Gheel Autism Services: Community Support Worker x 3, Support Worker (Part-Time) & Relief Panel Vacancies

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In Gheel, we focus on supporting individuals with autism through their life journey and enabling them to have fulfilling life experiences, while having autonomy and control over their choices and decisions. Gheel Autism Services provides a wide range of services for adults with autism including day and vocational opportunities, outreach support and a variety of supported living options. Across our services we consider how each person thinks, learns and processes information to develop a personalised plan of support. Considering individuals strengths and motivations, we enable people to obtain outcomes which are meaningful to them. Our committed practitioners receive regular training and they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to enable each individual to have positive and meaningful life experiences. All staff are involved in changing the culture of supporting people into a more inclusive, independence focused style of support – where people are encouraged to be partners in, not recipients of, their service delivery.

We currently have full time and part time temporary vacancy in our Community Support and Outreach Team. We have additional vacancies on our relief panel across the service. This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidates to bring their skills and talents to Gheel.

A. Community Support Worker – 3 X Permanent (1.00 WTE) – Community Support Team

The Community Support Team (CST) was established in January 2018 for adults diagnosed with ASD with the aim of supporting these individuals to build the skills necessary to live independently & have choice and control over their lives and full participation in society as equal citizens. Our vision is to inspire growth and autonomy for people with autism.

Development of the CST came as a result of service recommendations identified by the National Disability Authority 2017. This progressive model of service currently supports 10 individuals to live within their chosen communities in North Dublin. The CST is a highly motivated team which operates by using evidence-based assessments & interventions to support each person to develop independence, well-being & inclusion. The team also provides social and emotional support and assistance with employment and accommodation. The team operates on a support reduction model.

A summary of the requirements for this post is as follows:

Essential Qualifications for this post:

  • Level 7 award in Social Care/Studies delivered by an Institute of Technology, DIT or National University of Ireland.
  • A qualification received outside the State recognised by NARIC as equivalent to the Irish Level 7 award.
  • Relevant third level qualification at degree level i.e. social work, psychology, and/or allied health.
  • Post-graduate qualification in Autism Studies

Salary Scale: Successful candidates will be paid in line with 2016 HSE revised consolidated Social Care Worker pay scale point 1; €30,293 – point 12; € 44,306 per annum based on working a 39-hour week. All Community Support Workers operate on a rolling roster which averages between 10 & 11 x 24hr shifts per month – overnight allowances, premium payments & annual increments are included.


  • At least one-year recent experience in the social care/disability sector
  • Experience of dealing with safeguarding and welfare responsibilities and responding appropriately to any concerns.
  • The ability to manage a caseload while building supportive & meaningful relationships with others.
  • Experience in liaising and networking with community services.
  • Ability to promote independence – supporting others to learn how – not doing it for them.
  • Commitment to the values of the CST and the philosophy of independent living.
  • An understanding of the social model of disability.
  • Be a mindful reflective professional.
  • Experience of supporting individuals with a diagnosis of ASD & mental health difficulties.
  • Demonstrated ability to research and design interventions to a high standard.
  • Demonstrated experience to meet tight deadlines.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Willingness to develop professional skills as identified through supervision and managing your own Continuous Professional Development.
  • Full, clean driving licence and access to own car for work purposes.

B. Support Worker – Day Services – Part Time Temporary (0.6 WTE) – Outreach Team

Gheel Autism Services provides day opportunities across North and South Dublin. These allows us to offer unique and personalised services which are based on the choices, needs and aspirations of the individual. Our day services are in process of working towards a New Directions model of service delivery. This is also to suit the individual sensory and support needs of adults with autism. Day Opportunity Services provide a tailored style of support in local communities. Practitioners support and promote development of independent living skills, education and employment possibilities and social and leisure groups. We are currently looking for a part time temporary Support Worker (3 days per week 0.6 whole time equivalent – Wednesday, Thursday & Friday) to join team in the Hives. The Hives are spread across locations in North Dublin. The successful candidate will be required to work across all locations on a roster basis. This part time temporary contract will cease at the end of December 2019.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Actively supporting people to lead the lives they want in line with own wishes.
  • This role will support the maintenance of all documentation and plans as part of key working teams.
  • Working to maintain a high-quality service.

A summary of the requirements for these posts are as follows:

Essential Qualifications for this post:

  • Fetac Level 5 or equivalent in social care
  • Qualification in Health or Social Science

Salary Scale: Successful candidates will be paid in line with 2016 HSE revised consolidated Care Assistant pay scale point 2; €25,516 – point 13; € 36,680 per annum based on working a 39-hour week. There is 23 days annual leave per annum with this post pro rata.

Essential Experience for these posts:

At least one-year recent experience in the social care/disability sector
Experience working with adults with autism
Full, clean driving license

To apply for these positions please fully complete the job application form attached and return it to Please write Position A, Community Support Worker or Position B, Support Worker in the subject line of the email.Applicants will be shortlisted for interview based on the evidence outlined in the job application form.Curriculum vitaes are not required.

The closing date for receipt of all completed applications is Friday, 29th of March 2019 @ 5pm. Late applications will not be accepted. A panel may be formed from which future vacancies arising over the next six months may be filled.

Relief Panel Vacancies

We are currently recruiting for positions on our Relief panel to provide cover for staff on leave and attending training. There are positions available across the service in North Kildare, Dublin 3, 6, 7 & 18. These are front line positions actively supporting our service users. Successful candidates will gain valuable knowledge and experience in a fast paced and dynamic environment. You will have the opportunity to work in an organisation that is passionate about best practice in terms of service delivery. Full training is provided. A full clean driving licence is preferable, although not essential for all positions (please contact HR for further details). It is desirable that you have or are working towards a relevant qualification.

Please send a cover letter and up to date curriculum vitae to This competition will close on Friday, March 29th @ 5pm.

Late applications will not be accepted, and Garda Vetting is a requirement of the recruitment process.

A panel may be formed form which future vacancies arising over the next six months may be filled.

Garda vetting is a requirement of the recruitment process.



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