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CONTACT A FAMILY: Parent Carer Participation Advisor (London)

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About Contact a Family:

Contact a Family supports families with disabled children across the UK. Whatever the condition, whenever they need us, wherever they are.

We provide information, advice and support and we bring families together so they can support each other. Our services include:

  • A national freephone helpline staffed by expert advisers who can advise on education, benefits, getting a diagnosis and sources of help.
  • Up to date medical information on over 400 health conditions and disabilities, including rare conditions.
  • Connecting families in their local communities at family events and parent workshops.
  • Helping families find the best local support networks.
  • Supporting families to make a difference locally through our work with parent carer forums.
  • Campaign to end the poverty, disadvantage and isolation experienced by families with disabled children across the UK and raise awareness of these issues.

Contact a Family has a head office in Central London; with offices and home based staff and volunteers working across the UK.

About the role:

Parent carer forums work with local, regional and national partners including local authorities and health organisations to make improvements to services for disabled children and young people. There is a Parent Carer Forum in almost all local authority areas in England. The forums are supported by an annual grant from the Department for Education, which Contact a Family administers. Parent carer forums and the National Network of Parent Carer Forums played a key role in influencing the Children and Families Act 2104 and the SEND reforms that this has led to. Find out more about the forums’ work from our website:  and the NNPCF’s website:

This post for a Parent Carer Participation Advisor is a part time role working 14 hours per week and there is a need for flexibility to suit the nature of the role and client group. The Advisor will be home based, within easy travel distance of North West London, and will support 10 areas of North West London.  The successful candidate will be required to routinely travel across the region and to our London Head Office to deliver the project.  The participation team is a strong, committed, friendly largely home-based team working in all 9 English regions.

About the ideal candidate: We’re looking for someone who has experience of community or group development work and of advising and supporting small organisations with governance, policies and procedures.  You will have experience of shaping services, organising and facilitating events, meetings or workshops.  We require a skilled relationship builder or mediator with an understanding of co-production.  Experience of grant administration would be advantageous.

If you are you a good communicator and influencer, can think on your feet and can manage challenging situations or conflict effectively; are a solution focused problem solver who is able to constructively challenge; can work successfully with a diverse group of people in a user led environment; and are able to plan and meet tight deadlines, then this could be the job for you  Please apply to join our friendly team of Parent Carer Participation Advisors who work to support the development of parent carer forums across England. 

About the benefits we offer:

Salary: NJC scale points 30 – 34 (currently £26,293 – £29,558 per annum, pro rata). Actual salary £10,517 – £11,823. The pay range is drawn from the NJC scales appropriate to the not-for-profit sector. 

Annual leave: 10 days per calendar year (25 days FT equivalent)

To Apply:

Please complete and return the attached application form and equal opportunities form (downloadable as part of the job pack) to:

Please visit our website for more information.

Closing date for applications: 9am on Tuesday 24th May 2016

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 7th June 2016

Source: TheGuardian Jobs

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