Aylesbury, High Wycombe and surrounding areas, Buckinghamshire
Circa Salary £24,500 per annum
Permanent Full-Time - 37 hours per week
We have a new opportunity for a Senior Volunteer Co-ordinator to join our team in Buckinghamshire.
Where you will work:
Bucks Activity Project is part of the Action for Children Countywide Integrated Short Breaks Service, commissioned by Buckinghamshire Council and provides community short breaks to children and young people aged 0-19 with disabilities and additional learning needs across Buckinghamshire with over 250 children currently registered.
For our Under 5s we offer Ofsted registered play sessions with activities tailored to support children's interests and learning following the Early Years Foundation Stage and all services are currently awarded ‘Good' by Ofsted.
For those children attending full time school we offer weekend and school holiday activities which include arts and crafts, cooking, music, outdoor play, and sensory play.
Children and young people aged 8-19 can access activities at weekends, evenings and school holidays including our youth clubs, movie nights, cooking, quiz nights, swimming, bowling, cinema, go-carting, water sports, climbing, ice skating, farm visits, scavenger hunts and woodland walks to name a few.
Short Breaks have positive benefits for both children and young people with disabilities and their parents and carers. They give children and young people time away from their family so they can develop independence, learn new skills, make friends, and reduce loneliness whilst giving parents and carers a break from their caring responsibilities and providing time to spend with other children in the family.
About the role:
· Develop meaningful volunteer roles, consulting with colleagues, children, young people and families and risk assess volunteering activities.
· Recruit and engage suitable volunteers.
· Supervise volunteers providing front-line delivery of services.
· Appropriately report any concerns to line manager and work effectively within safeguarding policy and procedures.
· Promote equality, diversity, and inclusion within work.
· Establish suitable volunteering retention practices to ensure volunteers feel valued, included, and informed.
· Co-ordinate the development, delivery, and organisation of a training programme for volunteers, ensuring compliance with induction requirements.
· Establish links with external organisations and offer advice and information to potential volunteers.
· Provide reports on the volunteering programme activities, outputs, and impact.
What will you bring?
· Being passionate, inclusive, collaborative, and ambitious for the children and young people we work with.
· Being qualified to NVQ level 3 standard in a relevant area, or willing to undertake a funded apprenticeship.
· Experience of working in children's services and have knowledge of disabilities.
· A flexible approach to working hours and willing to support colleagues in delivery of services.
· The Senior Volunteer Co-ordinator will usually work a full day on either Saturday or Sunday with one evening shift a week with work patterns pre-agreed.
· Experience in leading a team or children and be able to demonstrate leadership qualities.
· Access to a car as county-wide travel can be regular.
· Good MS Office Skills.
· Excellent communication skills.
What are the rewards?
· Working with an amazing, fun and supportive team.
· Access to supportive learning and development platforms and training opportunities to develop skills and knowledge.
· Generous paid holiday allowance - minimum 29 days plus public/bank holidays.
· Flexible maternity, adoption, and paternity packages.
· A matched pension scheme, we'll match the contributions to your pension up to a maximum of 7%.
· Ability to buy and sell holidays.
· Discounts at major high street retailers.
If you need any assistance with applying for this role, or need any recruitment advice please contact Sarah Manderfield on 01923 361743 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date is 6th October 2021, interviews to be held w/c 11th October.
The way we work
We work to make sure every child and young person has the love, support, and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team. Have a look at our behaviours and values to understand more about the way we work please visit our careers portal on our company website.
For safe and happy childhoods
At Action for Children, we protect and support children and young people, providing practical and emotional care and support, ensuring their voices are heard, and campaigning to bring lasting
improvements to their lives. Last year, we helped more than 387,000 children and families across the UK.
We are committed to safer recruitment practices to protect our service users; therefore, all applicants are expected to understand and commitment to safeguarding best-practice.
Action for Children is passionate about promoting equality, valuing diversity and working inclusively. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons particularly people with Disabilities and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants, as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce.
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