Mainstay DRP Careers

Ready to make a difference? Join our Mainstay Family!

Here at Mainstay DRP, we really care about what we do – opening doors for adults with learning disabilities, and supporting them to achieve independence. Our wonderful staff are the backbone to our success.

We look for truly caring people who are passionate about developing a career supporting adults with learning disabilities in all aspects of their lives. If you’re the kind of person who rises to challenges, thrives in a people-focussed environment, and has genuine compassion and resilience, then Mainstay DRP could be the place for you.

Some experience in any kind of caring role is desired, but is not always essential – some of our best people have had previous careers in areas like trades, retail, and manufacturing. What really sets them apart is their willingness to make a difference to people’s lives.

And there’s no doubt that working with our incredible clients is life changing for our staff too.

As well as working every day in a fulfilling career, we also offer –

  • Comprehensive training aligned to NISCC
  • Support to gain market-leading qualifications
  • Mentoring and on the job training from our experienced staff
  • Health Cash Plan
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Pension
  • Free parking on all of our sites

Chief Executive Officer

We are looking for an inspirational and visionary leader who will lead the organisation into an exciting period of opportunity for continued expansion, growth, and influence. You will be a proven strategic leader with the ability to develop and establish collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders to successfully stimulate and deliver positive change for the organisation, its staff and service users. You will have a personal drive for results and be motivating and energetic in the pursuit of positive outcomes.

For More Information and How to Apply, see our Recruitment Partner website, Engage Talent –

37.5 hours per week

Salary is £22,000-25,000 per annum.

Mainstay DRP require a permanent, full time Finance Officer.

As part of a small, but busy team, this role is crucial to the running of the organization. Reporting to the Finance Manager, this is a varied of the role, to ensure efficient, effective and robust finance procedures are implemented and maintained, and with particular responsibility for fully managing the monthly payroll for all staff.

Key Responsibilities

  • Full end to end processing of monthly payroll for staff on Sage Payroll
  • Sage Accounts Processing – creditor and debtor invoices and journals, supplier statements, credit control
  • Implementation, administration and auditing of Petty Cash system
  • Implementation and administration of service users’ finance procedures and arrangements across all services
  • Work with the Finance Manager in developing and implementing corrective and preventative measures where necessary, and facilitating financial process training to all staff
  • Other Finance Administration duties as required such as financial analysis and reporting


  • A relevant Accounting Technician, Payroll or Finance qualification
  • 2 years+ experience working in a similar role to include Sage Payroll and Accounts
  • Highly organized
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to work in a confidential and professional manner
  • Strong IT skills, particularly in Microsoft packages & Sage or similar
  • Ability to work in a busy environment, be proactive, and use your own initiative
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Strong team work ethos to work as part of a small, busy office team
  • Excellent problem solver, with proven ability to make improvements and efficiencies
  • Full Clean Driving licence and access to a vehicle to enable movement around our sites, and for offsite appointments related to role

Closing date: Thursday 30th September

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40 hours per week

Our Support Workers are experienced in providing the best quality of support for tenants with complex learning disabilities and autism, as well as leading teams on each shift. You’ll have some previous experience in a similar role.

Essential Criteria

  • NVQ/QCF Level 2 in Social Care (Adults) or an equivalent qualification, PLUS at least one year’s experience of working with people who have a learning disability OR
  • Relevant training such as NISCC Induction PLUS two years’ experience of working with people who have a learning disability and autism
  • Experience of administering medication
  • Administration and recording skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Able and confident to lead, motivate and organise a shift team
  • Positive attitude
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • A strong teamworker
  • Able to support service users to develop life skills, such as cooking
  • Full Driving Licence acceptable to the organisation’s insurers

Desirable Criteria

  • Completed NVQ/QCF Level 3 in Social Care (Adults)
  • 1 year’s experience of working in a Supported Housing environment

This position involves working at night, including sleep-in and waking night duty, as part of the rota.

Rate of pay is £10.69 per hour. In addition, we also offer a very competitive rate of £70 per night for every sleep-in shift worked.

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30/ 40 hours per week contracts available

While some experience or knowledge of working in a caring role is desired, what’s most important to us for this role is a genuine passion for caring for adults with a learning disability, and a willingness to develop a career in this rewarding field, where you’ll really get the opportunity to make a difference. Full training is provided.

Working hours for these posts include irregular hours such as daytime, evenings, weekends, split shifts on a rota basis, as well as some waking night duty to meet the needs of the tenants.

Essential Criteria:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong team player
  • Motivated to work in a challenging but extremely fulfilling care environment
  • A good standard of education, with good numeracy and literacy skills
  • Full Driving Licence acceptable to the organisation’s insurers

Desirable Criteria

  • A relevant qualification such as QFC/NVQ 2 in Social Care (Adults)

Rate of Pay: £9.11 per hour £9.31 per hour (driver, after completing driving training)

This position involves some working at night, including sleep-in and waking night duty, as part of the rota.

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“I changed my career from working in a trade to working with Mainstay DRP. I worked my way up and now I’m a Senior Support Worker in our Supported Housing Service. It’s very different to what I used to do, but I love it! Our service users are fantastic, and I’ve been fully supported with great training and qualifications.”

Mark, Senior Support Worker, Ardcora Supported Housing

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