MAIN provides a specialist 1-1 service for adults and children with varying disabilities, but predominantly those on the Autism Spectrum.  These sessions can take place in a variety of settings and allow the person accessing the service from MAIN to work towards their own agreed outcomes on a personal, 1-1 basis.

This service has been specifically designed to offer flexibility, choice and control to the person accessing it and ensures those who purchase a service from MAIN are being progressed through the work we undertake.

1-1 support or PA, is the fastest growing area of support MAIN offers and is completely bespoke to each individual.  Staff who work on this service have the opportunity to see the impact first hand they are having on a clients development on a weekly/daily basis.

We are looking for dynamic, passionate, self motivating individuals to join our ever growing team offering 1-1 support in the community.

Staff who work on this scheme have the benefit of receiving enhanced training and development plans, have the flexibility to direct and manage their own workload, are given the opportunity to work on a wide range of diverse packages meeting the needs of the staff member and individuals ability level.

If you feel you have these key skills are are passionate about working for a small charity, then we want to hear from you.

To find out more about this service, please click here.


  • Experience of working with disabilities, preferably  of the Autism Spectrum, although this is not essential as full training will be given.
  • Ability to engage with both children and adults.
  • Ability to lone work following MAIN’s policies and procedures on keeping safe.
  • Passion for disabilities and a engaging attitude.
  • Understanding of personalisation agenda, health and safety, support planning, and able to work with company guidance, although full training will be given.
  • Willingness to undertake a DBS check.
  • Effective communicator.
  • Ability to plan own work load.
  • Produce reports.
  • Schedule activities in line with outcome plan for client with the client.
  • Professionalism at all times.

HOURS PER WEEK:  Zero hour contract

To apply please send a copy of your CV to along with a completed Application Form

TRAINING:  Full induction process is carried out for all new employees along with Autism Awareness training, Team Teach training (when available), Accredited Level 2 Understanding Autism Qualification, along with additional qualifications/training as identified within personal development plans.

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Today we got together at MAIN offices to say Thank you to Nigel Carden, who has recently resigned as Trustee.

Nigel founded the charity in 2002 when he was the head teacher at Beverley school in Middlesbrough, a specialist school for children and young adult with Autism. He recognised that young people with Autism and their families needed support outside of the school. He started with a youth/social club mainly for teenagers on the autism spectrum. Out of this, with a board of trustees and some charitable funding. he founded THE MAIN PROJECT.

This grew from strength to strength supporting hundreds of young people and their families in the Tees Valley. It expanded into education, running seminars and workshops on autism, helping families and professionals to gain a better understanding of autism and how it affects people in everyday life.

In 2011, with the economic downturn and lack of funds, The Main Project found itself in difficulties. In order to survive and to continue to provide much needed support for people and families living with Autism, it needed to downsize. This was a very difficult time and again, without foresight, drive and the dedication of Nigel, the charity would have folded. It was shortly afterwards that the charity re-branded to MAIN.

Today, MAIN not only works with children and families, but also with adults. It has an adult social group and provides support to independent living and social networking with its PA service. It has also started to help with attention-related conditions and other types of special needs. It has branched out into County Durham and provides employment for 48 people.

So Nigel, for one man with one idea you have made a huge difference to hundreds, if not thousands of people.


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