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About KIDS

KIDS is a national charity which has been supporting disabled children, young people and their families since 1970.

We work with children, from birth through to 25 years. Last year we supported over 11,800 disabled children and worked with about 60 Local Authorities across England.

We are passionate, caring and trusted and our vision is a world in which all disabled children and young people realise their aspirations. We offer support and practical help for families, every step of the way.

For more information about KIDS, click the 'Who We Are' button on the right-hand side.

About The Role

Short Breaks workers / Support workers needed in Walthamstow E17, Leyton E10, Leytonstone E11 and Chingford E4.
Are you a person who really wants to make a difference to people’s lives? If so the role of support worker / playworker might be for you.

We are currently looking for support workers to provide short breaks for disabled children and young people, supporting them to access a variety of activities, promoting independence, inclusion and learning, and engaging positive activities. Whilst working in a person centred way, providing practical and emotional support to the child or young person, to enable them to meet the goals and outcomes identified in their support plan.


Short breaks are on a 1:1 basis in the community and in a child or young person’s home. Our breaks are designed around the child or young person and their interests and hobbies, so during a break you may take a child swimming, to a local park, or perhaps to the shops.

Ad hoc hours available on an as and when basis (mainly evenings, weekends, and school holidays). This is a sessional position offering flexible working hours during evenings, weekends and school holidays.
To learn more about the role, please click here to watch a video.
The hourly rate is £11.05 per hour plus you accrue an extra £1.33 per hour holiday pay.

About You

We are looking for caring, enthusiastic individuals to support disabled children and young people on a 1-1 basis in the London Borough of Waltham Forest.
  • To be able to carry out this role of support worker / playworker we would expect you to have the following characteristics:


    • Experience of working with disabled children is desirable but not essential.

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the needs of disabled children and young people and a commitment to safeguarding.

    • Strong interpersonal skills.

    • Ability to work on your own and use initiative.

    • Available to work regular evenings and weekends.

Further details can be found on the job description.