Activity Instructor (Casual/Bank) 

Activity Instructor (Casual/Bank) 
Location: Living Potential, Wetherby, Yorkshire
Salary: £10 an hour

Living Potential is a social care farm, set on a 500 acre working farm just outside of Wetherby.  We work with adults and young people who have additional needs as well as people who may be vulnerable and need a supportive environment for a variety of reasons. Our daily programme of learning and activities helps our members to develop their skills, confidence, self esteem and wellbeing. 

As a care farm, we are committed to making a positive impact on our local community and on the wider community. We welcome asylum seekers and refugees, people with mental health issues and conditions such as autism.  The farm is wheelchair accessible and we are working on gaining our ‘Dementia Friendly’ accreditation. Our activities are based around animal care (poultry and small animals), horticulture, catering and arts and crafts. The work is stimulating and ever changing as our motivation is to always strive for better experiences for the people who attend here. We are building links with other community benefit companies in Leeds, Harrogate and York and working together to combat isolation, loneliness, stigma and climate change through social events, workshops, road shows and education. 

Our programme is delivered and supported by our fantastic team of Activity Instructors who encourage and support members (in line with their individual needs) to access activities, gain self confidence and improve their social, work and life skills.  As we are a small team, we occasionally need additional staff to cover for holidays, staff training and sickness. As a result, we are now recruiting for staff who are happy to work on a flexible basis to provide cover and additional capacity when needed. We also have plans underway to expand our membership and so in the future there is a strong possibility that we will have more regular hours available.   

Our Instructors work primarily with our members on either a group or one to one basis and lead pre planned activities based around animal and poultry care, horticulture, catering and arts and crafts.

To be successful in the job you will need:  

  • Experience in leading or supporting the delivery of learning activities or skills instruction
  • Experience or a strong interest in at least one area of our programme activity eg farming, poultry and small animal care, horticulture, arts and crafts or catering
  • An interest and commitment to supporting those with learning disabilities, autism, mental health issues, challenging behaviour or complex needs.

This role works directly with vulnerable adults and as such all job holders will be required to undergo and pass enhanced background checks.

We are committed to offering a fair wage and contracts when we can. We believe that our workforce should have a good work-life balance, should be rewarded for the hard work they do and should be able to take time out to continue to learn and grow. 

To be a part of the team we offer:  

  • Training through our mentors and specific programmes. 
  • A strong focus on diversity and inclusion in every aspect of our work
  • A flexible, approachable management style

To apply: A full job description and application form can be obtained from Tanya Bish, Learning and Development or phone 01937 580798/07941 796370. We would be delighted to welcome you to the farm if you would like to visit to see our programme first hand.