Activity Programme Supervisor

Action for ASD


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Job summary

We are looking to expand our team of staff who work with families, children and young people with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Conditions at the Autism Support Centre, Burnley. We want an enthusiastic supervisor to help us co-ordinate our respite/activity programme for autistic children, young people and their families living in East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen.

If you have any questions or queries please contact the childrens services manager, Amy Whittle, on 01282 415 455 or email

Main duties of the job

To supervise and coordinate Action for ASDs children's service activities and clubs for autistic children and young people aged 0-25 years, ensuring quality provisions and delivered within a safe and secure environment.

To help plan, prepare and deliver social and leisure activities and opportunities at the Autism Support Centre for autistic children and young people and their families. To support the development and delivery of funded respite sessions including family sessions, junior and senior sessions and the transition group for 16-25 year olds.

To provide support and supervision to play support workers and volunteers ensuring they deliver a quality service to children and young people accessing the service.

To complete administration tasks in accordance with running a social session and activity i.e. registers, finance procedures and report writing, alongside the assistant manager and children's service manager

About us

Action for ASD was incorporated as a charity in 2001. We provide childrens services and adult services. We are also commissioned by East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen CCGs to provide the adult (16+) autism diagnostic pathway including post diagnostic counselling within East Lancashire.

The Objects of the Charity as defined in its Memorandum of Association are:

a) To relieve those persons who are diagnosed with Autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) by the provision of support, advice, information and assistance to those individuals with Autistic spectrum disorders, their families and carers and associated professionals.

b) To increase public awareness regarding the difficulties and circumstances of people with Autistic spectrum disorders and their families and carers, and to encourage acceptance within the community.

The Charitys mission is to make a difference to the lives of those with an ASD in East Lancashire and to support their families and carers.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Tasks

To support the development and delivery of a range of social and play opportunities for children and young people who are affected by autism and to utilise autism specific approaches to support the development of social and communication skills.

Undertake direct work with children in consultation to improve motor skills, social skills, communication skills and personal development - both at the centre and other community settings. This may include personal care.

To help set up play equipment and resources and ensure activities are ready for sessions.

Undertake work with siblings of children with ASD when identified and provide them with age-appropriate information about autism and emotional support as required.

Consulting with the children and young people within the youth panel, to gain feedback regarding the sessions and outcomes.

Administering first aid where necessary, recording and reporting on accidents and incidents if and when needed.

To complete pre and post session check-ups and record information

To ensure that the Health and Safety and Safeguarding aspects of the activities are adhered to in line with Action for ASDs policy and procedures.

To contribute to reports for the Childrens Project Manager, funders and for Action for ASD management when requested.

To appropriately record outcomes and gather appropriate feedback when required to do so.

To attend supervision and team meetings where appropriate.

To attend necessary training and development opportunities relevant to the role and organisation.

To follow Child Protection Policy and Safeguarding Procedures.

General Responsibilities

Co-operate with Action for ASD staff in maintaining good relationships with outside agencies and the general public to uphold the organisations image and win increased support for its work.

Promote a positive image of autism, the childrens service and Action for ASD

Ensure awareness and observation of Fire and Health & Safety Regulations

Attend and participate in staff training opportunities and staff meetings as required

Carry out other duties as are within the scope spirit and purpose of the job, the title of the post and its grading as requested by your line manager or his/her higher level of authority.

To attend necessary training and development opportunities relevant to the role and organisation.

Develop and maintain effective relationships with the local community, local schools, statutory bodies, other voluntary sector organisations and other staff within Action for ASD.

Inform the Fundraising Team of any possible fundraising opportunities you may come across, for them to investigate.

Inform the Childrens Services Manager of any opportunities to further develop partnerships and links to improve the services offered to individuals with an Autism Spectrum condition and their families.

Person Specification



  • Degree level qualification in children & young people, youth work or NVQ Level 3 qualification in children & young people, youth work



  • Awareness and understanding of Autism/ASC
  • Experience of running activity sessions for children and young people age 0-25 years
  • Understanding of the needs and difficulties of children and young people with a diagnosis of Autism and their families
  • Knowledge of legislation relating to safeguarding


  • Knowledge of the use of Visual Structure to Support autistic individuals (Signs, Symbols and Schedules)
  • Knowledge of HSE Requirements (Health and Safety Executive)

Skills and Work Experience


  • Good Level Communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Ability to activities suitable for children and young people and their families
  • An ability to work in settings in which the atmosphere may be highly emotive
  • Ability to work as a team, leadership & supervision skills
  • Ability to communicate sensitive information to a range of personnel
  • Knowledge of Computer Applications (Microsoft Office)
  • -skilled in the use of Excel
  • Experience of paid or voluntary work with autistic children and young people
  • Experience of working as a team, organising staff rotas and leadership
  • Experiences of planning, preparing and delivering social activities for children and young people age 0-25 years
  • Experience of monitoring, use of spreadsheets to record data, completing registers


  • Good standard of report writing
  • Experience of writing reports and record keeping
  • Working in the Voluntary Sector
  • Experience of Health/Education/Social Care Roles
  • Experience of Positive Behaviour Management
  • Experience of supporting parents and carers

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Employer details

Employer name

Action for ASD


King Edward House

9 Finsley Gate



BB11 2HA

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For help with your application, contact:

Amy Whittle


Date posted

13 May 2021

Pay scheme



£19,110 a year


Fixed term


9 months

Working pattern

Part-time, Flexible working

Reference number


Job locations

King Edward House

9 Finsley Gate



BB11 2HA

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