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Children & Young People Project Officer

Are you able to influence and work closely with key partners to help children and families achieve their potential for health and wellbeing? If you have a passion for delivering projects that work with children and families from 5-16 around community development in physical activity with a focus on school holiday provision, then this role could be for you.

Location
SASP Offices, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 9JQ
Contact Name
Nancy Murdoch
Contact Telephone
01823 653990
Contact Email
nmurdoch@sasp.co.uk
Organisation
SASP

About Children & Young People Project Officer

Are you able to influence and work closely with key partners to help children and families achieve their potential for health and wellbeing? If you have a passion for delivering projects that work with children and families from 5-16 around community development in physical activity with a focus on school holiday provision, then this role could be for you.

This new role will work closely with a large range of partners to ensure provision of physical activity and related wellbeing services are inclusive and equitable across our county. This will be done by supporting delivery partners across Somerset to facilitate the successful delivery of the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme and other related work. You will work collaboratively with colleagues, health professionals, leisure providers, education establishments and other private and voluntary sector organisations to deliver against the outcomes.

The role will support the ambitions highlighted in the national and our new local strategy in Somerset around the wellbeing of our young people and their families and will be responsible for further developing, managing and implementing the HAF project.

Main Purpose of the Job

Working across Somerset, the post holder will lead the delivery of the Holiday, Activity and Food (HAF) Programme, focused on vulnerable children and families and those on Free School Meals. Working with providers to ensure high quality provision but also working to increase the infrastructure for provision where this is needed. Infrastructure work will continue regardless of funding from HAF.

The post holder will create, in partnership with providers, opportunities to deliver affordable sport and physical activity for targeted children and families in the right place and time to reduce barriers and increase physical activity participation, aspiration and improved health and wellbeing for the whole family.

We are looking for someone to join our enthusiastic and high performing team, who ideally has the ability to engage with a wide range of people and have experience of planning and delivering activity sessions within a range of different environments, age groups and abilities. They will be passionate about sport and physical activity as a tool to improving lives and have excellent communication skills.

Summary of Responsibilities and Key Duties of the Job

Holiday, Activity and Food (HAF) Programme

  1. Delivering the agreed project objectives, in line with the outcomes of the HAF programme.
  2. Providing advice, training and support to providers and partners about HAF and how to maximise investment in the programme.
  3. Lead on the task and steering group to ensure the programme keeps to schedule and delivers its objectives while managing and mitigating the risks of activities not taking place or places not being filled.
  4. Continuous review and improve where necessary the quality standards of provision and develop a set of minimum standards for providers related to good practice guidance including safeguarding.
  5. Manage and administer a system to keep track of HAF grant applications and booking systems where appropriate, monitoring the filling of spaces to ensure we maximise take up of the programme.
  6. With the administrative assistant, overseeing the accounting, costing, and invoicing associated with the HAF programme.
  7. Reporting to partners and senior stakeholders on progress

Non HAF related work

  1. Increase the number of children across Somerset aged 5 - 18 years who are taking part in an average of at least 60 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity everyday across the week.
  2. Ensure a co-ordinated approach with key strategic partners such as leisure providers, National Governing Bodies of Sport and local sports clubs to the development of new activities that will provide new and varied environments for young people to join.
  3. Undertake consultation with children and families across Somerset and devise programmes of activities which meet the needs of these groups from a range of demographics and appeals in particularly to those where inequality is prevalent.
  4. To proactively communicate and share impact, evaluation and learning through local channels and national networks so that successful intervention and change can be adopted, challenged and improved.
  5. Act as a source of professional advice, information and guidance to help build strong and effective networks between SASP and key partners to increase the opportunities available to children and their families.
  6. Develop a structured communications programme in conjunction with the Communications and Development Manager to ensure children and families are aware of physical opportunities and have a forum to continue to engage with other local participants.
  7. To provide advice, reports, and recommendations to senior officers and equivalents on projects to enable informed decision making and development which incorporates performance evidence, operational experience and user feedback.
  8. To represent SASP on committees, groups and at networking events within the county, regionally and nationally.
  9. Undertake any other duties and participate in projects commensurate with the nature and grading of this post or at the direction of the line manager.

Hours of Work: Up to 37 Hours per week

Contract: 2 year fixed term

Please apply using the SASP Application form or your CV with a full cover letter stating your suitability for the post. You must state your present salary if submitting a CV. Please return to enquiries@sasp.co.uk by Monday 29th November 2021.

Supporting Documents:

sasp-application-form24.doc (MS Word, 220.5 Kb)

children-and-young-people-project-officer-job-description.pdf (PDF, 40.2 Kb)

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Partners and Sponsors

  • Sport England
    Active Partnerships
    Somerset Business Award Winner
    Somerset Chamber of Commerce
    CPSU
    Disability Confident
  • Somerset Skills & Learning
    Youth Sport Trust
    activity alliance
    pluss
    Sedgemoor District Council
    Avon & Somerset Police
  • South Somerset District Council
    Somerset Partnership
    Yeovil Hospital Healthcare
    Taunton & West Somerset Council
    Mendip District Council
    Homes in Sedgemoor
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
    Spark Somerset
    YMCA Dulverton Group
    Department for Work & Pensions
    EDF
    Somerset CCG
  • SAPHTO
    together team
    Somerset Cricket Board
    British American Football Association
    Badminton England
    Somerset FA
  • British Cycling
    Create Development
    Children in Need
    The Salvation Army
    Somerset County Council
    Lifeline
  • Channel Adventure
    Somerset Community Foundation
    Nova Sports & Coaching
    Zing Somerset
    Sports Coach UK