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Vacancies and Volunteering

Current Vacancies

Volunteer in our services

Charity Shop Volunteers

Fundraising Volunteers

Children’s Services

Development & Projects Officer

25 – 37.5 hours per week (flexible hours considered)

18-month contract with the possibility of extension (subject to funding)

Salary: £18,735 – £25,796 Plus 4% stakeholder pension

Closing date: 1st June 2021 5.00pm Interviews: 7th June 2021

Responsibilities

  • To manage existing services for autistic children and young people and their families
  • Develop new opportunities and partnerships across Bedfordshire

  • Essential Skills & Experience

  • Strong leadership and management skills and experience
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Sound project management and quality assurance experience
  • Excellent communication and organisation skills
  • Knowledge of autism
  • Competent IT skills
  • Car owner/ driver

  • Desirable Skills & Experience

  • Knowledge of CQC & Ofsted

  • Hours include occasional Saturday mornings and evenings plus first three weeks of the Summer Holidays. The post is based in Bedford and involves delivering services countywide. (Working from home arrangements currently in place due to Covid).

    If you would like to have an informal chat about the role then please contact Liz McTernan Tel: 01234 214871

    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
    Person Specification

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


    Support Workers

    Summer Activity Schemes 2021

    £9.19 – £9.77 per hour including holiday pay

    Closing date: Friday 11th May at 5.00pm

    We are now recruiting for our 2021 Summer Activity Schemes. This is a great opportunity to 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 and volunteers are given the opportunity to develop and increase their skills and experience, supporting their future career pathways.

    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
    Date Availability Form
    Application Form Guidance Notes
    Support Worker Roles and Responsibilities

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


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

    Part-Time: alternate Saturday mornings during term-time

    £9.19 – £9.77 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

    £9.19 – £9.77 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

    Benefits Advisor

    (Part-Time and Fixed Term)

    Adult and Children’s Services

    Hours: 15 -22.5 (inc. some evenings)

    Salary: £25,756 full time equivalent (pro-rata) Actual: £10,302 – £15,454 (Dept on hours)

    Location: Bedfordshire

    Contract length: 12 months only

    Closing Date: 23rd May 2021

    Interviews: Wednesday 26th May

    Autism Bedfordshire is an independent charity that is dedicated to improving the lives of autistic people and their families by providing impactful services across the county and surrounding areas.

    This fantastic new role will work closely with a knowledgeable and devoted charity whose mission is to ensure that every autistic person in Bedfordshire can lead a fulfilling and rewarding life.

    We are looking for an exceptional self-starter for a Benefits Advisor to provide specialist benefit advice. The post holder will also be expected to manage their own cases and lead appointment sessions. The post will be subject to a DBS.

    To be successful in the role, you will have previous experience in providing benefits advice, have experience of managing complex cases and supporting people though appeals procedures and mandatory reconsiderations.

    Key Responsibilities:

  • To report to the Adult Services Manager on the activities of the project
  • To have an up to date working knowledge of Benefits
  • To answer and deal with telephone, written or face to face enquiries from members and stakeholders, as appropriate, providing explanations and clarification of decisions and actions taken and general advice and guidance relating to legislation, policy and procedures.
  • To support our membership with carrying out benefits checks and completing forms.
  • To run benefits workshops
  • To create and maintain accurate records and reports of the work undertaken.
  • To promote Autism Bedfordshire’s services
  • To represent Autism Bedfordshire at stakeholder meetings
  • To be up to date in the understanding and implementation of Autism Bedfordshire’s policies and procedures
  • Independently managing their workload and competing priorities

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

    Application Form
    Application Form Guidance Notes
    Person Spec

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


    Equalities Campaign Officer, See Me, Hear Me Campaign

    Hours: Part time 18hr (including some evenings and weekends)

    Salary: £18,544 over 18 months (18 hours a week – pro-rata FTE £25,756 per annum)

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

    Reporting to: Adult Services Manager

    Closing Date: 21st April Midday

    Interviews: Week commencing 26th April

    Fixed term: 18 months

    Autism Bedfordshire is an independent charity that is dedicated to improving the lives of autistic people and their families by providing impactful services across the county and beyond.

    This is a new and exciting position, and the post holder will be required to work independently to create and lead regional campaign titled ‘See me, Hear me’. The campaigns focus is to explore any inequalities that autistic people and their families face when accessing NHS services.

    Applicants must be ambitious, personable, and creative. A proven track record in campaigns, policy, and advocacy is essential. Applicants should be comfortable working in a changing environment, be capable of managing competing priorities and strong organisational skills.

    Responsibilities include:

  • Creating, facilitating, and developing voice groups for Autistic Adults and their families across the East of England both online and in person
  • Liaising with stakeholders, attending networking events at both local and regional levels representing the campaign
  • and develop the campaign action plan and engagement strategy, scope and goals
  • Managing annual and multi-year engagement calendar of activities, identifying key campaign benchmarks, including 2021 advocacy week, Autism Awareness week 2022 and campaign public launch.
  • To plan and coordinate professional regional events raising awareness of the inequalities faced by autistic people.
  • Advise on, co-ordinate and review the contribution to relevant tactical campaigns by regional colleagues and other key programmes.
  • Assess opportunities for action, identifying creative and effective campaigning tactics applicable regionally/nationally.
  • Draft, review and advise on campaign materials and recourses for internal and external use.
  • Lead on campaign reporting, both internally and to NHS partners.
  • Demonstrable experience of various campaign channels and methods – online and offline to and able to have a robust strategy to reach the campaign goals.
  • Independently managing workload and competing priorities
  • Autism Bedfordshire offers a competitive salary and flexible working and believes this is a fantastic opportunity to make a difference and have a positive impact. We have a supportive, inclusive environment and a committed vibrant team. We are proud to offer CPD opportunities.

    If you think this might be the post for you and want to discuss in more detail, then contact:
    Sharna Raine, Adult Services Manage 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
    Person Spec

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


    Office Vacancies

    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

    Closing date: 24th May 2021 5.00pm

    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.

    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.

    Shop Vacancies

    There are no current vacancies in this category


    Volunteers Needed

    Assistant Support Workers

    Summer Activity Schemes 2021

    Volunteer Expenses reimbursed

    Closing date: Friday 11th May at 5.00pm


    We provide

  • DBS check
  • Uniform
  • Training
  • References
  • We are now recruiting for our 2021 Summer Activity Schemes. This is a great opportunity to 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 and volunteers are given the opportunity to develop and increase their skills and experience, supporting their future career pathways.
    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
    Date Availability Form
    Application Form Guidance Notes
    Assistant Support Worker Roles and Responsibilities

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


    Volunteer Assistant Support Workers – Loads of Autistic Fun in Leighton Buzzard

    Part-Time: alternate Saturday mornings during term-time

    Volunteer expenses reimbursed

    Closing date: Friday 25th June at 5.00pm


    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 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 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) groups 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 – Loads of Autistic Fun in Bedford

    Part-Time: alternate Saturday mornings during term-time

    Volunteer expenses reimbursed

    Closing date: Monday 31st May at 5.00pm


    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.

    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 groups 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 groups 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 groups 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.

    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.

    There are no fundraising opportunities at present due to the Coronavirus situation – please check back in the future.

    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