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Lead Facilitator - Freelance

*Applications for this role have now closed, but if you are a neurodivergent woman who is interested in helping facilitate future groups, we'd love to hear from you so we can contact you in the future. Please drop us a line at amber@neondaisy.org.uk*

About the role


Deadline for applications: 5pm, Monday 5 December 2022

We are looking for a super-organised Lead Group Facilitator who has experience of working with autistic young people and experience of facilitating groups.

Pay: £20 per hour on a freelance basis – January to July 2023 

Hours: 5 hours per week for 20 weekly sessions (includes leading the groups each week, 2 hour sessions plus set up and pack down) plus planning, admin and reporting – totalling 100 hours

Other paid hours: Training day, pre-session planning, regular reflection sessions and an evaluation session - totalling 28.5 hours

Accountable for: Two group facilitators, one volunteer and 15 secondary-aged young people in sessions

What’s in it for you? 

  • Take a leading role in designing a new supportive, sensory-first, neuro-affirmative club for girls

  • Make a real-life difference to the self-esteem of autistic girls by creating a space of belonging and acceptance

  • Build your confidence in flipping the narrative about autism and neurodiversity with team training

1. About the project: Cocoon Club for autistic girls 

NeonDaisy CIC is a Bristol based community organisation which helps autistic girls bloom. We connect girls who identify as autistic with each other to boost their self-esteem and build a sense of belonging. Our groups are freeing, accepting and nurture the senses. The young people will shape the space and activities themselves, and groups are facilitated by autistic women who model positive self-talk, self-advocacy skills and setting healthy boundaries.

 

We are launching the Cocoon Club, a new weekly club in Bristol where autistic teenage girls who are enrolled in mainstream school can make honest connections with others, enjoy their interests and feel free to be their true selves. The club, which is funded by the NHS, will run during term time, between February to July 2023, with training and planning in January. There will be 15 secondary-aged girls in the group. 

We are looking for a super-organised lead group facilitator who has experience of working with autistic young people and experience of facilitating groups (this could include in a classroom). The lead group facilitator will be supported in the sessions by a neurodiverse team of three other adult facilitators.

 

2. Responsibilities 

Planning and communication

  • Pre-programme planning, training and development days in January 2023 in collaboration with young people to design the club. This will include helping to shape the programme with the NeonDaisy team and develop ideas for activities.

  • Initial discovery calls with families to find out about young person’s needs and interests

  • Plan sessions in collaboration with young people based on their needs and interests, with a willingness to adapt plans as needed.

  • Keep in touch with parents about changes to sessions, upcoming events and other information as required.

  • Create a brief ‘hello’ video to introduce yourself to the girls before the programme starts

 

Leading safe, supportive group sessions

Lead 20 x weekly sessions from February to July 2023 (term time only), including:

  • Working with young people to agree and implement the best way to signal beginning, ending and transitions

  • Each session, lead the organisation of a safe and comfortable space with co-facilitators in consistent way, including sensory equipment 

  • Be an active role model throughout sessions to signal to young people that it’s a safe place to be autonomous and self-advocate

  • Facilitate safe conversations around puberty, relationships, friendships, identity, school issues etc

  • Set up and pack down venue for each session – with assistance from other facilitators

  • Work within the policies and procedures of NeonDaisy and promote NeonDaisy’s ethos in all sessions

  • Support co-facilitation team as required (3 adults)

Safety

  • Ensure the safety of the group

  • Understand and adhere to the safeguarding and health and safety policy

  • Ensure the appropriate supervision of all children.

  • Draft risk assessments and instruct other team members regarding identified risks and their control measures

  • Report health and safety issues, accidents or incidents to the NeonDaisy team

Recording and reporting

  • Participate in regular reflection sessions with other facilitators and the NeonDaisy team over the course of the programme

  • Report any positive feedback or complaints to the NeonDaisy team

  • Provide regular feedback to parents

  • Assist with programme evaluation

 

3. Essential criteria

To make sure our team of facilitators is representative of participants, we’re only inviting applications from people assigned female at birth (includes those who identify as non-binary / gender non-conforming / genderqueer). 

The lead group facilitator must be able to commit to the whole programme, including attending a training/development day on in January 2023 and 20 weekly evening Cocoon Club sessions on a weekday evening (day to be confirmed) between 6 February and 21 July (term time only).

The following are also essential:

  • Experience of working with autistic young people, including supporting them to: 

    • Build their self-acceptance and self-esteem 

    • Engage positively in their own interests 

    • Explore their own sensory needs 

    • Build their confidence in self-advocating 

  • Experience of facilitating groups (this could include in a classroom)

  • Willingness to learn about NeonDaisy’s neuro-affirmative ethos

  • Willingness to respect young people’s autonomy in the space

  • Friendly, open and approachable

  • Committed to inclusive practice

  • Knowledge of safeguarding procedures and committed to the promotion of the welfare of children

  • Good at time keeping and reliable

  • Able to travel to weekly session (to a location in Bristol, to be confirmed)

  • Current DBS check or willingness to complete one

  • Public Liability Insurance

  • Right to work in the UK

4. Preferred criteria

  • Childcare, teaching, youth work or ELSA experience and/or qualification

  • Recent safeguarding training

  • Experience in reflective listening

  • Experience of working in a young person-led way

  • First aid qualification

  • Experience in devising and running arts and crafts activities for young people

How to apply

Email amber@neondaisy.org.uk with:

  • An up-to-date CV 

and

  • An introduction to yourself in your preferred format explaining:

    • Why you are well suited to this role

    • Why you are interested in this role

Written applications should be no longer than 500 words and audio/video applications should be no longer than 3 minutes. 

If you have any access needs please let us know when you apply, so we can support you as best as we can in this role. If you have any further questions about the role please get in touch. 

Timings

  • Deadline for applications: 5pm, Monday 5 December 2022

  • Interviews within two weeks of the application deadline, at an agreed time

  • Offers made by Weds 21 December 2022

  • Training and development day (date to be agreed) January 2023

  • Family discovery calls: Throughout January 2023 at pre-arranged times

  • Sessions begin on 6 February and run until the week of Fri 21 July, term time only (term 4, 5 and 6)

  • Wrap up evaluation session in the week of 24 July 2023 (date to be confirmed)

For more information contact amber@neondaisy.org.uk

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