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current vacancies

Our Current Vacancies

SUPPORT WORKER ISL 02 2022- Hexham and Haltwhistle 

£10.10- £12.10 per hour

£62 per sleep in (inclusive of holiday pay)

Part and Full time roles available (25 - 35 hours per week) - email your CV and details of the number of hours you are looking for and preferred location to

All roles operate on a three week rota including some evenings and weekends  (a minimum of one in three weekends off).

Support Worker Role Description


Would you like to join a small, supportive team to provide person centred-care and support for adult’s with learning disabilities in their own home and within the local community based in and around Hexham, Northumberland.

In this role you’ll support people with all aspects of their day-to-day living, promoting independence, to enable the people we support to live as independently as possible. The sorts of activities you will get involved in includes:

  • Attending activities outside the home including sports groups, gardening, arts and crafts, music classes, visits to the cinema and enjoying the great outdoors.

  • Supervising, educating and supporting with activities at home including cooking, cleaning, personal care and daily living tasks.

  • Supporting with health and wellbeing including administration of medicine, booking and going to medical appointments, supporting with healthy eating and being active.

Our roles are very varied and rewarding with no two days the same. As a support worker you provide a critical role in helping others to live a varied and rewarding life and by doing so get the same in return.​

Experience required

We value professionalism, commitment to providing the highest standards of care and support, teamwork, compassion, flexibility, creativity and the ability to have fun and get involved. You will need to have basic IT skills to update information and complete tasks whilst in service.

Some roles require previous experience whereas for others this may not be essential - please refer to specific job for details. 

A drivers licence and car is often an advantage but for many role this is not essential - please refer to specific job for details. 

You can download the job description and equal opportunities monitoring form from this page.

Job Description                                      


Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form


Please email your CV and equal opportunities form to 


We provide a comprehensive benefits package which supports staff with their personal development and wellbeing.

  • Training Programme including Care Certificate - delivered by Skills for Care endorsed ‘’Centre of Excellence’’

  • Access to Level 2 Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship and Level 3 Adult Care Apprenticeship in Adult Care worth over £3000 - delivered by number one ranked college in the North East for both employer satisfaction and learner satisfaction.

  • Access to Award winning 24/7 Confidential Support and Online Health Portal through our Employee Assistance Programme.

  • Employee discount scheme saving you between 5% and 40% off purchases in shops online and instore including supermarkets, health and beauty, fashion, holidays, electronics and more.

  • A contributory pension scheme.

  • 28 days annual leave (including bank holidays)

  • Free DBS Check

RELIEF SUPPORT WORKERS Hexham and Haltwhistle

£10.59 - £11.14 per hour (including holiday pay) - 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

 Job Description                                      


Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

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

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.