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Children in Need is pump priming the ARCOS SMILE Project to help us set up a sensory and music room for children and their families with a wide range of disabilities and special educational needs.
The beginning: ARCOS was formed in London in 1991 and registered as a charity in January 1992. All the members of the founding group were aware of the enormous improvements for children and adults with communication difficulties made possible by the latest advances in knowledge, skills and technology. A central figure was Helga Ryf. Unable to speak following two strokes, she learned to type using her toe. A pianist and linguist, Helga typed in English, French and German. Helga believed that "the ability to communicate effectively is an enormous contribution to independence and controlling one's own life."
The ARCOS Centre, Malvern: In 1993, ARCOS moved to Malvern in order to provide a nationwide consultation and training service from a central base in the West Midlands . Thanks to grant funding, in particular, the BBC Children In Need Appeal, ARCOS could now welcome clients to the centre, initiate an outreach service that made it possible for clients to be seen in their own homes. A small equipment library was founded.
In response to the increased demand for services, ARCOS moved to larger premises in Malvern in 1998. Donations enabled ARCOS to furnish and equip the centre with three therapy rooms, a meeting/reception area for a drop-in facility and an extended equipment loan library, all with wheelchair access. Loan items ranged from alternative communication devices such as the Lightwriter to therapeutic seating in the form of six saddle-seated wheelchairs. These were purchased with a generous donation from the Allied Dunbar Foundation.
The ARCOS Centre has recently relocated, remaining in Malvern but in more suitable accommodation with long-term security of tenure. These new premises will allow for expansion of service provision through controlled development.
The ARCOS Vision: ARCOS is working towards establishing a national Rehabilitation, Training and Resource Centre with an associated housing project. The facility will be unique. Its purpose will be to:
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Speech and Language Therapist required to work full-time as part of our multi-disciplinary team; able to work with children and/or adults. Bobath training would be an advantage. Must be able to work hands-on or prepared to learn.
Occupational Therapist (Band 5/6) required to work full-time (annual contract) as part of our inter-disciplinary team. Must be prepared to work hands-on for assessment and treatment of individuals with neurological conditions.
Neuro-physiotherapist Post(s) based at the ARCOS office, some travel involved. Car driver essential. This is a full-time post but may be shared by two neuro-physiotherapists to work in our specialist multi-disciplinary team based in Malvern, an exciting opportunity for someone with skill and ambition to develop their career.
Full-time Secretarial post at the ARCOS Centre in Malvern: Microsoft Office experience and accurate typing skills essential, familiarity with speech to text would be an advantage but if not training is available. This is a full-time post for an experienced secretary who is seeking employment that offers an opportunity to be part of an expanding team and help develop a busy national charity.
Please contact ARCOS for more details or arrange to visit and/or discuss either position.