There are many ways to get involved and be part of our team.


Ancillary staff member

Starting salary               £8.30 PH rising to £10.90 qualified

We are looking for Ancillary Assistants to join the current care staff team based in Henley on Thames. The role involves being responsible for the indirect care of children or adult persons in care supporting the qualified care staff who are responsible for direct care.

Over the past 13 years we have seen our service grow we now cater for a wider range of learning disability needs. To support this development, we now require casual ancillary staff to undertake numerous indirect care needs to meet current demands.

As an ancillary staff member your priority is safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, preparing the environment for ready for direct care and post care, meal, some housekeeping, and an active participant in creative activity.

The care staff team are responsible for all medications, individual health, intimate personal care, family liaison, real time strategic management.


The hours of work range from 3pm to 9pm negotiable Monday to Friday and 8am to 9pm weekends negotiable. Ancillary staff members are expected to work the minimum of 12 hours of indirect care per calendar month or more if desirable.


All training will be provided outside the minimum 12 hours of indirect care, it is expected that over the course of 12 months a minimum of 6 hours is required. The training requirement hours of work is paid but in most cases the hours set aside can be negotiable.

For individuals wanting to develop within the role you can gain national standards qualifications (QCF) and experience that will be rewarded with incremental salary increases up to a maximum of £21k pa plus benefits.

Ideally you will have previous experience of working with children, young people or adults with learning disabilities or complex health needs.  NVQ/QCF/RQF level 2 in Health & Social Care is also desirable although we will support you to achieve the qualifications expected for these roles which includes completion up to and including RQF level 3.  You can progress through our salary range as you achieve the appropriate competency levels.

The Chiltern Centre is fully committed to protecting children and young people.  All posts are subject to an enhanced DBS check.  A full employment history is required dating back to school leaving and any care setting work will subsequently be checked for stability.

Please complete the Application form and include supporting statement.   Please note submitting a CV is optional but does not replace completing the application form and if you choose only to submit a CV, your application will not be considered.

Cook Hostess Care

Salary  £8.34 per hour on a part time basis of 12 to 16 hours per week.

We have a fantastic opportunity for a self-motivated person to take responsibility for our cook hostess care; the hours are 4pm to 8pm, typically 2 to 3 days a week Monday to Friday and occasional weekend hours. You would be a valued integral part of our care planning operation to care for neuro disabled children or young adults so you should relate to the needs of children or young adults in care be compassionate and a cheerful disposition who can demonstrate understanding of disabilities.

Alongside the existing care structure of things you would need to take charge of the nutritional needs of children and staff team in advanced care, and provide a healthy balanced evening meal. Industry qualifications are desirable, but not essential.

You will be a natural and enthusiastic person able to assist and support a high performing team. This is a chance for an outstanding candidate to make a significant and lasting difference to the lives of children and adults in our care.

The work we do is highly rewarding and we offer a comprehensive and valuable range of benefits.

  • Pension
  • Paid annual leave
  • Comprehensive training Commitment to your Continuing Professional Development

Should you wish to discuss the role please do not hesitate to contact Lorraine Green on 01491 575 575 or



Our team of caring volunteers who freely give their time are a great asset to the Centre.  We rely on their endless help with maintenance, gardening, washing the minibus and more.  Volunteers do not work with children directly, as a core group of long serving volunteers provide specialist care.


The team always welcome additional support to raise funds to continue the incredible support we give families.