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Childrens Services

Support Workers – in Bedford

Working hours: Every other Wednesday evening (3 hours)

£10.18 – £10.42 per hour (plus holiday pay)

  • Are you adaptable, fast learning and open to change?
  • Do you possess the skills and attributes needed to work with individuals who have varying social, emotional, and sensory needs?
  • Do you want to build on your knowledge, understanding and experience of the autistic spectrum and gain practical experience of behaviour management and communication strategies?

If your answer is “yes”, you might be the person we are looking for.

About Us

Autism Bedfordshire is a local, independent charity that specialises in supporting autistic people and their families. Our groups provide places where they can feel comfortable and accepted.

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 attending our summer activity schemes.

The Role

Our Summer Activity Schemes are based in Bedford and provide a wide range of onsite activities and community-based experiences for autistic children and young people aged 3 to 17 years. Each scheme is specifically designed to cater for the different needs, interests, ages, and abilities of those that attend.

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.

Support Workers will need to have relevant experience and qualifications. We provide uniform, full training, references, and fantastic experiences for all.

Key aspects of the role involve assisting in setting up safe areas for activities, promoting social and communication development, supporting children to access and engage with different activities, and supporting and promoting safeguarding practices.

The ideal candidate will have NVQ Level 2/3 or equivalent in health, education, childcare, or social care, knowledge of autism, and experience of managing challenging behaviour.

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

To Apply

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 Guidance Notes

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


Children’s Services Manager

Locations: Countywide; Bedfordshire, administrative base at Head Office, Bedford

Salary: £29,041- £34,631

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Line Manager: CEO

Deadline to apply: Monday 22nd January 2024

Job Summary:

  • To lead, direct and manage, transformation and delivery of services for autistic children and young people/CYPs, reporting to the CEO.
  • Management level position, Children’s Services Manager: responsible for the performance of Children’s services functions relating to the health, education and social care of autistic children and young people, families and support networks.
  • To provide input into Autism Bedordshire’s and operational plans. Fully canvas and represent the needs of CYP utilising the services of Autism Bedfordshire through reporting and analysis of data and satisfaction.
  • Provide effective professional leadership, exercising overall responsibility for management and performance within CYP services, including supervision, of professional standards and competence, management of individual performance and development and improvements to service delivery and practice.
  • Accountable for the Health and Safety standards and requirements.
  • Support the fundraising team to secure sufficient funds to safely continue core services.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Lead the cultural, workforce and other changes necessary to secure the transformation of CYP Services; by creating the conditions for others to perform and, innovate and by robustly challenging ineffective working practices and poor performance.
  • Maintain robust budgetary controls; ensuring effective budgetary management is exercised by authorized members of the children’s services team and that all resources are managed efficiently managed within finite resources.
  • Ensure the existence of a common system of planning, monitoring, evaluation and review for the service.
  • Promote excellent external relations by representing Autism Bedfordshire at national, regional and local levels and promote the interests of Autism Bedfordshire externally.
  • To ensure that systems are in place to provide assurance to the CEO that all staff are aware of policies and procedures relating to their area of work.

Senior Team Leader – Loads of Autistic Fun in Biggleswade

Location: Biggleswade

Salary: £11.47 per hour (including holiday entitlement)

Hours: Part-Time: alternate Saturday mornings during term-time
£11.47 per hour (including holiday entitlement)

  • Do you have knowledge of autism?
  • Are you passionate about SEND?
  • Do you have the experience to lead and deliver exciting and engaging sessions?

If your answer to any of these questions is “yes”, you might be the person we are looking for.

About LOAF

Loads of Autistic Fun (or L.O.A.F. for short) is a Saturday morning activity group which the whole family can attend. It runs fortnightly during term time from 10am to 1pm and provides an inclusive environment where all children up to age 12 (those with autism and their siblings) and their parents/carers are welcome and supported by trained staff and volunteers.

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic Senior Team Leader to manage and run our Loads of Autistic Fun group in Leighton Buzzard. The role will include managing a staff team and organising, planning and supervising sessions.

To Apply

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

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


LOAF Team Leader for Biggleswade, Leighton Buzzard or Kempston

Locations: Biggleswade or Leighton Buzzard or Kempston

Salary: £10.70 per hour (plus holiday pay)

Hours: Part-Time, alternate Saturday mornings during term-time

3 positions available

  • Do you have knowledge of autism?
  • Do you have the experience to lead and deliver exciting and engaging sessions?
  • Are you someone who is wanting to push your skills and knowledge further and lead a team of Support Workers?

If your answer is “yes”, you might be the person we are looking for.

About L.O.A.F

Loads of Autistic Fun (or L.O.A.F. for short) is a Saturday morning activity group which the whole family can attend. It runs fortnightly during term time from 10am to 1pm and provides an inclusive environment where all children up to age 12 (those with autism and their siblings) and their parents/carers are welcome and supported by trained staff and volunteers.

L.O.A.F. provides a place where autistic children and their families can feel comfortable, accepted and valued. It is a calm, supportive environment that enables the children to feel safe, join in and not be judged if they don’t.

About you

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 NVQ Level 2/3 or equivalent in health, education, childcare, or social care. Good communication and organisational skills are essential.

To Apply

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
Biggleswade Team Leader Roles and Responsibilities
Leighton Buzzard Team Leader Roles and Responsibilities

Kempston Team Leader Roles and Responsibilities

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


Wanted Fun Team Leader

2 Positions Available

Location: Biggleswade or Bedford

Salary: £10.70 per hour (plus holiday pay)

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

  • Do you have knowledge of autism?
  • Are you passionate about SEND?
  • Do you have the experience to lead and deliver exciting and engaging sessions?

If your answer to any of these questions is “yes”, you might be the person we are looking for.

About Wanted Fun

For young people aged 10-17 we have evening youth groups, which provide social opportunities for young people with lower-level support needs. The youth groups provide a safe and inclusive environment for autistic young people to access a variety of activities including games, social activities, arts and crafts, cooking, sports and community experiences, e.g., swimming, ice-skating, bowling, eating out and visiting parks and museums.

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic Team Leader at our youth group in Kempston. You will lead the team the team in setting up fun, safe and interactive activities, as well as supporting young people in peer interaction, and the development of communication and social skills.

To Apply

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
Biggleswade Team Leader Roles and Responsibilities

Bedford Team Leader Roles and Responsibilities

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


LOAF Support Worker

Location: Biggleswade or Leighton Buzzard

Salary: £10.18-£10.42 per hour (plus holiday pay)

Hours: Part-Time, alternate Fridays evenings during term-time

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

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
Biggleswade Support Worker Roles and Responsibilities
Leighton Buzzard Support Worker Roles and Responsibilities


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


Adults Services Bedfordshire Vacancies

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Keyworker  

Location: Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes, administrative base at Head Office, Bedford

Salary: £31,713 – £37,819 annually

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Line Manager: Keyworker Operational Lead

Contract: 23 months fixed term (potential to renew)

Deadline for applications is Monday 15th January at noon

Interviews Friday 19th January  

The Key Worker Service is part of the NHS long Term Plan for All Children and Young People (CYP) with a learning disability, autism or both, in an inpatient setting, to have a named worker/Key Worker by 2024.

https://www.england.nhs.uk/learning-disabilities/care/children-young-people/keyworkers/

The postholder will work across the local system with families, to ensure children and young people with the most complex need that are at risk of admission to hospital or are currently in a mental health provision due to deteriorating mental health, receive appropriate personalised, integrated support.

The role will enable a whole ‘System’ (that is the NHS, Local Authority and the third sector) change and work with our children, young people and their families and carers in a person-centred way, helping to bring their voices to life and achieve their aspirations and successful outcomes.

The ideal candidate will have experience of working with children and young people with mental health conditions and multi-disciplinary/multi-agency working. You will have knowledge of autism (across the spectrum/SEN/Disability) and be willing to undertake specific training to support individual complex needs.

You must be willing to work flexible hours and you will need to be a car owner/driver.

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

If you would like to discuss the role further, then please contact liz.mcternan@autismbeds.org

To Apply

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

Full Job Summary

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

Volunteers Needed

Volunteer Support Worker (Adult Services)

Line Management: Adult Skills Tutor and Post Diagnostic Lead

Volunteer expenses reimbursed

Locations: Bedford, Dunstable and Ampthill

Autism Bedfordshire is a local, independent charity that specialises in supporting autistic people and their families. Our groups provide places where they can feel comfortable and accepted.

Do you want to build on your knowledge, understanding and experience of the autism spectrum and gain practical experience of behaviour management and communication strategies?
We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated individuals to help run our evening social groups for autistic adults.

Responsibilities: To help plan, supervise and run scheduled Autism Bedfordshire activities subject to guidance from the Adult Skills Tutor and Post Diagnostic Lead.
Key duties include:

  • Planning
  • Health, Safety and Welfare
  • Fire and Emergency Procedures
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Administration and Other Duties
  • Scheduled Activities
  • 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

    Volunteer Support Worker Roles and Responsibilities (Adult Services)

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


    Volunteer Assistant Support Workers Wanted for Summer Activity Schemes in Bedford and Luton

    Week 1: Mon 24th– Fri 28th July

    Week 2: Mon 31st July – Fri 4th Aug

    Week 3: Mon 7th – Fri 11th Aug

    Volunteer expenses reimbursed

    Closing Date: Closing Date: Friday 30th June 2023

  • Do you want to gain valuable work experience for future careers?
  • Are you interested in making a positive contribution locally?
  • Have you got lots of energy?
  • Would you enjoy working with children who have special needs?
  • Come and volunteer with Autism Bedfordshire on our summer activity schemes.

    Autism Bedfordshire is a local, independent charity that specialises in supporting autistic people and their families. Our groups provide places where they can feel comfortable and accepted.

    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 attending our summer activity schemes.

    Our Summer Activity Schemes are based in Bedford and Luton and provide a wide range of onsite activities and community-based experiences for autistic children and young people aged 3 to 17 years. Each scheme is specifically designed to cater for the different needs, interests, ages, and abilities of those that attend.

    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.

    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.

    This is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience of supporting autistic children and young people. Our volunteers are given the opportunity to develop and increase their skills and experience supporting their future career pathways.

    No experience needed, just the motivation to want to support children with additional needs.

    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
    Date Availability Form 2023

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


    Volunteer Assistant Support Workers Wanted for Saturday Morning Activity Groups in in Bedford, Biggleswade, Leighton Buzzard and Luton

    Part-Time: alternate Saturday mornings during term-time

    Volunteer expenses reimbursed

  • Do you want to gain valuable work experience for future careers?
  • Are you interested in making a positive contribution locally?
  • Have you got lots of energy?
  • Would you enjoy working with children who have special needs?

  • Come and have fun at LOAF! “Loads Of Autistic Fun”

    Loads of Autistic Fun (or L.O.A.F. for short) is a Saturday morning activity group which the whole family can attend. It runs fortnightly during term time from 10am to 1pm and provides an inclusive environment where all children up to age 12 (those with autism and their siblings) and their parents/carers are welcome and supported by trained staff and volunteers.

    L.O.A.F. provides a place where autistic children and their families can feel comfortable, accepted and valued. It is a calm, supportive environment that enables the children to feel safe, join in and not be judged if they don’t.

    We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic team players to help provide support for autistic children and young people at our LOAF (Loads of Autistic 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 range and abilities.

    This is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience of supporting autistic children and young people. Our volunteers are given the opportunity to develop and increase their skills and experience supporting their future career pathways.

    No experience needed, just the motivation to want to support children with additional needs.

    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 for Youth Groups in Bedford, Kempston, Biggleswade, Flitwick, Leighton Buzzard and Luton

    Part-Time: once a fortnight on weekday evenings during term-time

    Volunteer expenses reimbursed

  • Do you want to gain valuable work experience for future careers?
  • Are you interested in making a positive contribution locally?
  • Have you got lots of energy?
  • Would you enjoy working with children and young people who have special needs?

  • If your answer to any of these questions is “yes”, then why not come and join us, volunteering at our youth groups.


    For young people aged 10-17 we have evening youth groups, which provide social opportunities for young people with lower-level support needs. The youth groups provide a safe and inclusive environment for autistic young people to access a variety of activities including games, social activities, arts and crafts, cooking, sports and community experiences, e.g., swimming, ice-skating, bowling, eating out and visiting parks and museums.

    We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic team players to help provide support for autistic children and young people at our LOAF (Loads of Autistic 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 range and abilities.

    This is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience of supporting autistic children and young people. Our volunteers are given the opportunity to develop and increase their skills and experience supporting their future career pathways.

    No experience needed, just the motivation to want to support children with additional needs.

    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 for Girls’ Group in Dunstable

    Part-Time: once a fortnight on Thursday 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.
    The Girls Youth Club is a fortnightly activity group based in Dunstable for autistic girls aged10-17. It aims to build confidence, self-esteem, support friendships and develop communication skills. Each session offers a variety of activities based on the interests of attendees.
    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.


    If you require any support with the application process, or you wish to request an application form be sent to you, please contact recruitment@autismbeds.org


    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
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