Rainbow Trust

Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity is going through an exciting time where we are rebuilding!

Following a difficult year, we are pleased to be in a position to begin growing our care teams so that we can continue to deliver a high-quality family support service to more families in need. Our strategic plan is to rebuild and then continue to grow, so this is a perfect time to join us.

As a result, we are looking to appoint five Family Support Workers:

  • x1 in the South West (8 month maternity cover role) covering - North Wilts, Swindon, South East Oxfordshire, Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset
  • x1 in Southampton (permanent role) – covering South Wilts, Hampshire, Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Poole, Dorset and Isle of Wight
  • x3 in the North West (permanent roles, two full time, one part time) - one full time role covering Preston, Blackpool and Lancaster; one part time role covering Burnley, Blackburn and East Lancashire, and one full time role covering Wigan, Salford, Bolton and Bury.

About us:

Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity enables families who have a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness to make the most of time together, providing expert, practical and emotional support, where they need it for as long as it is needed. For families living with childhood illness, time is everything. Right now, there are too many families coping alone with no support, no time to think, no time to make memories and no time for each other. We believe that no family should go through this alone, so we are here to change that.

About the role:

We are looking to appoint five Family Support Workers (one maternity cover for 8 months, four on a permanent basis) to deliver a high-quality family support service as part of our Southampton, South West and North West Care Teams.

Reporting to the Family Support Manager out of each team base and working in partnership with health, education and social care professionals, you will take responsibility for providing needs-led emotional, social and practical support to families where a child/young person has a life threatening or terminal illness.

Having worked in a stressful and emotional environment you have a genuine interest in building supportive relationships and helping people; and having provided bereavement support to families, you understand the processes of grief, loss and change - and how best to help others deal with its impact.

Full Job Description and Person Specification

What we’re looking for:

  • An experienced child health or social care professional - applications will be particularly welcome from those who have worked in a community environment and those with a recognised qualification in education, health or social care
  • A warm, inclusive approach to achieving goals quickly and correctly
  • Practiced in child protection, information sharing and the rules around data protection - you lead by example, drawing on your own professional experience and working within established guidelines
  • Practical and people-oriented - you will thrive working at a fast pace whilst maintaining accuracy and be a confident user of IT (including MSOffice)
  • A persuasive and open communicator - you will work collaboratively with your team and volunteers to ensure delivery of a high-quality service and support fundraising colleagues by writing case studies and family updates
  • A practical knowledge of diversity issues affecting children, young people and their families – you are aware that being responsive to others needs and concerns, is essential.

What we offer:

We have a range of fantastic benefits that we offer our employees. If you’d like to find out more about these benefits and working with us, click here. More information can also be found in our Candidate Pack.

How to apply:

Please send your completed application form to [email protected], clearly indicating which role you would like to apply for.

Application Form

Interviews will take place via Zoom with the dates to be confirmed.

We will only contact those applicants who have been successful.

Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

There will be a requirement for flexible working and a full current driver’s licence to accommodate team and family need. An enhanced DBS disclosure will be required for this post.

Rainbow Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all employees to share this commitment.

Rainbow Trust is an equal opportunities employer and a Best Companies Two-Star rated organisation.