Short Break Support Workers
Salary Band C: £18729 – £23932 -37 hours per week (pro-rata for part-time)
We are currently seeking to recruit Support Workers for our Short Break Service for disabled children and young people. Our clients are aged between 5 -24 with a variety of disabilities including complex needs. You may be required to support days, evenings, weekends, sleeping in, waking night, school holidays and activity days. We enable our young people to develop their self-esteem, build on life skills, and work towards independence, access education and to participate in a wide range of activities.
2 posts are available
Post 1 – 25 Hours per week.
Hours will be shift based over 7 days and may include shifts of up to 15 Hours.
Post 2 – Bank work
This is a bank role working on an “as and when required” basis, you will be required to supplement staffing levels during busy periods and provide cover for existing staff in times of annual leave or absence. You will have the flexibility to accept work that suits your individual circumstances and availability.
Applications from Male candidates particularly welcome.
Successful applicants should have a proactive and positive work ethic, be a willing Team member and be enthusiastic, positive and flexible. An understanding of disability and a relevant qualification (NVQ Level 3 Working with Children & Young People) would be an advantage.
This post is based at our Resource Centre in Hextable but will require the ability to work in the community. A full clean driving licence is desirable.
Successful applicants will need to have an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.
If you are interested and would like to find out more please contact us for an Application Pack (CV not accepted)
T: 01322 668501 Option 4
Closing date for applications: Tuesday 10th October 2017
Interviews will be held on: Thursday 19th October 2017
We need to recruit new Sessional workers for the school holidays. The next break is in October. The ideal candidate will be available during the week to work with disabled children on inclusive play schemes we are organising at local leisure centres, or with children with severe and complex needs that will be based at our centre in Hextable. Hours are usually 9-5pm approximately. Full training will be given. DBS check is essential. This position would suit a trainee doctor, nurse, school teacher, graduate or anyone interested in SEN or social care. Please call the Short Breaks team 01322 668501 x6 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Please read the story below of one or our Sessional workers that have stayed working during the school holidays with BEAMS for years and she absolutely loves the job and finds it very rewarding.
Catherine Collcutt is a sessional worker at Beams during the school holidays. Catherine, aged 21, is a primary school teacher in her NQT year. She teaches the reception aged children at The Brent Primary School in Dartford.
Catherine started working with our children over 3 years ago, whilst she was at University studying for her degree. She has come back each school holiday since to care for disabled children that participate in our Kids Camp holiday play schemes. Previously, Catherine volunteered at after school clubs working with children with Autism in Dartford.
We asked Catherine what motivates her to do this type of work. She said:
“I love working with children. I have wanted to do this since I was 11 years old. Working at Beams has given me experience and confidence. I understand children with SEN and have been involved in integrating them into mainstream education. I find the work with disabled children rewarding, knowing that I can make a difference to their lives.
I love it when we give them opportunities to do something such as going to the beach for the day or swimming as they will not do this without our help”.
Catherine is one of a team of sessional workers who are engaged to care and play with children that stay at Beams during the school holidays. Most are aged between 18-25, are graduates, teachers, nurses, or are interested in working in social care. This gives them a new perspective and broadens their horizons.
If you would like to volunteer or become as a sessional worker with disabled children then get in touch: