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Families InFocus (Essex)
Chelmsford, Essex
Pro rata, 21 hours pw (flexible). FTE £23,836 - £25,295 per year (depending on experience).
Leonard Cheshire
Hitchin
£8.25 per hour
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Newcastle, Staffordshire
£12,000 per year
Permanent, Part-time
This recruiter is scheduling interviews as the applications come in. So apply now!
Job description

JOB DESCRIPTION

POST TITLE: Short Breaks Activities Manager

REPORTING TO: National Family Services Manager

ACCOUNTABLE TO :       Director of Clinical Services

HOURS:                               18.75 hours per week (part-time)

TERM OF POST: Permanent

PROBATIONARY PERIOD:  3 months

LEAVE ENTITLEMENT:     21 days annual leave per annum exclusive of Bank Holidays, pro rata

Caudwell Children is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.  The suitability of all prospective employees or volunteers will be assessed during the recruitment process in line with this commitment.

PURPOSE OF THE POST

The Charity is looking to recruit two part time dedicated Short Breaks Activities Managers to manage an existing team of Short Break Activities Co-ordinators, Activity Support Workers and Volunteers.  The successful candidates will be responsible for the planning and co-ordinating of each programme and ensuring that they are delivered successfully in terms of outcomes and budget.  The aim is to help disabled children and young people identify their goals and build their skills and experience to allow them to reach their full potential, helping them to build friendships, form lasting social networks and obtain ASDAN qualifications.

Short Breaks enable disabled children and young people to access the kind of activities that are open to non-disabled children, so that they can lead ordinary lives.  A Short Break will allow a child to have a change of scene, try different experiences, have fun and make friends in a safe and caring environment, while achieving a recognised ASDAN certificate.  This will contribute to a child’s personal and social development and reduce social isolation and contribute a sense of achievement and wellbeing.  Short breaks help a child spend time outside the family home and with other people and aim to improve the quality of life of children and their families.

The main purpose of this role is to plan and implement fun, inspiring and challenging leisure activities that build life skills and promote independence, whilst also providing carers with vital short break respite.  Activities are supported by funding and grants from local area commissioners and delivered with the assistance of contracted part-time co-ordinators and a team of volunteers.  The areas covered, shared between the two posts, are South Staffordshire, Stafford, Leek, Tamworth, Lichfield, Burton, Cannock and Newcastle. You will be expected to work flexibly with some weekend working required and this will vary according to the needs of the service, and may be for example 2 hours to provide supervision to coordinators or training to volunteers, or as much as 4 hours to meet a gap in staff availability.

You will work as part of the Family Services team and be able to provide advice and guidance to parents of children with Special Educational Needs.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Project management and co-ordination of Caudwell Children’s Short Breaks Programme

  • Planning meaningful ASDAN courses, with achievable objectives.
  • Develop session/activity plans to ensure that each area within each programme follows a consistent theme and format.
  • Ensure that each programme and activity is planned in advance and delivered to quality standards in a timely manner.
  • Ensure that children remain engaged and safe throughout the programmes in accordance with Caudwell Children’s policies and procedures.
  • Ensure that children are signposted to other local activities where appropriate.
  • Ensure that children have exit plans for longer term supporting activity on leaving programmes and activities.
  • Complete assessments for the children prior to them taking part in the activities.
  • Monitor, evaluate and provide reports for the department and organisation.
  • Comply with all external funding requirements as appropriate.
  • Staff and Volunteers
    • Manage, support and ensure supervision of staff and volunteers in the delivery of each programme.
    • To work in close conjunction with the volunteer team to ensure the engagement and retention of short breaks volunteers.
    • Assist in the recruitment and training of staff and volunteers
    • Ensure volunteer numbers meet the support needs of children on all activities and programmes.
  • Budgeting
    • Ensure the service is delivered to the agreed budget and strategy.
    • Support and help to develop grant applications when requested by the grants team.
  • Other
    • To provide advice and guidance to short break coordinators and volunteers
    • Effectively liaise with service users, families, team colleagues
    • Ensure compliance with ISO, Health and Safety, Safeguarding, Purchasing etc. policies and procedures
    • Ensure that risk assessments on all proposed activities and venues have taken place.
    • Ensure children’s records and portfolios are complete and have sufficient evidence to meet ASDAN standards

The above list of duties and responsibilities is not exhaustive and the post holder will be required to undertake other tasks as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

SHORT BREAKS ACTIVITIES MANAGER

Qualifications –Assessed by Application Form

Essential

  • GCSE’s (or equivalent) in English and Maths

Desirable

  • Diploma in Health and Social Care and safeguarding training

Experience – Assessed by Application Form and Interview

Essential

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience of working with children.
  • Experience of supervising or managing others. Experience working with children with a disability.

Desirable

  • Experience working in the third/voluntary sector.
  • Experience working in an educational setting with different levels of learners.
  • Experience working with volunteers. Experience of managing funded projects

Knowledge – Assessed by Application Form and Interview

Essential

  • Children and Families with Disabilities

Desirable

  • ASDAN
  • Health and Safety
  • Safeguarding
  • ISO 9001

Skills and Abilities – Assessed by Interview

Essential

  • Ability to engage, motivate and communicate with children and young people including those with special needs
  • Ability to work on own initiative and part of a team
  • Good IT skills (Microsoft Office)
  • Good organisational, planning and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to present clear and informative written and verbal reports.

Personal Attributes- Assessed at Interview

Essential

  • Warm and Caring person. Dedicated, passionate, enthusiastic and resilient.

Other Special Requirements –Assessed by Interview

Essential

  • Flexible approach to work, including weekends.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Access to a car and car insurance for work use.

DISCLOSURE AND BARRING SERVICE CHECKS

The Charity is committed to safeguarding children and young people and therefore adopts a safer recruitment approach through a robust recruitment and selection process.  All posts within the Charity are subject to DBS checks, in line with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974).  Dependent on the role, one of the following DBS checks will be carried out:

  • Standard disclosure
  • Enhanced disclosure
  • Enhanced disclosure with children’s and/or adults’ barred list check(s):

This role is not exempt under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and is therefore eligible for an Enhanced (with children’s and/or adults’ barred list check) DBS check.

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Refreshed on: 26 April 2020
Closing date: 10 June 2020
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