Southampton Mencap is looking for….

Support Workers/Part Time

We are excited to be starting a new course in September based at the Mencap Centre in Portswood. This will be known as the Portswood Learning Centre and will offer a ‘World of Work’ OCR accredited programme to 16 learners at any one time with a learning disability.

We are currently seeking staff to join the team who have a commitment to working with learners and seeing them through to a successful outcome of gaining accredited skills which will support them in taking the next steps to employment or other meaningful activity.

There are also other opportunities for support staff within the organisation from time to time, e.g. within day services, social clubs or play-scheme activities, so we are seeking people with a flexible approach.

If you are interested please submit a relevant CV with a covering letter explaining your suitability for the role. Applications without a cover letter may not be considered. This should be sent by post (Southampton Mencap, 187a Portswood Road, SO17 2NF) or e mailed no later than 27th July 2018


We are currently looking for support staff to join the Portswood Learning Centre’s new pre-employment course for people with learning disabilities which is due to open at the beginning of September.

Your role will be to provide support for learners, either in a group or on a 1-1 basis, across a range of ages and with a wide variety of learning needs to reach their full potential. Experience of supporting learners with additional needs will be an advantage.

A good standard of education and a flexible approach is essential.

You will be paid for 7 hours @ £8.22 per hour each Wednesday (9.15 am to 4.45 pm with a half hour unpaid break). Paid annual leave will be during the three, two week breaks at Christmas, Easter and end August. Any time off outside of this may be approved only in exceptional circumstances.


  • To have a commitment to the ethos of the programme and support the Academic and Group Leader in the creation of a friendly, supportive and stimulating environment.
  • To implement agreed strategies to meet the diverse additional needs within the learner cohort.
  • To maximise opportunities for learners to succeed by supporting, guiding and assisting them to achieve, while at the same time being mindful of increasing their independence and decreasing their reliance on staff.
  • To work as directed by the Academic Leader on leading activities with the learners.
  • To support learners in making good and realistic decisions about their future work and employment opportunity choices.
  • Support learners in work placements within our own organisation or other local placements set up as directed.
  • Support the embedding and review of all course related targets working with learners to raise their ambition and realise their full potential.
  • Support learners’ pastoral and cultural needs and implement any individual programmes or arrangements as directed.
  • Assist learners with any personal care or health needs as directed by the Academic Leader.
  • Where necessary discuss any issues which may need to be raised with parents or carers of learners with the Academic Leader to agree the best course of action to be taken in maximising achievement on the course.
  • To assist in the preparation and clearing of the venue at the end of each session so that it is left in a clean and tidy condition.
  • To report any safeguarding or health and safety concerns immediately to the Academic Leader.
  • To lead by example, showing high standards of the work ethos with excellent attendance, punctuality and dress code.
  • To undertake any other duties as delegated by the line manager.


  • Experience of supporting teaching and learning
  • Ability to motivate and encourage learner participation
  • Ability to interact effectively with a broad spectrum of disability and a genuine empathy and affinity for this particular client group;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and numeracy
  • Knowledge of safeguarding, equality and diversity AND health and safety legislation as it impacts on those with learning disabilities.
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • To attend staff meetings, planned induction and training sessions, and to be available for supervision as requested.

Job Type: Part-time

Salary: £8.10 to £8.22 /hour


Summer Holiday 2018 Activities Workers

Seeking reliable, enthusiastic people to support children and young people with SEND in play and leisure activities based at the Mencap Centre in Portswood.  We want to hear from you if you are looking for Summer Holiday 2018 and possibly ongoing support work with Southampton Mencap.

Playschemes are divided into Junior (ages 6-11) and Teen (ages 11-18) and staff are paid from 9am-4.45pm with a half hour unpaid lunch break.

Pay is from £7.38 p/h (£8.27 when holiday pay is added) for staff under the age of 25, and £7.83 p/h (£8.78) for staff over the age of 25.

Cover sessions for our Saturday Junior and Teen Clubs, over-18 activities and Day Services may also be available once you are employed in this role.

For this position, some experience in childcare is preferred, enthusiasm and commitment is essential!  Training will be provided and applicants must be available to attend a half day induction.  Applicants must be over 18.

Activities Worker- Job Description 
Supervisor- Job Description
Supervisor- Person Specification

To apply please read the job descriptions/person specifications (above) then download our application form below or send in a CV and covering letter detailing why you feel you are suitable for the position.

Application Form 

Post: Elly Iles, Activities Manager, Southampton Mencap, 187a Portswood Road, Southampton, SO17 2NF


For further information or to discuss any aspects of this role, please ring Elly Iles on 02380 584088.

 (This post is excluded from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act & a current DBS check is required)


Please check our volunteering page if you are interested in contributing in other ways to Southampton Mencap.