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PLAYWORKER - Wokingham

We have a vacancy:

2 hours per week - £7.00 per hour (16-18 year olds)

We have a vacancy for a Playworker at our Wokingham Smiles for Sibs group, which runs on Monday (term-time only) between 4.15pm and 6.00pm at Woodley Airfield Community Centre, RG5 4UX. The Playworkers will assist in providing activities at the club including playing games, arts & crafts, cooking, outdoor activities and occasional holiday day trips.

We are looking for enthusiastic and self-motivated people to join our staff team. Experience of working in similar positions is desirable, but training will be given for the successful applicant.

For further details and a job specification please contact the Wokingham office on 0300 7778539 or email us.

References and Disclosure and Barring Service checks will be carried out on the successful candidates.

PLAYWORKER – Youth Club @ Addington - Wokingham

We have a vacancy:

Average 3 hours per week - £8.50 per hour

We have a vacancy for a Playworker at our Youth Club @Addington, which takes place on Wednesdays (term-time only) between 6.30pm and 9.30pm (including set-up and clearing away time) at Addington School, Woodlands Avenue, Woodley, RG5 3EU. The youth club is for young people with learning disabilities aged 13-19 and the playworker will assist in providing activities at the club including playing games, arts & crafts, cooking, outdoor activities and occasional trips to the cinema or restaurants.

We are looking for enthusiastic and self-motivated people to join our staff team. Experience of working in similar positions is desirable, but training will be given for the successful applicant.

For further details and a job specification please contact the Wokingham office on 0300 7778539 or email us.

References and Disclosure and Barring Service checks will be carried out on the successful candidates.

Smiles for Sibs Club Coordinator

Job description and person specification

Reporting to:
Joint Chief Executives
Purpose of job:
To supervise and lead in providing a term time Smiles Club for Siblings for young people aged 8 to 13, which will provide appropriate activities for the age range. To organise and deliver outings and special events.
Hours:
Average 3-5 hours per week to include 1 evening per week during term time plus training, administration, meetings, outings and special activities as required.
Location:
Woodley Airfield Youth & Community Centre, Wokingham Borough and on occasion Braybrooke Community Centre, Makepiece Road, Bracknell Forest Borough and the Binfield office.
Salary:
£10.50 per hour
Duties to include:
  • To ensure adequate supervision of indoor and outdoor activities including the laptops, complying with Health and Safety requirements, Data Protection requirements and undertaking risk assessments as required, conducting fire safety procedures, monitoring the condition of play equipment, providing first aid when necessary.
  • To supervise staff and volunteers and assist in job appraisals.
  • To support all aspects of Wokingham, Bracknell & Districts Mencap’s policies on Equal Opportunities and Safeguarding Children.
  • To monitor and evaluate the benefit of the club for children and families
  • To be willing to participate in any necessary specialist training.
  • To be aware and support the needs of individual children.
  • To maintain communication with parents and carers.
  • To liaise with the other Smiles for Sibs Co-ordinator and cover where necessary.
  • To attend staff meetings and other meetings as required.
  • To undertake such additional duties as may be necessary for the efficient operation of the clubs.
Skills/Experience/Knowledge Required:
  • Self-motivated, able to work on own initiative
  • Good communicator
  • Understanding of the needs of young people with learning disability, or on the autistic spectrum, their siblings and their families.
  • Knowledge of issues relating to disabled children and their siblings
  • Ability to offer support to the young people by listening and responding appropriately
  • Knowledge of photo and video editing desirable
  • Knowledge of IT desirable
  • Experience of working with children or young people in a group setting
  • Qualification in Play work, a First Aid Qualification, and a knowledge of Special Needs are desirable, but training can be provided
  • Ability to create a varied and fun programme of activities
  • Ability to follow session plans
Additional Desirable Requirements:
  • Driving licence
  • Use of own vehicle

For further details please contact the Wokingham office on 0300 7778539 or email us.

Please note that all applicants will be subject to references and an Enhanced DBS Check.

PLAY WORKER - Bracknell

We have a vacancy:

2 hours per week, £7 per hour (16 - 18 year olds)

We have a vacancy for a Playworker at our Bracknell Smiles for Sibs group, which runs on Thursdays (term-time only) between 4.30pm and 6.15pm at Braybrooke Community Centre, Bracknell. The Playworkers will assist in providing activities at the club including playing games, arts & crafts, cooking, outdoor activities and occasional holiday day trips.

For further details and a job specification please contact the Wokingham office on 0300 7778539 or email us.

References and Disclosure and Barring Service checks will be carried out on the successful candidate.

Volunteers

"Thank you very much for the amazing opportunity you have given me over the last year. It has been wonderful working with you, and I wish you the best for the future!"
a Playworker

Wokingham, Bracknell & Districts Mencap needs volunteers. We can offer you opportunities to gain experience, develop skills and at the same time support our work through volunteering. For companies, let us help you meet your corporate social responsibility.

How can you help?

  • You could volunteer to help us run our clubs and activities – take a look at the activities that we run
  • You could hold a fundraising event for us or help us at one of ours, for example, you could run a half Marathon for us or hold a cake sale
  • You could help wrap and label prizes for raffles
  • You could become a Trustee
  • You could help with general office administration

If you are interested in any of our volunteering opportunities, please take a look at the various activities and get in touch by any of the following:

Please note that for most roles, volunteers will need to undergo an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.