halow is a vibrant, growing charity based in Guildford that provides opportunities and support for over 170 young people with learning disabilities to access social activities, educational programmes and supported living accommodation in south-west Surrey and beyond.
To find out what life is like at halow please click here and see what our staff have to say.
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halow is committed to equal opportunities and we value diversity in our workplace.
If so, we want to hear from you!
Due to increased demand for our highly rated services, we are looking for people who are fun, friendly and compassionate, and who have a genuine desire to support and encourage young people with learning disabilities to lead independent, fulfilling lives.
We have a range of full- and part-time options available which can fit around other commitments or become your career. Working as a halow Buddy you will provide young people with learning disabilities (aged 16+) with highly person-centred 1:1 support, promoting life skills, independence, social skills, leisure opportunities and assisting young people to access the local and wider community in ways which best suit them.
Previous experience would be great although not essential as the charity will provide fully paid training so that you can make a real difference to people’s lives. We offer competitive rates of starting pay with the opportunity to progress quickly.
For more information on the role and what our team think of working at halow, please read our Recruitment Pack.
Successful applicants are subject to an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.
“I love halow.”
“halow’s recruitment process was straight forward.”
“The young people progress so much which is really rewarding.”
“My own self-esteem and sense of purpose has grown so much.”
“halow invested in my career.”
“No two days at halow are the same, no two people are the same.”
Even spending a short time with young people and staff from halow via Zoom workshops, the warmth of the group was evident. It was clear that young people feel connected and confident in the group, with a noticeable sense of mutual respect and support. It was particularly remarkable to notice these qualities in a group when connecting via a Zoom call!
I joined halow in 2013 as a “Supported Living Buddy”. Although having no previous experience in Health and social care, halow invested in my career and gave me the opportunity to progress and learn within the job. Through completing my level 3 diploma with the organisation, I was able to be promoted to role of “Lead Buddy” overseeing one of the houses in our supported living. This led me on a path to gain the necessary management training that was hopefully going to help me advance up the ladder to a more senior role. In 2018, I was then appointed “Deputy Manager of Care Services” and now work full time at the halow office, overseeing all supported living houses and our 1:1 buddy service. In 5 years, I was able to go from having no experience in health and social care, to operating under the registered manager and managing a team of 40 people.
I love halow as I get to support young people to become as independent as they can be.
I feel part of the community working at halow and have learned so much since working here.
Thanks to halow I have an opportunity to work with our amazing volunteers who share their skills, experience, and goodwill to support our young people.
I love halow because when working so closely with the young people it is so exciting to see them become more confident and accomplish many achievements.
I Found the recruitment process very easy, after initial application form and telephone interview, there was a face to face interview about my experiences. It was nothing I couldn't handle, and I enjoyed speaking to the caring staff. I have been working at halow about 7 months now and I feel like I have been made to feel welcome. All the staff are caring and friendly, and I feel valued above all else. I feel supported by the management and the general organisation is very good. I know where I stand, and I'm not taken advantage of. Rota's for the month are done in advance. One of the great benefits of working at halow is the available overtime. The rate is increased, and you can pick the hours that fit it with your rota. The young people and sense of community you get from working with them and other Buddies in supported living is great. It's a really rewarding and uplifting experience.
In terms of working with the young people I only have a positive experience thus far. I personally I'm getting great satisfaction from my day to day work with them in supporting them in their independence from cooking to using public transport it's great to see how they all progress no matter how big or how small the progression maybe. This side of working with halow is the most rewarding and satisfying. Another positive there is always recognition of my work at halow.
I have loved my time at halow. My top three highlights of working with the young people are: 1) Supporting EM to dance jive for 18 months. 2)Supporting DF into his current cleaning job at the coop Bagshot 3)Supporting and initiating HM into rock choir and again some dancing. Her driving and a special horse event in London. I value all the training; my self-esteem has grown and I now have a sense of purpose. The privilege of being in such close proximity and influencing young people’s lives has given me a wealth of experiences and job satisfaction.