Are you passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of children with special educational needs? Join our team at the Ashdown Centre in Durrington as a Playworker!

We are looking for inspiring and motivated individuals who are dedicated to providing care for young people with complex needs. If you are currently working as a Teaching Assistant or a personal assistant supporting young people with special educational needs, we would love to hear from you.

  • Location: Durrington, Worthing, West Sussex
  • Hours: Flexible / Fixed Hour / Bank Staff - we're very flexible and happy to hear from you on what working arrangements will fit your situation!
  • Salary: Mon-Fri: £12.00 per hour | Saturday: £12.60 per hour | Sunday: £13.20 per hour

The service runs on weekends and during school holidays. This role would especially be ideal for applicants currently working in SEN environments looking to gain additional experience and top-up their income outside of term time!

The Role:

As a playworker at the Ashdown Centre, you will be the welcoming face that greets our service users and provides direct care and support. Our sessions offer much-needed respite and support for families and carers of young people with learning disabilities and complex needs.

We adopt a child-centred approach to our support services, with activities led by our Playworkers that include arts and crafts, cooking, sensory play, and outdoor sessions. If you are a keen cook or a budding gardener, we want to hear from you!

Your role involves supervising and facilitating inclusive experiences for our families and young people. A cheerful disposition and the ability to approach each day with a smile are essential.

Some personal care may be required in this role, so familiarity or willingness to learn these skills is highly desirable. Additionally, knowledge of key safeguarding principles and professional standards is advantageous.

Who is Guild Care?

Guild Care, established in Worthing in 1933, is the number one not-for-profit charity in the south. Our vision is for all people in need of care to live fulfilling, safe, and secure lives. Our mission is to achieve this vision by ensuring our support and services are accessible, effective, and lovingly delivered.

Why Guild Care?

We offer a competitive salary, work-life balance, and career progression opportunities. Training and support are readily available, and we provide amazing benefits, including a Blue Light Discount card, employee assistance programme, local offers and discounts, and a generous annual leave entitlement.

If you are passionate about making a difference and meet our key requirements, we encourage you to apply!


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