Grandparents Plus
£23,500 per annum outside London/£26,632 in London
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Location: Home based with occasional travel across the UK

Hours: Full time (35 hours per week) (can offer flexible working – minimum of 28 hours per week)

Contract: 12 months fixed term contract

Benefits: 30 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays (pro rata for part-time) and pension

Please note this role is dependent on securing funding.

Compassionate, caring and committed to supporting kinship carers in crisis, we’re looking for incredible project workers who can offer exceptional virtual support.

About the role:

During this national COVID-19 crisis, we’re increasing our frontline support to be able to help more kinship carers across England and Wales.

You’ll be an integral part of the programmes team responding to kinship carers as part of our new Kinship Response membership service for local authorities and Regional Adoption Agencies. You’ll provide crisis intervention support and facilitate essential virtual 1:1 and group support.

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. As it’s a new role, you’ll need to be confident working independently and be able to respond and adapt to change positively as we scale up.

Group facilitation skills are a must, 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 that also sounds like you, why don’t you join us?

To apply, please click the Apply button to send a CV (no more than 2 pages) with a covering letter (no more than 2 pages) to show how you meet the criteria set out in the person specification, why you want the role and why you would like to work for Grandparents Plus.

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: w/c 18th May 2020

Refreshed on: 10 May 2020
Closed date: 15 May 2020
Tags: Support Worker, Social Work