Work with us and make a difference
Working with KCA means that every day will be different and you will be part of a team providing support to society’s most vulnerable children and young people. You will have the privilege to be part of their joys, triumphs, failures, frustrations, sadness and laughter. However, most of all you will be there to provide the right support to make a life, a life worth living, with access to everything life has to offer, just like everyone else.
Come and work with us if you share our values and passion for supporting children and young people with learning disabilities, and their families receive services that respond to what they want, and are respectful to them, shaped by them, and meet their needs
We are interested in people who share our values and passion for enabling greater opportunities for children with learning disabilities and their families throughout their lives.
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Every day is different.
A day in the life of a sessional support worker
Ever wondered what it is like to be a support worker with a disability charity? Thinking of a new career? Want to help and support others? Here is the story from one of our sessional support staff about what its like to work at KCA
Tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Stephen and I am 27 years old. I am a primary school teacher who works in Harrow.
How long have you been working at KCA?
I have been working at KCA for over 8 years. I started while at university and haven’t stopped since. The fact that as a sessional worker I am able to choose my own hours is incredibly useful for someone like me.
What is a typical day like for you?
A normal day starts off with transport service. This gives me the chance to catch up with the children I may not always see. This service is also extremely important to the parents as without, they might not be able to get to the centre and get that well needed respite.
Kids can achieve provides a variety of different services and is all dependent on the needs of the child. I will often be with children who go out in the community. This is my favourite part of the day it allows these children to go out and do activities which they might not get the chance to do. It also helps to teach them vital social skills which they will need in the future. Another reason for why I love going out in the community is the fact that it helps down the barriers and stigma associated with disability. It is important to remember that this is the children’s community as much as anyone’s and they should have the chance to experience and enjoy it. A typical trip would be going to the park, bowling or a water based activity.
If not on outreach, then I will be in the centre. My day is spent communicating with the children while providing a safe and stimulating environment where they can explore and develop key skills. One of the activities the children enjoy most is cooking. Again, this provides children with key skills such as communicating as well as measuring and waiting. No matter what service I am on; every day is different which makes this one of the best jobs around.
My day will often finish with transporting the children home again where I can share the positive aspects of the day with parents. It is fantastic to see the appreciation on the face and in the words of the parents.
What is the best thing about your job?
The best part of my job is making a difference to the lives of so many young people; people who have had a challenging start to life. Teaching and modelling are vital to these children so that they thrive in the future.
Over the 8 years I have been at KCA I have seen many children grow up and I love to see how they develop their skills. The job does have challenges however the team is extremely supportive and is always there to provide support. It’s not only a job, it’s also a family.