Aspire is a national charity that provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury. Through its projects and programmes, Aspire offers support to the 40,000 people living with a spinal cord injury in the UK. To deliver this we employ 115 remarkable people.


Welfare Benefits Advisor/Universal Credit Specialist

Aspire's Welfare Benefits Advice Service gives confidential and impartial advice on a wide range of welfare benefits and related issues.

We have a vacancy for an experienced and motivated Welfare Benefits Advisor.  This is a busy role for an Advisor looking to specialise their skills and knowledge working with disabled people.

The ideal person will have:

  • At least 2 years experience of delivering welfare benefits advice and managing a caseload
  • Detailed and up to date knowledge of welfare benefits and the Welfare Reforms
  • An understanding of the issues faced by our clients

If you have the necessary skills, commitment and resilience this is a great opportunity to progress your career amongst a highly experienced and supportive team.

If you are offered an interview you will be asked to prepare a short presentation, between 10 and 20 minutes long, on Universal Credit to give to the panel during the interview and to undertake a written test.

This post is offered for a fixed term until May 2018.

The closing date for completed applications is 9am 8th May 2017.

For an informal chat about the post please contact Nicola Lazare on 020 8420 6727 or email nicola.lazare@aspire.org.uk

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Chair Of the Trustee Board

We are currently recruiting for a Chair of Trustees to ensure the charity has a clear vision, mission and strategic direction and is focused on achieving these. You will be responsible for the chairmanship of the Board of Trustees and the management of the CEO. With the Board of Trustees, you will oversee and be responsible for the performance of the charity and for its “corporate” behaviour; ensuring that the charity complies with all legal and regulatory requirements. You will act as a guardian to the charity’s assets, taking all due care over their security, deployment and proper application and thus ensuring that the charity’s governance is of the highest possible standard.

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Office Based Support Worker- Stanmore

We are currently recruiting for an office based support worker, to work with our Policy Manager, at our Head Office in Stanmore.

This role will support the manager with sighted guide support, including formatting and laying out of documentation, accessing and understanding information presented in inaccessible formats and with the use of inaccessible computer programmes, such as Outlook Calendar.

We are looking for someone with good computer skills, including a sound knowledge of Microsoft Office, excellent communication skills, including a high standard of written English and strong administrative skills.

A liking for dogs is essential. Our policy Manager works with a Guide Dog and the post holder will be required to assist exercising it. The role also requires someone who is able to travel, when required, so the manager can attend and participate at external meetings, conferences, networking and training events.

 The role is 15 hours per week- flexible to be agreed in advance with the manager.

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Assistive Technology Volunteers

The Aspire Assistive Technology programme provides access to computers and tablets for people with a spinal cord injury whilst they are in rehabilitation in a Spinal Injury Centre.  Our Assistive Technology volunteers work with patients in the centres providing training and support as they learn how to access and use a computer following their injury. 

The training is delivered at the Spinal Injury Centres. These are located at Stanmore, Stoke Mandeville, Salisbury, Wakefield, Sheffield, Southport, Cardiff and Belfast. Volunteers will need to be able to travel to the centre and commit to at least 4 hours on one day per week (office hours only).

Vacancies currently exist at the following centres: Stoke Mandeville, Oswestry and Sheffield.  Training will be provided and travel expenses reimbursed.

For more information please contact Joslyn Kofi-Opata: call 020 8420 6720 or email joslyn.kofi-opata@aspire.org.uk.


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