We are seeking a playful, adaptable, confident and organised individual for this post.
The purpose of the post is to deliver high quality services in accordance with Play Midlothian’s objectives, enabling children to thrive through play.
Please note that the appointment will be made to the first point on the salary scale.
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 at times beyond.
About the role
Our Community Playworkers support session planning and day to day practicalities of our play services, facilitate playwork, support services users and other team members. It is essential that the successful applicant enjoys all types of play and can respond flexibly to the needs of participants.
We are looking for someone who enjoys working as part of a team and can build productive relationships with our participants, colleagues and other stakeholders while demonstrating an enthusiasm for Play Midlothian’s aims and values.
The postholder will be directed day to day by a Team Leader, and a team of Community Playworkers and volunteers – with support from the Operations Manager. it is important the postholder is adaptable, and can work their hours over up to five days, including evenings and weekends (on a rota pattern – our aim is for no employee to work every weekend whenever possible).
Play Midlothian’s services take place in a variety of community settings. Some are indoors, though a high proportion of our current services are exclusively outdoors (all year round), therefore the role will particularly suit applicants with a fondness for the outdoors.
We work with children and young people aged 0-13 (and at times older), with their parents/carers at some of our services, and at times with specific needs (including disability and emerging mental health challenges). We work with a variety of service models, though with the focus firmly on self-directed play. The ultimate goal is always to ensure that children have access to play opportunities that enable them to thrive.
Information on our current services can be found on our website. We will soon launch a new service supporting children aged 7-9 with emerging mental health challenges (such as difficulties with peer relationships, social anxiety or stressful transitions) through play in nature. We are also currently fundraising for group play sessions for disabled children and their families, which we hope to launch this year.
For the right candidate, this will be a highly rewarding and stimulating role, offering plenty of variety in their work – all the while enabling their passion for children’s play to shine though
For further information and to apply please visit our website Jobs | Play Midlothian
Application Deadline: 16 June 2021
Interviews: 23 June 2021
The role requires PVG membership. The post is subject to the record accessed prior to the post commencing. Play Midlothian will meet this cost for the successful applicant.
If you would like further information or have any questions please contact the Play Midlothian Operations Manager – Robert Locke Email: firstname.lastname@example.org