JULY 2021 UPDATE

Thanks to financial support from the National Lottery, who thankfully recognise the value of our work supporting families with young, autistic children in Enfield, we are finally able to employ our first staff member, after two long years of being completely volunteer-run. In that time, and despite numerous lockdowns, we have been able to support more than 100 families across Enfield and have developed as a not-for-profit community business. We have new families joining SEN-den’s community every week, so it is definitely time to get some help in the office, so that we can continue to grow our play, information, and support services and – even more importantly – grow our impact! This is a unique opportunity for a unique individual to join a unique organisation! Don’t be shy………please apply!

Please see below the Job Description and Person Specification for our new part-time Service Co-ordinator Role.

The deadline for applications is 12pm on Thursday July 22nd. We will let you know by 31st July if you have been shortlisted and interviews will be held in August. As it is the summer holiday season, we’ll do our best to be flexible when scheduling interview dates and times!

The successful candidate will start with us in September, with exact date to be agreed, as we’ll need to wait for your references and DBS checks to come through before you can formally start working as part of our team.

Any questions about the role or application process, please send us a message via the contact form on this page (only) and we’ll respond as soon as we can. Thank you and good luck with your application!

ARE YOU A THERAPIST OR PROFESSIONAL THAT IS KEEN TO JOIN OUR COMMUNITY OF SUPPORT?

A key part of SEN-den’s mission, and what makes us unique, is how we work in partnership with therapists and other professionals who can provide specialist support to our families. Why is this such an important aspect of our work?

Many of our children are no longer eligible for NHS specialist support on an individual basis, and the majority of families we meet cannot afford private therapies at market rates, which are often upwards of £50 / hour. So as an example, a family would typically be looking to pay £700 (or more) for a course of 10 sessions with a Speech and Language Therapist. For a detailed assessment of their child’s needs, which is the usual starting point for a course of therapy, a family could pay up to £300. So the cost of the overall package comes to £1000! It is not uncommon for a child to need further expensive packages of support, from the same, or other private therapists.

While these hourly rates recognise the highly specialist skills of the therapist, they unfortunately outprice many of the ordinary families we work with, who are simply trying to get their children’s needs met. Some families are looking for additional specialist support to complement their child’s EHCP (statutory provision at nursery or school), to give their children the best chance of being prepared for adulthood and realising their full potential, whatever that might be.

If you like the sound of what we do, and are a qualified NHS or private therapist, or other autism professional, that can offer specialist information and support to our children and / or their parents and carers, then please read through our position statement below.

Still interested? If you’re appropriately qualified, DBS checked, community-spirited and work with a creative, “can-do” approach, then we’d love to hear from you!

Please get in touch via info@sen-den.org.uk or alternatively complete the contact form on this page and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.