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Post-Diagnostic Practitioner

Hours: 21 – 25 (including some evenings and weekends)

Salary: £26,000.00 (Full time equivalent)

Actual Salary: £14,560.00 – £17,333.00

Contract length: 12months

Location: Based at our Bedford Office but will be expected to travel across Central Bedfordshire

Closing Date: 12.00pm 6th December 2021

We are excited to be launching Our new Post Diagnostic Support Service in partnership with ELFT which is aimed at supporting adults (18+) who have recently received an autism diagnosis.
The project aims to support individuals 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. Everyone will be supported for approximately eight 1-2-1 sessions, after which they will be signposted to appropriate community and health services.
By accessing this support, autistic adults, as well as their families, will be supported to become empowered.
Job Purpose:

  • To work in partnership with ELFT and other universal and community services, you will support autistic adults for up to 8 sessions on a 1-2-1 basis
  • 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.
  • You will have good organisational skills, be a self-starter and operate effectively as part of a team.
  • Develop trusting relationships with members, giving them time to focus on their assets and ‘what matters to them’ and providing them with personalised help to take control of their health and wellbeing, live independently and better understand the impacts of their lifestyle choices.
  • Record all correspondence accurately for monitoring and evaluation
  • To discuss the role further, please contact Sharna.raine@autismbeds.org or call 01234 214871.
    To apply, please download an application form, guidance notes and the person spec below.

    Application Form
    Application Form Guidance Notes
    Job Description
    Person Specification
    Return your completed form to recruitment@autismbeds.org.

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


    Children’s Services

    Support Workers – Loads of Autistic Fun in Bedford, Biggleswade Leighton Buzzard and Luton

    Part-Time: alternate Saturday mornings during term-time

    £9.37 – £9.99 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

    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

    £10.27 per hour (including holiday entitlement)

    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.


    Shop Vacancies

    There are no current vacancies in this category.

    There are no current vacancies in this category.

    Volunteers Needed

    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