Autism Specialist Advisor – Community Services (Herefordshire & Worcestershire)
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.
Our Community Services team enables autistic adults, children, and their families to access support within their local community to build resilience, confidence, and skills to actively participate in society.
In summer 2022 we commenced delivery of a post diagnosis support service for autistic adults (over 16 years) across Herefordshire and Worcestershire. The service comprises of one-to-one support sessions, group personal development programmes, support groups and workshops. Activities place online or in community venues across Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
Although the role will have some working from home elements, the post holder will need to live in Herefordshire and Worcestershire area to be able to deliver support in the community. We also have an office in Worcester for which you will work out of to deliver community-based interventions and admin duties. There will also be face to face induction training to attend in Kings Norton (South Birmingham) and occasional visits to this office for meetings.
The post holder will need a full driving license and access to a car and be able to work flexibility as part of a small team including working outside their normal working hours when required, with occasional evening and weekend work.
- Provide focussed post diagnosis support sessions to autistic young people and 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)
- Organise and facilitate social groups and activities for autistic young people and adults.
- Design and deliver group intervention programmes for autistic young people and adults.
- Deliver training workshops on a range of topics for autistic adults or parents/carers (in person or on-line)
- Work effectively to meet targets and be aware of contract responsibilities as set out by the Service Manager.
- Be responsible for the accurate and timely recording of data via the Charity Log system to meet the information gathering requirements of contracts.
- Attend contract review meetings with the Service Manager when required.
- Collate and compile performance information including service user feedback to inform contract reporting.
- Good level of general education
- Understanding of the autism spectrum.
- Knowledge of the key issues which impact on autistic adults and/ and their families.
- Understanding of safeguarding, confidentiality, and equality.
- Specific experience of working with adults and/or children with additional needs.
- Experience of delivering presentations to groups of people.
- Experience of setting and supporting individuals to achieve their goals.
- Experience of working as part of a team.
- Good listening skills
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively to a wide range of individuals.
- Good written communication skills
- Ability to handle stressful situations.
- IT literate, with practical experience of using Microsoft Word, Excel and the internet and Zoom/Teams
- Ability to work independently without direct supervision.
We are looking to recruit a Autism Specialist Advisor – Community Services (Herefordshire & Worcestershire)
Location: Home and community based with travel to our office base in Worcester and Kings Norton, South Birmingham (mileage paid)
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”
The information that we receive from your CV is requested for the ‘Legitimate interest purposes.’ As an employer, we require the information contained within your CV in order to make a assess your suitability for the position. The information will be shared with HR team and recruiting Manager. Your CV will be deleted if it is not progressed past the shortlisting stage within 2 months of providing you with feedback