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Children’s Support Worker

£8.70 per hour + benefits

Part time or casual

As Children’s Support Worker you will be planning and delivering a variety of stimulating activities and experiences for children and young people aged 0-25 with learning disabilities. You will be leading play and leisure sessions to maximise the young people's participation, and providing person-centred support. The sessions include After School Club, Saturday Club, Youth Club and Holiday Play Schemes and several more. The young people we support have different conditions and abilities, ranging from autism to Cerebral Palsy.

As a support worker you will be facilitating increased independence by encouraging and supporting participation in daily living activities, decision making and choice. You will provide high-quality support and appropriate social interaction to meet the varying needs of children and young people. You will also provide a link for parents so excellent communication skills (both written and verbal) are key.

You will be a positive team player who can form and maintain effective working relationships. You are able to work using your own initiative, plan and prioritise workload, and contribute ideas to support the service delivery. You have knowledge of the needs of people with a learning disability and challenge discrimination; you are inclusive with an understanding of the importance of choice, control and rights. Ideally you have knowledge and experience of working with children and young people.

Watford Mencap offers a comprehensive training and induction program including child protection, communication and health and safety. We are committed to offering opportunities to develop skills and abilities. We are progressive, as shown by winning the HCPA Most Innovative Care Team Award, and we value our people, recognised by our Investors in People accreditation. Come and join our team!

If you are looking for a change of career, wanting to get experience whilst at school or before starting university or looking to further progress your career in the third sector, we look forward to hearing from you!

There are several positions available with the possibility of doing overtime:

  • 9 hours per week: Thursday 3-7pm and Saturday 10.30-3.30 (changing to 2 days a week during all school holidays)
  • 11 hours per week: Friday 3.30-9.30 and Saturday 10.30-3.30 (changing to 2 days a week during all school holidays).
  • 25 hours per week Tuesday – Saturday
  • Casual – this is where you can work shifts on an as and when basis

If your availability is different to this but you feel passionate about this job, don't hesitate to apply.

For more information and to apply please call 01923 220816

This is a part-time job which could fit alongside another role so please come and have a chat if you are interested. For more information call Georgie McCarthy on 01923 220816.

If you have any queries please phone our recruitment line on 01923 713623

Click here for a job/person specification and application form. An internal application form is available here.

Details of our benefits can be found here.

Make your application by sending us either your up to date CV or by completing and returning the application form. Please demonstrate how you meet the person specification and our values.

Closing date for Thursday 28th February 2019.  Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.

An enhanced DBS will be required for the successful candidate.

Email completed application forms to recruitment@watfordmencap.org.uk or post to Human Resources at Watford Mencap, the Old Town Hall, 105 High Street, Rickmansworth, Herts WD3 1AN.