Location: Home based with occasional travel across the UK.
Salary: £22,603 per annum (pro-rata)
Hours: Part-time (21 hours per week)
Contract: 12 months fixed term contract
Benefits: 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays (pro-rata for part-time) and pension
Line management responsibility: No
Budget management responsibility: No
Responsible to: Advice Service Manager
Can you help support hundreds of kinship carers to get the advice and help that they need across Wales?
About the role
During this national COVID-19 crisis, we’re increasing our frontline support to be able to help more kinship carers across Wales.
You’ll be an integral part of a close-knit team responding to kinship carers needs through high quality advice and support.
We want every kinship carer to be able to access our advice service and you’ll help us do that by offering bilingual advice and support.
We incredibly proud that this role is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund Wales and will help us help address the additional challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic for our kinship carers in Wales.
We are expanding our work in Wales and this is a really exciting opportunity to be part of this work and help shape our services long term.
Who we’re looking for
Kinship carers are at the heart of what we do, so you’ll be absolutely committed to the work of Grandparents Plus and passionate about making a difference to the lives of vulnerable families.
A fluent Welsh speaker, you’ll be a brilliant communicator, able to support kinship carers to understand where they can get support and help them in a calm, empathetic way.
Systems can be confusing, so you’ll be there guiding with clarity and helping carers to access anything from their benefits to finding legal advice.
This can be a tough role as you’ll be hearing stories from carers in crisis. You’ll need to remain positive, be able to problem solve and be confident providing advice. It’s key that you can do this while also maintaining excellent records and using our database (Salesforce) for monitoring and evaluation.
As a team, we make time to make sure your well-being is also looked after and that we support each other.
About Grandparents Plus – the kinship care charity
Kinship care often begins in crisis. A child whose parents are unable to care for them, for whatever reason. It’s frightening, confusing and heart-breaking.
Instinctively, a loved one steps in – a grandparent, brother, sister, aunt, uncle or family friend. They are now a kinship carer, bringing up the children they love. There’s no chance to prepare. Plans are pushed aside. Relationships, jobs and savings are sacrificed.
It’s life changing and challenging raising children who’ve lost their parents, but kinship carers do it without a thought for themselves because they put the children first.
At Grandparents Plus we know how hard life can be for kinship carers. But we’ve seen the amazing things they’re capable of with someone by their side. With the right support, children raised in kinship families flourish.
And we will not rest until the recognition and support is there for every kinship family.
About our Advice Service
Our Grandparents Plus advice and support service was set up in 2011 and has helped over 12,500 kinship carers.
The demand for our service is growing each year and the number of kinship carers we support has increased by more than 300% since the line was set up.
We’re now able to extend our advice service and develop a new project providing advice to Special Guardians and other kinship carers across the UK.
Our service is independent, confidential, and non-judgmental. Our professional advisors give advice on available benefits, allowances and how to navigate child services.
We also signpost kinship carers to other organisations and apply for grants on behalf of carers.
We’re a friendly team, passionate about doing good better. If that also sounds like you, why don’t you join us?
To apply, please send a CV (no more than two pages) with a covering letter (no more than two pages) to show how you meet the criteria set out in the person specification, why you want the role and why you would like to work for Grandparents Plus to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We welcome applications in both English and in Welsh. Applications received in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than English applications.
Closing date: 9am, 2/10/2020
Interview date: W/c 12/10/2020