Mobility and Habilitation Specialist

Henshaws College, Harrogate

Closing date: Thursday, 27th Jun 2019

Salary £14.28PH/ £25,989.60 per annum
Band F
Hours per Week 35 (Part-time/job share considered)
Weeks per Year 52
Annual Leave 25 days plus 10 Statutory holidays
Vacancy Ref 580

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Henshaws is a charity that supports people living with sight loss and a range of other disabilities to achieve their ambitions and go beyond expectations.  We aim to enable people with sight loss and people with other disabilities to build the skills and independence they need to achieve the future they want.

The Sensory team is an innovative service who sits within the wider Therapy Education and Sensory Support team (TESS). Our main objective is to identify, design, deliver and evaluate professional rehabilitation interventions to visually impaired people of various ages, to enhance their skills and confidence to maximise their independence.

To maintain and uphold these values, we are looking to appoint a Mobility & Habilitation Specialist.

Location   Based at Henshaws Specialist College, Harrogate but will work and travel across all of our sites in the Yorkshire region including residential community houses, arts and crafts centre and Bradford Centre.

Salary                                    £14.28PH/ £25,989.60 per annum

Band                                      F

Hours per Week                35 (Part-time/job share considered)

Weeks per Year                  52

Annual Leave                      25 days plus 10 Statutory holidays

Job Summary

  • To teach children and young people with visual impairment and a range of disabilities independent travel and life skills. Promote the use of technology to support learning activities and to develop competence and independence in an educational and community setting.


  • Develop and deliver high quality mobility and habilitation training programmes including assessments, orientation and mobility, travel training, life skills and communication.


  • To act as an advocate for disabled people at Henshaws, to help promote accessible services; equality; social integration and understanding of the impact of disability.

The successful candidate will possess:

  • Mobility and Habilitation Diploma / Degree Qualification that qualifies the holder to work with Children and Young people including cane users

Or Honours Degree or Dip. H.E / Foundation Degree in Rehabilitation Studies (Visual Impairment) or equivalent rehabilitation qualification.

  • Knowledge and skills in assessment and training of orientation and mobility, communication and independent living skills.
  • Experience of working with visually impaired people in a rehabilitation/habilitation setting.
  • Willingness to be flexible and adaptive

We work across a number of sites including the Arts and Crafts Centre, Housing & Support and college.  It would be advantageous to possess previous experience supporting people with learning disabilities and knowledge of accessible technology and adapted resources. However, full training will be provided.

If you are interested in this role, please refer to the job description and person specification for a full overview of the requirements and apply online

The closing date for applications is Thursday 27th June 2019 at 12 Noon.

For further information, please see the job description and apply online or for an informal discussion about the role please contact our Senior RO on 01423 886451

The post holder will be subject to a DBS check prior to the commencement of employment at Henshaws.  Please review the job description for further details. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Working with our students and service users
Competitive Salary
5 Weeks Annual leave + 10 paid bank holidays.
Option to buy one week extra holiday per year (52 week contracts)
DBS Paid by Henshaws
In House Training Full/comprehensive
Progression Opportunities
Access to all Henshaws Benefits
Company Pension Scheme
Comprehensive induction programme
Employee Helpline
Death in Service Insurance
Free onsite parking at college
Long service awards every 5 years
Refer a Friend
Supportive working environment

Tactile time travel? Reviewing the accessibility of Bolton Museum
There’s a common misconception that blind people can’t enjoy the cultural experience that museums and galleries offer. At Henshaws we’ve proved on many occasions that’s simply not true. Not least with our monthly Galleries and Museums Group. Now, with the help of our service users, we’re going a step further and exploring exactly how accessible some of Greater Manchester’s museums are and crucially, how they could improve.

Front entrance to Bolton Museum showing stairs up to the door and ramp to the left

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