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If you’re interested in using your skills, knowledge and talents to make a difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities and their families then take a look at our current job vacancies.

We work hard at Leeds Mencap to be able to provide high quality services to the people we support.  You’ll be expected to be a strong team player and open to learning and improvement.  In return you’ll be well supported, have enthusiastic and talented people around you, work in a bright, clean, vibrant environment with free parking and bike park on site and have a generous annual leave entitlement.

We’ll look forward to welcoming you to our team!


Volunteering Opportunities

Hours– 3 a week, for minimum 6 months

Leeds Mencap are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who can help us raise more funds, engage more people in the community and create awareness of our charity across Leeds. These exciting roles are varied and you’ll get the opportunity to learn about fundraising, be involved in organizing events and meet new people in your local community.

Volunteers may have a passion for fundraising, events management, or may be enthusiastic about communications and/or marketing. For these roles, volunteers need to be friendly and approachable, with good communication skills, confident use of IT/Microsoft applications and the ability to balance a variety of different activities at once. For the more creative roles graphic design experience is valued, however, it is not necessary.

Community and Events Volunteer

  • Support us in the lead up to our in-person an digital events
  • Researching and sourcing items for events, such as entertainment and raffle prizes
  • Helping design information packs and promotional materials for different audiences
  • Distributing fundraising materials and mailings to different community groups
  • Helping out with events on the day, for example running stalls at a fun day 
  • Helping us with charity collections at local supermarkets, sporting venues and other locations in Leeds.
  • Finding new locations for our collection tins such as corner shops or hairdressers and collecting them when they are full
  • Promoting events and other activity through social media
  • Creating press releases and sending them out to local media

Marketing and Volunteer

  • Keeping social media channels updated, monitoring activity and responding to interactions, using Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and Hootsuite
  • Supporting our social media strategy by encouraging others to comment and share and increasing our number of followers
  • Make links to appropriate new individuals or organisations to build and sustain new relationships within our online community
  • Writing content for marketing materials and communications (such as a fundraising poster, a blog on our website or a newsletter email)
  • Design of marketing materials using programmes such as publisher or Canva
  • Creating press releases and sending them out to local media

Office Fundraising Volunteer

  • Providing admin support for the Fundraising and communications team
  • Researching new fundraising partners such as companies and Charitable Trusts
  • With support, approaching new fundraising partners such as companies and Charitable Trusts
  • Responding to emails from potential volunteers or challenge event participants
  • Researching and sourcing items for events, such as entertainment and raffle prizes
  • Helping design information packs and promotional materials for different audiences
  • Distributing fundraising materials and mailings to different community groups

To apply for any of these volunteering roles please download the application form and equal opportunities form and send them to fundraising@leedsmencap.org.uk

Application Form

Equal Opportunities



JOB TITLE: SEND Nursery Practitioner

HOURS: Various available

SALARY: £19,620 per year (pro rata for part time and term time contracts)

CONTRACT: Various available – full time, part time, term time only, bank

We are looking to increase our team of SEND Nursery Practitioners to support our unique specialist early years service.  Leeds Mencap’s nursery (Jimbo’s Community Nursery)  includes a specialist playroom (Hawthorn Playroom)  for children with learning disabilities/additional needs aged 0 – 4. Children are able to get the best of both specialist support and a mainstream setting. Children have a ‘base’ place in either the specialist playroom or the mainstream nursery.

Within the specialist playroom (Hawthorn Playroom), which has a ball pool and sensory room along with specialist equipment, we have two services available: Developmental play sessions for 0- 2 year olds; 15 hours + per week childcare for 2 – 4 year olds. Our aim is for children to start their early years with the best inclusive learning and development experience which also gives them the specialist support they may need to get the best start possible to move into the next stage of their education.

Our priority is to recruit staff to run the 0- 2 year old developmental play sessions but we also need staff to work on a one to one basis with individual children, to support specialist learning activities for children across the nursery and to provide cover for holidays, training and absence. We are able to offer a range of contract types and hours for these roles.

We are looking for hard working, passionate and committed people who are experienced in, or who have a good understanding of supporting young children with learning disabilities/additional needs to learn and develop.  You will also need to be flexible in your approach and have strong team working skills.

In return you will work in an organisation that is welcoming and open; we are constantly improving what we do and responding to changing needs.  You will have a generous annual leave allowance, company sick pay from your first day of employment and access to training to support you to develop in your role. You will work in a lovely well-equipped building with free parking just a stone’s throw from the centre of Leeds.  Most important of all, you will be part of a team who are passionate about all children realising their aspirations and achieving their potential.

For further information about the role please contact the Childcare Manager, Abigail Cunningham via email abigail.cunningham@leedsmencap.org.uk or 0113 2351331.

To apply please download application and equal opportunities form and send them to info@leedsmencap.org.uk

Application Pack

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Equal Opportunities

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.


JOB TITLE: Playscheme Assistant (Bank)

HOURS: Able to commit to a minimum of 2 days per week

SALARY: £9.21 per hour

CONTRACT: Funding secured until March 2022 (initially)

Leeds Mencap offers a range of services for children and families. We are recruiting to the post of Playscheme Assistants for our school holiday activities; there are a number of vacancies in the team as we are hoping to expand the pool of Playscheme Assistant.

We currently offer playschemes for children and young people aged 4 -18 years old, which provide fun and creative activities that excite and inspire children and allow them to have a variety of experiences regardless of their disability. Our playschemes are open to children and young people with a wide range of support needs. The Playscheme Assistant is to ensure children and young people participate in activities, have fun and enjoy themselves.

For further information about the role please contact the Activities Coordinator Dana Headley via email dana.headley@leedsmencap.org.uk or 0113 2351331.

To apply please download application and equal opportunities form and send them to info@leedsmencap.org.uk

Application Pack

Application Form

Equal Opportunities

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.


JOB TITLE: Nursery Practitioner (Bank)

Hours: Bank Contract – Hours per week depending upon availability and pre-agreed. Working across all playrooms with children from 6 months – 11 years.

SALARY: £9.13 per hour

Leeds Mencap opened a purpose built nursery, Jimbo’s Community Nursery, in 2016.  The nursery, after school club and holiday club offers childcare to children aged 0- 11 years. Jimbo’s Community Nursery includes a specialist playroom for children with additional needs.  We are looking for confident and skilled Nursery Practitioners to support the childcare team to deliver high standards of care and education within the mainstream nursery.

The nursery is busy and vibrant and you’ll need to be positive, flexible, creative and conscientious.  You’ll have a track record of providing high quality care and education to children.  Team working is an essential requirement of the role and we’ll expect you to be able to build positive relationships with colleagues and parents to support the development of the children attending the nursery.  You’ll be skilled at planning and carrying out a range of fun and exciting activities in line with the Early Years Foundation curriculum and be able to adapt these to a diverse range of needs. It is essential that you have an empathetic, supportive and non-judgemental attitude towards others.

You will hold at least a Level 3 Childcare Qualification.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work for an ambitious local charity that is passionate about all children achieving their potential.

We are committed to safeguarding children and all posts are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

For more information please contact Abigail Cunningham on 0113 2475030 or e-mail abigail.cunningham@leedsmencap.org.uk

Application Pack

Application Form

Equal Opportunities

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.


JOB TITLE: Nursery Practitioner (4 roles available)

Hours:

Post 1: 40 hours per week, Holly Playroom (children aged 6months – 2 years) Temporary post until July 2022

Post 2: 30 hours per week, Willow Playroom (children aged 2-3 years) Permanent post

Post 3: 30 hours per week, term time only, Willow Playroom (children aged 2-3 years) Permanent post

Post 4: 15 hours per week, term time only (3pm – 6pm, Mon – Fri), Afterschool Club (children aged 4 – 11 years) Permanent post

SALARY: £9.13 per hour (£19,026 per annum, pro rata for part time and term time only posts)

Annual Leave: 28 days plus the 8 normal bank/public holidays (pro rata for part time and term time only posts.  For term time only posts all holidays must be taken during normal School holiday periods. Your pro rata entitlement is 5.6 weeks x weekly hours. Annual leave will be paid as part of your annual salary.  For bank workers, your pro rata entitlement to holidays will be calculated on an average of hours worked in the previous 12 week period. )

Leeds Mencap opened a purpose built nursery, Jimbo’s Community Nursery, in 2016.  The nursery, after school club and holiday club offers childcare to children aged 0- 11 years. Jimbo’s Community Nursery includes a specialist playroom for children with additional needs.  We are looking for confident and skilled Nursery Practitioners to support the childcare team to deliver high standards of care and education within the mainstream nursery.

The nursery is busy and vibrant and you’ll need to be positive, flexible, creative and conscientious.  You’ll have a track record of providing high quality care and education to children.  Team working is an essential requirement of the role and we’ll expect you to be able to build positive relationships with colleagues and parents to support the development of the children attending the nursery.  You’ll be skilled at planning and carrying out a range of fun and exciting activities in line with the Early Years Foundation curriculum and be able to adapt these to a diverse range of needs. It is essential that you have an empathetic, supportive and non-judgemental attitude towards others.

You will hold at least a Level 3 Childcare Qualification.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work for an ambitious local charity that is passionate about all children achieving their potential.

We are committed to safeguarding children and all posts are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Please note we do not accept CVs.

For more information please contact Abigail Cunningham on 0113 2475030 or e-mail abigail.cunningham@leedsmencap.org.uk

Application Pack

Application Form

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