Location: London (Vauxhall)
Hours: Full time (35 hours per week) (can offer flexible working – minimum of 28 hours per week)
Benefits: 30 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays (pro rata for part-time)
Can your words create real change? We’re looking for an inspiring storyteller who wants to change society for all kinship care families.
About the role:
As our communications and media manager, you’ll write the key messages about kinship care that will help us to create real and sustainable change. We need the media, the public and our supporters to understand what we do and why we do it. That will be your job.
You’ll raise the profile of the charity, managing communications and media activity and protecting the organisation’s principles and reputation. Your words will inspire action from a range of audiences which will drive positive change and raise awareness of the vital role kinship care plays in society. You’ll enable us to campaign for both recognition and support for our kinship carers.
Who we’re looking for:
You’ll be an expert in leading communications projects to inspire action and drive change. A proven track record of generating national and regional media coverage and driving social media growth and engagement is essential. You’ll really understand the importance of telling the stories of our kinship carers and you’ll make sure their voices are heard - where they have the most impact.
You’ll be empathetic, calm and positive because you’ll be dealing with some difficult issues and talking to kinship carers who have important stories to tell. And we need to make sure that they feel safe and supported telling these stories.
You’re the sort of person who gets on and does things, you’ll use your initiative and creativity to create innovative content, build trusted relationships and grasp opportunities. You’ll need to be able to work in an environment that can sometime be reactive, yet remain focused and positive under pressure.
From PR, to digital to case studies, you’ll feel comfortable writing for multi-channels and different audiences. You will develop integrated communications and media plans which inspire action from a range of audiences and drive forward positive change and help us achieve our charity’s core objectives of:
- Raising awareness, understanding and recognition of kinship care and the challenges faced by carers and children.
- Ensuring kinship care families are supported, can access information, advice and support when they need it.
- Campaigning for change so that kinship care is supported by legislation, policy and practice.
- Building a sustainable future for the charity, diversifying income and building a strong team of staff and volunteers.
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.
Why work for us?
At Grandparents Plus we are passionate about improving the lives of kinship carers and the children they raise. They deserve to be recognised, valued and properly supported so that the children they are raising have the best possible start in life.
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 a new phase of development - growing commissioned services, reaching more people who need us with advice and support, developing innovative digital services and diversifying our fundraising. Working with us you’ll see your efforts pay off as we fight for a better future for kinship care families.
We’ve just moved into new offices in Vauxhall, with great transport links and a rich local community.
We’re a friendly team, passionate about doing good better. Use your words to make a difference - join us.
To apply, please click the Apply button to send a CV (no more than 2 pages) and covering letter (no more than 2 pages) explaining how you meet the person specification.
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: 19th May 2020