16-sheet2We are the only charity in Dorset that supports children and adults with profound physical and/or learning disabilities, and their families, through a range of services.

Our specialist approach helps change the lives of people, striving and achieving lifetime goals. We focus on the positives and aim to give those we support a fantastic life and encouraging future.

We are committed to providing lifetime partnerships for over 600 people with disabilities across many specialist disciplines, but all working to a common purpose.

At Diverse Abilities we employ over 400 individuals offering a unique opportunity to work for an outstanding charity and it is not only rewarding but highly satisfying.

At Diverse Abilities we are ‘Investors in People’ accredited and firmly believe in training and development for all staff across the charity.

Please contact the HR and Training team on 01202 718266 or contact to find out more


  • To have a person centred approach to the people we support

  • Understanding, valuing and respecting people

  • Being an advocate for Diverse Abilities

  • Delivering a quality service that represents excellent value for money.

What we offer our staff


We are committed to training and developing our employees so that the charity can provide the best possible experience for the people supported.

All support staff receive a full induction programme over 12 weeks covering the mandatory and best practice standards for the Care Quality Commission and Ofsted.  Following this, we ensure that staff keep their mandatory certificates up-to-date by offering refresher courses and offer other training in specific areas that are required to care for the people supported.  To achieve this, all support staff have a minimum of five training days per year following their induction. We also support individuals to achieve their Health & Social Care Diplomas.

Managers and team leaders are encouraged to enrol on the in-house management training programme to help them in their management role and we support staff in other roles to undertake courses and qualifications relevant to their specialist area, e.g. fundraising or accountancy. To achieve this we have a small in-house team that covers many areas of expertise comprising a manager, who delivers the management programme; a qualified trainer who delivers health & social care training tailored to our staff’s needs; and a part time administrator who makes sure everyone is booked on the training they need and they get their certificates to prove it.

In addition we have good relationships with a small number of external suppliers to deliver some aspects of the mandatory and specialist training.  This means that they fully understand the way we work and the challenges our support teams face, so that their training is entirely relevant for the role of support staff at Diverse Abilities. All our training receives fantastic feedback from delegates, with many saying it is the best they have received.

All of our training and development is supported through regular observations and assessments; supervision meetings and on-going support; and our performance review process.  Working for Diverse Abilities you can be sure you will get all the training, help and support you need to feel confident and knowledgeable in your role.

Staff testimonials

“The group induction is good and made me feel at ease.” 

“I love the job and have found the training excellent.” 

“The training has been excellent – the best I have ever had.”  

Find out more…

Get in touch…

Telephone: 01202 718266


Find the HR and training team…

Unit C, Acorn Business Park, Ling Road, Poole, Dorset BH12 4NZ

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