Location:  Hybrid - Head Office, Colchester & home-based, plus attending area clinics

Salary: £20,000 per annum

Hours: Part Time - 28 hours per week (flexibility to work some evenings and weekends)

Job ref: HO28

The Charity is developing a new Advocacy Service for children and young people age 0 - 25 years in Colchester and Tendring, who may have autism or a co-morbid condition. The areas that this service will cover are:-

  1. Education & Diagnosis;
  2. Welfare Benefits & Housing;
  3. Health & Social Care

The Advocate for Health & Social Care will work with children and young people, families and carers to help them express their views, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain social care and health services they need. The Advocate will work within the five Principles of Advocacy:-

  1. Clarity of purpose,
  2. Safeguard,
  3. Confidentiality,
  4. Equality and diversity
  5. Empowerment and putting people first

This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a well-established regional charity.  Autism Anglia provides ongoing training and supervision, continuing professional development and support as well as an extensive induction on commencement of employment.

Your main duties will include:

  • Exploring options to help people make decisions about their lives and assist them to secure their rights.
  • Enable people to self-advocate where appropriate and help them to access services.
  • To work holistically and take a person-centred approach.


  • Experienced in working with the autistic community who have significant health and social care needs (E)
  • Good working knowledge of local support services (E)
  • Have good IT skills and good working knowledge of Office applications (E)
  • To be able to manage and supervise the volunteers effectively (E)

 We have a clear pay progression structure and offer the following benefits:

  • Extensive Induction and Learning & Development programmes, with nationally recognised qualifications;
  • Job-related qualifications obtained during employment paid for by Autism Anglia (subject to conditions)
  • 25 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays (pro-rata for part-time)
  • Additional holiday based on length of service
  • Flexible working hours (where possible) for study and time off given for job-related exams
  • Employee Referral Scheme
  • Access to Spectrum Life Employee Assistance Programme, Wellbeing Tools, including counselling services & the Benefits Hub, which will give you access to lots of shopping and entertainment discounts, instant discounted gift cards and cashback
  • Occupational Sick Pay (after 12 mths)
  • Support & encouragement to progress and reach full potential within your chosen career
  • Pension scheme

Autism Anglia is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults and expect all staff to share this commitment.  This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Autism Anglia is positive about inclusion and welcomes applications from individuals who are able to meet the requirements of the job position and may wish to request flexible working or reasonable adjustments to support them.

In the first instance please send your application form and CV to [email protected] 

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Closing date: 8th October 2021

If no response is received within 3 weeks of submitting a full application, please assume your application has been unsuccessful. You are welcome to apply again for other positions.