Do you love the excitement of being on holiday? Are you enthusiastic, motivated, and committed to empowering people with learning disabilities and/or autism? If so, we want you to join our dedicated Activity Breaks team to help us create treasured memories for our guests!
What is a Nutley Edge Activity Break?
Nutley Edge Activity Breaks are Outward’s supported holidays for adults with learning disabilities and autism. They are five days and four nights long and take place at our beautiful holiday site in East Sussex. Every break is themed and guests take part in a range of activities such as archery, art, music, yoga, and day trips to local towns, cities, and historical sites. Our breaks give guests the opportunity to get away for a holiday, meet new people, and explore the best of East Sussex.
“Outward have employed the best activity team because the compassion and care they showed to us was better than I have ever seen before. They gave me the acceptance of anxiety disorders to believe and achieve. To me, acceptance is more important than any other medicine. Nutley Edge will be my new home from home.” – Activity Break Guest
Some videos about out breaks can be found here: https://www.outward.org.uk/our-services/what-we-offer/activity-breaks/
What is the role of a Deputy Manager?
As a deputy manager, you will support the manager to organise varied and fun breaks for our guests. This includes carrying out assessments for new guests, supporting the team to deliver respite care, coaching the staff team, and embedding high standards in the service. We run 20 breaks a year, 10 of which are led by the Deputy Manager on site in East Sussex. During activity breaks food and your own room is provided and an additional sleep in payment for each night supporting a break is paid.
We are a London based charity and welcome applicants for this role on the understanding they are able to support at least 10 breaks throughout a year (providing day and overnight support for 5 days/ 4 nights at a time in East Sussex), are able to travel to our North East London offices to attend meetings and occasional training sessions, have the capacity to work from home and travel to assessments and marketing events as required.
In the role, you will:
- Engage, enable, and empower people to achieve their goals and ambitions
- Strive to promote individual choice, independence, and self confidence in our guests
- Build and maintain strong relationships with families, professionals, and other stakeholders.
- Mentor your team of support workers to deliver high quality and person-centred support
- Embed a culture of positive behaviour support
- Ensure the service is safe, effective, caring, responsive and managed to meet CQC essential standards
- Support the team manager to conduct assessments and develop risk assessments
- Market and promote activity breaks including attend local events, forums, carers groups and talking with professionals in order to grow our service and ensure the success of the activity breaks
What qualities and experience should the ideal candidate have?
We are looking for somebody who has:
- Experience managing the support provided for people with a learning disability, autism, and complex needs (including behaviours of concern)
- Excellent communication skills and IT skills
- Experience of staff management and the ability to lead by example to develop a strong team
- Creativity and flexibility, with experience of dealing with the unexpected
- Experience carrying out needs assessments and creating support and risk management plans for people with behaviours of concern
- A commitment to providing high quality and personalised active support
- A commitment to upholding the rights of people we support to be involved at all levels of decision making.
- A passion for engaging, enabling, and empowering people with autism or a learning disability to lead the lives they want
- Knowledge of managing a budget
- A driving licence and willingness to drive a minibus is desirable
We value everything our staff do for the people we support, so we provide a great benefits package:
- 25 days Annual Leave excluding Bank Holidays (pro rata for part time)
- Comprehensive Learning & Development Programme
- Computing Scheme
- Credit Union Scheme
- Cycle-to-Work Scheme
- Death in Service Benefit
- Health Assured – Employee Assistance Programme
- Eye care Vouchers
- Flu Jab Reimbursement
- Long Service Awards
- Pension Scheme
- Purchase Additional Annual Leave
- Refer-a-Friend Scheme
- Loans (including season tickets and parking permit loans)
- Blue Light Card
Outward was set up in 1975 by parents of children with a disability looking for alternatives to institutional care. Ever since then, we have been providing high-quality support and care services to vulnerable people. Our aim is to support people to have genuine control over their lives, play an active role in the community, accept responsibilities, and develop as individuals.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of adults at risk and expect all staff to share this commitment. If the post you apply for involves working with or having access to adults at risk and/or their records, we will require an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Services. This will be fully subsidised by Outward.
How to Apply
If you think you meet the requirements of the role then please follow the link below to apply.