Charity registered in Scotland SC025474
Play Midlothian is a registered charity (no SC025474) working to improve and increase children’s opportunity to play, because we know how important play is for their health, wellbeing and development. It is important for their lives in the here and now as well as for their future life chances. We provide both services for children and for other groups working with children (including training and an annual conference). We have an office base in Dalkeith but deliver services throughout Midlothian.
We are seeking a dynamic, creative and results-oriented individual who can help Play Midlothian to grow and develop.
The purpose of the post is to effectively identify, develop and secure opportunities to increase income from diverse sources and to develop our service offering to a variety of stakeholders.
About Play Midlothian
Play Midlothian is a registered charity (no. SC025474) working to support children to thrive through play. We focus on play because we know how much this benefits children’s health, wellbeing and development. It is important for their lives in the here and now as well as for their future life chances. We provide services for children and families and build the capacity of communities to support play. This includes training and development opportunities for other settings, including schools. We have an office base in Gorebridge but deliver services throughout Midlothian, and if commissioned, beyond.
About the role
Play Midlothian has expanded in services, income and reach over recent years. We now need additional capacity to drive the next stage of development. As we will soon be entering another phase of strategic planning, it is an exciting time to join the organisation, and play a significant role in shaping and securing its future. We also have plans to launch new and expanded services in 2021, and therefore have a need for increased income.
At the same time, competition for funds has never been higher. Play Midlothian has been largely dependent on income from trusts and foundations. An impact of COVID-19 has been to reduce investment income for trusts, whilst also increasing competition for these funds, and applicant success rates are down. There is therefore a need for Play Midlothian to diversify income streams, including away from trusts and foundations into sale of services and securing contracts, a key focus for the postholder.
Some building blocks are already in place. Play Midlothian has a track record of delivering highly regarded training, and has recently secured funds to make some of that available as online modules. Additionally, we have received commissions to provide services for some schools. These are services that can be packaged and marketed by the postholder.
Alongside what will hopefully be some quick wins in terms of self-generated income, the postholder will develop a strategic approach to Play Midlothian’s income diversification and growth, and formulate plans that yield results in the medium to long term.
The post is grant funded for one year through Adapt and Thrive, COVID-19 recovery funding. If the postholder is able to meet their income targets, the post may be financially viable to continue beyond this point. There may also be scope to grow the hours of the post as Play Midlothian grows and develops.
We are seeking a creative, caring and confident individual, with experience of working with disabled children.
The aim of the post is to enable Midlothian’s children with disabilities, and their families, to access more opportunities to play that suit their needs.
The key areas of work to meet this purpose are:
About Play Midlothian
Play Midlothian is a registered charity (no. SC025474) working to support children to flourish, though improving and increasing their opportunity to play. We focus on play because we know how much this benefits children’s health, wellbeing and development. It is important for their lives in the here and now as well as for their future life chances. We provide services for children and families and build the capacity of communities to support play. We have an office base in Gorebridge but deliver services throughout Midlothian.
About Play for All
Play for All has had two key phases to date:
The pilot is partway through and expected to conclude around spring 2021. This will lead to a rollout of final approaches, based on the learning from throughout the pilot.
Play for All supports disabled children’s play with their family. We work with families to find the right play activities for disabled children to have fun, to be challenged and to be included, supporting them to reach their full potential.
In the pilot phase, this is primarily being delivered through one to one support, visiting families at home and accompanying them to local parks. At the point of coronavirus lockdown, the support moved to online and by phone, though it is again possible to visit families outdoors. Going forward, a blended model of approaches may be required.
The postholder will continue to provide support to families, and further develop the service. Some further information about Play for All can be found in the application pack.
The role requires the individual to join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme if not already a member. The post is subject to the Scheme Record accessed prior to the post commencing.