Work for us

Are you looking for a new challenge, and an exciting organisation to join? We’re always looking for enthusiastic team-players to join the Aquarius family.

When you join our charity, you’re joining a great team where everyone is committed to inspiring recovery.

We support everyone who works for us and those accessing our services to succeed. This is demonstrated by our investors in people gold award which we are very proud to have achieved.  

As well as being part of your local service or team, you become part of the wider Aquarius family and our Recovery Focus group. This provides a great network of people for you to learn from and a variety of opportunities 

Each and every staff member is valued for what they bring to the table, and we’re here to support you in your professional development.

Application process

All recruitment for Aquarius is handled centrally through Recovery Focus, the group of charities we are proud to be part of. You can find current vacancies and apply on our vacancies portal. Please note that you will be taken to our Recovery Focus website when clicking this link. If you would like to view Aquarius only roles please click the filter on the left hand side.

Our roles are all service focused, with most of our roles being people facing roles, working with those who need our support. All roles are available here.

Trust and respect

Feedback from our staff surveys shows that our employees feel they are working with colleagues who trust and respect each other; who are skilled and competent people who are good at their jobs; and that together we work and support each other to provide high quality services.

Working together and supporting each other is something we continually focus on. We spend most of our time at work – it’s important that everyone feels welcome, supported, and empowered to succeed.

We’re particularly proud to invest in every member of staff’s professional development; valuing diversity and everyone’s contribution; and ensuring the voice of employees is heard, and makes a positive difference.

We’re proud to offer a competitive salary, which gradually increases on an annual basis. Alongside your salary, we provide an enhanced pension scheme, life assurance, a Cycle to Work scheme, and loans for season travel tickets. We offer Childcare Vouchers to those already part of the scheme prior to the October 2018 scheme change.

We also offer enhanced sick pay, maternity pay and paternity pay dependent on time in service.  

We offer all staff 32 days’ annual leave, as well as bank holidays. We also offer the option to buy up to a weeks additional leave and to sell leave.  

We offer a range of flexible working options and are committed to supporting our people with gaining a work life balance. We know that being happy at work and having support is really important to people 

We’re looking for people who:

  • Show commitment to putting the people we support first
  • Can work flexibly as an effective member of a team
  • Are great communicators who can empathise with others
  • Can effectively plan and organise to achieve success
  • Value and harness the diverse skills and talents of others
  • Take pride in their work and are always seeking to improve the quality of what they do.

Does that sound like you? Take a look at our current vacancies today!

What does valuing diversity mean? To us, it means that we understand and recognise differences between people and groups, and believe that our individual differences are an asset to our community and organisation.

At its heart, valuing diversity is about respecting and celebrating our differences and what each person offers.

Inclusion is one of our core values, which we can only achieve by embracing, reflecting, and celebrating the diversity of the communities we serve.

Equality is a legal requirement, but we aim to go beyond this. We don’t just want to comply but excel. We are proud to have received the Investors in Diversity Silver accreditation for our work in this area.

To achieve this, we treat everyone who works or volunteers for us as individuals with unique sets of skills and experienced to be positively harnessed and development regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief.

Throughout recruitment, we monitor these protected characteristics and regularly review selection criteria and procedures; equality and diversity also form a core part of our induction and mandatory training for all staff.

It’s really important to us to provide people with lived experience of drinking, drug use and gambling to train and work with us through volunteering opportunities, becoming a peer supporter, and securing paid roles.

We’re committed to promoting wellbeing in the work place and providing people with lived experience opportunities to train and work with us through volunteering, becoming a peer supporter and securing paid roles.

We are keen to increase the number of apprenticeships we offer across our organisation; from trainees in our social enterprise café Evolve to administration and support worker roles, we believe in working to increase access to employment.

We’re committed to investing in the ongoing professional development of our staff, as demonstrated through our Investors in People Gold accreditation. We recognise that our people are our biggest asset and we’re determined to improve the way we manage, develop and lead our staff.

We are proud to offer a comprehensive range of learning and development training, through both online and face-to-face training course, to ensure our staff are continuously progressing and being given opportunities to excel. We also offer developmental opportunities through our graduate trainee, apprenticeship and work placement programmes.

Your individual learning needs will be identified with your line manager, who will ensure that your development plan is tailored accordingly to help you achieve your key goals and objectives, engaging in a range of learning opportunities.

This includes:

  • Mandatory training for all employees
  • Learning pathways based on your role and the service in which you work
  • Access to more than 220 e-learning modules
  • A range of apprentice opportunities 
  • Accredited Level 3, 5 and 7 Training
  • Formal qualifications
  • On the job shadowing and mentoring
  • A leadership and management development programme to coach our leaders of tomorrow
  • Support while completing Qualifications and Credit Framework QCF by paying fees and giving study leave.

Our services

We have a range of services helping people overcome the harms caused by alcohol, drugs and gambling.

Our support

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