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Posted: 20th September 2018

Support needed!

Trust seeks part-time support workers

The Sycamore Trust UK are recruiting for Support Workers to work alongside young adults with Autism on a one-to-one basis.

The Trust aids individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Support Work service enables young people to access social activities, education settings, travel on public transport or simply to visit the shops.

Best of all, the Trust’s Support Workers get paid! So, not only is there an opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of young people with autism, but it’s a useful source of part time income.

There are many different situations where a Support Worker can be beneficial.  They can assist young people in accessing work or activities in the community but are unable to do so alone.  Having a trusted person by their side can relieve the anxiety that is often experienced in these situations.  This can increase independence, confidence and self-esteem.

Sarah Dorrian from the Sycamore Trust said “Support Work is a vital service because it ensures that young people with autism get out into the local community and experience the kind of opportunities that the rest of us take for granted.  Having a trusted friend by their side prevents isolation and loneliness and helps the young person to become more confident and independent and improve their social and communication skills.”

Applications from all areas of the community are welcomed, but particularly from men, as there is a shortage of male support workers.  Every applicant would be subject to the normal checks and references related to working with children.  For more information on how to become a Support Worker, contact Sarah on 020 8517 9317 or e-mail supportwork@sycamoretrust.org.uk