Specialist Support Worker/ Mentor

M R Trust
M R Trust
Closing Date: 
Monday, 8 July, 2024 - 12:00
Contract Type: 
Part Time
22.5 hours per week (negotiable)
Details of Role: 

Dedicated Autism Support Worker and life-skills mentor required for a rewarding and challenging role.

Would you like to join a small team of support workers and family carers to provide genuine person-centred support to a man with autism, mild learning difficulties and complex needs?

You will provide social & emotional support while he explores the countryside around Bristol and the surrounding counties. You will help him develop confidence within his community, so expanding the range of settings and opportunities he is able to access and enjoy. You will support his wellbeing and increase his independence through planning and delivering structured activities in his home which help him develop his independence skills and interests.

You will provide outstanding Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) and create an environment that enables him to reduce his anxiety and manage his behaviour, so he can thrive and achieve his life-goals.

Would you like the opportunity to progress in your career, by developing an advanced understanding of autism, and by attaining professional qualifications in PBS?

We provide opportunities to gain professional qualifications in PBS while working. Once you have become a specialist in his support, you may want to progress to a Senior role within our team.

You will require a full driving license.

22.5 contracted hours per week (can be negotiated)

The role will require at least 1 full day 9am -5pm, plus 3 mornings per week. In addition, you will be required to support the client on a 3-4 night holiday per year in the UK. Working days may be negotiated to some degree.

Salary £26,325 to £29,250 pro-rata (based on 37.5 hr week).


The M.R. Trust

Over 2000 learning disabled or autistic people in England are still living unnecessarily restricted and distressed lives in inpatient mental health hospitals due to a lack of specialist support in the community. James’ support is an example of a small individualised support service which is at the heart of ‘Transforming Care’ for such individuals. A close and creative collaboration between family and skilled and dedicated support workers enables James to benefit from those pillars of security and liberty we all need: home, family, lasting relationships with people who understand us, freedom to go out, choice and control over our lives, opportunities to follow a special interest, to learn and contribute. By working with us you will make a difference to the life of one individual who is amongst the most vulnerable adults in our community, and in doing so will develop specialist knowledge and skills which are much needed, and therefore are greatly valued.

We seek employees who we are also passionate about enabling those with autism to enjoy full rights and access to our community, and who are able to provide him with the emotional security and the structured, stimulating days he needs.

We offer extensive training and on-going support to our extremely valuable staff.

If you share our values, and have personal or work experience of supporting or teaching/tutoring people with autism/ASD, learning disabilities, challenging behaviour, brain injury and/or mental health problems we would love to hear from you.

Further details of role:

Key role and responsibilities:

  • To listen, strive to understand and empathise with the client
  • To support client with communication and help him articulate his thoughts, feelings, needs and preferences.
  • To support client on his 1-2 hour walks of his choice in the countryside around Bristol and surrounding counties. To drive your vehicle to take him on his outings.
  • To provide client with emotional support and help him manage his anxiety.
  • To support client on a 2:1 basis in the community, and a 2:1 or 1:1 basis in the home, according to level of experience.
  • To provide client with a stimulating programme of activities during the day.
  • To help client to increase his life skills & confidence through structured activities such as cooking, literacy, using his PC, horticulture and DIY.
  • To positively manage risk, to enable the client to do his chosen activities safely.
  • To support the client with his anxiety, and help him manage his behaviour using Positive Behaviour Support.
  • To participate in training, weekly team meetings and regular supervision
  • To work collaboratively with the client, his family, care team and other professionals to ensure he receives consistent support.
  • To use ‘planning & preparation time’ to ensure client outings go smoothly, to prepare indoor educational sessions, and to ensure important information is recorded and communicated across the team.
  • To participate in any training required to become a proficient PBS practitioner.
  • Minimum requirements
  • Having a full UK driving licence.
  • Sharing our values
  • Experience of working with individuals with challenging behaviour either in a personal or professional capacity.
  • At least one year’s experience of supporting or teaching/tutoring individuals with emotional or social functioning difficulties, such as ASD, learning disabilities, brain injury or mental health problems.
  • Very good interpersonal, written, verbal communication and team working skills.
  • Personal qualities such as empathy, interest in the psychological world of others, ability to understand complicated & diverse viewpoints, kindness, dedication, patience, attention to detail and good organisation skills.
  • Strong motivation and enjoyment for this type of work
  • An average level of fitness or above.

What we will offer:

  • Higher than average pay for the sector
  • Generous mileage allowance
  • Job security.
  • NEST Pension
  • 24/7 Employee Assistance Scheme
  • Extended induction period, extensive Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) & Autism training (including the opportunity to gain regulated qualifications to Level 4 (e.g. BILD BTEC Certificate in PBS)
  • Ongoing professional support and supervision
  • Career progression: An opportunity to develop & expand skills and take on a senior/team leader role after training and experience.
  • A highly supportive, collaborative team culture which is open to learning.
  • Pleasant work settings.
  • Varied and rewarding work
How to Apply: 

E-mail Sue/Tania to request detailed job information and an application form.

Contact Person: 
Tania Thorne
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
Postal Address: 
136 Hayward Road, Barton Hill, BS5 9QA