User and Carer Involvement (UCI)

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"a Disabled People's Organisation ensuring Users and their Carers have a voice..."


Hens’ Shed Development Worker

JOB TITLE Development worker – Hen’s Shed

Hours:  35 hours a week

Length of contract: 1-year with further years subject to funding

Pay scale: £21,840


We want people with learning disabilities, learning difficulties and/or Autism to live life to the fullest, regardless of any obstacle’s society might place in their way.

Our vision is of a society in which people with additional needs have equal access to opportunities, allowing them to be safe, resilient and happy with a sense of belonging, purpose and fulfillment.  

We support people to get where they want to be in life.  We provide opportunities to explore things they may otherwise not have had exposure to (combating poverty of aspiration). We support them to develop the skills they will need to fully embrace those experiences (increasing confidence, resilience and leadership).

The Hen’ Shed

The Hens’ Shed was established to provide a safe space for vulnerable women with additional support needs.  The women in the group have experienced a range of traumas including, being subject to abuse and/or domestic violence, having children removed and homelessness. Many struggle to maintain healthy relationships and low self-worth is a common trait. Some are so hurt from past trauma that they struggle to trust and lack skills to make friends.

The group gives the women a safe space to: make healthy relationships; develop skills; build their resilience; and enable them to take on leadership roles.

The group meet online but with the hope that they will move face-to-face again.  Under the direction of the women, a four-weekly schedule is being developed:

Wk1 – Coffee and catch up

Wk2 – Life skills training (first aid, food safety, DIY etc)

Wk3 – Sharing their own hobby activities and experiencing new ones (e.g. gardening, drawing etc)

Wk4 – Invited speakers (sexual health, citizens advice, legal aid etc)

Each session is one hour. This will extend to two hours once it is face-to-face.  They have an online chat group that enables the women to keep in touch with each other.

Main tasks

The member of staff will facilitate the sessions, very much under the direction of the women. This will include:

  • setting up sessions
  • ordering materials
  • booking rooms
  • contacting speakers

They will also:

  • develop Easy Read materials
  • support the online chat
  • recruit and support volunteers
  • maintain agency partnerships
  • Update and maintain information and session notes

Most importantly, the staff member will support the women to take on responsibilities that will ultimately enable them to run the group themselves.

Skills and qualities we are looking for

  • Understanding and empathy
  • Good listener
  • Enabler
  • Communication skills, both written and spoken
  • Understanding of the issues faced by vulnerable women in the community

Application process

Please submit an up to date C.V. to

Closing date 10.12.2021

Job Description

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