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Join Our Team as a Sessional Worker: Make a Difference This Summer!

Are you looking for a rewarding and flexible job opportunity this summer? WECIL is seeking enthusiastic sessional workers to join our Children and Young People (C&YP) department. If you’re passionate about supporting Disabled and SEND children, we want to hear from you!

Why we need you

The school holidays can be a challenging time for families, with a different routine and different support system compared to term time. For Disabled children and young people, these disruptions can lead to behavioural changes, making it difficult for parents to balance childcare and other responsibilities. As a sessional worker, your support can be invaluable, offering children engaging activities and giving parents a much-needed break.

Many parents struggle to find appropriate care and activities for their children during the holidays, especially when their children have additional needs. Your role helps fill this gap, providing both a safe space for children to grow and an opportunity for parents to rest or manage other tasks.

What does it involve?

As a sessional worker at WECIL, you’ll be working with Disabled children and young people aged 5-19, providing short breaks and child led activities. Your main tasks will include supporting fun and engaging sessions that match the interests of the children and ensuring that all activities are accessible and enjoyable for everyone. You’ll also be mentoring and guiding volunteers, working closely with the young people both one-on-one and in groups to support their development.

You’ll get to be part of a variety of evening, weekend or holiday activities across Bristol and BANES (Bath and North East Somerset), providing a fun, safe, and supportive environment for young people. These activities range from venue-based sessions to outings in the community, like trips to the cinema or zoo.

What’s in it for you?

Gain valuable experience – If you want to build up your skills and experience in children’s work, health and social care, or the voluntary sector, starting out as a sessional worker is a brilliant way to get going. You’ll not only learn important skills that will help you with career progression, but you will also gain insight into what being involved with an organisation like WECIL is really like. Some of our sessional workers have even secured contracted roles with us afterwards. Plus, you will undergo training on disability equality, managing children’s behaviour, safeguarding, and your role and responsibilities—so you don’t need to have any previous experience!

Make a real impact – By becoming a sessional worker, you will have a direct positive impact on the lives of Disabled children and their families. You’ll help children try new things, build friendships, and engage with their peers in a safe and supportive environment. At the same time, you provide parents and carers with much-needed respite, giving them the opportunity to take care of other responsibilities or simply relax. Your involvement not only supports the children but also strengthens the overall family dynamic by reducing stress and providing essential breaks for caregivers.

Flexibility and competitive pay – You’ll enjoy the flexibility of picking up shifts at the last minute, allowing you to balance work around other commitments. Whether you’re available for one evening per week or looking for ongoing part-time work, there’s no minimum commitment required. This is an ideal opportunity for students, supply teachers, teaching assistants, and parents looking to re-enter the workforce with flexible job options. We offer competitive pay above the minimum wage at £12.44 per hour, with take-home pay including holiday entitlement at £13.64 per hour.

Supportive team environment – Working with WECIL means being part of a supportive and inclusive team. You will receive guidance and training to help you feel confident in your role. The sense of community among our staff ensures that you’re never alone in your work. You’ll have opportunities to share experiences and learn from others, making your job both enjoyable and educational.

How to apply:

Applying to be a sessional worker with WECIL is straightforward. The process involves filling out a form, attending an interview either face-to-face or online, and then, upon receiving a job offer, completing satisfactory DBS and reference checks. We offer both fixed-term roles for the holidays and ongoing sessional roles. Many of our workers pick up occasional sessions, while others choose to work primarily over the summer.

There’s potential for up to 30 hours per week over the summer holidays, providing a substantial opportunity to earn while making a meaningful impact.

Apply Now!

Join WECIL and become part of a team that supports Disabled children and young people to live the life they choose. This summer, take the chance to work in a role that’s as rewarding as it is flexible. Apply now and make a difference!

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