Salary: £25,000 pro rata (full time equivalent = 35 hours)
Hours: 20 hours per week (flexible, but shared equally over 3 days per week). Fixed term contract – 2 years
Home based or at National Office in London NW6 (close to transport links)
The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is a national charity founded over 50 years ago providing peer support to bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents whose child has died at any age and from any cause. We also provide information on parental and sibling bereavement to professionals and other organisations. Our dynamic charity is experiencing an exciting period of growth and development and we are now looking for an exceptional individual to progress and realise our ambitious future plans for supporting bereaved parents through a befriending initiative – our Grief Companion scheme.
Grief companions will provide voluntary informal support and friendship (a befriending role) to another more recently bereaved parent. The Grief Companion will offer a more newly bereaved parent an opportunity to share their grief and experiences, to ‘walk alongside’ them and in this way be a listening ear and understanding friend (although with boundaries). The contact will most likely be by phone, email, online (FaceTime, Skype) or sometimes in person.
This is a fantastic opportunity to join an expanding and growing organisation. The role is a new position which has been undertaken to date on a freelance basis. We now have funding from the National Lottery for a fixed-term part-time post.
TCF are seeking a highly motivated individual for this exciting role to coordinate, fully develop and drive forward our Grief Companion Scheme. We are looking for someone who is a pro-active, self starter and can bring organisation, initiative, and enthusiasm to develop and grow this additional layer of peer-to-peer support for bereaved parents. The successful candidate will be able to prioritise a varied workload and manage their time effectively. Ideally you will be a bereaved parent, or have a high degree of empathy with bereaved parents. You will probably have some experience of managing and/or coordinating volunteers or employees in a charity or business.
It is essential that you have excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to listen effectively and sensitively and pay attention to detail. You will also be able to build successful relationships with volunteers, have an understanding of the befriending role and the training and support volunteers require to be effective and feel valued. You will have experience of compiling and producing up to date statistics and reports and effectively communicating these to our CEO, Trustee Board and Fundraiser. A degree of flexibility is highly desirable. You will be supported by the CEO and other colleagues, however this post also requires someone who is able to manage responsibility, and who is confident working independently.
We would be pleased to hear from applicants who may not have all the experience and skills for the position currently, but demonstrate aptitude and willingness to transfer previous work experience and general life skills to take on this role and learn on the job.
This position is subject to an enhanced DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check.
If you would like to discuss the role further or have any questions, please contact Carolyn Brice at our National Office on 0345 120 3785.
Interested applicants should send a full CV and supporting letter with two referees by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing to: Ms Carolyn Brice, CEO, at The Compassionate Friends, Kilburn Grange, Priory Park Road, London NW6 7UJ.
Closing date for applications: 16th March 2020
Each year thousands of parents suffer the loss of a son or a daughter. Please help us to support families in their time of greatest need.