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Location: North of Tyne

Salary: £8,714

Expiry Date: Sunday 26 May 2019


£8,714 per annum with yearly incremental rises up to £9,302 (over four years)*.

36 days generous annual leave entitlement (pro rata).

Part time, permanent position (20 hours per week).

Enhanced DBS Paid.

A number of positions available.


We are currently looking to recruit a number of Family Support Activity Assistants to work within Family Support services in North Shields.

The role is to support the delivery of positive activities and learning opportunities whilst out in the community with children, young people and adults with Autism and associated challenging behaviours. This includes accessing community based activities such as; swimming, walks, trampolining, climbing, sensory rooms to name a few. A person centred learning pathway is designed for each individual to assist in promoting their independence and their life skills around the activities they enjoy doing.

This exciting opportunity is to support the delivery of positive activities and learning opportunities for children, young people and adults with autism, other examples of neurodiversity and / or associated behavioural challenges.

We appreciate that applicants may lack direct or pers...

Before you apply, we encourage you to learn more about North East Autism Society

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We appreciate that applicants may lack direct or personal experience with autism and neurodiversity, however, we have developed a detailed training and induction programme for successful candidates. This includes a comprehensive welcome to working at the North East Autism Society and an introduction to autism (theory, communication, sensory differences and behaviour).

If you have a passion for helping others, if you're willing to learn more about autism and neurodiversity, and you know you are someone who can really make a difference - then this could be the rewarding career you've been looking for.

Working independently and as part of a team, you will support young people and adults to access a range of activities. You will need to be enthusiastic, able to use your own initiative, have a drive and resilience for what is often a demanding role; and you must be people-centred with good communication and interpersonal skills, possessing a flexible approach to working routines.


In return we offer excellent terms and conditions. Joining our NEAS family will mean:

  • Working in a positive, friendly, rewarding environment, building your experience and career.
  • Dedicated support from our learning and development team who will work alongside you and your new line manager to enhance your career with our specialist training programmes. This is just the start of your new career!
  • Having a hands-on role, valuing and supporting people. If you thrive on helping others, knowing everything you do is contributing to lives being changed then this could be the role for you.
  • Other benefits include a Bike-to-Work scheme, pension contributions, an annual staff awards evening recognising and rewarding staff achievements, 36 days holiday (pro-rata for part time roles).
  • Please see the job description and person specification listed under "documents" at the top of this page. Please use these in completing your application.

The North East Autism Society is a Disability Confident Employer which means we guarantee to interview all applicants with a disability who meet the minimum criteria for this job vacancy.


The North East Autism Society is the leading voice concerning autism and neurodiversity in the north of England. Established over 30 years ago, we have a trusted reputation of providing a range of quality, specialist services for children, young people and adults leading happy, fulfilling and independent lives. With over 700 staff in more than 40 locations in the north east, we believe joining our NEAS family will not only provide you with a challenging and rewarding role but will help bring real life change for the incredible people we work with.

You can find full details of this vacancy including a full job description and person specification by visiting our dedicated careers page https://www.ne-as.org.uk/jobs

Please visit our website to apply for this vacancy using our easy online application process which is accessible on all internet browsers, tablets and smartphone devices. Please do not hesitate to contact our recruitment team if you require a hard copy application pack or if you have any queries, by e-mailing recruitment@ne-as.org.uk or by calling 0191 410 9974.

Please note we are unable to accept a CV in place of an application form.

The North East Autism Society is committed to promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. These posts are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and a comprehensive screening process will be undertaken on successful applicants, including obtaining an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. Terms and conditions apply. Please contact the North East Autism Society for more information.

Our mission is to work together to inspire, support and equip people with autism and neurodiversity to fulfil their potential in life.

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