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Children’s Services

Team Leader – Loads of Autistic Fun in Biggleswade

Part-Time: alternate Saturday mornings during term-time

£9.75 per hour (plus holiday pay)

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 – Wanted Fun in Flitwick

Part-Time: alternate Fridays evenings during term-time, 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm

£9.75 per hour (plus holiday pay)

We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic Team Leader at our Wanted Fun group in Flitwick.
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 Biggleswade, Leighton Buzzard, and Luton

Part-Time: alternate Saturday mornings during term-time

£9.18 – £9.50 per hour (plus holiday pay)

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, 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.


Support Workers – Wanted Fun in Bedford, Kempston, Flitwick and Leighton Buzzard

Part-Time: alternate Wednesdays (Bedford and Leighton Buzzard) and Fridays (Kempston and Flitwick) 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm during term-time

£9.18 – £9.50 per hour (plus holiday pay)

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 groups.
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.


Qualified Lifeguard

Location: Pilgrims Prep School, Bedford

Salary: £15 per hour

Hours: Friday’s 11:15 – 13:45

Contract: Casual

Closing Date: 21 November 2022

We are looking for a qualified Lifeguard to provide support during our 1:1 therapeutic swim sessions for autistic young people.
To be considered for this role you will need a valid National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ).
The ideal candidate will have some knowledge or previous experience of SEND, as well as being adaptable and flexible.
For more information please contact:liz.mcternan@autismbeds.org
To apply please download an application form and guidance notes below. Return your completed form to recruitment@autismbeds.org.

Application Form
Application Form Guidance Notes

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


Adult Services

Support at Home Manager

Hours: 37.5 (including some evenings and weekends)

£30,000 – £40,000 (depending on experience)

Pension: 4% Employer contribution

Annual Leave: 25 days + Bank holidays, rising to 28 within 3 years

Location: Based in Bedfordshire, but travel throughout the East of England will be required

Reporting to: Adult Services Director

Closing Date: Monday 5th December 2022

Interviews: Friday 9th December 2022


Are you looking for a new opportunity where you can really make a difference?

If so, a new exciting and challenging opportunity has arisen at the centre of our brand-new support at home service.

In 2023 we will be opening our brand-new support at home service; the successful candidate will be recruiting, training, and implementing this new structure and service with the support of our Adult Service Director. Together with a small bespoke team, you will manage our support at home service, this post will be based central office/properties in Bedford alongside over seeing support workers who are delivering services in people’s homes.

We are seeking someone who is qualified by experience, with proven leadership capability, a friendly and outgoing personality, and great interpersonal skills.

  • You should have extensive experience of leading others in social care in a homecare service
  • You should have experience of supporting staff out in the community and making sure that autistic adults across Bedfordshire receive the best support and are empowered to live a life of independence and choice
  • You should be skilled at providing direct supervision, coaching, and mentoring to support staff and have the ability to Identify staff training needs
  • You should be able to establish and maintain effective communication with families and relevant others
  • You should have a robust knowledge in all safeguarding matters and be confident to escalate to the Local Authority safeguarding team in a timely, giving clear and concise information and ensuring any follow up actions are implemented where appropriate
  • Ensure that autistic people are supported in a respectful manor where their choices are valued and supported
  • Ensure that the day-to-day physical and emotional health of those living within the residential service is met within a caring and safe environment
  • Ensure that there are good communication channels of information between all those within the service, other Autism Bedfordshire services and other relevant service providers
  • Ensure relevant parties are regularly updated through regular, planned reviews and reports
  • Working with individuals who can display challenging behaviours hurting self or others, running away, throwing things, swearing, shouting
  • A good level of productivity and solution-focused thinking is also essential
  • Undertake such other duties as are required

  • Sounds like you? Then you would be a highly valuable member of the Autism Bedfordshire family.


    If you think this might be the role for you and want to discuss it 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 person spec below.
    Return your completed form to recruitment@autismbeds.org.

    Application Form
    Application Form Guidance Notes
    Job Description and Person Spec

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


    Learning Mentor (Autistic Adults)

    Hours: Part-time hours-up to 30 per month

    Salary: £10.46 per hour plus holiday pay

    Location: BLMK (Bedfordshire, Luton, and Milton Keynes)

    Line Management: Adult Services Manager

    Autism Bedfordshire has a new opportunity for a new and varied role in supporting autistic adults. Our upcoming projects include workshops, courses and social activities – we need people to help us deliver these much-needed services across Bedfordshire, Luton, and Milton Keynes.
    Our new mentor will offer guidance to autistic adults within our projects and support our group leaders in delivery. You may have some personal experience of autism or a background in teaching or mentoring looking for a new challenge, but most of all we are looking for someone with a positive attitude who wants to make a real difference in their community.
    You will be able to listen sensitively and effectively while offering personalised input to support our membership to access their community and work towards their goals. We can offer you ongoing guidance around autism, people’s needs and effective support strategies.
    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 and Person Spec
    All vacancies are subject to safer recruitment processes including a DBS check.


    Team Leader (Adults Services)

    Hours: Up to 6 hours per month

    Salary: £9.75 per hour (plus holiday pay)

    Location: Milton Keynes

    Line Management: Adult Services Manager

    Autism Bedfordshire is an independent charity that is dedicated to improving the lives of autistic people and their families by providing impactful services across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes. Our adult support services primarily focus on working with autistic adults who do not have a learning disability through skill development, advocacy for our membership and social opportunities.
    This exciting new position will work closely with a brand-new team that’s mission is to improve the lives of the Autistic community across Milton Keynes. If you want to be part of a team that is genuinely passionate about making a difference to others this could be an opportunity for you.
    Responsibilities:
    To help plan, supervise and run scheduled Autism Bedfordshire activities subject to guidance from the Adult Skills Tutor and Support Officer.
    Planning:

  • In partnership with the service users, help develop plan and deliver session themes and locations with due regard given to any significant risk factors.
  • Regularly inform service users of upcoming sessions.
  • Allow time to integrate new service users into the sessions.
  • Health, Safety and Welfare:

  • Ensure that information detailing staff, volunteers and individuals in our care’s specific medical and welfare requirements is sourced and stored in line with Autism Bedfordshire’s Data Protection Policy.
  • Ensure that measures are put in place to make provision for the specific medical and welfare requirements of staff, volunteers and individuals in our care at all times.
  • Ensure that sites are checked for safety, suitability and hazards prior to the beginning of, and following the end of scheduled Autism Bedfordshire activities.
  • Ensure that hazards are recorded and reported to the Senior Team Lead and Service Manager, and that appropriate action is taken to ensure the Health, Safety and Welfare of all people on site.
  • Ensure that Health, Safety and Welfare policies are implemented and that relevant notices are displayed as required.
  • Make certain that training, resources and procedures are in place to ensure the Health, Safety and Welfare of all people on site.
  • Ensure First-Aid provisions are readily accessible and that these locations are clearly signposted.
  • Document all accidents, near misses and incidents – Reporting these to the Adult Skills Tutor and Support Officer in accordance with the Health, Safety and Welfare, Data Protection & Confidentiality policies.
  • Allocate appropriate supervision to high risk areas for all scheduled Autism Bedfordshire activities.
  • Fire and Emergency Procedures:

  • Ensure specific fire and emergency evacuation requirements for facilities accessed by Autism Bedfordshire are adhered to.
  • Ensure that all people on site document their arrival and departure times in the Fire Register.
  • Ensure all people on site are made aware of the Fire and Emergency Evacuation Procedure.
  • Carry out a Fire and Emergency Evacuation practice once per academic term, timing and recording this in the relevant files.
  • Policies and Procedures:

  • Carry out all operations in line with Autism Bedfordshire’s Policies and Procedures.
  • Ensure all paid staff and voluntary workers have access to Autism Bedfordshire’s Policies and Procedures and carry out their duties within these directives
  • Support and promote Autism Bedfordshire’s Safeguarding Policy.
  • Report safeguarding concerns to Autism Bedfordshire’s Safeguarding Officer.
  • Adhere to the Autism Bedfordshire Data Protection & Confidentiality Policies.
  • Ensure all confidential material is kept in secure storage in line with Autism Bedfordshire’s Data Protection & Confidentiality Policies.
  • Ensure all paid staff and voluntary workers have signed Autism Bedfordshire’s Data Protection & Confidentiality Policy.
  • Administration and Other Duties:

  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with venues accessed by Autism Bedfordshire’s services.
  • Ensure premises are left clean and tidy following scheduled Autism Bedfordshire activities and that breakages are reported to the Development Team.
  • Inform the Management Team of information becoming apparent that will either directly or indirectly affect the running of scheduled Autism Bedfordshire activities.
  • In conjunction with Senior Team Leaders carry out administration work as required to assist the running of scheduled Autism Bedfordshire activities.
  • Where required carry out additional duties not specified in the Terms of Association in agreement with the Management Team.
  • Scheduled Activities:

  • Promote social and communication development through stimulating activities appropriate to age range and abilities.
  • Where required arrange for refreshments to be provided for individuals accessing our services.
  • Ensure that Risk Assessments have been completed for all scheduled activities, visiting external agencies and main venue facilities prior to use.
  • Provide feedback from individuals accessing our services to the wider team.
  • 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 and Person Spec
    All vacancies are subject to safer recruitment processes including a DBS check.


    Shop Vacancies

    There are no current vacancies in this category.

    Learning Mentor (Autistic Adults)

    Hours: Flexible – Zero-hours contract

    Salary: £10.46 per hour plus holiday pay

    Location: Venues across Hertfordshire

    Line Management: Adult Services Manager

    Autism Hertfordshire has a new opportunity for a new and varied role in supporting autistic adults. Our upcoming projects include workshops, courses and social activities – we need people to help us deliver these much-needed services across Hertfordshire.
    Our new mentor will offer guidance to autistic adults within our projects and support our group leaders in delivery. You may have some personal experience of autism or a background in teaching or mentoring looking for a new challenge, but most of all we are looking for someone with a positive attitude who wants to make a real difference in their community.
    You will be able to listen sensitively and effectively while offering personalised input to support our membership to access their community and work towards their goals. We can offer you ongoing guidance around autism, people’s needs and effective support strategies.
    If you would like to discuss the role in more detail, then please email our Adult Services Manager at elizabeth.cook@autismherts.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
    Job Description and Person Spec
    All vacancies are subject to safer recruitment processes including a DBS check.


    Team Leader (Adults Services)

    Hours: Zero-hours contract (2- 3 hours per month on a Wednesday evening)

    Salary: £10.46 per hour (plus holiday pay)

    Location: Stevenage

    Line Management: Adult Services Manager

    Autism Bedfordshire is an independent charity that is dedicated to improving the lives of autistic people and their families by providing impactful services across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes. Our adult support services primarily focus on working with autistic adults who do not have a learning disability through skill development, advocacy for our membership and social opportunities.
    This exciting new position will work closely with a brand-new team that’s mission is to improve the lives of the Autistic community across Hertfordshire. If you want to be part of a team that is genuinely passionate about making a difference to others this could be an opportunity for you.
    Responsibilities:
    To help plan, supervise and run scheduled Autism Bedfordshire activities subject to guidance from the Adult Skills Tutor and Support Officer.
    Planning:

  • In partnership with the service users, help develop plan and deliver session themes and locations with due regard given to any significant risk factors.
  • Regularly inform service users of upcoming sessions.
  • Allow time to integrate new service users into the sessions.
  • Health, Safety and Welfare:

  • Ensure that information detailing staff, volunteers and individuals in our care’s specific medical and welfare requirements is sourced and stored in line with Autism Bedfordshire’s Data Protection Policy.
  • Ensure that measures are put in place to make provision for the specific medical and welfare requirements of staff, volunteers and individuals in our care at all times.
  • Ensure that sites are checked for safety, suitability and hazards prior to the beginning of, and following the end of scheduled Autism Bedfordshire activities.
  • Ensure that hazards are recorded and reported to the Senior Team Lead and Service Manager, and that appropriate action is taken to ensure the Health, Safety and Welfare of all people on site.
  • Ensure that Health, Safety and Welfare policies are implemented and that relevant notices are displayed as required.
  • Make certain that training, resources and procedures are in place to ensure the Health, Safety and Welfare of all people on site.
  • Ensure First-Aid provisions are readily accessible and that these locations are clearly signposted.
  • Document all accidents, near misses and incidents – Reporting these to the Adult Skills Tutor and Support Officer in accordance with the Health, Safety and Welfare, Data Protection & Confidentiality policies.
  • Allocate appropriate supervision to high risk areas for all scheduled Autism Bedfordshire activities.
  • Fire and Emergency Procedures:

  • Ensure specific fire and emergency evacuation requirements for facilities accessed by Autism Bedfordshire are adhered to.
  • Ensure that all people on site document their arrival and departure times in the Fire Register.
  • Ensure all people on site are made aware of the Fire and Emergency Evacuation Procedure.
  • Carry out a Fire and Emergency Evacuation practice once per academic term, timing and recording this in the relevant files.
  • Policies and Procedures:

  • Carry out all operations in line with Autism Bedfordshire’s Policies and Procedures.
  • Ensure all paid staff and voluntary workers have access to Autism Bedfordshire’s Policies and Procedures and carry out their duties within these directives
  • Support and promote Autism Bedfordshire’s Safeguarding Policy.
  • Report safeguarding concerns to Autism Bedfordshire’s Safeguarding Officer.
  • Adhere to the Autism Bedfordshire Data Protection & Confidentiality Policies.
  • Ensure all confidential material is kept in secure storage in line with Autism Bedfordshire’s Data Protection & Confidentiality Policies.
  • Ensure all paid staff and voluntary workers have signed Autism Bedfordshire’s Data Protection & Confidentiality Policy.
  • Administration and Other Duties:

  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with venues accessed by Autism Bedfordshire’s services.
  • Ensure premises are left clean and tidy following scheduled Autism Bedfordshire activities and that breakages are reported to the Development Team.
  • Inform the Management Team of information becoming apparent that will either directly or indirectly affect the running of scheduled Autism Bedfordshire activities.
  • In conjunction with Senior Team Leaders carry out administration work as required to assist the running of scheduled Autism Bedfordshire activities.
  • Where required carry out additional duties not specified in the Terms of Association in agreement with the Management Team.
  • Scheduled Activities:

  • Promote social and communication development through stimulating activities appropriate to age range and abilities.
  • Where required arrange for refreshments to be provided for individuals accessing our services.
  • Ensure that Risk Assessments have been completed for all scheduled activities, visiting external agencies and main venue facilities prior to use.
  • Provide feedback from individuals accessing our services to the wider team.
  • If you would like to discuss the role in more detail, then please email our Adult Services Manager at Elizabeth.cook@autismherts.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
    Job Description and Person Spec
    All vacancies are subject to safer recruitment processes including a DBS check.


    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 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 Bedford, Kempston, 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 support for autistic children and young people at our Wanted Fun groups.

    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.


    Volunteer Assistant Support Worker – Girls’ Group in Dunstable

    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 support for autistic children and young people at our Girls’ Group in Dunstable.

    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