better or complement existing clinical interventions and improve outcomes.
  • You will be able to work across several agencies, developing positive working relationships and promoting positive engagement in respect of the autistic community.
  • To create and maintain accurate records and reports of the work undertaken.

  • For further information please contact Sharna Raine (Adult Services Director) on 01234 214871 or email sharna.raine@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
    Job Description
    Person Specification

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


    Operations Manager for the Luton VCS Consortium

    £12,305 – £14,766 per annum (£30,762 FTE)

    Hours: 15-18 hours per week – flexible hours around quarterly reporting periods

    Location: Hybrid working model (split between home and Head Office in Bedford plus frequent travel across Bedfordshire)

    Job share considered

    Responsible to: CEO (and Board of Trustees) at Autism Bedfordshire

    Responsible for: None

    Closing date: 18th May 2022 12.00 noon

    Interview Date: TBC

    The Luton VCS Consortium is a group of 6 voluntary and charitable organisations that provide short break services for disabled children and young people (aged 0-25) who live in Luton. Autism Bedfordshire is the Lead Body for the Consortium and is responsible for the management and administration of the Consortium.
    The Consortium receives funding of over £260,000 from Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation. This funding is part of Luton’s Community Investment Fund which is provided by Luton Rising (formerly London Luton Airport Ltd).
    The Operations Manager’s role is to oversee the management of the VCS Consortium, including:

  • Helping to secure funding for the Consortium
  • Managing the Consortium’s Service Level Agreements and the allocation of funds to Consortium members
  • Ongoing monitoring of the Consortium’s spending and budget
  • Providing the quarterly analysis of the Consortium’s short breaks data
  • Preparing quarterly reports on the Consortium’s work, and the Consortium’s Annual Report
  • Lead and co-ordinate services offered by VCS Consortium members
  • To schedule and attend quarterly Consortium meetings and follow-up actions
  • To maintain and manage the Consortium budget
  • To seek opportunities for external funding to support the Consortium
  • To promote the services of the Consortium

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

    Application Form
    Application Form Guidance Notes
    Operations Manager for the Luton VCS Consortium – Roles and Responsibilities

    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

    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 – Summer Activity Schemes in Bedford

    £9.75 (plus £1.18 holiday pay) per hour

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

    Various venues in Bedford

    We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic Individual to join our leadership team in Bedford to help run our summer scheme respite service.
    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.
    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 Biggleswade

    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, Biggleswade 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, 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

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


    Adult Services

    Team Leader

    Part-time: up to 6 hours per month, alternate Thursday evenings

    £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 evening social group in Bedford.

    These groups provide an opportunity for autistic adults to socialise, gain confidence and develop their skills. The group meets regularly and enjoy a range of different activities such as attending the local cinema, bowling 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
    Job Description
    Person Specification

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


    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.

    There are no current vacancies in this category.

    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