About the role
We're seeking an experienced Project Worker who is passionate about working with kinship carers and issues affecting children on the edge of the care system in order to transform the support they receive. We're looking for someone who has the interpersonal and communication skills to perform their role sensitively and creatively, and who is able to work collaboratively with local authorities across West Yorkshire (specifically Bradford and Calderdale) who have commissioned our service to support special guardians.
Who we’re looking for:
Kinship carers are at the heart of what we do, so you’ll be absolutely committed to the work of Grandparents Plus and passionate about making a difference to the lives of vulnerable families. An experienced and thoughtful Project Worker, you’ll work in partnership with the team, our kinship carers and local authorities to deliver a sensitive and creative service.
Calm, practical and empathetic, you’ll strive to achieve the best impact for our kinship carers and the organisation. Confident working independently and able to respond and adapt to change positively, you'll demonstrate strong group facilitation skills, along with experience of facilitating remote support. You’ll also need excellent administration skills, balancing our reporting requirements and database input with the practical needs of the kinship carers.
This can be a tough role as you’ll be hearing stories from carers in crisis. As a team, we make time to make sure your wellbeing is also looked after and that we support each other.
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.
We’re a friendly team, passionate about doing good, better.
If this also sounds like you, join us.
Closing date: Noon on Wednesday 3 June
Interview date: Wednesday 10 June