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Our inspirational Charity has been enriching the lives of children and young people for more than 200 years.

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Our mission is simple: to empower, advocate and enrich the lives of children and adults with disabilities.

Our vision is to live in a society where people with disabilities experience the same opportunities to work, train, learn and live. We imagine a society that advocates recognition and encourages everyone to fulfill their true potential without judgment or limit: a society where disability is incidental.

We have two sites across Devon – at Ivybridge, and at Seale-Hayne in Newton Abbot

We have a dedicated and highly trained team of staff who help our children, young people, adults and guests, at both sites, grow and learn with confidence and freedom.

What are the rewards and benefits?

We offer:

  • Competitive rates of pay;
  • Full Induction programme;
  • On-going training and continued professional development;
  • Auto-enrolment pension scheme;
  • Free on-site parking
  • Generous discounts in our Bistro; and shops

Before you start

From the first contact you have with us, and until you start, we try to make this process as seamless as possible. When you have had your offer of employment, you have access to a programme of e-learning to give you a full insight into what we do and to get you prepared to start work.

When you join us, you will have a full and thorough induction. This includes information about the Trust and what we do; and then lots of training and information about your specific role. This can included:

  • Child and Adult Protection Training
  • Introduction to Communication
  • Introduction to disabilities
  • Manual Handling
  • Care Certificate for Adult staff
  • And much much more….

You will be supported throughout your career with us from your line manager; Head of Service; HR and your colleagues.

What are the learning and development opportunities?

Training & Development is important to us to enable us to ensure our staff are well equipped to provide quality services to the people we support.

You will receive Induction training; ongoing training both internal and external; on the job training; opportunity to undertake qualifications such as Diploma in Health and Social care or management certificates; development plans and support to do your job to the best of your abilities.

We offer supervision and appraisal and opportunities to discuss and receive feedback throughout the year, and we are continually looking for ways to improve how things are done.

If you want to progress, there are opportunities for growth within the Charity.

We have staff with a wealth of knowledge; experience; specialism’s, and passion, and we aim to share this with our staff to help them develop and learning. This includes:

  • Assistive Technology
  • Augmentative assisted communication
  • Epilepsy
  • Positive behaviour management

We will ensure that your continued professional development continues throughout your employment to fulfil your aspirations and goals.

Applying for jobs with us

We are committed to equal opportunities and the right of everyone to be included.

We particularly welcome applications for all of our jobs from people with disabilities and are committed to providing reasonable adjustments, where necessary, to make interviews and jobs more accessible.

  • When recruiting new members of staff, we always seek to ensure that the best candidate is chosen for each job. We will aim to meet all recruitment obligations under the Equality Act 2010.
  • Should you have any difficulty completing an application form please contact the Human Resources Team on 01752 898182
  • Once we have received your application, after the closing date, if you are successful, we will contact you to confirm a face to face interview.
  • As users of the ’2 ticks’ disability symbol, we guarantee to interview all applicants who disclose a disability and meet the essential requirements for the position.
  • We aim to shortlist within two week of the closing date of receipt of applications. We will contact you as soon as possible after this to let you know if you have been invited to interview.
  • Should you need any help or adjustments to enable you to attend an interview, please contact the HR Team on 01752 898182 to discuss further.
  • The interview process may vary, but interviews generally last about 45 minutes and will normally be made up of at least two people. If selection tests are to be used as part of the interview process, you will be notified of this in your invitation to interview. This will be an opportunity for us to find out about you, and for you to find out more about us, and whether the job is right for you.
  • Once the process is completed, we will contact you to let you know whether you have or have not been successful, and will provide feedback if required.
  • Our HR team will then begin to process your application, which will involve taking references; undertaking a pre-employment medical questionnaire; checking employment histories; and undertaking a DBS if required.
  • Due to the sensitive nature of the work we carry out and the people it employs, some of our positions will require an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Therefore all convictions including those considered to be spent must be declared for these posts. For all other post, you must declare any unspent convictions. This will not necessarily bar you from employment – each case will be individually assessed and judged on its merits. We can assure you that any information you provide will be treated in confidence.
  • As soon as these checks are completed, we are ready to go with getting in touch with you about a start date.
  • You will undertake our e-learning programme before you start work, so you have a better understanding of your role and what we do, and prepare you to start work.
  • When you start, you will then undertake your Induction programme

Being a support worker

As a support worker you may wish to work with our children and young people, or our young adults.


We provide the best care and education, for our children and young people.

Your role may cover:

  • Supporting children and young people within the Children’s Home, and with their learning in the classroom
  • Supporting children and young people within the Children’s Home alone

No two days will be the same – as well as providing support and care, you may be assisting them with their learning; going out on life-skills trips to the beach; parks; bowling alleys; helping them with activities such as Halloween and Christmas parties; and much more!


Your role may cover:

  • Supporting our residential or respite young adults
  • Supporting within our community living accommodation

Our young adults like to have a lot of fun, and you will help them take part in a variety of exciting activities, such as sensory music, performing & creative arts and social outings, such as festivals, football matches, cinema, and alot more.
Why you should join our fantastic team

We are looking for people who have a positive, patient and flexible attitude along with good communication skills and a passion to engage with children and young adults who have a disability.

We provide a 24 hour a day, seven day a week service, and have opportunities for full-time, part-time and night staff. We offer a comprehensive Induction programme, full training and on-going support in your role so you can achieve your career aspirations.

You will be involved in assisting them to communicate; understanding their individuals needs; building empowering relationships

We have great facilities such as hydrotherapy pool; rebound activities and use of our Seale Hayne site.

You will be ensuring that our children and young adults are looked after in a caring and stimulating environment so they have choices and can achieve their ambitions, and with your help, we can provide a service that transforms the lives.

Working for our charity is more than just a job: you have a chance to change and fulfill the lives of everyone we support.