Project Worker - Upmo (Upward Mobility Ltd) - 17708

Contract: Permanent, Salary: £11 per hour, Closing Date: Ongoing recruitment


Upmo (Upward Mobility Ltd) is a charity and care provider that believes in a more inclusive society for the future. Our activities help work towards this vision. We support adults and young people with learning disabilities and autism with tailored support services and learning opportunities across Edinburgh and the Lothians. We nurture creativity, build confidence and encourage independence through workshops, health and wellbeing and employability initiatives.


You will be based at one or more of our locations, where creative workshops and learning activities take place, and will also spend time out in the community and occasionally support students at home. Upmo’s mission is to enable students to learn and develop, combined with building confidence and life skills which will enable them to integrate with their communities and society as a whole. Upmo´s work sites include learning and development workshops, cafes and allotments/gardens across Edinburgh and the Lothians. We are looking for full-time (30 hours per week) and part-time (mixed hours) staff.

What might a day in this role look like?

Your duties will include:

  • working as part of a dedicated team that provides tailored support to individuals with learning disabilities, our students, while they participate in activities. 
  • carrying out a range of tasks to assist the students to learn and engage in workshops, providing them with guidance and instruction based on their support plans, and may learn to run workshops.  
  • enabling students to socialise during breaks and events, encouraging participation and healthy relationships, and supporting some people with personal care as required with dignity and respect.
  • maintaining confidentiality at all times and working in accordance with job description and contract of employment, and all legislation including the Health & Safety Act 1974, the Data Protection Act 1998, the Equality Act 2010 and National Care Standards. 

What will I learn?

  • Skills to support people with learning disabilities and autism to achieve their goals
  • Manual handling, health and safety and other relevant skills
  • How to plan and run a workshop
  • General work skills such as improved digital capability, communication and teamwork.

What qualifications/skills are required?

Essential skills: 

  • An understanding of the support needs of adults with learning disabilities
  • Ability to relate professionally and respectfully to our students, as well as their families and carers
  • Basic ability to undertake safe moving and handling practices 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and a good level of spoken English
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as in a larger team
  • Ability to liaise with external agencies and professionals as required
  • A fundamental belief in an equal and inclusive society, in the context of adults that we support, but in society as a whole.

Desirable skills: 

  • Current and clean UK driving licence 
  • Experience of providing support or care to people with disabilities or care requirements
  • HNC or SVQ 2 and above in Health and Social Care (or equivalent)
  • A background and skills in one or more of the following subject areas – cafe/ gardening/ retail/ IT/digital media and/or the arts
  • Experience of facilitating and teaching workshop sessions.

If offered a position, you will be enrolled on the PVG Scheme and will also be required to undertake induction and training. 

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