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Working for Reading Mencap

Reading Mencap is a small charity making a big difference to children and adults with a learning disability and their families. Join our friendly, committed team and you'll be making a real difference to vulnerable people in Reading. You'll also be doing meaningful work where no two days are the same and the rewards are priceless.

Our current job or Trustee vacancies are listed here, together with information on how to apply. Please apply using our job application form.

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Senior Care Support Workers for our ME Day Activity Service

Hours: 7 hours a day worked between Monday to Friday. 8.45am – 3.45pm or 9.30am – 4.30pm

Based: Reading Mencap, 21 Alexandra Road, Reading RG1 5PE and second ME venue at St Paul’s Church Hall, 5 – 23 Whitley Wood Lane, Reading RG2 8PN.

Pay: £9.50 per hour with a guaranteed 7 hour working day

Holiday Entitlement: Pro-rata 22 days holiday p.a. plus bank holidays.

Pension: Reading Mencap runs the Government NEST Pension Scheme.

Our ME Day Activity Service is expanding and Reading Mencap has exciting opportunities for  Senior Care Support Workers to join our team.

No two days are the same at ME (Mencap Enables), which provides meaningful activities for adults with learning disabilities, contributes to developing their independence and helps them try new interests.

Members choose the activities they would like to do and regularly enjoy sports, Zumba, cooking and arts and crafts.

ME Senior Care Support Workers will be part of a small team to maintain the general welfare of all clients at all times attending to physical and personal needs as necessary.

The Senior Care Workers will, in the absence of the Day Lead, be responsible for some of their duties.

As a Senior Care Worker you will also help in the assessment of individual support needs and plan appropriate support strategies within a person-centred approach.

This role would suit someone who enjoys working as part of a small team, who is adaptable and non-judgmental and who has good communication skills.

Ideal candidates will also have experience of working with people with learning disabilities, together with an understanding of their changing needs in the community or in a caring role with other vulnerable people.

An NVQ 2 in Care or its equivalent is preferred or a willingness to work towards this qualification. Support will be given for study and financing of this qualification.

For further information, please download the job description and person specification. To apply, please fill in an application form and return to office@readingmencap.org.uk

Closing date is Friday 21 September at 5pm.

 

Care Support Workers for our ME Day Activity Service

Hours: 7 hours a day worked between Monday to Friday. 8.45am – 3.45pm or 9.30am – 4.30pm

Based: Reading Mencap, 21 Alexandra Road, Reading RG1 5PE and second ME venue at St Paul’s Church Hall, 5 – 23 Whitley Wood Lane, Reading RG2 8PN.

Pay: £9 per hour with a guaranteed 7 hour working day

Holiday Entitlement: Pro-rata 22 days holiday p.a. plus bank holidays.

Pension: Reading Mencap runs the Government NEST Pension Scheme.

The ME Care Support Workers will be part of a small team to maintain the general welfare of all clients at all times attending to physical and personal needs as necessary.

The Care Support Worker will, in the absence of the Senior Care Support Worker, be responsible for some of their duties.

This role would suit someone who enjoys working as part of a small team, who is adaptable and non-judgmental and who has good communication skills.

Ideal candidates will also have experience of working with people with learning disabilities, together with an understanding of their changing needs in the community or in a caring role with other vulnerable people.

An NVQ 2 in Care or its equivalent is preferred or a willingness to work towards this qualification. Support will be given for study and financing of this qualification.

For further information, please download the job description and person specification. To apply, please fill in an application form and return to office@readingmencap.org.uk

For an informal chat about these roles, please call Marilyn Templeton, ME Service Manager, on 0118 966 2518.

Appointment will be dependent on an enhanced DBS clearance and two satisfactory references.

Closing date is Friday 21 September at 5pm.

 

Saturday Youth Club Minibus Driver

Hours: Saturday during term-time

Pay: £8.75 per hour

Saturday Youth Club is a term-time club for children and young people aged 10 - 19, with a learning disability. It runs weekly from 10am - 3.30pm.

We are looking for an experienced driver with a qualifying licence to drive a 16-seat minibus. The ideal candidate will be able to remain calm under pressure. The driver will ensure clients are transported to and from their homes to Saturday Club in good time. 

For further information, please download a job descriptionTo apply, please fill in an application form and return to office@readingmencap.org.uk or by post to 21 Alexandra Road, Reading RG1 5PE.

 

Opportunities for new Trustees

Reading Mencap is seeking new volunteers to join our small, friendly trustee board and help shape the future direction of the organisation.

We provide a range of different services aimed at improving the quality of life for adults and children with a learning disability and their families.

Services include information and advice, our highly regarded family support service, innovative Mencap Enables (ME) Day Activity Service and clubs, events and outings.

We are particularly keen to hear from potential trustees who have an interest in learning disability, including parents of children or adults with a learning disability.

We would also like to hear from potential trustees who have expertise in marketing, IT and building maintenance.

Trustees work alongside a small group of staff in guiding the charity, ensuring its continuing good governance and effective practice.

Responsibilities of the roles include:

  • Attending bi-monthly Management Committee meetings and joining with the other trustees to make specific and strategic decisions about the business and direction of the charity
  • Being responsive to and knowledgeable about changes in local and national government policy and legislation concerning children and adults with LDD and their carers
  • Supporting the society with attendance at major fundraising and publicity events, time allowing
  • Volunteering to represent the society on a forum or steering group, time allowing
  • Attending the AGM.

Full induction is given and new trustees will be DBS checked.

To apply, please ring or email the Chair of Trustees, Leslie Macdonald to arrange a visit for a chat and a coffee.  chair@readingmencap.org.uk or Tel: 07780 680739