Dreamcatchers Forest School - Guideposts

Forest School Support Worker – Dreamcatchers

Reporting to: Forest School Leader

Hours: When required.

Service delivery hours: To meet the needs of the service.
Approx. 2 ½ hours – 7 hours per week.

Hourly Rate: £8.20 per hour
Location: Witney or Banbury

Guideposts exist to provide services to meet individual needs so that each person has the opportunity to fulfil their aspirations and maximise their potential. We seek to achieve excellence in our work and lead the way in researching, delivering and disseminating good practice. Guidepost Community opportunities responds to the needs of the individual. We support with social activities, life skills and personal care.
Guideposts ‘dreamcatchers’ is an inspirational process that offers children and young people with disabilities regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences.

Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.

Provide direct support to individuals in a person-centred way, and work within the team to organise and implement activities which encourage social interaction, independent living skills and life skills.


  • Have a clear overview of the needs and requirements of all the individuals who we support.
  • Work with the service co-ordinator to oversee Health and Safety requirements are met within the scheme.
  • Work with the service co-ordinator and to ensure Safeguarding protocols are followed.
  • Be aware of Risk Assessments, follow procedures and conduct dynamic risk assessments.


  • Support session activities
  • Promote individual choice of activities
  • Updating profiles for children if required
  • Ensure that equipment, tools and outdoor clothing are fit for purpose and appropriately stored and implement maintenance schedules.


  • Understanding of person-centred care
  • Understanding of facilitating and supporting child expectation and aspirations
  • Knowledge and experience of work with children
  • Good communicator at all levels.
  • Able to handle difficult situations
  • Takes initiative and is enthusiastic
  • Problem solver
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Able and willing to work flexibly when required
  • Continuing Professional Development (reflect and develop practice)
  • Able to handle challenging behaviour

First Aid certificate (minimum 2-day Outdoor First Aid or 2-day Paediatric First Aid)*
Food Hygiene Certificate*
Generalist Safeguarding*
Drivers Licence
*Training can be given to accomplish certificate/training

All staff have a responsibility to look after the Health and Safety not only of those people who use our services but for themselves and their colleagues and should follow Guideposts Health and Safety Policy and Procedures.
All staff are ambassadors for Guideposts and as such may be required from time to time to assist managers and fundraising in the promotion of Guidepost and its work.
Guideposts is an Equal Opportunities employer.
This job description is not exhaustive, but is provided to assist the post holder to know and understand the main duties of their role. It may be amended from time to time in discussion with the post holder.

email: kgough@guideposts.org.uk or info@guideposts.org.uk
Tel: 01993 893560 / 893577