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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

Volunteers are essential to Leeds Mencap so thank you in advance for thinking of spending your time with us.  

When it comes to what we need help with, the possibilities are endless! Whether it’s helping in our nursery, clubs and holiday playschemes, supporting on reception, in the office or with maintenance, supporting our fundraising team or helping keep our database up to date – if you have the skills to share and a passion for helping others, we would love to hear from you.

In return you’ll have an induction, training and support relevant to to the role you’re in. You’ll work in a supportive, welcoming team and in a vibrant busy centre where no two days are the same. Most important of all you’ll go home at the end of the day knowing that you’ve helped children and young people with learning disabilities and their families live their lives to the full.

Please visit our volunteer page for more information and to view current roles. You can find it by clicking here.


JOB TITLE: Fundraising and Communications Manager

HOURS: 37.5 hours per week

SALARY: £27,449 – £29,712 (dependent on experience, as standard we appoint the mid-point)

LOCATION: Suitable for part homeworking. Post holder would be expected to be in the office for a minimum of 2 days per week at The Vinery Centre, 20 Vinery Terrace, LS9 9LU

ANNUAL LEAVE: 28 days per year plus public holidays

Leeds Mencap are searching for a talented and enthusiastic Fundraising and Communications Manager to join our extended leadership team. You will be passionate about the work we do and have the ability to work under your own initiative to lead and develop a small team to create an inspiring fundraising offer to support the ongoing sustainability of our organisation.

We are a busy, friendly and ambitious local charity based in East Leeds but operating city wide. Based at The Vinery Centre, we have a thriving community nursery and room hire enterprise running alongside our specialist services for children and young people with learning disabilities and their families. 

As a member of our team you’ll 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 bright and airy building, with free parking and on good bus and cycle routes, just a stone’s throw from the centre of Leeds. We provide free tea and coffee.  Most important of all, you will be part of a team who are aspirational for children and families and who do their absolute best to support them to have improved opportunities and experiences in life. This is a fantastic opportunity to use your talents to make a difference.

Leeds Mencap is committed to safeguarding all children, young people and adults at risk of harm.  We expect all staff and volunteers to fully share and demonstrate this commitment. All posts are subject to a DBS check.

We aim for our team to reflect the diversity of people in Leeds and welcome applications from any community and background.  If you share our passion about including children and young people with learning disabilities and their families as equal members of society, we would love to hear from you.

For more information please contact Cath Lee on 0113 235 1331 or e-mail cath.lee@leedsmencap.org.uk

To apply please download and fill in an application form and equal opportunities form and send then to info@leedsmencap.org.uk Please note we do not accept CVs.

Closing Date: Sunday 19th June 2022

Interview Date: Thursday 30th June 2022

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.


JOB TITLE: Nursery Practitioner

HOURS: 37.5 hours per week, Monday – Friday, all year round

SALARY: £10.04 per hour, £19,626.56 per annum

LOCATION: The Vinery Centre, 20 Vinery Terrace, Leeds LS9

PLAYROOM: Holly Playroom (Children aged 6months – 2 years)

Leeds Mencap run Jimbo’s Community Nursery, a purpose built nursery in east Leeds, offering high quality care and early education for children aged 0 – 11, including after school and holiday childcare.  Jimbo’s Community Nursery is unique as it includes a specialist playroom for children with a range of additional needs including learning disability and autism.  The nursery is bright, airy and well-resourced including access to soft play and sensory rooms. We’re looking for a creative, positive, flexible person to join our team.  Team working is an essential requirement of the role and you’ll need to be able to build positive relationships with colleagues and parents to support the overall welfare, safety and development of the children attending the nursery. You will need to have at least a Level 2 Childcare Qualification.

In return you will work in an organisation that is welcoming and open. You will work with a skilled and experienced team, led by a manager with over 25 years in the sector. 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. We provide free tea and coffee and hot lunches if you eat with the children.  As we are a charity there will be opportunities for you to get involved in fundraising activities and contribute to our wider work supporting people with learning disabilities. Most important of all, you will be part of a team who are aspirational for the children and their families and who do their absolute best to support them to have improved opportunities and experiences in life.

Leeds Mencap is committed to safeguarding all children, young people and adults at risk of harm.  We expect all staff and volunteers to fully share and demonstrate this commitment. All posts are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

We aim for our team to reflect the diversity of people in Leeds and welcome applications from any community. If you share our passion about all children getting the very best start in life, whatever their background and ability, we would love to hear from you.

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

To apply please download and fill in an application form and equal opportunities form and send then to info@leedsmencap.org.uk Please note we do not accept CVs.

Closing Date: Sunday 12th June 2022

Shortlisting: Monday 13th June 2022

Interview Date: Monday 20th June 2022

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.


JOB TITLE: SEND Nursery Practitioner

HOURS: 35 or 37.5 per week Monday -Friday, term time only

SALARY: £10.25 per hour £17,107 per year term time only (pro rata equivalent for part time)

LOCATION: The Vinery Centre, 20 Vinery Terrace, Leeds LS9

Leeds Mencap is a busy, friendly and ambitious local charity that supports children and young people with learning disabilities and their families.

We have a vacancy in 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 – 5. Children can 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.

The specialist playroom (Hawthorn Playroom) has a ball pool and sensory room along with specialist equipment. 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.

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. You will work with a skilled and experienced team, led by a manager with over 25 years in the sector. 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. We provide free tea and coffee and hot lunches if you eat with the children. As we are a charity there will be opportunities for you to get involved in fundraising activities and contribute to our wider work supporting people with learning disabilities. Most important of all, you will be part of a team who are aspirational for the children and their families and who do their absolute best to support them to have improved opportunities and experiences in life.

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

To apply please download and fill in an application form and equal opportunities form and send then to info@leedsmencap.org.uk Please note we do not accept CVs.

Closing date: Monday 13th June 2022

Shortlisting date: Tuesday 14th June 2022

Interview date: Tuesday 21st June 2022

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.


JOB TITLE: Nursery Cook

HOURS: 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday, all year round

SALARY: £10.50 per hour, £20,531.25 per annum

LOCATION: The Vinery Centre, 20 Vinery Terrace, Leeds LS9 9LU

Leeds Mencap run Jimbo’s Community Nursery, a purpose-built nursery in east Leeds, offering high quality care and early education for children aged 0 – 11, including after school and holiday childcare.  Jimbo’s Community Nursery is unique as it includes a specialist playroom for children with a range of additional needs including learning disability and autism.  The nursery kitchen is busy and we’re looking for a dynamic and talented cook to join our team. You will serve freshly made meals and healthy snack to the children each day, catering for individual dietary requirements and allergies. You will be responsible for ensuring a high standard of cleanliness in the kitchen. Team working is an essential requirement of the role, and you’ll need to be able to build positive relationships with colleagues. You will also work with the Room Hire Lead to plan the delivery of pre-ordered snacks, lunches and buffets for Leeds Mencap staff, visitors and room hirers. You will need to have at least a Level 2 Food Hygiene Qualification and it would be brilliant if you also had a catering qualification too.

In return you will work in an organisation that is welcoming and open. You will work with a skilled and experienced team, led by a manager with over 25 years in the sector. 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. We provide free tea and coffee and hot lunches if you eat with the children.  As we are a charity there will be opportunities for you to get involved in fundraising activities and contribute to our wider work supporting people with learning disabilities. Most important of all, you will be part of a team who are aspirational for the children and their families and who do their absolute best to support them to have improved opportunities and experiences in life.

Leeds Mencap is committed to safeguarding all children, young people and adults at risk of harm.  We expect all staff and volunteers to fully share and demonstrate this commitment. All posts are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

We aim for our team to reflect the diversity of people in Leeds and welcome applications from any community.  If you share our passion about all children getting the very best start in life, whatever their background and ability, we would love to hear from you.

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

To apply please download and fill in an application form and equal opportunities form and send then to info@leedsmencap.org.uk Please note we do not accept CVs.

Closing date: Sunday 5th June 2022

Shortlisting date: Monday 6th June 2022

Interview Date: Friday 10th June 2022

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check


JOB TITLE: Playscheme Assistant

HOURS: Variable to suit

SALARY: £10.25 per hour

LOCATION: The Vinery Centre, Leeds, LS9 9LU

CONTRACT: Funding secured until March 2024 (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.

We currently have 3 weeks of playschemes planned over the summer holidays and these will be during the following weeks:

W/C 8th August

W/C 15th August

W/C 22nd August

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

To apply please download and fill in an application form and equal opportunities form and send then to info@leedsmencap.org.uk Please note we do not accept CVs.

Closing Date: Friday 17th June 2022

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.


JOB TITLE: Friday Club Support Worker

HOURS: 3 hours per week (evenings) term time only

SALARY: £11.34 per hour

CONTRACT: Fixed term to December 2022 (initially)

LOCATION: The Vinery Centre, Leeds, LS9 9LU

To assist in running an inclusive social club which brings together young adults with learning disabilities. The club is to be based at the Vinery Centre but open to all in the city, operating on a Friday evening. The club meets at venues across the city to participate and enjoy a range of activities. The club’s aim is to provide a forum for the members to develop their social and personal lives, developing confidence and independence.  Members can learn new skills, access mainstream activities, have improved integration and overall improve their quality of life

For further information about the role please contact the Activities team via email activities@leedsmencap.org.uk or 0113 2351331.

To apply please download and fill in an application form and equal opportunities form and send then to info@leedsmencap.org.uk Please note we do not accept CVs.

Closing Date: Friday 17th June 2022

Please note this post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.


JOB TITLE: Trustee (several vacancies)

Voluntary (expenses paid)

LOCATION: The Vinery Centre, 20 Vinery Terrace, Leeds, LS9 9LU

Leeds Mencap are looking for people who are passionate about improving the lives of children and young people with learning disabilities to join our Board of Trustees.  Like many charities we have been hit hard by the pandemic but have also found that new ways of working and greater collaboration give us the opportunity to support more people with learning disabilities in the future.

We are looking for people to join a team of 6 skilled and passionate Trustees at a time of uncertainty and change.  You will relish the prospect of getting to know the organisation and your colleagues quickly, grasping the challenges and opportunities we face and working together with Trustees and senior staff to provide strong and clear leadership to the organisation.  The immediate priority is to recover from the effects of the pandemic but we also have our sights on becoming a more inclusive and diverse organisation, extending support to more children and young people with learning disabilities and their families.

We are looking for people with a wide range of skills and experience and from diverse backgrounds. In particular we are looking for people with:

  • A strong finance or accountancy background to fill the role of Finance Lead
  • Lived experience of learning disability
  • Knowledge or experience of delivering early years and/or SEND (special educational needs and disability) support
  • previous experience of working or volunteering for a charity or not for profit organisation

Most importantly we are keen to hear from anyone who feels they have something to contribute at this particular stage of our journey, so please get in touch.

We expect a lot but the rewards are equally great.  You’ll see the difference you make in the children and young people who will develop and achieve beyond anyone’s expectations, in the parents who can draw breath and find some respite and comfort in knowing they’re not alone and being given practical and supportive help. In undertaking the role you will be working with a loyal and committed team who are aspirational about what we can achieve together.

Please see below for our recruitment packs:

For an informal discussion please call Cath Lee, CEO on 0113 235 1331.

To apply, please send your CV, together with a supporting statement detailing how you meet the requirements of the role and what you think you can offer, to Cath Lee, CEO at cath.lee@leedsmencap.org.uk.

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check, two suitable references and a declaration of suitability to act as a Trustee.

There is no closing date. Please get in touch if you are interested in becoming a Trustee or would like to find out more. Please also get in touch if you are interested in becoming a Trustee but are not currently in a position to apply.


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