Project Worker – Relative Experience
full time (35 hours per week), £26,632, 30 days annual leave plus pension, based in London, fixed term to March 2018
Grandparents Plus is the UK’s charity supporting and championing the role of grandparents in children’s lives. We particularly work to support grandparents who are raising grandchildren often because of very difficult family circumstances, including parental death, disability or serious illness, drug or alcohol misuse, abuse or neglect, imprisonment or domestic violence. It is estimated that 200,000 children are being brought up by relatives in kinship care.
Relative Experience supports kinship carers, or relatives raising children who are not their own, through a befriending service and support groups. Having run the project successfully in the North East of England for the past three years, we’ve now received additional funding from the Big Lottery Fund to continue the work in this region and run a pilot in London in partnership with Family Lives. We’re therefore looking for an experienced project worker to set up the project in the North London area.
We’re looking for someone committed to the work of Grandparents Plus who is passionate about making a difference to the lives of vulnerable families. You’ll bring excellent relationship building, communication and organisational skills, as well as be able to work on your own initiative and collaboratively with partners. You will have proven experience of working with families, particularly those in more disadvantaged circumstances.
If you have any questions, please contact Louise Baker at Grandparents Plus on 020 8981 8001 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to apply for the role please send your CV and a covering letter (no more than three pages) showing how you meet the criteria in the person specification to email@example.com
Closing Date: Wednesday 22 March 2017
Interview date: Friday 31 March 2017
See also the job vacancy for ‘Family Lives’ Relative Experience Volunteer Development officer, London’ at www.familylives.org.uk/about/work-for-us/
Sessional Advice Workers
£13.73 per hour + holiday
Based: London (Bethnal Green)
Hours: Ad hoc and negotiable
Grandparents Plus is the national charity (England and Wales) that supports and champions the role of grandparents in grandchildren’s lives. We particularly support grandparents who are raising grandchildren often due to difficult family circumstances, including parental death, disability or serious illness, drug or alcohol misuse, imprisonment or domestic violence. Over 200,000 children (1 in 73 in England) are being raised by ‘kinship carers’ and they have often experienced trauma and neglect. We advise and support them, providing vital financial, practical and emotional support through a range of national and local services.
Are you an experienced advice worker with knowledge of the benefits system? Do you want to be a lifeline for grandparents and other family members who step in to raise a child in difficult family circumstances? Grandparents Plus is looking for experienced sessional advice workers 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.
If you would like to apply for the role please send your CV and a covering letter showing how you meet the criteria in the person specification to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for applications is 18 April at 12 noon.
Grandparents Plus regularly recruits interns to support our policy, research and campaigning activity. If you are interested in becoming an intern please forward your CV with a covering email explaining why you want to intern with us and email it to email@example.com with the subject heading ‘intern inquiry’.
We will then get back to you if there are any opportunities available.
Can you donate your time, skills and expertise to Grandparents Plus?
Grandparents Plus is looking for volunteers! We need help with a range of tasks: from admin support to fundraising, from campaigns to events and other activities. So why not get involved? We offer great experience, a lovely team and we will pay travel and other expenses.
If you would like to volunteer with us but can’t see a role that suits you, please send your CV with a covering email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading ‘volunteer inquiry’.
Current volunteer roles:
Kinship Care Champion
Suggested involvement: Minimum of 4 hours a month. Before starting the role kinship carers are required to attend a training day.
Who are Kinship Care Champions?
A Kinship Care Champion is a Grandparents Plus volunteer who is or has been a kinship carer. They play a key role in supporting the charity’s work and increasing local awareness of the vital role grandparents and the wider family play in children’s lives.
They do this in a variety of ways from starting local support groups to giving talks to organisations and schools. With support from Grandparents Plus, Champions also have the opportunity to speak to local media and host fundraising events.
Kinship Care Champions will receive training and ongoing support from the Grandparents Plus External Affairs team. Volunteers aren’t paid for their time but will be reimbursed for any out of pocket expenses.
Why do we need Kinship Care Champions?
There are 200,000 kinship carers in the UK raising 300,000 children but many are struggling alone without the support and information they need.
Kinship Care Champions are vital in creating community links and raising awareness of kinship carers and the challenges they, and their children and young people, face locally and nationally. Champions will also be a point of contact for local kinship carers – signing them up to become Grandparents Plus members and signposting them to our online resources and advice line.
Who can become a Kinship Care Champion?
We need kinship carers who are dedicated and passionate and want to proactively make a difference to the lives of other kinship carers in their communities. Those who want to use their experience and knowledge by highlighting the importance of kinship care as well as promoting the work of Grandparents Plus.
What will kinship carers gain from being a Kinship Care Champion?
Public speaking training which will equip them with the necessary skills to fulfil this role as well as provide skills that can be used in other areas of their lives.
- The satisfaction of making a difference to the lives of kinship carers and their young people.
- Networking skills.
- Opportunity to develop skills and knowledge.
- A positive sense of wellbeing from feeling part of something and working towards a joint goal.
- Opportunity to influence policy and practice.
- Growth in confidence.
How to apply
If you are interesting in becoming a Kinship Care Champion please email Alana Genge at email@example.com, providing your name and contact details as well as a short summary as to why you are interested in the role.
Share your story in the media
Your story could make a big difference. Many grandparents or family and friends carers in a situation similar to yours will find comfort in knowing they are not alone. Others might come forward for help to Grandparents Plus. The Government might take more notice of the issue.
We need grandparents and family and friends carers from all areas of the UK, who would be interested in giving interviews for TV, newspapers, magazines and radio.
We want to hear from grandparents and family and friends carers who:
- Provide a lot of childcare to enable their own children to go to work
- Are the full-time carers of children who are not their own.
The media often approach us for suitable case studies, so we’re always looking to expand our database.
If you would like to be a Grandparents Plus case study please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org