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current vacancies

Due to expansion and new opportunities Natural Ability require additional staff to join our Independent Supported Living team in Hexham, Northumberland

We are looking for committed and enthusiastic individuals who can support our clients to live independent and safe lives. You will be energetic and passionate about supporting and empowering people with learning disabilities to lead fulfilling lives. You will support our clients with everyday needs as well as empowering them to engage fully in the community and activities that interest them.

Patience, kindness and strong interpersonal skills will be essential. Previous experience, professionalism and commitment to providing the highest standard of care and support are crucial. We also value flexibility, creativity and the ability to have fun and get involved, as a key element of the role is to support our clients in their personal hobbies, to access the community and maintain and develop social circles.



Independent Supported Living 

SUPPORT WORKER Full and part-time positions available - Hexham, Northumberland

We have a number of opportunities for Support Workers in the coming months.

Most roles operate on a 3 week rotating shift pattern including some evenings and weekends

£8.92 to £10.74 per hour 


Rated "Good" with "Outstanding for "Responsive" by CQC

We are currently recruiting for committed and enthusiastic support workers to provide person-centred care and support for our clients with learning disabilities living in their own homes in Hexham, Northumberland.

In this role you will be actively involved in promoting and encouraging these people to make their own choices, and supporting them to pursue their varied interests.

Previous experience in a similar role is advantageous but not essential. We also value professionalism, commitment to providing the highest standard of care and support, compassion, flexibility, creativity and the ability to have fun and get involved.

A UK driving licence is desirable but not essential so you can travel to different activities and events.

Please quote ref ISL 15 2020. Please email your CV and equal opportunities form to 

RELIEF SUPPORT WORKERS - £9.11 to £10.74 per hour  - various relief hours available including evenings and weekends.  ​

Additional sleep-in allowance for all overnight shifts. 

Ref: ISLR2020. Please email your CV and equal opportunities form to

​​If you have any questions about these roles please call the Senior ISL Manager, Fiona Carlile, for an informal chat on 01434 618149

How to Apply

Please send your CV and equal opportunities monitoring form to  

Volunteer Trustee (unpaid role)

We are seeking dynamic trustees who have the skills to help Natural Ability to grow its services for children and adults with learning difficulties in the North East. We are looking for individuals to join our Board who are passionate about offering choices, opportunities and enabling people with learning difficulties to live safe and independent lives across the region.

The main priorities of our trustees are to support the work of Natural Ability through strong strategic vision and leadership, oversee risk and compliance requirements, assist to raise the profile of the organisation and to maximise the organisation’s impact on the people it supports.

We are looking for individuals that have a strong interest in promoting opportunities and choice for people with learning difficulties and who will be committed to the ethos and values of the organisation. We are actively seeking candidates that have experience of finance and marketing and will value candidates that have previous experience in governance.

Candidates will be required to attend monthly Board meetings and may be required to support at other times in relation to specific events or marketing opportunities.

The post of Trustee is unpaid, however, all reasonable expenses are reimbursed.

About Us

Natural Ability began as the brainchild of one determined parent and her friend who was acutely aware of the gap in provision for her own son.  From there we have grown to provide support via independent supported living services, day services and provide an alternative education provision.  We provide bespoke support unique to the individual and believe that everyone regardless of ability has the right to make choices about how they live their lives.

Natural Ability aims to:

  • Support the personal development and autonomy of people with learning disabilities.

  • Offer work which is meaningful, productive, dignified and challenging.

  • Develop environmentally sustainable ways of living and working.

  • Ensure that people with disabilities are seen as an important part of the community.

Want to know more?

Please send your CV and a covering letter (no longer than 2 sides of A4) stating why you wish to be considered for the position of Trustee and detailing the skills and experience that you could bring to the Board.

Alternatively contact Nicola Crawford, CEO on 01434 618149 if you would like to discuss the role in more detail.

We are passionate about creating a diverse workforce and welcome applications from under- represented groups.

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Company Number: 6959710 Registered Charity Number: 1136665