Based Leicester city centre £23K to 25K plus pension and generous holidays.

We have won three years funding to develop our work with care experience young people. You will build on our existing work and further develop our strong relationships with local businesses, so they are able to support care experience young people. You will also support care experience young people identifying and sharing their issues to key decision makers. You will attend national learning events and share our work with other projects funded by the donor.

If you are creative, entrepreneurial, ambitious, really committed to making a change and want to lead and develop young person-centred projects we would like to hear from you. Your enthusiasm will be matched by your organisational and planning abilities and your ability to work in partnership with a wide range of organisations and diverse groups.

Given the nature of this post an enhanced DBS check will be carried out.

Email or call 0116 275 6490 for more details.

Closing date 19th Sept 2018. Interviews will take place on Thursday 27th Sept 2018

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sectors of the community.


Leicestershire Cares


Job Description


Job Title:                                             VOICES Project Development Officer


Job Purpose:                      To lead and coordinate the development, planning, delivery promotion, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the VOICES project


Reports to:                                         Head of Children and Young people


Back ground and brief description of project.


Our vision.


An inclusive and safe Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland where nobody is left behind, and all children and young people are supported to reach their full potential.


Our mission.


We broker partnerships and create opportunities across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland that enable the business sector to understand community needs, contribute to the growth of inclusive, safe communities and to support and inspire children and young people in their transition to the workplace.


Our values.


We believe in partnership.


We broker partnerships between business, local government, schools and community groups so they can share skills and knowledge to deliver lasting positive change for disadvantaged groups and individuals.


We believe in the power of employee volunteering.


We believe that employee volunteering enables volunteers, community groups and individuals to develop skills and understanding and is a highly effective way of strengthening communities and increasing employee engagement.


We focus on impact.


We focus on impact and ensuring the work we carry out delivers meaningful and lasting positive change.


We are inspiring.


We inspire people and orginisations to identify their aspirations and to reach their full potential by thinking creatively and testing innovative approaches.


We are Inclusive.


We seek to learn from the rich cultural diversity of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and to build cohesion across community groups and to remove barriers to people’s participation.


We are committed to learning and development.


We continually review the community need and are agile enough to adapt and improve the services we offer to work in a mutually beneficial way with relevant organisations.


Leicestershire Cares is an award winning, vibrant results orientated local charity that works in partnership with community groups, business and local government to tackle exclusion and poverty. Through our Flying Fish project we have played a leading role in supporting care leavers to access education, training and employment across Leicestershire. We work in partnership with local government, schools, businesses and community groups and are keen to promote and support “joined up” thinking and practice. We currently work as part of a coalition of 8 community groups who are working to support NEET young people transition into education, employment or training. We have excellent working relationships with both city and county council  schools and colleges, businesses, community groups  and  media based on our strong track record of delivering “solid outcomes” for children and young people (CYP) as they transition to independence.


As our work has developed we have increasingly realised that CYP need to be much more in the driving seat of the work we do and that there is much that can be done to build networks between care experience  CYP, the wider community , local authorities and local businesses. The “voice of care experience   CYP has to be supported and encouraged to shape and influences the services that are developed to support them.


The project will enable a development worker to take the lead in supporting care experienced YP to work both collectively and individually to identify their needs and take “social action” to persuade key local decision makers in government, business and community sector to understand and respond to their needs. This work will also enable the CYP to build peer support networks and to build relationships with the business community. The project is funded by Esmee Fairbairn as part of a UK wide initiative and the worker will attend learning and practice sharing events.


You will be part of our Children and young people team that is made up of one NEET worker, one homelessness worker, one other care experience worker, an education worker and a Head of Programmes.


Main Responsibilities:


Project delivery.


Pro-actively seek and build relationships with wide range of care experience children and young people (15 to 24) leavers enabling them to identify key issues of concern and to take appropriate action to address these issues.


Pro-actively develop and deliver a mix of individual and group work sessions including VOICE forums that enable care experience children and young people (CYP) to connect with and speak to key decision makers.


Coordinate, guide, coach and mentor a CYP steering group for the project that will meet on a monthly basis.


Pro actively ensure that diversity, inclusiveness and equality is mainstreamed throughout the work of the project.


Establish effective working relationships and partnerships with relevant voluntary and statutory agencies with a view to developing and delivering services that meet the needs of young people.


Develop with the CYP an employer’s charter to support care experience CYP and with the CYP promote and persuade local companies to sign up.


Engage Leicestershire Cares member companies and local businesses as appropriate to support care experience young people and work of project e.g. providing work tours, mentored work placements, befriending or food for a drop in.


Ensure project is kept updated on and encourage the CYP to contribute to relevant local, regional and national policy and practice issues/debates.


Work with the other team members to Identify and seek opportunities to further develop the work of the project.


Share updates on project via regular tweets and occasional blogs for website.


Ensure all relevant health and safety, safeguarding issues, confidentiality and GDPR issues are understood and acted on across work of the project.


Administration and finance


Ensure all internal and external administration and record keeping requirements are understood and implemented across the project


Work with finance staff to ensure all financial reporting requirements are understood and implemented across the project.


Planning, monitoring, evaluation, reporting and PR


Ensure a relevant workplan with key performance indicators is developed and updated on a monthly basis. This will involve analysing what is working, what is not and what action needs to be taken.


Coordinate and oversee quarterly reviews of the work of the project that actively includes CYP and key stakeholders.


Ensure donor reporting and record keeping requirements are understood across the project, adhered to and all deadlines are met.


As required attend and feed into Esmee Fairbairn practice sharing and learning events.


Implement and maintain office systems, including comprehensive case file management to donor audit standard.  Ensure data and activities are accurate and up-to-date in order to provide effective monitoring and evaluation of the scheme.


Provide updates that include “hard” and soft data, this will include case studies.


Be able to share learning arising from the work of the project to a wide range of audiences in a creative range of formats such as written reports, web blogs, regular tweets,presentations group and one to one meetings.


Provide an annual report.


As and when required provide briefings for the board




Work constructively as part of the Leicestershire Cares team participating in team meetings, sharing relevant learning as required and collaborating on joint tasks as and when required.


Understand and implement all relevant Leicestershire Cares. admin, finance, HR, logistics, equal opportunities, health and safety and safeguarding policies.


As and when required take on additional duties and/or cover for colleagues as directed by line manager or CEO.


Person Specification



Proven experience of developing, leading and coordinating empowering projects and group work with disadvantaged children and young people (CYP)


A good understanding of the many complex and overlapping issues that lead to disadvantage discrimination and exclusion amongst care experienced CYP and ability to build effective professional relationships with these CYP.


Strong proven commitment to promoting equality and diversity in work and proven ability to work with culturally diverse groups.


An entrepreneurial approach to development and the ability to work with and engage businesses in the work of the project.


Ability to organise and plan own work with minimal supervision, being able to “juggle” competing demands, set work plans, meet deadlines, produce timely reports and monitor and evaluate impact .


A “can do” flexible, problem solving attitude and willingness if/when required to work one or two evenings per week and occasional weekends  (a 35 hour flexible working week).


Emotional resilience to cope with the stresses and strains caused by working with at risk/disadvantaged/vulnerable groups.


Ability to build effective working relationships with wide range of stakeholders in community/voluntary, local government.


Ambition to grow the project and willingness to work with Leicestershire Cares staff to identify and win new resources for the project.


Strong commitment to ongoing reflection and learning.


A team player, who is willing to reflect, learn, share and if required challenge.


Confident IT user at ease with Microsoft packages.


Full driving licence and use of car. Mileage reimbursed at 45P per mile





Previous experience of working with looked after and care leaving Children and young people.


A relevant professional qualification.


This post will require an enhanced DBS check.


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