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Learning Support Assistant Post – September 2018

Job Description

Post: Learning Support Assistant

Location: Greenslate Community Farm, Greenslate Road, Billinge, Wigan, WN5 7BG

Salary: £18,200

Hours: 35 hours per week.  Days TBA but will include occasional weekend and evening hours

Closing Date: 28th September 2018

Interviews: TBA

Start Date: Immediately

Please apply by completing the application form.   CVs will not be considered.

For further details of the project and to request a copy of the application form please email Hazel McGregor at:

The Project

Greenslate Community Farm is a project that has been set up by community volunteers on 17.5 acres of farmland leased from Wigan Council on a 25 year lease.  The project will be run on permaculture principles and will include a field-scale market garden ,demonstration gardens showcasing perennial and novel food crops and plots for experimental gardens, a working woodland, provision for private and community allotments and a care farm provision.  The field rotation will include pigs and chickens and there are plans to incorporate a working horse into the scheme

Person Specifications


  • Social Care qualification coupled with relevant social care experience, equivalent to NVQ level 2 or higher
  • First Aid at Work.
  • Safeguarding
  • NVQ Level 3 or higher
  • A1 Assessor qualification
  • Experience working with challenging behaviour
  • British Sign Language

  • Working with people with learning disabilities and complex needs
  • Planning and implementing practical person centred projects appropriate to diverse groups of volunteers and those with special needs.
  • Designing and implementing work programmes.
  • Managing and complying with health and safety requirements.
  • Liaising with referral agencies, partner organisations and health services
  • Coordinating, supporting and aiding the development of employees and volunteers
  • Horticultural experience, particularly vegetable growing.
  • Developing procedures and establishing best practice in a social care environment
  • Knowledge of and interest in permaculture
Skills (the ability to):

  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Keep accurate records.
  • Follow set procedures.
  • Manage self and own responsibilities.
  • Use e-mail, Word and Excel to a competent standard.
Personal Qualities:

  • Good team worker, but also able to organise and direct others.
  • Be able to use own initiative
  • Commitment to improving health and well-being.
  • Interest and enthusiasm in community food growing and promoting sustainable communities
  • Flexible and hard working.
  • Commitment to promoting equality and diversity

  • As a community benefit company set up under the IPS rules and within our aims to be fully democratic we have taken the decision to offer every paid worker the same hourly wage rate no matter what their job or responsibilities.  Day to day running of the business is achieved by the Coordinators within a flat management structure overseen by the elected Board members. The flat management structure allows every worker to work in any area of the business.  This requires flexibility on the part of volunteers and employees alike but leads to a fulfilling and satisfying career.


  • Working with the Care Farm Co-ordinator and care farm aspect of the project to help create a healthier community and a healthier environment.
  • Liaise with Care Farm Co-ordinator and support a small number of employees and volunteers, to include providing development opportunities, support and encouragement.
  • Develop and implement a programme of person centred activities including farm-based tasks, animal husbandry, and horticulture and countryside crafts.
  • Assist in fundraising and generating income, to support the ongoing sustainability of the farm. 
  • Supervise and run sessions for groups with varying needs.
  • Manage the resources for practical projects, to ensure stocks of materials are purchased and replaced as required.
  • Ensure that all activities adhere to health and safety requirements.
  • Develop and manage partnerships with local agencies, including health services, to generate referrals into the scheme.


To apply, please complete and send in the application form which you can download here.

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