Role and responsibilities
The Honeypot Children’s Charity has an exciting opportunity for an experienced professional to join our small team of exceptional Children’s Services Leaders (CSLs). Our CSLs are responsible for shaping and leading delivery of the Charity’s services to children across all platforms, both online and face to face. They develop and deliver online activities for children from across the Honeypot catchment area, and design and lead residential respite and SEAL breaks and other face to face services for children supported by the Honeypot house at which they are based. This role will be based at Honeypot House near Exbury in the New Forest, Hampshire.
Our CSLs inspire, supervise, guide, and set standards for a friendly team who work alongside them, and the successful candidate will be an effective team leader, excited by the prospect of developing both people and services to deliver the best possible experiences and outcomes for the children we support.
Our CSLs must have excellent creative skills and great enthusiasm, alongside exceptional professional standards, empathy, integrity, and a willingness to embrace change as we further develop our services.
You will lead individual and group activities for children in safe, nurturing environments both face to face and online. At our residential sites you will have access to facilities including extensive gardens and grounds, trampolines, a swimming pool, bikes and go carts, an adventure playground and an arts and crafts studio.
With support from the Operations Manager and CSL colleagues you will plan and prepare breaks and activities, set menus considering allergies and dietary requirements, arrange food deliveries, and oversee preparation of nutritious meals during residential breaks. You will ensure that the health and safety of children and colleagues is maintained throughout each activity and be responsible for the care of Honeypot House and its equipment for the duration of breaks.
In advance of any break or activity you will plan and prepare content, assess risks, engage, and brief your team and liaise with families, referrers and others as needed. During a break or activity, you will lead your team in delivering fun, stimulating, and memorable experiences for children while ensuring the highest professional standards and adhering to Charity policies and procedures, including record keeping/reporting. You may at times be required to accompany the minibus as children’s chaperone to collect or return them when alternative staffing is not available.
You will liaise with schools, families and the wider team in the preparation, day-to-day management, and delivery of SEAL breaks, taking responsibility for optimising experiences and outcomes for children on the breaks you lead. You will assist the Charity in understanding beneficiary needs, identify support opportunities, measure impact, and strive to continually improve our services for children.
To provide continuity for children, all team members remain consistent throughout respite and SEAL breaks. You will therefore be required to remain resident onsite for the full duration of all breaks you work.
You will lead the assessment and onboarding of newly referred children, meeting with them and their families (usually online). You will also engage with and meet referring organisations to develop mutually beneficial professional relationships.
You will act as line manager to support team members and provide ongoing coaching, training, and supervision.
Please complete the enclosed Application form and Equal Opportunities form and send with your application.