1 x ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT WORKER
1 x SPECIALIST SEN MENTOR
6 x CLASSROOM SUPPORT VOLUNTEERS
Matrix Neurological is a lived-experience led, pioneering charity that helps children and young people living with an acquired brain injury caused by an accident or illness. We also provide practical, emotional and peer support to their families.
Due to additional funding, we are expanding our highly skilled team. We are looking for several patient, supportive, resilient and dynamic individuals for both employed roles and volunteer positions. You must be passionate about helping people to succeed and have good long term outcomes, by maximising their skills and personal development through the provision of innovative non-clinical interventions.
The ABI Support Worker will prioritise mental health support to children and young people living with the effects of an acquired brain injury (ABI) and the Specialist SEN Mentor will prioritise the cognitive, commucation, emotional and behavioural development. Ideally you will have experience of acquired brain injury in children and young people however in-depth training will be provided where necessary.
Acquired Brain Injury Mentor (Mental Health and Wellbeing) – (Initially 12 months fixed term contract as the role is funding dependent)
£12.52 per hour (£22,786 pro rata) Hours – to be agreed
The job role is to provide 1-1 emotional and development support to children and young people living with the effects of an acquired brain injury. Working as part of a pioneering support team, you will provide stimulating fun activities that will prioritise poor mental wellbeing, low self esteem, self-belief and emotional and behavioural development of these highly vulnerable young people. You will have experience of successfully working directly with and engaging disadvantaged children and young people with hidden disabilities, including learning and behavioural difficulties. You will possess excellent communication and administration skills. This post will work both in the office and in the community.
SPECIALIST SEN MENTOR (duration to be agreed due to being funding dependent)
£12.52 per hour (£22,786 pro rata) – Hours to be agreed
This role is to provide specialist SEN Support to children and young people living with the effects of an acquired brain injury following an accident or illness. Working as part of a pioneering support team, you will provide stimulating fun interventions that will prioritise cognitive, communication, emotional and behaviour recovery and complements the work of our ABI Support Mentor. You will want to learn about the complex hidden effects of acquired brain injuries and have experience of successfully working directly with and engaging disadvantaged children and young people with disabilities, including learning and behavioural difficulties. You will possess excellent communication and administration skills. This post will work both in the office and in the community.
CLASSROOM SUPPORT VOLUNTEERS (6 positions) – Hours – to be agreed
These roles are to support learning and skills development as well as the smooth running of our Classroom/Activities Room for children and young people living with the effects of an acquired brain injury. You will also provide fun and stimulating therapeutic activities, as guided by the Specialist SEN staff, to assist with cognitive, communication or emotional and behavioural development. These roles would particularly suit Teacher Training Students or retired teachers as you will utilise your existing skills as well as learn about acquired brain injuries in children and young people and how they affect learning.
All posts are subject to either an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (EDBS) check or a Disclosure and Barring service check (DBS) and will commence ASAP.
To apply for any of these posts or volunteering roles, please contact us on 01642 989116 to request an application pack. Alternatively email email@example.com.
"Healthy teens are better at identifying strategies to deal with barriers. KIDS WITH ABI'S CAN'T!"
"NHS clinicians struggle with what intervention to prioritise in paediatric neuro-rehabilitation due to limited clinical time and the complexity of needs. Children, clinicians, parents and schools all have different neuro-rehabilitation priorities"
"With support parents cope better so the child has a better recovery"
"We would like to see earlier identification and support for children with brain injuries to help them succeed in school."
"Too often children and young people with ABI are discharged from hospital without specialist brain support that they and their families need to overcome lifelong challenges"
"Strength-based family intervention after pediatric ABI is essential. Parents need to be equipped with the skills to cope and advocate for the child."
"We need to harness the power of brain plasticity for treating children and young people with brain injury, especially at the key ages of 0-3 and at ages 10-16"
"Intensive and individualized approaches work. A one-size-fits-all approach doesn't. You have to make it relevant to the child."
"Families need to be properly supported as 'resilience' is key to delivering successful outcomes for children and young people."