Connector

Location
Southend-on-Sea, Essex
Salary
£18,543 - £21,201 per annum
Posted
10 Jun 2021
Closes
20 Jun 2021
Ref
1293
Function
Support Staff
Hours
Full Time
Contract Type
Permanent

About The Role

Are you ready for your next challenge? Can you help deliver a new initiative designed to develop relationships between families, the community and formal service provision in Southend?

The Early Years Alliance is the Lead Partner for A Better Start Southend, a National Lottery funded initiative working with the local community to shape and redesign services during pregnancy and early childhood (0-3 years).  

A Better Start Southend is seeking a team of ‘YourFamily Connectors’ to join the ABSS family. The position will deliver day to day support to families as part of the ‘YourFamily’ programme.

‘YourFamily’ programme is a new initiative designed to develop relationships between families, the community and formal service provision in Southend.  It is intended to strengthen both parental and wider family self-efficacy alongside community efficacy, to reduce the number of families reaching crisis point whilst supporting them to thrive, seeing families and communities as an asset.

'YourFamily' will be the overarching programme that links all the ABSS projects together, ensuring that the full and comprehensive ABSS offer is coordinated, inclusive and accessible to all families living in the six ABSS wards with a clear focus on supporting families to improve their social and emotional well-being.

Parents of Southend have requested specific qualities for the 'YourFamily' team and these are: reliable and trusted by families, have genuine empathy and actively listen, are able to advocate for families and are mindful of their own biases.

The Early Years Alliance is the largest early years membership organisation and voluntary sector provider of quality affordable childcare and education in England. An educational charity, the Alliance represents the interests of over 14,000 member settings who deliver care and learning to over 800,000 families every year.

Benefits:

  • 26 days annual leave plus 8 bank holidays, pro rata for part time employees
  • Additional annual leave for long service
  • Enhanced sickness pay
  • Employer and employee contribution pension scheme
  • Regular access to internal and external learning and development opportunities
  • The Alliance operates a Team Recognition Scheme to recognise the outstanding work of the staff across the Charity
  • Can save up to 25% on 02 Refresh Airtime Plan if getting a new phone or tablet on 02
  • Recruitment Referral Payment Scheme - an introduction payment of up to £100

Main duties: 

  • To build a trusting relationship with the parents and families recognising their strengths and capabilities to help them identify their needs.
  •  To work closely with parents and their families throughout the community, to enable parents to make connections with peers and their communities, signposting to appropriate services and provide child development, health and wellbeing advice where appropriate.
  • To enable parents to make connections with peers and their communities, signposting to appropriate services.
  • To support the YourFamily Worker as required.
  • To build up knowledge and understanding of local resources and community and statutory services at both Ward level and Southend wide.
  • To work in partnership with the early years sector to support families achieving their outcomes.
  • To identify families that could benefit from regular contact.
  • To facilitate and/or deliver evidence-based activities.
  • To establish and maintain a physical presence within the community
  • To support with continuing co-design of YourFamily informed by a test and learn approach.
  • To work flexibly as will be required by the needs of the service and carry out any other reasonable duties as required.

Essential criteria:

  • Level 2 qualification or experienced in supporting families.
  • Willing to undertake training on: Asset-based approached, Trauma informed approaches, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Participation & Co-production, Safeguarding and Parenting Programmes.
  • Experience of developing effective partnerships.
  • Commitment to achieving best outcomes for children and families and implementing evidence based effective practice.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong proven interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to prioritise and organise own workload.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • The ability to work well as part of a team and under own initiative.
  • Demonstrable experience of successful problem solving and networking skills.
  • Computer literacy and good typing skills
  • Willingness and ability to work outside of office hours when required, including evening and weekends.

Hours per week: 37.5

Weeks per year:  52

Virtual interview date: 30th June 2021  

Please note our virtual interviews take place via Microsoft Teams, you may need to download this prior to your interview.  

The Alliance is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. It is a requirement of all staff that they share this commitment and follow the prescribed policy and procedures to continuously promote a culture of safeguarding across the whole organisation. 

The charity is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and equal opportunities in employment.

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