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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.

 

Health Family Adviser

Hours: 25 hours per week (flexible) 15-month contract initially.

Based: 21 Alexandra Road, Reading RG1 5PE

Salary: £13.75 per hour

Holiday entitlement: Pro rata 22 days holiday per annum, plus Bank Holidays.

Pension: Reading Mencap uses the NEST pension scheme.

We are seeking a Health Family Adviser to support people with a learning disability to maintain and improve their health and wellbeing.

People with learning disabilities are significantly more likely to have poor health than the rest of the population. A factor for this is that they face many barriers and inequalities in health and social care which often lead to inadequate care and treatment of health problems. 

The jobholder will offer a comprehensive information, advice and advocacy service along with practical support to people with a learning disability and their family carers in Reading.

A key task will be to ensure people with learning disabilities over the age of 14 take up the offer of an Annual Health Check.

The postholder will also take referrals from colleagues in the Family Adviser team where there are health issues.

This may include accompanying individuals to health appointments, ensuring appropriate follow up services and/or support are in place and working with clinicians and other professionals to ensure, where needed, an appropriate decision is made if an individual needs a Mental Capacity Act assessment.

The jobholder needs to be calm, patient, non-judgemental, persistent, and a good communicator. They must also have good problem-solving abilities. 

The ideal candidate will have a background in health work, a good standard of education and spoken English and experience in working with people with learning disability and autism.

To apply, please download the job description and complete an application form and return to office@readingmencap.org.uk

Appointment to this post will be dependent on Enhanced DBS clearance and two satisfactory references.

 

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 Deputy Leader

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

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

Pay:  £10 per hour. 

Pension: Reading Mencap runs the Government NEST Pension Scheme. 

The Deputy Club Leader will assist the leader in all areas of responsibility and will stand in for them in their absence.

Tasks will include assisting with planning the programme for the club, helping to arrange transport, helping to lead the weekly sessions and keeping and maintaining accurate records. 

This role will suit a calm and well organised person, who is positive and non-judgemental when dealing with difficult situations. Ideally, candidates will have experience in working with people with learning disabilities in a care or educational setting.

A good standard of spoken and written English is required.

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

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.

 

Saturday 18 – 25 Club Assistant

Hours:  Saturday 18 - 25 Club takes place from 10.30am - 3.30pm. 

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

Pay:  £9 per hour. 

Pension: Reading Mencap runs the Government NEST Pension Scheme. 

The Club Assistant will assist the Club Leader and Deputy Leader in running weekly sessions.

Tasks will include supervising clients to get the most out of activities, ensuring volunteers are engaging effectively with club members and helping to plan suitable activities.

A good standard of spoken and written English is required.

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

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.