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
Relief Support Workers - various relief hours available including evenings and weekends - £8.65 to £9.10 per hour plus additional holiday entitlement allowance and sleep-in allowance - Ref: ISLR2019
Enabling Support Worker - we are currently recruiting for a female support worker to work in an enabling capacity with a young lady with learning disabilities. You will be required to support the young lady to undertake social and leisure activities in the community. Previous experience working in a social care setting or supporting people with learning disabilities would be beneficial but not essential. £8.47 per hour. 12 hours per week (one evening and every Saturday) Please quote ref ISL 012020. Closing date - Monday 27th January 2020 at 12 noon. Please email completed application forms to
Independent Supported Living Manager - we are looking for a dynamic, committed and enthusiastic individual to join our Independent Supported Living management team. You will be energetic and passionate about supporting and empowering people with learning disabilities to lead fulfilling lives. You will be a confident manager, managing dedicated teams of Support Workers to ensure the support they provide has the most positive impact on the people they are working with. £24,062 pro rata, 25 hours per week. Please quote ref ISL022020. Closing date - Tuesday 18th February 2020 at 12 noon. Please email completed application forms to
Independent Supported Living Co-ordinator - we are looking for an extremely organised individual to work in a fast paced office environment, providing support and co-ordination to our Independent Supported Living Service. You will be energetic and passionate about supporting and empowering people with learning disabilities to lead fulfilling lives. You will be up for the challenge of implementing an electronic staff rota system and working closely with ISL Managers and Support Workers to ensure that all services are adequately staffed and that cover is available during periods of annual leave and sickness.£20,475 pro rata, 20 hours per week. Please quote ref ISL032020. Closing date - Tuesday 18th February 2020 at 12 noon. Please email completed application forms to
If you have any question about these roles please call the Senior ISL Manager, Fiona Carlile, for an informal chat on 01434 618149.
How to Apply
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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.
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.