Markfield is a dynamic charity in Haringey with a community centre and adventure playground. We run a range of services for adults and children with learning disabilities and autism and their families.
We are seeking an experienced Senior Sessional Worker to join our team of staff and volunteers delivering:
- daytime and evening sessions for adults with learning disabilities and autism.
- inclusive after school clubs and holiday playschemes for disabled children and their siblings.
This is a permanent contracted role with guaranteed hours.
Closing date: Tuesday 20th March at 5:00pm, interviews will be held on Tuesday 27th March 2018.
Hours and working pattern:
The hours are approximately 35 hours a week, although applications for a part-time role (minimum 20 hours a week) will also be considered.
The working pattern is based around Markfield’s daytime, after school and evening sessions. The postholder will work on up to 6 daytime and evening sessions in the week and up to 2 Saturdays a month.
Term time sessions run for 36 weeks a year.
School holiday sessions: work on our holiday playschemes for children & young people – between 3 weeks and 6 weeks a year.
Pay rate: £11.46 to £12.12ph plus holiday pay
Session Leader rate payable for some sessions: £14.44ph plus holiday pay.
We would particularly welcome applicants who hold a driving license and are willing (with training) to undertake training to drive a 16-seater minibus.
Successful applicants will be required to provide references and undertake a criminal record (DBS) check.
Volunteer title: Volunteer Independent Supporter
Purpose: To assist with the delivery of Independent Support to parents/carers and young people through the current Special Educational Needs and Disability system reforms
Responsible to: Family Support Manager
Hours of work: Average 2-3 hours a week for a minimum of 9 months
General description of role
Assist Markfield Family Support Team staff to support parents/carers to work in partnership with their child’s school or the Local Authority to achieve the best outcomes for their child and to support young people express their views and make informed decisions about their education, health and social care needs.
Roles and responsibilities
- To give parents/carers and young people confidence by attending meetings as a supporter to enable parents/carers to participate fully.
- To inform parents/carers and young people of their statutory rights and any local policies which are relevant.
- To provide impartial information and support
- Assist training delivery
- Answer queries from the helpline when needed
- Help publicise services
- To attend all relevant training courses as requested by Markfield
- Prepare for and attend regular supervision
- To maintain confidentiality about service users in line with Markfield’s Child Protection policies
- To follow Markfield’s policies and procedures in your volunteering practice
Qualities and skills you will need
- Confidence to work with parents/carers and young people in a variety of different situations
- A sensitive, clear and friendly communication style
- Ability to work independently on your own initiative
- Understanding of the support needs of Disabled people and their families
- Good listening skills
- An open-minded and non-judgemental approach to other people
- The ability to work flexibly
- Enthusiasm and willingness to learn new skills
Other relevant skills for the role (These are not essential for your application)
- An ability to speak a local community language other than English
- Skills in non-verbal communication systems such as BSL, PECS