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Working for Reading Mencap

Reading Mencap is a small but vibrant local charity making a big difference to children and adults with a learning disability and their families. Our aim is to improve quality of life while tackling discrimination, isolation, poverty and health inequalities. Our holistic range of services benefits 500 people every year.

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.

Care Support Worker to join our Day Service

We are seeking a friendly, adaptable person to join our day service team as a Care Support Worker. We have a vacancy for calm and non-judgemental person to join us for two days a week – weekdays only.

This role would be ideal for someone who has experience working with adults with learning disabilities or in another caring role and who enjoys supporting them to take part in a range of activities.

Our Day Opportunities Services provides meaningful group activities for adults with learning disabilities. Members choose the activities they would like to do and regularly enjoy sports, arts and crafts, cooking and dancing. We use our minibus to get out and about in the community.

As a Care Support Worker, you will be part of a small team providing practical assistance to our clients including support with activities, personal care and everyday living skills.

Ideally, you will hold an NVQ 2 in care or its equivalent or have a willingness to work towards their qualification (support can be given for study and financing this qualification).

Hours:  7 hours a day worked between Monday to Friday. 9am –  4pm or 9.30am – 4.30pm. There will be flexibility on the days worked.

Based:  Reading Mencap, 21 Alexandra Road, Reading RG1 5PE or St Paul’s Church Hall, 5 – 23 Whitley Wood Lane, Reading RG2 8PN or Abbey Baptist Church.  

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.

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

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

Suitable candidates will be invited to interview as their applications are received and the first suitable candidate will be recruited.

Deputy Club Leader for Gateway Club

We are looking for a Deputy Club Leader for our Gateway Club.

This role would suit someone who enjoys helping others and who has good communication skills along with an adaptable and flexible attitude.

Gateway Club is a popular social club for adults with a learning disability, which meets on a Tuesday evening. It aims to ensure people with a learning disability have opportunities to socialise and be active in the community, make friends and improve their sense of wellbeing.

The Deputy Club Leader will support the Club Leader to ensure members have the level of support they need to access the club’s activities.

Tasks will include helping to plan the Gateway Club programme, helping members get the most out of the club, contributing to risk assessments and ensuring the effective use of volunteers.

This role would be ideal for someone who has experience working with adults with learning disabilities or in another caring role and who enjoys working independently and within a small team.

Good communication skills are essential along with an adaptable and flexible attitude.

Hours: 3 hours per week on a Tuesday evening during term-time including half-terms for 41 weeks a year.

Based: Reading Mencap, 21 Alexandra Road, Reading RG1 5PE and in the community.

Pay: £9.50 per hour

Holiday entitlement: pro-rata where relevant.

Pension: Reading Mencap runs the Government NEST Pension Scheme.

For further information, please download a job description and person specification. To apply, please complete a Reading Mencap application form and return to office@readingmencap.org.uk or by post to Reading Mencap, 21 Alexandra Road, Reading RG1 5PE.

Suitable candidates will be invited to interview as their applications are received and the first suitable candidate will be recruited.

Saturday 18 – 25 Club

Reading Mencap is launching an exciting new club for young people with learning disabilities aged 18-25.

The Saturday 18 – 25 Club will offer activities including sport, gaming, drama and making music alongside gaining life and social skills to help its members develop greater independence.

The club will be held on a Saturday for 45 weeks of the year at Reading Mencap, Alexandra Road, Reading from 10.30am – 3.30pm

We are seeking the following staff for the Saturday 18 – 25 Club:

Saturday 18 – 25 Club Leader

Hours:  Saturday 18 – 25 Club takes place from 10.30am – 3.30pm. The Club Leader will have additional paid hours to include 30 minutes either side of the session for setting up and clearing up and 20 hours planning time per year.

The Club Leader will have responsibility for the development and management of the club, the activities, the Deputy Club Leader, Club Assistant and volunteers.

The Club Leader will have additional paid working hours for planning and setting and clearing up.

This role will suit a calm and well organised person who has experience of working with young people with learning disabilities in either a care or educational setting.

Tasks will include planning the club’s programme, leading the weekly sessions, safeguarding, keeping accurate records and carrying out risk assessments.

A good standard of spoken and written English is required along with basic IT and administrative skills. An NVQ Level 2 or higher in care or its equivalent is desirable.

The job holder will be subject to a successful Enhanced DBS check.

Based:  Reading Mencap, 21 Alexandra Road, Reading RG1 5PE and in the community.

Pay:  £12 per hour.

Pension: Reading Mencap runs the Government NEST Pension Scheme.

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 or by post to Reading Mencap, 21 Alexandra Road, Reading RG1 5PE.

This role is possible thanks to funding from Reading Borough Council and the Charities Aid Foundation.