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1. Independent Living Advisor (Direct Payments)

This full-time role will suit someone who wants to start or build their career in the Charity sector. We are looking for an enthusiastic, detail orientated person who is eager to learn and develop. Training and mentoring is provided. 

You will be someone:

  • Who thinks and works in a person-centred way.
  • Has experience of working with people who have support needs.
  • Is numerate, has knowledge of budgeting and experience of Word and Excel. 
  • Is able to gather and assess information efficiently and think creatively.
  • Has good communication skills including spoken, written and presentational.
  • Has an understanding of equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practice.

In this role you will:

  • Provide information and advice to disabled and elderly people on options for care and support, particularly employing staff directly.
  • Work with clients to recruit suitable candidates, advise on employer responsibilities and help to calculate the PA’s salary and other on costs.
  • Help clients to set up and manage their social care budget.
  • Encourage, support and advise employers to manage their PAs effectively. 
  • Develop links and professional relationships with Social Work teams.
  • Work with agencies to set up support for clients who may not wish to employ a PA directly.
  • Assist in the development of training and other resources to support employers to manage their DP and PA relationships.
  • Work with payroll and managed account administrators to provide a rounded DP support service. 
  • Assist clients who are interested in utilising assistive technology to enable their independence and community involvement.

We actively encourage applications from disabled people and people with long term health and mental health conditions. We operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme and will guarantee an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post. Please state in a cover letter if you wish us to consider you for this Guaranteed Interview Scheme.

You can read the full Job Description here. Please apply in writing with a cover letter stating how you meet the person spec to Viv Sage our HR Consultant at Better Talent. Viv Sage Closing Date for applicants: 24th June.

2. FriendBee Befriender  

Friendbee is a SEND Befriending Service that matches young people with a paid Befriender to help them access social and leisure activities. We currently support young people up to the age of 25 that have a Special Education Need or Disability (SEND) that impacts their social life, who also live in the London Borough of Richmond or Royal Borough of Kingston.

Our Befrienders are recruited, trained, vetted and employed by Ruils to make finding the right support easier for families. Our service is designed to make long-term and sustainable matches between families and Befrienders. While we help coordinate matches and manage the employment of Befrienders, parents work directly with Befrienders to establish a schedule for sessions.

This is supplemental and part-time work that should accompany another job or studies. We cannot guarantee set hours, although most Befrienders work 2-4 hours per week on average. Minimum rate per hour is the London Living Wage - £10.85. 

To be eligible for this position you must:

  • Live or work within London Borough of Richmond or Royal Borough of Kingston-Upon-Thames 
  • Be 18 years of age
  • Have experience working with children in either a paid or voluntary capacity
  • Have the right to work in the UK
  • Be able to commit to the Befriending role for minimum of 1 year

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and interviews will be set up individually. For more information and to apply visit 


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