Xx August 2009
SUPPORT WORKER, 20 – 30 HOURS PER WEEK (NEGOTIABLE)
Thank you for enquiring about the above vacancies. I am enclosing an
application pack which includes:-
Overview of the terms and conditions that apply to this post
If you wish to apply for the vacancies you should return your completed
application form to Deborah Pape – Supported Living Manager,
Mencap (SW2), Boston Business Centre, Unit 7, Norfolk Street,
Boston, Lincolnshire, PE21 9HH by Sunday 16th August 2009.
Please ensure you use the correct postage for the size of
envelope used when returning your application form, this
will ensure it is received.
COMPLETING THE APPLICATION FORM
You will be invited to interview if you can show that you meet the
requirements listed in the person specification. When you complete the
application form, please give specific examples of how you meet each
requirement of the person specification. For example, if one of the
requirements is to demonstrate initiative, give examples, from paid or
voluntary work, or from your home life, of how you have used your
initiative to get things done.
Even if you already work for Mencap in a different job, the people who
will decide whether to invite you to interview may not know you. You will
still need to complete all parts of the form.
Please note that we don’t accept CVs; this is to make sure we review
each candidate in the same, fair way.
CRIMINAL RECORDS INFORMATION
The following information is given to you in accordance with the Police
Act 1997 and the requirements of the Criminal Records Bureau.
As Mencap meets the requirements in respect of exempted questions
under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, if you are offered
employment, you will be subject to a criminal record check (‘Disclosure’)
from the Criminal Records Bureau before the appointment is confirmed.
This post you are applying for is subject to a Enhanced Disclosure
The Enhanced Disclosure contains details and dates of both spent and
unspent convictions, as well as cautions, reprimands and final warnings
held on the Police National Computer. If you are applying for a position
working with children or vulnerable adults, the Enhanced Disclosure will
also reveal whether you are barred from working with children or
vulnerable adults by virtue of your inclusion on lists (held by the
Department of Health) of those considered unsuitable to work with such
people. The Enhanced Disclosure also contains non-conviction
information from local police records if it is thought to be relevant to the
position being applied for.
Further information on Disclosure is available from
www.disclosure.gov.uk. In addition, there is a Government Code of
Practice available on the Disclosure of Criminal Records. If you wish to
see a copy, please call the Mencap Human Resources Department on
If you are shortlisted for interview, you will be required to disclose any
criminal record you have. Please note that Mencap welcomes
applications from candidates with a variety of backgrounds. Criminal
records will be reviewed and only taken into account for recruitment
purposes where the conviction is considered relevant. A criminal record
will not necessarily be a bar to obtaining a position with Mencap.
As a disability charity, Mencap is keen to promote the employment of
people with a disability and we welcome applications from candidates
with a disability. Mencap will select for interview all candidates with a
disability who meet the essential criteria for the job.
If you require an application pack with bigger type face, or have any
other suggestions as to how we may assist you in your application,
please contact Mencap on 0115 983 5731.
We also welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds. If you have
any particular requirements, for example relating to your caring
responsibilities or your religion, please feel free to contact me to
Thank you for the interest that you have shown in Mencap and people
with a learning disability.
Supported Living Manager