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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 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 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: Trustee (4 roles available)

Voluntary (expenses paid)

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

Leeds Mencap are looking for four 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 in 2022 we begin the exciting next phase of our development to build on our learning and expertise and extend the support we can offer to children and young people with learning disabilities and their families into the future.

We are looking for people with a wide range of skills and experience and these are detailed in the recruitment pack. In particular we are looking for people with:

  • strong finance or accountancy background to fill the role of Finance Lead
  • understanding of the fundraising environment
  • experience of commissioning or provision of nursery and/or SEN education
  • background in marketing
  • previous experience of being a charity trustee

We particularly welcome applicants from those who are significantly underrepresented in our sector, such as disabled people and individuals from Black and Minority ethnic communities.

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.

Closing date:  3rd December 2021

Please get in touch if you are interested in becoming a Trustee but are not currently in a position to apply.


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 Form

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

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.




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