Join the Team

Join the friendly team at Malvern Special Families

Sessional Playworkers
Enthusiastic & motivated playworkers needed to join our bank of sessional staff working in Worcester and/or Malvern. Previous experience of working with children with disabilities is essential. Playworkers must be over 18 years old.

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We would like people to join us with skills in: Business & Financial management,
Leadership, HR practice.

For more information and/or an application pack please email: Enhanced DBS check required for all posts.

We are an innovative & forward thinking charity supporting children/young people aged 5 – 18 yrs with disabilities in Malvern & Worcester. We run Saturday clubs, After school clubs, Youth clubs & holiday playschemes at Fort Royal Community Primary & Regency High Schools in Worcester & venues in Malvern.


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 5-18 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 volunteers who are keen to acquire valuable work based experience within our organisation and whose valuable skills are utilised to the full. If you are interested in applying to become a Volunteer at Malvern Special Families, please call the office to dicuss the role on 01684 892526. 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.

MSF Staff quotes

We have a professional and friendly playworker staff team. We are proud to employ experienced and dedicated staff.

We have lots of positive comments from our staff about working for Malvern Special Families, many of whom refer to working for our charity as “being part of the MSF family”.

Vince one of our playworkers says: “I love MSF because… of the amazing people I have met and all the things they have taught me over the years.”

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. (Password protected)