Vacancies

Advice and Information Worker

28-30 hrs a week (negotiable)
£25,000 pro rata
One year contract with the possibility of extension.

Are you an experienced advice worker with knowledge of the benefits system? Do you want to be a lifeline for grandparents and family members who step in to raise a child in difficult family circumstances? Grandparents Plus is looking for an experienced advice worker to provide advice and information on welfare benefits, financial support, children’s services and a range of other issues of relevance to family and friends carers and guardians who are bringing up a child because their parents cannot.

A sensitive manner and the ability to work flexibly as a member of a small team are essential. Based in Bethnal Green, we are a high profile organisation run by a friendly team of committed and dynamic staff and volunteers. We offer a generous leave package and flexible working.

Closing date is 12pm on 31st March 2015.
Interviews will be held on 13th April 2015.

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Research Assistant

21 hrs a week
£26,000 pro rata for one year

Do you want to make a difference to the lives of young people growing up with family and friends because of serious family difficulties? We are looking for an enthusiastic and sensitive research assistant with experience in both quantitative and qualitative research methods to work on a ground breaking study.

Grandparents Plus, in collaboration with the University of Bristol, is conducting a major two year study funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to explore transitions in adolescence and outcomes in adulthood for young people who have grown up in kinship care. Grandparents Plus has a strong track record in both research and campaigning and the study has the potential to have far reaching implications for the placement and support of young people unable to live with their birth parents.

The study involves face to face interviews with 60 young people aged 16 to 25 who have grown up in kinship care and 60 kinship carers. We aim to find out how well young people are doing and whether they are still living with or being supported by their kinship carers.

The role is an exciting opportunity for an experienced researcher or a researcher at an early stage in their career to gain wide ranging experience, including in conducting interviews, using standardised psychological assessment tools and both qualitative and quantitative analysis using Nvivo and SPSS, learning from a senior academic and an experienced policy and research director who are regarded internationally as leaders in the field.

Experience of conducting interviews and strong written and oral communications skills are essential, as well as a willingness to travel within the UK. Based in Bethnal Green, we are a small but high profile organisation run by a friendly team of committed and dynamic staff and volunteers. We offer a generous leave package and flexible working.

Closing date is 5pm on 13th April 2015.
Interviews will be held week beginning 27 April 2015.