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Family Liaison Worker

Job Description & Person Specification

Reporting to:
The Joint Chief Executives (directly) and accountable to the Board of Trustees
Purpose of job:
To provide a direct service to carers, families and people with learning disabilities and/or those with an autism spectrum condition (ASC) transition age and above, who are members of Wokingham Mencap or referred by Wokingham Borough Council or by other agencies. This service will include:
  • Providing relevant information
  • Home visiting and support
  • Providing support to carers and families in meetings
  • Planning, organising and hosting events as required
Hours:
23 hours per week over 5 days (Monday-Friday)
Location:
Wokingham, Bracknell & Districts Mencap office and other locations as required
Salary:
£22,750 pro rata per annum (based on 35 hour working week) – funded initially until 30 September 2020.
Main duties include:
  • To communicate information on benefits and services to carers and families of young people of transition age and adults with a learning disability and/or ASC by telephone, email or in person
  • To visit members/carers in their own homes and to build close relationships with those that need extra support
  • To provide emotional support to carers and families of young people of transition age and adults with a learning disability and/or ASC
  • To provide support to carers and families in meetings as required
  • To maintain a library of information and knowledge to be able to give up-to-date information on topical and relevant issues
  • To initiate, plan, organise and host events for carers as required including our monthly Carers’ Group and respite events for carers
  • To initiate, plan, organise and run workshops for carers
  • To monitor the outcomes for carers of the work carried out with them
  • To liaise and work with the Wokingham, Bracknell & Districts Mencap Family Liaison Team
  • To liaise with Children’s and Adult Social Services including the Transition Officers at Wokingham Borough Council.
  • To provide reports on a regular basis to the Board of Trustees, Wokingham Borough Council and other agencies as required
  • To attend meetings as required including the Carers sub group meeting of the Wokingham Learning Disability Partnership Board
  • To develop and maintain good partnership working with key organisations and partners (Royal Mencap Society, statutory, voluntary and community groups) and the general public
  • To research/keep up-to-date with local and national issues/matters of relevance to clients (e.g. legislative, service provision changes, support available etc.), communicating this as necessary
  • To support all aspects of Wokingham, Bracknell & Districts Mencap’s policies on Equal Opportunities and Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
Desirable knowledge:
  • Understanding of (and commitment to meeting) the needs of people with a learning disability and/or ASC, their carers and families
  • Understanding of Benefits and local services appropriate to people with a learning disability and/or ASC and their carers and families
  • Counselling skills
Skills required:
  • Empathy with client group
  • Self-motivated, able to work on own initiative with the ability to plan and organise own workload
  • Excellent communicator, both written and verbal
  • Ability to develop and maintain excellent working relationships with people with learning disabilities and those with an ASC and their families and carers
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Good team player
  • Confidentiality and flexibility
  • Good IT knowledge with experience in presenting ideas and material by the use of technology
  • Some knowledge of budgeting
Personal qualities
  • Confident, with ability to be assertive when necessary
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to influence others
  • Good listening skills
Other work requirements
  • Current driving licence and use of a car
  • Willingness to work evenings/weekends as appropriate

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

This post is subject to references and an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring) check.

Youth Club Co-ordinator

Job Description & Person Specification

Reporting to:
Joint Chief Executives
Purpose of job:
To supervise and lead in providing a term time youth club for young people aged 13 (Year 9) to 19, which will provide appropriate activities for the age range
Hours:
18:30 – 21:30, Wednesdays (term-time only)
Location:
Addington School, Woodley, RG5 3EU
Salary:
£10.50 per hour
Duties to include:
  • To ensure adequate supervision of indoor and outdoor activities, complying with Health and Safety requirements, Data protection requirements, 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 Joint CEOs and provide reports and monitoring data to them and the trustees as required
  • To attend staff meetings and other meetings as required.
  • To undertake such additional duties as may be necessary for the efficient operation of the club.
Skills/Experience/Knowledge Required:
  • Self-motivated, able to work on own initiative
  • Good communicator
  • Understanding of (and commitment to meeting) the needs of young people with learning disability, or on the autistic spectrum, and their families
  • Knowledge of issues relating to learning disabled young people and young people on the autistic spectrum
  • Ability to offer support to the young people by listening and responding appropriately
  • 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
  • Ability to create a varied and fun programme of activities

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

The successful applicant will be subject to references and an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Check.

Smiles Sibs Club Co-ordinator

Job Description & 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. Club times are Monday 4.15pm – 6.00pm, plus setting up and clearing away.
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 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.

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.