Location: Jigsaw Opportunities Centre, Colchester

Salary: £9.50 p/hr

Hours: Part time – 21 hours (Wednesday-Friday)

Job ref: E399

We invite you to take the opportunity to work with a highly regarded regional autism charity.  

We are a friendly, supportive and professional team, who work hard to excel at Autism Anglia’s mission of “Working together to put the needs of autistic people at the centre of everything we do”.

You will be supporting and mentoring our day students with Social & Creative Studies activities appropriate to their individual needs. Offering opportunities to learn and develop confidence and independence through a variety of person-centred creative and social activities.

You will work closely with our Horticulture Department to facilitate producing and selling organically grown produce, facilitating opportunities for the people we support to gain work experience and independence.

Your main duties will include:

  • Managing the day to day running of the Social & Creative Studies Department, ensuring resources are kept stocked and health and safety guidance is followed.
  • Planning, creatively developing and participating in a varied timetable of activities within the Jigsaw centre and out in the community, to meet the needs of the people we support, whilst encouraging and motivating them to achieve their goals.
  • Preparing person-centred teaching materials, session planning, setting achievable goals, monitoring and evaluating student’s’ work on an ongoing basis.
  • Actively promoting the development of each individual; adopting a holistic approach which demonstrates the understanding of their personal, physical, emotional, communication, spiritual and educational needs
  • Encouraging and assisting the people we support to use the department’s equipment/resources and to become involved in other activities which offer independence, social and work-related opportunities.


  • Experience of working with people with Autism (E)
  • Qualification or keen practical interest in a range of creative arts (E)
  • Experience in report writing with a good level of IT skills (E)
  • Creative, flexible, self-motivated, enthusiastic and proactive approach (E)
  • An interest in horticulture and learning new skills to teach to the people we support (E)

It is desirable that the successful applicant holds a full driving license.

Working for us gives you access to a range of perks and benefits:

  • Fully paid induction programme
  • Learning & Development programmes, with nationally recognised qualifications.
  • Job-related qualifications obtained during employment paid for by Autism Anglia (subject to conditions)
  • Support & encouragement to progress and reach full potential within your chosen career
  • Casual dress code
  • Free on-site parking at most sites
  • 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)
  • Pension scheme

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.

Autism Anglia is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults or children and expect all staff to share this commitment.  This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.  For all enhanced DBS roles, we are permitted to seek access to spent convictions under The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, Exceptions Order 1975 (as amended 2013).

When you receive your DBS certificate you are required to register it with the DBS Updating Service https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service which will ensure that the status of your certificate can be checked at any point, without the need for going through the application / disclosure of documentary evidence again.

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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.