How do I apply for a job? There are four main ways: Call our Recruitment Hotline on 01934 836979 and ask for an application pack. Download an application pack here, complete it and post it back to us. Download an application pack as above, complete it then scan and email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org Fill in our online application form here Do I need to have previous care and/or autism experience in order to apply? No. We have a comprehensive training and support programme which starts with your first week at our Recruitment and Training Centre near to our Head Office in Weston-super-Mare. After this you will have plenty of ongoing training and support from experienced staff. How can I enquire about a service for an autistic person? Call 01934 429448. We will take appropriate details and arrange for the relevant person to call you back. Fill out the form on the contact page (or in the footer) and we will contact you to discuss your enquiry further. Email email@example.com with your contact details, including telephone number and email address, and we will contact you to discuss your enquiry further. After taking initial information, if we believe we may be able to help you will be invited to spend a few hours with our Managing Director, Richard Smith, for you to find out more about our services and meet some of the people concerned. When looking at potential services, how should I assess them? To help you to assess our services, and any others you may choose to look at, you can use the checklist of questions, which you can download here (hyperlink to our checklist on Downloads page). This document will give you a guide as to what questions to ask and which aspects of the service you are considering to look at. Some people tell me that residential care is a bad model and that supported living is the best way forward. Winterbourne View gets referred to a lot. Is that true? Winterbourne View was not a residential care home. It was a private, secure, hospital. High quality person-centred residential care and supported living can both be very good as long as they properly meet the needs of the individual. Homes Caring for Autism offers both types of service and we believe that through proper assessment and person-centred planning the type of service which is right for someone at this time in their life can be properly identified. What current vacancies do you have for service users? Unfortunately we do not currently have any vacancies. However, we are currently refurbishing a property in Bridgwater, Somerset and this will provide 10 places, ready for occupation in July/ August 2014. We are also planning to purchase a further property in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, which will be provide 6 places, ready for occupation in July 2014. We are actively taking enquiries and undertaking assessments of potential service users for both of the above properties. Please contact us should you wish to find out more. Do you offer respite care? Unfortunately we are unable to offer this type of service. However, if you are looking for an emergency placement, please contact us on 01934 429448 to discuss further.