As part of our new strategy for 2022-2030, we will be targeting all our work on key themes of money & poverty, and mental health & wellbeing, based on research with extensive groups of single parents.
The Peer Support team facilitates and delivers Gingerbread’s unique peer support offer across England and Wales. Within the team, two Development Officers focus on group promotion and support to group leads. One focusses on digital groups, and two Development Officers focus on themed work around peer guidance drawn from lived experience – one working on wellbeing, and the other on money and poverty.
The role of this Development Officer will focus on the development of our peer support offer on the theme of money and poverty. This will be evidence-based and drawn from the lived experience of single parents, be largely about peer guidance: single parents sharing their experiences, insights, and knowledge as well as tips and coping strategies. Our peer guidance work, which is about informal advice amongst peers, will be complemented by the formal advice work undertaken by our Advice and Information service (helpline, webchat). We know that single parents want to be connected to others in similar circumstances who understand the challenges of parenting alone, and can share invaluable advice about how they coped, bringing hope and inspiration to others.
The theme of this workstream will be around money and poverty, enabling single parents to share money saving tips, and stories about how they have tackled the financial disadvantages of being a single parent. We know single parents are more likely to live in poverty, less than half of all single parent families receive child maintenance, 70% work – often in low paid jobs and struggle to find affordable accessible childcare, many borrowing money and getting into debt to cover their family’s basic needs.
This Development Officer will also oversee the final development and rollout of a programme called Money Buddies, which includes a toolkit and training programme for volunteers to support single parents avoiding crisis debt. We have worked with partners Renaisi, to develop this programme, and have created a support programme to help single parents identify priority areas of concern around money debt and support them develop an action plan to tackle the most pressing concerns they are facing, signposting to expert advice where needed.
You will work to produce content for regional newsletters, and feed into mechanisms to share peer guidance around the theme of money and poverty, supporting the creation and dissemination of content, resources, and face to face elements of our peer support service offer.
Please submit your CV and supporting statement, highlighting your suitability for the role, via Charity Jobs.