Autism Project Worker
Please read the job description below and apply via CharityJob by 12 September 2019
Do you want to help build a world where everyone feels part of a community? Are you a highly motivated, professional individual with experience of working with Adults on the Autistic Spectrum (AAS)? We’re seeking someone to bring their skills, knowledge and positive values to participate in a fresh project, promoting improved health and wellbeing in the AAS population through tackling isolation and loneliness.
What we do
At Time & Talents, we create fun, friendship, and mutual support, to create a world where everyone feels part of a community. We work with people of all ages in a lively, creative and supportive centre, running activity programmes for children and families, older people and carers (as a proud member of COPSINS), along with other adults, and offer additional support to those with physical and mental health issues in accessing our programmes. Last year, we worked with around 7000 people of all ages in the wider community, from two unique venues in north Southwark – in Rotherhithe and Canada Water (SE16).
In this role, you’ll
- Plan, promote and run a weekly drop-in session for Adults on the Autistic Spectrum.
- Develop additional sessions/activities aimed at individuals towards the higher end of the spectrum, such as those with Asperger’s.
- Assess and register new referrals coming into T&T for AAS, as well as anyone with a physical or learning disability.
- Provide signposting support and guidance to AAS and their Carers to ensure they can access local entitlements and relevant services.
- Provide advice and advocacy for service users, in the absence of available or appropriate specialist organisations.
- Collaborate with other local organisations providing services appropriate for AAS to develop knowledge of the network available to this group in Southwark and surrounding boroughs.
- Be a part of the day to day life of a lively, busy community centre where no two days are the same!
You will have experience of working with Adults on the Autistic Spectrum and organising social/activity groups for vulnerable populations. You have a demonstrable passion for working in a community setting, providing opportunities for people with a wide range of needs and abilities. You’ll be adept at building trusting and appropriate relationships with individuals from all backgrounds.
You have a good understanding of Adult and Child Safeguarding, as well as wider Health and Social care practices. A strong and empathetic communication ability is essential, as well as the ability to multi-task and balance lots of sources of information well at the same time.
Based in the tranquil oasis of a beautiful old mortuary – nicer than it sounds! – and surrounded by mature gardens, you’ll work with an energetic, experienced, and passionate team of 16, with a lively sense of humour. You’ll have the chance to make a big contribution to a growing, ambitious organisation which has doubled its reach and impact over the last three years.
Participation in evening and/or weekend events, networking and meetings.
Ensuring adherence to necessary legislation, e.g. GDPR, Health and Safety Act at Work, etc.
If you’d like to come join us, apply now – we can’t wait to hear from you! The closing date is 23:59 on Thursday 12 September 2019. However, we’ll be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, so please apply as soon as possible.
TO APPLY: Send a CV and a cover letter of no more than one page, explaining why you want the job, and how your experience relates to the job description and person specification.
IMPORTANT: We will use covering letters to assess applications alongside CVs. Please ensure you take the time to include a well-written covering letter as detailed above. We won’t assess applications without one.