DAD Vacancies

 

DAD Personal Assistant - Driver

Job Type: DAD

The Independent Living Hub is looking for a Personal Assistant - Driver to provide a high-quality vehicle service by transporting disabled people and carers, using our wheelchair accessible vehicle or your own vehicle where applicable.  They will also, to assist with practical and personal tasks, supporting individuals to access The Hub, meetings, training, education, social, leisure, voluntary opportunities, and employment.  This will include providing support of a personal nature.

The Personal Assistant will be required to produce and oversee sessions for groups of people that are suitable to their individuals needs, that are engaging, stimulating, educational and are in line with personal choice and support requirements.  A Personal Assistant should understand that their role, is doing things with people not for people, whilst always working to the Social Model of Disability.

Given the nature of the job role, we would prefer candidates to be double vaccinated against Covid.

An experienced driver and clean driving licence is essential 

The successful candidate should be dependable, respectful, courteous, well mannered, smart appearance, able to maintain confidentiality, ability to work with all of the people that we support and treat people equally.  Previous experience of working with disabled people and a good level of literacy and numeracy is essential

Grade:  £9.50 per hour

Hours:  15 hours per week minimum

Holidays:  25 days per annum pro rata (increasing by one day after 3 years service to 30 days) plus bank holidays

Benefits:  Company pension, Employee Assistance Programme, generous sick pay

NB: All successful applicants will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Click below for an application form or send a CV to judith.gledhill@darlingtondisability.org

Apply online for DAD Personal Assistant - Driver


Disability Access and Information Officer

Job Type: DAD

DAD are looking to recruit a Disability Access and Information Officer to raise awareness and understanding of the barriers faced by disabled people when accessing the community, goods, services, and information and advice and influence change to improve access for disabled people. 

Grade/Salary:                       £19,484 to £20,420 depending on experience

Hours:                                  30 hours per week

Holidays:                              25 days per annum pro rata (increasing by one day after 3 years service to 30 days) plus bank holidays

Other:                                    Employee Assistance Programme, Sickness Scheme, Company Pension

Objective of the Post:          To raise awareness and understanding of the barriers faced by disabled people when accessing the community, goods, services, and information and advice and influence change to improve access for disabled people. 

The post would involve working with planners, developers, and decision makers to ensure developments / changes to physical environment are as accessible as possible for disabled people; other organisations and agencies to ensure that disabled people have equal access to information, advice, and support.  It would also include supporting disabled people to challenge decisions that affect their ability to access the community, goods, services, and information and advice, and working with the Towns Fund team at Darlington Borough Council on all relevant projects.

We are looking for someone with experience in working with and supporting disabled people to achieve personal goals, and has the knowledge of the Social Model of Disability and principles of equal opportunities.  Excellent communication skills on an individual and group basis and the ability to relate to a wide cross section of people is essential.

The following qualifications would be preferable: relevant qualification in a building discipline, rights-based qualification, and training qualifications as well as experience of design or audit of accessible environments.

Apply online for Disability Access and Information Officer


Independent Advocate

Job Type: DAD

DAD (Centre for Independent Living) is seeking to recruit an Independent Advocate who is passionate about advocacy and upholding and safeguarding the rights of people we support. 

All candidates must be committed to the values of equality, empowerment and supporting people to have their voice heard when decisions are being made about their lives.  If you think you have the right experience, values, drive and enthusiasm needed for this role, and in turn DAD will provide a team environment, with excellent support and conditions.

Experience and qualifications in advocacy is preferred. 

Salary: £11.38 – £12.71 per hour depending on Qualifications and Experience

Please note: The  Higher pay scales will be awarded to successful applicants who are in possession of a Diploma in advocacy including  IMCA and IMHA units. The starting rate will be based on existing advocacy experience and any advocacy qualification already achieved.

Hours: Full time/part time hours available

Location: Based at the offices of Darlington Association on Disability (travel is expected across the Borough of Darlington, Tees Valley and regular travel to other areas in the North East.) Home working is also  expected during COVID restrictions and will be considered as part of your role outside of restrictions.

Holidays: 25 days per annum (pro rata if less than 37.5), Bank Holidays, entitlement increases with length of service up to a maximum of 30 days plus bank holidays.

Travel: A travel allowance is payable for travel in connection with the post

Other: A competitive sick scheme is available after the necessary qualifying period. Employee Assistance Scheme

Please note:  Due to the nature of the role, all applicants should be fully vaccinated for Covid (ie double vaccinated and booster)

 

To provide a range of types of advocacy support (subject to current training), including:

  • Relevant Person’s Representative, for people who are subject to a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard under the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Independent Mental Health Advocacy, for people subject to the Mental Health Act 1983.
  • Care Act Advocacy
  • Independent Mental Capacity Act advocacy.
  • General advocacy
  • Specialist mental health advocacy
  • Self advocacy facilitation

The role will involve supporting people to speak for themselves, to be fully involved in the decisions and processes that affect their lives, to obtain information and to understand their options and rights.  The role will also involve non instructed advocacy for people who are not able to give their views.

* All advocates will be expected to complete National Advocacy Qualifications which will be funded by DAD and completed within agreed timescales, some home study is expected. Where an advocate is not in possession of the Diploma in advocacy the lower rate will apply.

We reserve the right to close the vacancy when we are in receipt of sufficient applications.

Please note only successful applicants will be contacted for interview.

Apply online for Independent Advocate


Trainee Advocate

Job Type: DAD

DAD (Centre for Independent Living) is seeking to recruit an Trainee Advocate who is passionate about advocacy and upholding and safeguarding the rights of people we support. 

The role will involve supporting people to speak for themselves, to be fully involved in the decisions and processes that affect their lives, to obtain information and to understand their options and rights.  

This training post would provide an incredible opportunity for the right candidate and would include fully funded training to achieve a level 4 diploma National Advocacy Qualification and completed within agreed timescales, some home study is expected. As qualifications are achieved and experience gained, salary will increase accordingly to £12.71 per hour.

All candidates must show they value equality, empowerment and supporting people to have their voice heard when decisions are being made about their lives.  If you think you have the right experience, values, drive and enthusiasm needed for this role, and in turn DAD will provide a team environment, with excellent support and conditions.

Salary: £10.50 - £11.38 per hour depending on Qualifications and Experience

Please note: The  Higher pay scales will be awarded to successful applicants who are in possession of a Diploma in advocacy/experience in advocacy. The starting rate will be based on any existing advocacy experience and/or advocacy qualification already achieved.

Hours: Full time/part time hours available

Location: Based at the offices of Darlington Association on Disability (travel is expected across the Borough of Darlington, Tees Valley and regular travel to other areas in the North East.) 

Holidays: 25 days per annum (pro rata if less than 37.5), Bank Holidays, entitlement increases with length of service up to a maximum of 30 days plus bank holidays.

Travel: A travel allowance is payable for travel in connection with the post

Other: A competitive sick scheme is available after the necessary qualifying period. Employee Assistance Scheme

Please note:  Due to the nature of the role, all applicants should be fully vaccinated for Covid (ie double vaccinated and booster)

You will be trained to provide a range of types of advocacy support (subject to current training), including:

  • Relevant Person’s Representative, for people who are subject to a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard under the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Independent Mental Health Advocacy, for people subject to the Mental Health Act 1983.
  • Care Act Advocacy
  • Independent Mental Capacity Act advocacy.
  • General advocacy
  • Specialist mental health advocacy
  • Self advocacy facilitation

We reserve the right to close the vacancy when we are in receipt of sufficient applications.

Please note only successful applicants will be contacted for interview.

Apply online for Trainee Advocate


 
 

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