The Disabilities Trust is a leading national charity providing specialist community-based and residential support for adults with acquired brain injury, complex physical or learning disabilities and for people with autism, including education. People are at the heart of everything we do and our services across the country include purpose-built residential accommodation, community-based housing, respite care, special education and community enabling services to maximise each individual's independence.
Working in partnership with those we support, their families and friends, local authorities, health authorities, housing associations and other organisations, we have an established track record of delivering leading-edge services that meet the needs of people with complex and challenging disabilities. We are continually looking to refine our existing services and develop new ones in response to identified individual needs.
Situated at Tokers Green, Reading, The Maples is a centre for the support and development of people with autism. We provide accommodation and support for adults, aged 18+, who are on the autism spectrum or show behaviours that indicate autism. We also support people with epilepsy, and individuals with complex needs who might challenge alternative services. Staff are trained to help service users achieve their aspirations and enjoy a high quality of life, and we respect each person's right to individual choice, dignity, independence and fulfilment.
What it’s like to work for us?
As a leading national charity we believe that highly trained and motivated staff are vital to help us continue our excellent track record of providing life-changing support for people with disabilities.
Keen to gain professional qualifications?
We will seek to support staff at all levels to study towards qualifications and apprenticeships to create personal and organisational growth, as we value our staff and want to encourage them to reach their potential. We will also encourage staff to grow and support them to further develop their skills and experience.
For clinical staff, our multi-disciplinary team approach and commitment to research offers an unrivalled opportunity for professional development. We also encourage staff in our support functions such as finance, IT and HR to develop further to create growth and overall contribution to their role.
We also offer an excellent benefits package:
We offer a minimum of 33 days annual leave per year, with 38 days for some roles. These entitlements are inclusive of Bank Holidays and Public Holidays.
Depending on the nature of the role, hourly paid staff may have the opportunity to work extra hours and/or take time off in lieu.
Stakeholder Payment Scheme
A discretionary stakeholder payment scheme is in operation for all eligible staff.
All eligible employees will be automatically enrolled into our pension scheme and there is no qualifying period for entry. Details of contribution levels vary according to your role.
All employees will be registered with Perkbox upon joining. Perkbox is an online discount platform with discounts on a variety of different things including supermarkets, online and store retailers, restaurant chains, gyms etc.
Discounted Gym Membership
All employees can access 50% discount on annual PureGym membership.
Group Life Assurance
The Disabilities Trust offers free life assurance cover to all employees at a minimum of twice annual salary dependent on the level of role and following a qualification period.
Sickness Pay & Private Medical Insurance
The Disabilities Trust operates a statutory and occupational sick pay scheme.
For certain levels of role, employees will be eligible to join the private medical insurance scheme.
24 Hour Helpline Service
All our staff and their immediate family members have access to a free confidential counselling service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Free Car Parking
Free parking is provided at most of our locations.
Staff Award Scheme
To recognise some of the great contributions our staff make, our staff awards scheme recognises excellence across the Trust. Awards are made on a quarterly basis in two categories – Individual and Team.
Long Service Awards
We are extremely proud that we have great staff who want to stay working with us for a long time. We recognise their loyalty, commitment and hard work through our long service awards.
Eye Care Voucher Scheme
The Disabilities Trust operates a scheme for staff (who need eye tests and are regularly using computers as part of their role) to receive an eye-care voucher which entitles you to arrange an eye examination in any one of over 500 Specsavers stores in the UK along with a voucher towards the cost of spectacles.
The type of jobs we recruit for?
We are recruiting Support Workers and Housekeepers.