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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 Need for ARCOS|
ARCOS services are necessary to address the unmet needs of individuals with impaired communication, eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties; such difficulties are caused by a range of developmental and acquired conditions and persist throughout life.
The number of those afflicted is increasing due to a combination of advances in ante/peri natal care, acute medicine and longer life expectancy. However, there is insufficient specialised rehabilitation and inadequate long-term skilled support for this population. Consequently, individuals suffer increasing disability, deformity and pain over time due to the accumulation of secondary symptoms. Their quality of life and that if their families is reduced and at the same time there is an increased burden on statutory health and social services with increased financial cost to the community.
Eating, drinking (swallowing) disabilities:
“When people have a number of difficulties, the emphasis is often on walking first, rather than talking. However, it is clear that the ability to communicate effectively is an enormous contribution to independence and controlling one’s own life…”
Helga Ryf, founder member of ARCOS on the effects of her stroke.
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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.