We are hiring again!

November 11th, 2020

JOB ADVERTISEMENT

We are looking for 2 x SPECIALIST SEN SUPPORT WORKERS, 1 X ADMIN & RESOURCE WORKER & 1 X FAMILY SUPPORT ASSISTANT/BEFRIENDER

Matrix Neurological is an innovative charity based in Middlesbrough that exists to help remove inequalities for children and young people living with an acquired brain injury. We also provide practical and emotional peer support to their families.

Due to gaining some additional funding to expand our innovative team, we are looking for 4 dynamic and highly motivated individuals.  You must be passionate about helping children and young people to recover following a brain injury, by maximising their skills and personal development through provision of non-clinical interventions.  2 posts will work as outreach and 2 are office-based support roles.

You will have experience of person-centred support, be compassionate and understanding; possess excellent communication and administration skills and be experienced in working with disadvantaged children and young people with behavioural difficulties.

You do not need experience of acquired brain injury in children and young people as training will be provided; however it would be an advantage.

 

Specialist SEN Support Worker (2 posts) – (Initially 18 months fixed term contract as the role is funding dependent)

1 x 30 hours per week £12.16 per hour

1 x 17 hours per week £12.16 per hour

Working as part of an pioneering support team, you will provide stimulating fun activities that will assist with the ongoing sensory, cognitive, communication, social, emotional and behavioural development of these young people.  Both roles are to provide Specialist Education Needs Support to children and young people living with the effects of an acquired brain injury, to help facilitate improvements in their cognitive, communication, social, emotional and behavioural development and support their ongoing recovery journey. You will need experience of successfully engaging and working directly with children and young people with disabilities and will be working both in community settings and in family homes.

 

Administration & Resource Assistant – (Initially 18 months fixed term contract as this role is funding dependent)

9 hours per week £8.50 per hour

This role is to effectively control assets within the charity’s resource library and provide assistance and administrative support to the Children and Young People’s Support Team.  You will have experience of managing excel databases and will be based within the charity office.

 

Family Support Assistant/Befriender – (Initially 12 month fixed term contract as this role is funding dependent)

6 hours per week (initially) £10.17 per hour

This role is to assist the Case Manager and to provide emotional and practical support to the families/parents/carers of brain injured children and young people.  You will be hosting virtual 1-1 and group support sessions and will be office based.   You will have experience of adult mental health issues and/or successfully engaging with parents in need of emotional support and understanding.

 

All these posts are subject to either an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (EDBS) check or a Disclosure and Barring service check (DBS) and will commence in January 2021.

To apply for any of these posts, please contact us on 01642 989116 to request an application pack.

Alternatively email jan@matrixneurological.org.uk

Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Friday 27th November 2020. 

Late applications will not be accepted.


"More play increases brain plasticity and makes for better recovery post brain injury"
Professor Bryan Kolb; Canada
"Children and young people have poor social competence post brain injury due to reduced cognition, executive functions, and emotional control. As a result they are twice as likely to have mental health issues in the future"
James Tonks; University of London
"Case management for children and young people post acquired brain injury is 'pivotal' to successful outcomes and must be local"
Deborah Andrews; New Zealand
"Positive and coordinated neuro-rehab interventions for children and young people is proven to bring health improvements; improve independence; reduces the need for sheltered living; decreases vulnerability; decreases drop-out rates in schools; decreases youth offending"
Eric Hermans; Netherlands
"When different organisations assess different aspects of a child's neuro-rehabilitation needs, everyone looks at things from a different perspective and highlight needs and conflicting priorities"
Cathy Jonson; Rehab without Walls; United Kingdom.
"We would like to see earlier identification and support for children with brain injuries to help them succeed in school."
Dalton Leong; Chief Executive of the Children's Trust
"Taking brain injured children home causes high stress for families. Disjointed services exacerbate family stress levels."
Deborah Andrews; New Zealand
"Participation in teen sports and normal activities leads to improved quality of life for children and young people post brain injury and helps to maximise outcomes"
Claire Willis; Australia
"There are problems with getting people into neuro-rehab centres. Those most in need are often those most excluded due to a lack of socio-economic resources."
Vicki Anderson; Australia
"We need to harness the power of brain plasticity for treating children and young people with brain injury. Stressful experiences alter brain development of a child, especially at the key ages of 0-3 and at ages 10-16"
Professor Bryan Kolb; Canada

OUR MISSION: To work to remove inequalities for children & young people affected by acquired brain injury; and provide effective support to their families that makes a real difference.

Council for Disabled Children Community Funded Charity Excellence Lottery Funded