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Fundraising Volunteers

Children’s Services

Support Workers – Summer Activity Scheme

Full-Time: Mon – Fri 0900 – 1500

£8.62 – £9.20 per hour (including holiday entitlement)

Location: various venues in Bedford and Luton

Gain valuable experience supporting children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions across different settings and activities.

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 are given the opportunity to develop and increase their skills and experience, supporting their future career pathways.

Scheme weeks: 20th – 24th July; 27th – 31st July; 3rd Aug – 7th Aug.

Training Day: Saturday 31st May 2020 (compulsory).

To apply please download an application form, date availability form guidance notes and the roles and responsibilities below. Return your completed form and date availability form to recruitment@autismbeds.org.
Application Form
Date Availability Form
Application Form Guidance Notes
Support Worker Roles and Responsibilities

For further information or call 01234 214871.


Senior Team Leader – Wanted Fun in Luton

Part-Time: alternate Thursday evenings during term-time

£10.20 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

£10.20 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 Biggleswade & Leighton Buzzard

Part-Time: alternate Saturday mornings during term-time

£8.62 – £9.20 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 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

There are no current vacancies in this category.


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

Assistant Support Workers – Summer Activity Scheme

Volunteer Expenses Paid

Full-Time: Mon – Fri 0900 – 1500

Location: various venues in Bedford and Luton

Gain valuable experience supporting children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions across different settings and activities.

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 volunteers are given the opportunity to develop and increase their skills and experience, supporting their future career pathways.

Scheme weeks: 20th – 24th July; 27th – 31st July; 3rd Aug – 7th Aug.

Training Day: Saturday 31st May 2020 (compulsory).

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

Application Form

Date Availability Form

Application Form Guidance Notes

Assistant Support Worker Roles and Responsibilities

For further information or call 01234 214871.


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.

Volunteering is one of the best ways to give back to one of your favourite charities.

We are always looking for brilliant and helpful volunteers to lend a hand a fundraising events and activities. There’s lots to get involved in, including supermarket in-store collections, sponsored challenge events, sporting activities, festivals, fetes and more!

You don’t need any specific training or skills to join the team. All you need is a positive outlook, a winning smile and a confident nature. Anyone under the age of 16 will need to be supervised by an adult.

You don’t need to be an expert on autism and nor do you need to tralk to members of the public about your own experiences of autism, unless you wish to.

If you are interested in volunteering at any of our fundraising activities, please contact fundraiser@autismbeds.org. All of the opportunities to help are also promoted on our social media pages.

Current opportunities:

Date Times Location What we will be doing
Saturday 8th June 10.00am – 4.00pm Tesco, Leighton Buzzard In-store collection
Saturday 29th June 10.00am – 4.00pm Tesco, Dunstable In-store collection
Saturday 6th July 12.00 Midday – 8.00pm Upper Caldecote Playing Fields Running a stall, collecting funds, selling merchandise
Monday 15th – Saturday 27th July TBC Quarry Theatre, Bedford Collecting funds
Saturday 17th August 10.00 – 4.00pm Morrison’s, Bedford In-store collection
Friday 23rd August 10.00 – 4.00pm Tesco, Riverfield Drive, Bedford In-store collection

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