Join the Team

Play Workers

We are always looking for skilled and experienced people to expand our team of playworkers who provide safe, stimulating and enjoyable activities for children and young people with special needs and disabilities between 5-19 years of age. Previous experience of working with children with disabilities is essential and NVQ2 or higher in Early Years or Play is an advantage

If you are interested in applying to become a Playworker at Malvern Special Families, please either download the Playworker Application Pack below and return the Application Form and Equality and Diversity Form to Caroline Conein, Malvern Special Families, First Floor Offices, 73 Church Street, Malvern, Worcester WR14 2AE or contact us at or by telephone on 01684 892526 to request an application pack.

We are fortunate to have many volunteers who are keen to acquire valuable work based experience within our organisation and whose valuable skills are rewardingly utilised to the full. If you are interested in applying to become a Volunteer at Malvern Special Families, please download the Volunteer Application Pack and return as detailed above. Volunteers must be 18 years old and over.

You need to know

We operate safer recruitment procedures and carry out rigorous checks to make sure that candidates are suitable to work with children. All posts within Malvern Special Families, both paid and voluntary, are subject to obtaining enhanced criminal records checks and barred list checks. All our staff have had a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) or a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check and all sign an annual declaration to say that neither they nor anyone they live with have committed a crime which makes them unsuitable to work with children.

Looking after our staff

We have robust staffing, training and employment, and contingency staff policies in place supported by detailed staff inductions and regular staff meetings to ensure their skills are maximised. Staff can update training needs with the annual training opportunities we provide. Safeguarding training is compulsory on induction, and we also provide moving and handling, emergency medication, First Aid, Food Hygiene, and positive physical intervention (Team Teach) annually in July. We also provide places on Signalong training when funding allows.

New staff have detailed hands-on inductions to help them settle in and get to know the way we work safely.

All staff receive an annual Personal Development Review as well as regular supervision with their line manager. We hold termly staff meetings to encourage effective communication and invite staff to give us their views about the clubs. We gain further feedback about their experiences working with us through regular evaluation questionnaires.

Policies and procedures: The way we work

Our policies and procedures are in place to ensure that our staff know what to do and that everyone works in the same way.

The policies relevant to staff can be found here.