Day Service Instructor – Animal Care

Location: Minstead Lodge, Minstead – with some travel to other local sites.

 Job Type: Full Time (37.5hrs per week)

 Salary: £19,402.50 – £20,572.50 per annum.

Minstead Trust, a leading learning disabilities charity based in the heart of the beautiful New Forest, is offering the opportunity for a day service instructor to join the team.

The Trust is over thirty years old and has grown from humble beginnings to become an organisation of over 100 people delivering support to adults with wide-ranging care needs across three counties.

About the role

Your role will be to plan and deliver outcomes-based activities for groups of adults with learning disabilities, enabling them to develop their skills and achieve their full potential for living independent lives as full citizens. You will give person-centred support, guidance, encouragement and training across a range of goals in health, well-being, life skills or work-based skills as appropriate and ensure that the personal, health and social care needs are met for the people we support. We are looking for someone with the flexibility to offer a range of activities relating to animal care but can be capable to support other departments that could include art, ceramics and craft or food preparation.


Job Description:

  • Expanding on the existing animal care provision and introducing therapeutic and nurture based sessions relating to animals.
  • Maintenance of the fields and Animal Care areas.
  • Plan and deliver activities in partnership with service users.
  • Provide direction to volunteers and support workers assisting in activity delivery.
  • Interact and communicate with individuals in a way that promotes dignity and respect.
  • Support individuals with everyday tasks including personal care if needed.
  • Maintain service user records and complete reports as required.
  • Work both as part of a team and also lone work with individual service users.
  • To transport service users to other sites via minibus when required.
  • Be able to cover and work in other areas of the Day Service.

Great Employee Benefits:-

25 days holiday (pro rata)

A celebration day’s leave for your birthday

Death in service insurance

Company pension

Sodexo staff discounted benefit platform

Health care scheme

Cycle to work

Free parking

About you:

We are seeking people who are: responsible, motivated, honest, approachable, good communicators and are committed to providing equal opportunities and quality support to vulnerable adults.  You will have a proven background and knowledge/understanding of supporting service users with a range of learning disabilities including experience of autism, complex needs and behaviours that may challenge. You should also be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of person centred services.

All staff working for, or on behalf of Minstead Trust, understand their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding adults at risk and know who to escalate concerns to within Minstead Trust.

Due to the nature of the role, a full driving licence is required.

To apply download the application form and return completed form to

(Note: We only shortlist from Application Forms in accordance with Safer Recruitment Guidelines)

Due to the nature of this employment sector, your application is subject to a successful Disclosure & Barring Service Check (DBS, formerly CRB)

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