Autism Specialist Adviser – Community Services
Autism West Midlands are the leading charity in the West Midlands for people on the autism spectrum. We use our expertise to enrich the lives of autistic people and those who love and care for them. Our passionate, expert staff and volunteers work across all age groups and abilities, providing direct support.
This is an exciting opportunity for someone with an understanding of autism and experience supporting individuals to join the leading Autism Charity in the region and make a difference to the lives of autistic people and their families.
Due to additional funding, we are recruiting to a new post support the work of our Birmingham Pre and Post Diagnosis Service, delivering one to one support sessions to autistic adults at our Head office or online via Zoom.
We are looking for someone who has specific experience of providing advice, information and support to vulnerable adults. An understanding how autism strategies can be used in a person centred way will be an advantage.
Hours: 22.5 hours per week
Salary scale £20,118.85 – £21.750.13 FTE (dependent on experience)
Where will you be working?
You will be based at our new Autism West Midlands Head Office in Kings Norton
Key aspects of the Autism Specialist Advisors role:
- Provide focussed advice and support sessions to autistic adults and/or parent/carers (in person, by phone or on-line)
- Carry out research where necessary to meet more in-depth and/or specific information needs.
- Facilitate interactions between families/individuals and services when required (including social workers, and mental health services)
What we are looking for from you as a Autism Specialist Advisor:
- As a Autism Specialist Advisor it is essential that you have a person-centred approach
- Have an understanding of Autism Spectrum
- The successful candidate will have experience of providing advice, information and support.
- You must be a dedicated and motivated individual with a passion for making a difference and have a can-do attitude.
- It is essential that you are a reliable and committed individual as it’s important that individuals you support receive consistent and quality support.
- Able to deliver presentations to groups of people.
In return we can offer you:
- Competitive salary
- A supportive management team
- £100 shopping voucher after 3-month probation
- 5.6 weeks annual leave increasing yearly
- Free DBS check paid for by Autism West Midlands
- Free Bupa Healthcare cash back scheme
- Employee assistance scheme providing support to you and your family
- Specialist autism training you are paid to attend and travel to
- All staff are provided with a Life assurance
- Company Sick Pay Scheme
- Refer a friend scheme – £200 for each referral!
- We are looking at applications as they are submitted and reserve the right to close this vacancy if sufficient applications are received.
We are looking to recruit a Autism Specialist Adviser – Community Services
Salary: £20,118.85 - £21.750.13 FTE (dependent on experience)
Location: Head Office
Becoming a Support Worker with Autism West Midlands means you are someone who will:
Your main focus will be to understand the person you support by identifying his/her likes/dislikes hobbies and interests. It’s important that you listen, understand and respect each person you are providing support for.
“My senses might affect me in ways you don’t experience, please try to understand.”
You must be able to adopt a flexible approach and identify what the individual wants and how you can support to achieve it. We want our support workers to be creative and proactive in discovering how goals can be worked towards and achieved together.
“My routine is important to me but sometimes I like a change and want something different. Support my choices and understand that I have the right to change my mind.”
The people we support are vulnerable adults and therefore a part of your role is ensuring that we hold accurate and reliable records and safeguard the individuals against any perceived or actual harm
“I may not always be able to say how I feel so pay attention to me and see the changes in my behaviour, that’s how you’ll know if somethings not right. Do the right thing by me”
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