Family Support Coordinator


20 – 30k GBP


South West

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JOB TITLE: Family Support Coordinator
HOURS: 35/week (consideration of 28/week will be given)
SALARY: £24,000-£26,000 depending on experience
BASE: Swindon, with trips to London Adfam office
CONTRACT: 1 year

Adfam is the national, specialist umbrella organisation for families affected by drugs and alcohol.

We are a partner in a new project in Swindon, funded by the Department of Health Innovation Fund for Children of Alcohol Dependent Parents. We are a member of a team which will deliver an ambitious project which aims to improve identification of alcohol dependent parents and their children, increase referrals to alcohol treatment and increase the numbers of children and families accessing support.

The project is working with a number of community organisations to develop a Peer Program of support, training and toolkits for those impacted by alcohol dependent parents. The main partners working with Swindon PHE are Adfam and Turning Point. Adfam’s role is to develop and deliver Peer support for children and parents affected by someone else’s problematic drinking. We wish to recruit a Family Support Co-ordinator to work within the project delivery team in Swindon.The successful candidate will have a strong track record of experience and skills in community development, managing volunteers, training, and in engaging with and supporting families.

This is a new post which will suit an energetic, enthusiastic and creative person who wants to work with an innovative and exciting national charity, and to develop new approaches to supporting families affected by alcohol misuse.

Key delivery areas:

• Support the training of family members to become peer supporters across the Borough, working with a broad range of partners across the voluntary and statutory sectors, including alcohol treatment, social care, health, and education.
• Work with local organisations providing family support or working with those with addiction to develop partnership working across the region, build capacity of support to families via peer mentors and identify gaps in provision for children and families.
• To deliver community events in partnership with local services; this will include planning and delivering events for families and children and will require hands-on experience of delivering such a programme
• To plan, organise and deliver consultation events with parents
• Work with parents to co-produce materials and resources for use in the Peer Support environments
• Develop new referral pathways with services working with, or coming across, families affected by problematic drinking
• Coordinating data collection, and maintaining up to date information
• Reporting to the project manager and public health leads in Swindon

Person Specification

Experience and Knowledge: Essential

• Experience of working with vulnerable families, experience of assessing needs and providing support to families
• Experience of working in a team and with a variety of partners and stakeholders

Experience and Knowledge: Desirable

• Understanding of the alcohol and drugs sector and an understanding of the issues and policies surrounding families and alcohol
• An understanding of alcohol treatment
• Experience of community development
• Experience of delivering training
• Experience of working with children, ideally delivering activities, events or workshops

Skills and abilities: Essential

• The ability to relate to people, to build relationships quickly and communicate clearly both verbally and in writing
• To be able to digest information quickly
• To be able to manage own administration, including being computer literate and able to use a range of software packages
• Able to work on own initiative whilst also working as a team player
• The ability to create and maintain efficient administration systems
• The ability to work flexibly and to meet deadlines as necessary
• The ability to compile reports and briefings
• Able to work collaboratively and sympathetically with different stakeholders
• The ability to think and work strategically
• The ability to manage own time efficiently and prioritise effectively

Attitude: Essential

• Clear understanding and commitment to Adfam’s values and principles , and to the values of the project
• Hard-working, committed, conscientious and flexible
• An interest in the drugs/alcohol and families sector
• A commitment to team working and reflective practice
• A commitment to equal opportunities
• Occasional evening and weekend work will be required, travel across the borough will be necessary so access to a car and a clean driving licence is also essential.

Closing date: 31st May at 12.00 noon.
Interviews will be held in Swindon on 11th June.

To apply for this role you will need to download the application form which you can find here - Please complete and return the application form and other relevant forms to: [email protected]