Location: London (Vauxhall)
Hours: Full time (35 hours per week) (can offer flexible working – minimum of 28 hours per week)
Contract: 1-year fixed term contract, possible further extension (funding permitting)
Benefits: 30 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays and pension
Please note this role is dependent on securing funding.
Are you able to build online communities that flourish? Can you use your communication, marketing and digital skills to help kinship carers access more support and develop strong peer support in this time of crisis?
About the role:
During this national COVID-19 crisis, we’re increasing our support to be able to help more kinship carers across England and Wales.
You’ll be part of our marketing and engagement team, working really closely with our programmes team to promote their vital support services and build our online communities.
Who we’re looking for:
Kinship carers are at the heart of all we do. We’re innovating our services to make sure that we can provide high-quality virtual services that help our kinship carers to access online support when they need it.
You’ll be able to help kinship carers access technologies like Facebook Groups and Zoom and you’ll build private and public online communities that help our carers feel supported and less alone. A creative and talented communicator, you’ll understand the needs of our kinship carers and how to translate these into content that offers value and develops peer support. You’ll need to be friendly and positive and really ambitious about helping our kinship community to flourish.
Naturally curious about people, you’ll help tell the stories of our kinship carers online and in the media. Managing different relationships and stakeholders will be a key part of this new role, and you’ll ensure that the needs of our kinship carers are at the forefront.
We’re looking for someone who is a doer, who is always learning and create new opportunities for engagement.
If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you.
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. And it’s a fight to get support. Kinship families raising over 200,000 children are on the brink of going under because there’s no recognition or support. They feel invisible. They are desperate.
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. We use our experience and expertise to change lives.
We are supporting kinship carers in their homes and communities, giving advice and helping them work through problems to find the best way forward. We connect carers together in our national community and network of local support groups, to share experiences so they don’t have to face the fight alone. We help professionals understand kinship families and improve support for them. And our research and campaigns make sure kinship care is understood and government knows what changes are needed.
We’ll not rest until the recognition and support is there for every kinship family.
To apply, please click the Apply button to send a CV (no more than 2 pages) with a covering letter (no more than 2 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.
We’re accepting applications on a rolling basis and will interview quickly before the dates stated for exceptional candidates.
Closing date: Noon on 15th May 2020
Interview date: w/c 18th May 2020