Community Short Breaks Worker (12144)

Community Short Breaks Worker

Salary: £23,151.50 per annum (£12.00 per hour)

Location: Staffordshire

Contract/Hours: Fixed Term/Part Time (12 months) 20 hours per week


  • 29 days annual leave PLUS bank holidays, with up to 5 additional days for continuous service and option to buy or sell leave
  • Gain professional qualifications and excellent training/development opportunities
  • Flexible maternity, adoption, and paternity packages
  • Pension with up to 7% employer contribution with included life assurance cover
  • Staff discount portal and Blue Light Card eligibility with 15,000 national retailers discounts.

Vulnerable children in the UK need your help  

Wherever you work in the Action for Children family, you'll be helping to change the lives of the most vulnerable children in the UK.

Last year, we helped more than 670,000 children and families across the UK. From direct work in communities to national campaigning, we are focused on making sure every child has a safe and happy childhood, and the foundations they need to thrive.

  Why Action for Children?

Working here is more than a job. Everyone in the Action for Children family is passionate about protecting and supporting children. It's the sense of purpose that drives us every single day. Because we know that, when we work together, we can make a huge difference to bring lasting improvements to vulnerable children's lives.

A bit about the role

We are looking for a Community Short Breaks Practitioner to join our dedicated and supportive team within Our Space Centre (supporting the Stoke Aiming High project) 

The aim of our service is to provide support to young people with disabilities aged 5-25 and to encouraging the children/young person's active participation in the community, fostering enjoyable childhood experiences and building confidence in them so they can manage day to day challenges they may face.

About the service

 We work across Staffordshire running fun and exciting group activities and outings for young people with an array of disability, we also offer support to 11-25 year olds on a one-to one basis working on life skills and any challenges they wish to overcome. This is a community-based role where we introduce and support our young people into mainstream activities helping them to gain knowledge and confidence to complete these tasks independently.

We work closely with the young person and their families creating a plan of action around these life skills and support them until completion.

How you'll help to create brighter futures

  • Helping young people with a learning disability have a presence in the community.
  • Supporting young people with their needs during and providing emotional support personal care and maintaining a clean safe and nurturing environment.
  • Helping our young people learn and have fun in safe settings.
  • Providing a safe environment where they can enjoy time with their friends.
  • Completing assessments and reviews and retaining records, using various IT systems.
  • Working effectively as part of a small team, liaising with colleagues to deliver engaging youth group delivery for young people with a learning disability.

Let's talk about you

  • Experience of working with young people aged 5-25 with disabilities.
  • To hold a level 3 social care qualification, or the willingness to work towards.
  • Be able to manage and lead a small team.
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of safeguarding practices.
  • Creative, positive, and proactive approach towards work.
  • Confidence to conduct 1-2-1 sessions and group work that support children and young people's emotional health and wellbeing. 
  • To be able to work and travel across the large geographical area of Staffordshire.

 Good to know

 Application Process

Please note we are unable to offer visa sponsorship for this role.

There are five sections to complete: Personal Details, CV, Supporting Statement & Information,

Equality & Diversity, Submission & Declaration.

Talent Pool  

 We know talent when we see it. But sometimes we find the right person but not for the right job. We'd love to keep your details for when the right job comes up. Let us know if you'd rather we didn't.

Contact: Shannon Neander at shannon.neander@actionforchildren.org.uk 

Diversity, equality and inclusion


At Action for Children, we're dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace.

We actively encourage applications from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic and disabled candidates as they are under-represented within Action for Children. We want to take deliberate and purposeful action to ensure equal opportunity to all groups in society and for Action for Children.

Male staff are under-represented within our Children Service roles. We would like to encourage more male applicants for our Children Service roles.

Don't meet every single requirement?

If you're excited about this role but your experience doesn't align perfectly with the job description, we'd love you to apply anyway. You might just be the perfect person for this role, or another role within the Action for Children family.


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Stoke Aiming High
The Brook Centre, Newcastle, Staffs, England, ST5 2SU
  • Salary:
    £23,151.50 per annum
  • Directorate:
  • Contract Type:
    Fixed Term Part-Time
  • Closing Date:
    23 June 2024
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