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Support Worker (PA/Outreach Worker)

MAIN has a fantastic opportunity for someone passionate and dedicated to join our team as a Support Worker, delivering PA and Outreach services. This is a great chance for you to gain unique experience working directly with children and adults who have disabilities, while receiving quality training and development on the job. As a part-time role, this is an ideal position if you’re looking to complement relevant studies or another commitment. Your work with MAIN will make a big impact on the lives of the people we support.


What you’ll be doing

You’ll be working with both adults and children in a variety of community settings. Some of the time you’ll be in group sessions, from afterschool groups and holiday play schemes to adult social groups and carer support sessions. You may also offer 1:1 support in an outreach capacity, working with individuals towards their social outcomes, such as independent living skills, finance management, accessing the local community and increasing confidence.

The Support Worker is responsible for:

  • Delivering activities as mapped out by the Outreach Facilitator, both in community locations and on a 1:1 basis.
  • Supporting the Outreach Facilitator to co-ordinate and supervise a programme of activities in conjunction with other outreach workers and volunteers.
  • Being aware of child welfare developments and appropriate behaviour, including the use of appropriate specialist approaches for children with an Autistic Spectrum Condition.
  • Working within parameters of the policies and procedures set out by MAIN, reporting any incidents which may occur, following individual support plans and ensuring we are working towards meeting agreed outcomes.


What You Need

We have a fantastic team here at MAIN, who support one another and have a great ‘work hard, play hard’ attitude. We’re looking for our new team mate to be:

  • Experienced in working with disabilities, including Autistic Spectrum Condition, although this is not essential as full training will be given.
  • Able to engage with both children and adults.
  • Passionate about supporting people who live with disabilities and with an engaging attitude.
  • Understanding of personalisation agenda, health and safety, support planning, and able to work with company guidance.
  • Willing to undertake an enhanced DBS check.
  • An effective communicator.
  • Professional at all times.
  • Able to work both as part of a team and individually.
  • Willing to drive as part of their job (within the Tees Valley area), with a full, clean driving license (mileage will be reimbursed)


What we can offer you

This is a zero-hour contract, with up to ten hours available weekly. Additional hours may be available during school holidays. As well as a salary for this role, we also offer a full induction, 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.


Who are MAIN?

MAIN was established in 2002 to provide an after-school club in Middlesbrough for children with autism. We now provide services for children and adults with a range of disabilities throughout the whole of the North East. MAIN has a mission to help local people living with a range of disabilities by giving them the skills they need to live an independent life, while having fun and making friends. Which in turn gives their parents/carers a break from their caring roles.