Location: Rhondda Cynon Taff (RCT) and Merthyr Tydfil– home based with occasional travel across England and Wales
Salary: £23,500 per annum
Hours: Full Time (35 hours a week)
Contract: Fixed term until October 2021 (12 months)
Benefits: 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays and pension
Line management responsibility: No
Budget management responsibility: No
Responsible to: Development Manager (Wales)
Do you want to make a real difference to the lives of kinship carers and their families in Wales?
About the role
This is a brand-new role, the first of its kind in Wales for Grandparents Plus. So we’re looking for someone who is excited about developing and scaling up our work in Wales.
As part of the new Service Design and Impact team, you’ll work closely with our Development Manager for Wales, to pilot new services for kinship carers and build close links with the community.
Working across Rhondda Cynon Taff (RCT) and Merthyr Tydfil, our new project worker will support kinship families in their homes and in the community, providing information, advice and signposting to local services. You’ll set up and deliver our new support service for special guardians and other kinship carers.
From facilitating peer support groups (both face to face and online), recruiting volunteers, delivering preparation workshops for carers thinking of becoming special guardians and delivering our Kinship Connected support programme, you’ll be providing a lifeline and reducing isolation and loneliness.
Who we’re looking for
We’re seeking an experienced project worker who is passionate about working with kinship carers and the issues affecting children on the edge of the care system, in order to transform the support they receive.
Ideally, you’ll have good knowledge of services and communities in Rhondda Cynon Taff (RCT) and Merthyr Tydfil.
We are looking for someone who has the interpersonal and partnership skills to perform their role sensitively and creatively and who can work collaboratively with key stakeholders.
You will also really understand the important of evaluation and proving our impact to help support growth and tract more fundraising and commissioning.
The nature of our work means that things can change quickly, so you’ll need to be able to problem solve and keep a cool head.
This role will be what you make it and we’re looking for someone to seize this opportunity.
Why work for us?
It’s a fast-paced environment, with plenty of opportunity to put your ideas into practice to positively change the lives of vulnerable families. You will be joining the charity at an exciting time as we embark on developing our services and reach in Wales. And this is a key role to growing our services.
It is important to us that you’re happy in this role so we really value development, so we’ll encourage you to keep learning and training.
We’re a friendly team, passionate about doing good better. If that sounds like you, why don’t you join us?
How to apply
To apply please send your CV (no more than two pages) and covering letter (no more than two pages) explaining how you meet the person specification and why you want the role to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions, please contact Louise Baker at Grandparents Plus on 020 8981 8001 or at email@example.com.
We will not short list candidates who don’t enclose a personalised covering letter.
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
About Grandparents Plus – the kinship care charity
Kinship care begins in crisis. A child whose parents are unable to care for them. It’s frightening, painful, confusing. For the child, it can feel like their world is ending.
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.
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.
That’s why we support, connect and campaign.
To keep kinship families stronger by keeping them together.