Family Support Worker

37.5 hours per week

 £23,149 – £24,566

 About us:

At Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, we care for children and young adults with life-shortening and life-limiting conditions (aged 0 – 25 years). We are currently supporting around 250 families, both in our hospice and in family homes.

Our support services are wide ranging and bespoke to each family; including end of life treatment and care, music therapy, counselling, sibling support groups, home visits and much, much more.

It costs more than £4m to keep our doors open for families across South Yorkshire and beyond. We receive around 10% of our funding from government sources.

 The challenge:

At Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice there is a rapidly developing Family Support Team.  The role of Family Support Worker is a new role intended to reach out to existing, new and non-accessing families where there is a child with a life limiting condition.  The main aim is to maximise the opportunities and support available to them, recognising the challenges they face and responding to individual needs.  Our aim is to promote a holistic offer of activity and wellbeing support that compliments the excellent standards of clinical care already in place.

The role:

You will offer direct support, advocacy and signposting to families, during some of the most challenging times they will face.  You will work closely with families from the point of referral, through to post bereavement support, empowering them to seek appropriate intervention, access services and reach decisions based on their individual requirements.

You will work closely with the Family Support Coordinator in assessing need, offering support and liaising with colleagues and other agencies appropriately.  You will support families both through home visits and during their time at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, maximising the opportunities and activities available to them.

The requirements:

You will have an excellent understanding of the issues facing families where there is a child or young person with a life-shortening condition.  You will have experience of directly supporting children and young people on a one to one basis and through facilitating group work.  This role needs someone who is able to work flexibly (evenings and weekends) and who is willing to travel across the catchment area to provide support.  You must have a full driving licence and access to a vehicle.

The role is predominantly Monday - Friday office hours, but there will be an occasional requirement to work evenings and weekends.

For informal enquiries please contact [email protected]

Download the job description and person specification  here.

Download your application form here.

Please download the job description and person specification for more information and if you think you have what we are looking for, download and complete the application form above and return it to [email protected].

Closing date:      10 February 2019

Shortlisting:        15 February 2019

Interviews:         26 February 2019