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Autism Trainer

Venue: various, as appropriate.

Salary: Annual FTE £29,438, Actual Annual Pro-rata £5,002

Approximate Hours: 1 day per week (7.5 hours) – 30 hours/month (term time)

Closing date: 12 noon on 11th October 2021

Do you have extensive knowledge of Autism Spectrum Conditions?

Do you have experience of delivering autism training?

If your answer is YES then this fantastic opportunity could be for you!

We are recruiting for an enthusiastic and dedicated Autism Trainer to join our team at Autism Bedfordshire. As Autism Trainer, you will deliver our autism training to professionals, parent/carers and partner agencies both independently and alongside co-presenters.
If you have a passion for learning and developing the skills of others, strong IT skills, a positive attitude with a flexible approach to your work and enjoy a challenge, then we want to hear from you!

Autism Bedfordshire is an independent charity that provides a wide range of services to improve the quality of life for autistic children, young people and adults plus their families in Bedfordshire.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Experience of delivering training, advice and support
  • Experience of working with autistic young people and adults, their parents, carers, educators and employers
  • The ability to contribute to and evaluate training in order to improve practice
  • Significant experience of autism and/or other neurodiverse conditions
  • The ability to establish partnerships with a range of stakeholders
  • Evidence of excellent interpersonal, communication presentation and training skills
  • Ability to work under pressure with minimum supervision and to use own initiative within delegated authority
  • A commitment to Equal Opportunities

  • If you would like to have an informal chat about the role then please email: mandy.higgs@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.


    Funding Manager

    20 – 25 hours/week (hours can be worked flexibly)

    Salary range: £23,622 – £30,762 FTE;

    pro rata: 20 hours: £12,600 – £16,400 25 hours: £15,750 – £20,500

    We are looking for a highly skilled, experienced and enthusiastic Funding Manager to support the charity’s fundraising activities to secure the income to support our much-needed services. Reporting to the CEO, this role is pivotal to the growth and success of the charity. The Funding Manager is primarily responsible for data and information gathering and analysis, output and outcome reporting to support grant proposals for project and core-cost funding bids to trusts, foundations and statutory funders. In addition, the Funding Manager is involved with marketing and communications to generate income through donations and fundraising from individuals, community groups, businesses and legacy fundraising.

    The post-holder will be based in Bedford.

    If you would like to have an informal chat about the role then please email: gill.christmas@autismbeds.org and leave you contact number.

    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.


    Data Analyst and Communications Manager

    20 – 25 hours/week (hours can be worked flexibly)

    Salary range: £23,622 – £30,762 FTE;

    pro rata: 20 hours: £12,600 – £16,400 25 hours: £15,750 – £20,500

    We are looking for a highly skilled, experienced and enthusiastic Data Analyst and Communications Manager to support the Charity’s operational teams in managing the data and information gathering processes across the full range of the Charity’s services. Reporting to the CEO, this role is pivotal to the growth and success of the charity. The Data Analyst and Communications Manager is primarily responsible for data and information management and analysis, output and outcome reporting, and marketing and communications.

    The post-holder will be based in Bedford.

    If you would like to have an informal chat about the role then please email: gill.christmas@autismbeds.org and leave you contact number.

    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.


    Children’s Services

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

    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 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

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


    Support Workers – Wanted Fun in Biggleswade

    Part-Time: alternate Friday evenings 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 Wanted Fun groups in Biggleswade.
    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

    Senior Team Leader

    Part-time hours – up to 5 per month (One Monday evening a month)

    £11.06 per hour (inclusive of holiday pay)

    Location: Biggleswade


    We are looking for an experienced, motivated, and enthusiastic person to help run our evening social group in Biggleswade. 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 Biggleswade.

    Experience: The ideal candidate will be an approachable person with experience of working with autistic adults, be decisive and quick thinking.

    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.

    For further information please contact us on 01234 214871 or email: recruitment@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, 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.

    Adult Skills Tutor

    Hours: 22.5 (including some evenings and weekends)

    Salary: £22,604 (FTE)

    Location: Travel across the South of Hertfordshire

    Reporting to: Adult Services Manager

    Closing Date: 27th September 2021

    Interviews: 30th September


    If you would like a unique teaching role, where you can genuinely make a difference, enhance the prospects of your learners, and ultimately change people’s lives by empowering them to live fulfilled and empowered lives then this could be the opportunity for you.
    The success of this role is greatly dependent on having the right attitude and personality to foster a progressive working relationship with our members and having the adaptability to meet individual needs. An ideal candidate would be an organised individual with the appetite and desire to learn, adapt and develop our existing services.
    If you think this might be the role for you and want to discuss in more detail, then contact Sharna Raine (Adult Services Director) on 01234 350704 or email: sharnaraine@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.


    Transitions Support Officer

    Hours: 18 – 20 (including some evenings and weekends)

    Salary: £20,000.00 (Pro-rata)

    Location: Travel across Hertfordshire

    Closing Date: 27th September 2021

    Interviews: 30th September


    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.
    This role has the flexibility to be either part or full time and can be moulded around existing commitments for the right person.
    If you think this might be the role for you and want to discuss in more detail, then contact Sharna Raine (Adult Services Director) on 01234 350704 or email: sharnaraine@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.


    Volunteers Needed

    Volunteer Assistant Support Workers – Loads of Autistic Fun in Bedford

    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) group in Bedford.

    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 – Loads of Autistic Fun in 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) group in Biggleswade.

    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 Leighton Buzzard

    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 group in Leighton Buzzard.

    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 Workers – Wanted Fun in 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 group in 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.


    Volunteer Assistant Support Workers – Wanted Fun in Biggleswade

    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 group in Biggleswade.

    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 Workers – Wanted Fun in Flitwick

    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 group in Flitwick.

    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