Interview With An Incredible Kids Playworker

Why did you want to work at Incredible Kids?

I grew up with my sister who has special needs, so to help keep her happy I would find unconventional ways of making her laugh. Due to my experience of looking after my sister, my Mother sent me a post for a play worker job at Incredible Kids.

I didn’t know much about Incredible Kids beforehand but the more I learned the more I related to what the charity was doing. At first I was worried that I might find the job difficult as I hadn’t been in this environment before but in the end it came naturally to me.

What do you love most about your job?

I love meeting all of the different kinds of people that come to the sessions. It’s nice talking to the parents and getting to know the children and finding out what makes them smile. It feels heart warming that I can help provide an environment where they can be happy and feel at home.

Which was your most memorable moment at Incredible Kids?

This is a difficult one as there are lot of things that stand out. One thing that stands out in particular was when we created a winter wonderland at The Vench. It was something that the entire team put their all into and the results were amazing and lots of fun. It really felt like something special and it was awesome to see all the families come and enjoy it. But if you asked me on a different day my answer would probably be different!

How has working at Incredible Kids changed you?

It’s given me a new perspective when it comes to special needs. A lot of the children do struggle with things due to their disability but they are often clever, imaginative, creative, funny, kind and amazing. This is the same for everyone as we all have our strengths and weaknesses.

In a lot of ways I can see myself in some of the children that come because I have things that I’m not so good at and things that I am better at. It’s been a confirmation to me that whether or not you have a disability, you are a special person.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?

Snacking on noodles. Yum!

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Job Description

Playworker

(Fixed Hours)

  1. Are you passionate about supporting children and young people?
  2. Do you want to help them reach their full potential?
  3. Are you keen on creating and fostering enjoyable spaces for them to thrive in?

If you have a playful heart and are excited by these prospects then we would love to hear from you!

About the Role:

We are looking to hire motivated and dedicated individuals to assist in the day to day organization of Incredible Kids sessions ensuring quality play activities are facilitated within a safe, caring and stimulating environment for children and young people aged 0 – 25 with a disability, special needs, or any additional needs, and supporting their families.

This is an exciting time to join our team as we look for a passionate playworker to enhance our growing service.

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About Incredible Kids:

Incredible Kids is a Christian Charity that runs inclusive play and support sessions for children and young people with additional needs and disabilities. All trustees of the charity are Christian. The charity also supports siblings and parent carers. Operating since June 2012 the charity was set up by parents to provide mutually beneficial support to each other, allowing their children and young people to play. Join us to help disabled children and their families smile!

The charity aims to reduce social isolation for families with children or young people with special needs, increase their wellbeing and improve confidence and social skills by providing meaningful play activities, mutually beneficial support and increasing knowledge and skills.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work within a team environment to help organize, facilitate and lead a range of play-based activities, both online and offline.
  • Be responsible for the safety and welfare of children, young people and their siblings, especially during outdoor sessions.
  • Engage everyone in a friendly, enthusiastic, inclusive and motivated way.
  • Visit families at home to deliver play trays to enable higher engagement during online play sessions.
  • Encourage parental involvement and support through the development of effective professional relationships.
  • Ensure that all play equipment is properly maintained and fit for purpose.
  • Develop interesting digital media such as videos, social media posts etc. and host parties on video calls to maximise participation for online play sessions.
  • Keep records such as timesheets, support plans and session plans.
  • Respond appropriately in case of emergencies.

About You:

We welcome all applicants that feel they would be able to make a positive difference and have the skills outlined below:

  • A genuine enthusiasm for the work of the charity and our ethos.
  • A responsible and caring attitude
  • Flexibility to adapt play style to meet individuals needs and online play formats.
  • Compassionate, understanding and trustworthy with a patient and tolerant personality.
  • Fun and open minded attitude to play with a creative and imaginative disposition.
  • Good communication skills with the ability to get on well with children, young people, and their parents.
  • Capability to work effectively within a team and independently.
  • Ability to work under pressure and be proactive to use your own initiative whenever required.
  • Willingness to learn and develop through formal training and informal feedback.

If this sounds like you, we would love to welcome you to the team.

Desired Experience:

  • Current first aid at work or emergency first aid at work certificate
  • Experience of working with young people with additional needs
  • Good sense of humour
  • Awareness of Equal Opportunities
  • Understanding of Safeguarding Children
  • Understanding of Protection of Vulnerable Adults.
  • Understanding of Health and Safety
  • Understanding of Makaton

Location:

The Vench, Romney Avenue, Lockleaze, Bristol, BS7 9TB

Work remotely:

As and when required as per COVID-19 guidelines and Incredible Kids’ adapted online play session formats.

Salary:

Aged 23yrs+ £8.91

Aged 18-23 £8.50

Hours:

Hours will vary in accordance with our rota. Please see your employment contract for specific information. Our current hours are shown below.

Term time:

Fridays 3.30pm-8pm

Saturdays 9am – 6pm;

School Holidays:

Mondays 2.30pm – 7pm;

Fridays 2.30pm – 7pm;

Saturdays 9am -6pm;

You may also be requested to attend training days, which are arranged throughout the year.

Interview Process: Once we receive your application form, we will let you know within 7 working days whether you have been successful in being invited in for an interview. If you do not hear from us within 7 working days then unfortunately you have not been successful. Successful candidates will be invited to a practical & formal interview at one of our sessions within the hours mentioned above. You will play alongside the children for a time, whilst being observed by our staff, volunteers and parent representatives. You will then have a short 15 minute interview.

If you want to join a passionate and dynamic team we want to hear from you. To apply for the role please contact jennie.prewett@incrediblekids.org.uk for an application form.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Applicants must be prepared to disclose any convictions they may have and any orders which have been made against them.

Tag Special Needs Job

Fundraiser

Are you motivated to communicate the importance of our work to others?

Can you write persuasively, creatively and with great attention to detail?

Do you care about making a difference to the lives of disabled children?

If you enjoy the challenge, satisfaction and exhilaration of fundraising for a charity then this job is perfect for you!

Contract Duration: Permanent contract.

Salary: £24,375 Pro Rata (£4875 per annum)

Hours: 7.5 hours per week

Location: Home based role. The ability to work independently and flexibly is central to the potential success of the role.

About the role

We are looking for someone with a talent for explaining the work we do persuasively to potential funders. You will have a talent for writing creatively, explaining projects and communicating the impact of our work. As our fundraiser you will develop and support the charity in its core fundraising, currently between £50,000 and £100,000 a year. You will have experience in researching, collating, preparing and submitting funding applications. You will be good with detail and deadlines as well as researching potential opportunities. You’ll have experience of using social media to create regular fundraising campaigns, encouraging our supporters to donate to us.

The Charity:

Incredible Kids runs inclusive play and support sessions for children and young people with additional needs and disabilities. The charity also supports their siblings and parent carers. Operating since June 2012 the charity was set up by parents to provide mutually beneficial support to each other, allowing their children and young people to play.

The charity aims to reduce social isolation for families with children or young people with disabilities by helping them have fun and make friends. We help families become more resilient and less isolated.

Key responsibilities:

  • Work closely with trustees to help develop and implement a fundraising plan and strategy each year.
  • Develop compelling cases for support and writing tailored funding applications.
  • Identify and research grants, trusts and corporate funding opportunities.
  • Build and maintain long-term relationships with new and existing funding/grant making organisations.
  • Use social media to develop creative fundraising campaigns and sponsorship opportunities encouraging donations from our supporters.
  • Develop a deep understanding of the work of the charity to ensure that fundraising priorities are understood.
  • Networking with key stakeholders, partners, funders and businesses on social media or in person to raise the profile of Incredible Kids.
  • Completing annual grant returns on time, demonstrating the impact of our work.

Person Specification

Essential:

Proven experience and a recent track record of success in fundraising in the charity sector. 

Creative and persuasive communication skills with the ability to clearly convey the impact we make and inspire others to contribute to the charity.

Excellent IT skills including MS Word, Excel, Outlook.

Knowledge of the use of social media including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Ability to accurately document and communicate our needs and impact to others.

Financially literate with the ability to produce and understand budgets.

Ability to work independently.

Be proactive and passionate about raising funds against our annual fundraising plan.

Good planning and time management skills.

Self-motivated and able to work with limited direct supervision.

A genuine enthusiasm for the work of the charity.

Desirable:

Marketing experience.

Lived experience of the issues our beneficiaries face.

Closing Date 10th May at 10PM. Interviews 13th May.

To apply for this role please send a CV and a persuasive letter of up to two pages explaining why you are the right person for the role to trustees@incrediblekids.org.uk

Employment Type Part-time