Exciting opportunity to work for the National Autistic Society as a Support Worker in our Residential Services or in Supported Living Service in Somerset, where no two days are the same. If you like to make a difference and are passionate about supporting individuals on the autistic spectrum then we would like to hear from you.

Help make an Everyday Breakthrough happen by joining our team.

A breakthrough can seem like the smallest thing, but it can make the world of difference to someone on the autism spectrum. By becoming a support worker at The National Autistic Society you'll help make Everyday Breakthroughs happen more often.

We are looking for full time and part time support workers in our Residential Services at Somerset Court and in our Supported Living Service in Somerset. You'll be working with autistic adults and their families in a supported living environment.

The Residential Services at Somerset Court are set in 26 acres of land near the seaside town of Burnham-on-Sea. Because it is also home to our Autism Centre, there is plenty to do on site: everyone living here has access to all the workshops, learning and leisure facilities.

We are only a five-minute drive from the local village so it is easy for us to visit its shop, pub and church. In Burnham-on-Sea we regularly go to the cinema, swimming pool, shops and beach, and we often travel to the larger towns of Taunton and Weston-super-Mare for their shops, cinemas, bowling, swimming, museums and galleries.

We have services delivered in six purpose-built houses at Somerset Court, which enable people to live ordinary day-today lives in small groups, with the help of our specialist staff. Everyone has their own bedroom and we encourage them to make their rooms their own by choosing the decor and accessories.

In each house there are the facilities you would find in any household: a PC, music, games and puzzles. People share the kitchen, living room and dining room, coming together for meals and activities such as arts and crafts.

The Supported Living Service in comparison comprises of support being provided to individuals that live in single dwellings and shared dwellings within the community in Somerset.

All of the support provided at the National Autistic Society is person centred, to enable those whom we support to live and gain independent living skills and access activities within the community.

We need you to be resilient, supportive and sensitive towards the needs of autistic people. Being a support worker takes bravery, patience and commitment. But working with autistic people gives so much more in return.

You may have a personal connection, a desire to work with or real life experiences working with autistic people. You might not have lots of experience yet, but if you share our values and are willing to make a difference to the lives of autistic people, we'd love to hear from you.

We offer a fantastic one year induction programme, continuing learning and development opportunities, regular one to ones, annual appraisals, and the support you need to develop a career in social care.

Within the first 12 weeks of working for us, we'll support you to complete the Care Certificate, a requirement for everyone working in the health and social care sector in England.

Along with a host of benefits " from shopping discounts to flexible working and a competitive pension scheme - we'll make sure you get excellent autism-specific training to further your career in social care.

Your working pattern will be varied over a seven day rota and could include sleep-ins and bank holidays.

Assessment events will be held: 24th and 31st January 2019 commencing at 9.30am - 12.30pm, all candidates will be asked to attend the assessment event.

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The National Autistic Society is here to transform lives, challenges perceptions and build a society that works for autistic people.

Visit our website to find out more about who we are and what we do.

Successful applicants will be required to complete the relevant safeguarding checks. We are an equal opportunities employer.


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