Markfield is a community centre in Tottenham which aims to promote the dignity, choice, independence and community inclusion of Disabled people and their families. We offer a wide range of services including children’s clubs and playschemes, adults social sessions, drop-ins, advice and training.
Starting from mid-October 2018
Salary: £29,728 to £31,368
Hours: 35 hours a week* 52 weeks a year
Annual leave: 25 days a year pro rata, rising to 30 days pro rata after three years’ service
Pension: 5% contributory pension scheme
This is an opportunity to join an experienced and supportive team at a dynamic and well-regarded Tottenham-based charity. Markfield is an inclusive community hub that promotes equality, participation and choice for disabled people and their families.
We are seeking a highly motivated and well-organised person to manage the team running the programme of term-time and holiday play and leisure services for disabled children and young people, based at our community centre – a Grade II listed building with a huge adventure playground in Markfield Park. Our services enable disabled, deaf and autistic children to have fun, take risks, and play an active role in their community alongside their peers.
You will be responsible for the strategic management of the children & youth programme, including developing new strategies to make these services financially viable long-term, in the context of declining funding from local authority sources.
This is a challenging and varied role: you will need experience working with disabled children/young people in play or youth work, as well as experience of managing staff and budgets, and ideally you will have a Level 3 or higher qualification in play/ childcare/ youth work or a related field.
* the hours of work are potentially negotiable
Closing date: 5pm on Wednesday 12th September 2018
Interviews will be held on Tuesday 18th September 2018
If you have questions and/or would like to find out more information about this role please contact us by email or phone
020 8800 4134
Volunteer title: Volunteer Independent Supporter
Purpose: To assist with the delivery of Independent Support to parents/carers and young people through the current Special Educational Needs and Disability system reforms
Responsible to: Family Support Manager
Hours of work: Average 2-3 hours a week for a minimum of 9 months
General description of role
Assist Markfield Family Support Team staff to support parents/carers to work in partnership with their child’s school or the Local Authority to achieve the best outcomes for their child and to support young people express their views and make informed decisions about their education, health and social care needs.
Roles and responsibilities
- To give parents/carers and young people confidence by attending meetings as a supporter to enable parents/carers to participate fully.
- To inform parents/carers and young people of their statutory rights and any local policies which are relevant.
- To provide impartial information and support
- Assist training delivery
- Answer queries from the helpline when needed
- Help publicise services
- To attend all relevant training courses as requested by Markfield
- Prepare for and attend regular supervision
- To maintain confidentiality about service users in line with Markfield’s Child Protection policies
- To follow Markfield’s policies and procedures in your volunteering practice
Qualities and skills you will need
- Confidence to work with parents/carers and young people in a variety of different situations
- A sensitive, clear and friendly communication style
- Ability to work independently on your own initiative
- Understanding of the support needs of Disabled people and their families
- Good listening skills
- An open-minded and non-judgemental approach to other people
- The ability to work flexibly
- Enthusiasm and willingness to learn new skills
Other relevant skills for the role (These are not essential for your application)
- An ability to speak a local community language other than English
- Skills in non-verbal communication systems such as BSL, PECS