Lothian Autistic Society
Lothian Autistic Society

Charity registered in Scotland SC021439

Lothian Autistic Society is a member led, person centred charity. We provide services, information and practical support to individuals on the autistic spectrum residing in the Lothians, their families and carers. We also offer information and training for those involved in their care.  As resources permit, we also support those with other disabilities and those supporting them.

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Care and Support Officer

  • Full time
  • £22,623 – £24,698
  • Edinburgh with travel throughout the Lothians
  • Closing 7th February 2020

LAS is the primary provider of support for school age children with autism in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Our Holiday and Saturday Activity Programmes offer great opportunities for autistic children and young people to get together and socialise, learning through playing together how to cope with a very confusing world. We also offer shorter opportunities for young people to learn and grow through Basecamp and Basecamp2, Branch Out and our respite services. Alongside this their families get a much needed break from caring. The Society was founded by parents and our families remain at the core of our planning and thinking. Working with them to provide the best care possible for their children remains key to our success.

We are looking for someone to fill a key role in the Society. You will be responsible for overseeing a number of services, making sure they meet the needs of the children and young people who attend and their families and carers, and the expectations of commissioners, funders and regulatory bodies. You will be directly responsible for the delivery of an evening activity (Basecamp2 – one evening a week), a Saturday Activity Team (working on alternate Saturdays) and a Holiday Activity Programme during school breaks at Easter, summer and October. Operating under the guidance of the Care and Support Manager you will be responsible for making sure services run smoothly, efficiently and effectively.

You will need to have a good understanding of what it means to run services for vulnerable children, and a strong commitment to making life better for autistic children and young people and their families.

You will have the opportunity to join a small, dedicated and successful team and lead a great company of sessional workers across the Lothians. This is a great opportunity to play an important role in developing and delivering great services that are valued by children and young people, their families and their carers.