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We’re looking to fill the following post:

KEEN London is a small but growing charity. Our vision is that every child has the chance to enjoy sports and leisure activities and none are left behind due to disability. Demand for our service is high: currently over 100 families across London are members of the KEEN family and we provide over 6,000 hours of supported care every year to disabled children. As part of a small team, you have the chance to make a real difference to the lives of children with additional needs.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and proactive person to join our team. This role will contribute to the development of our unique and much-loved, free, 1:1 sessions for children with additional needs.

This exciting position is for someone who is self-motivated with strong organisational skills and preferably some experience of working with disabled children in a play, educational or social care setting, specifically including autism and learning disabilities. You must be able to work under minimum supervision and be passionate about providing high quality activity and support services to our children and families.

Every week, in term time, children (our ‘athletes’) aged 5-11 attend a 90-minute KEEN London sports and games session and are supported 1:1 by our team of volunteer ‘coaches’. These children have a wide range of disabilities and additional needs and, currently, approximately 70% are autistic and/or learning disabled. As the Coordinator you will have overall responsibility for the planning, safety and delivery of these sessions, working directly with our athletes and their families and supervising a team of volunteer coaches. You will also be responsible for delivering off-site trips and supporting/delivering our residential trip (one per year).

You will also work closely with the Head of Services and our Fundraising Manager to capture our impact and promote our services.

You should share KEEN London’s values i.e. inclusive; compassionate and supportive; committed to high standards; trustworthy; respectful; accountable and fun.

If you are a committed, enthusiastic, inspirational and dynamic individual and have a passion for promoting fun, active experiences for disabled children, we’d love to hear from you.

Role type: Permanent

Hours: Part-time, 21 hours, to include every Saturday in school term time (and some outside term time). Monday will be based in our head office in Manor House, London. Saturdays in venues across East London (currently Hackney). Flexibility for remaining hours.

Salary: £25,000 pro-rata

Salary increase to £26,000 pro-rata following a successful six-month probationary period.

Responsibilities

Delivery of core services

  • Ensure the safe and effective running of weekend activity sessions in East London (every Saturday during term time)
  • Ensure the the safe and effective running of other services in developement
  • Plan, risk assess and deliver offsite trips
  • Act as Child Protection Officer and First Aider for East London activities
  • Manage the session and lead volunteers in the delivery of a varied programme of activities
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of new services
  • Piloting other services as required

Service Delivery Admin

  • Analyse attendance, service delivery and impact data
  • Communicate with families about upcoming sessions and other information
  • Update existing athlete profiles and create profiles for new athletes
  • Proactively manage and prioritise the athlete waiting list
  • Work to promote services in your local area

Volunteer Coordination

  • Liaise with the Volunteer Coordinator regarding volunteer attendance
  • Brief volunteers every session, including safeguarding procedures
  • Pair volunteers with athletes every week, matching volunteer’s experience with athlete need
  • Support volunteers each week in planning and delivering a high quality sports and games programme
  • Support Volunteer Coordinator to deliver volunteer training sessions

Required Experience and Skills

Essential Skills

  • Experience of working with disabled children in a play, educational or social care setting, specifically including autism and learning disability.
  • Knowledge of safeguarding and child protection legislation
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to remain calm in a crisis and handle difficult situations
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to monitor and maintain safe working practices
  • Data input and analysis

Desirable Skills

  • Experience of managing a team of volunteers
  • Knowledge and experience of CRM systems
  • Safeguarding and first aid qualifications

Benefits

Company Pension
Birthday Leave
Employee Assistance Programme
Subsidised social events
Subsidised eye tests and glasses
Disability Confident Employer
Season Ticket Loans
Closure of office for Christmas & New Year

Application

If you have the skills and experience we’re looking for please submit your CV and cover letter to Debbie Holden, Head of Services, debbie@keenlondon.org.

The deadline for applications is midnight 7th August 2022.

Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) runs right through our entire employee experience. We promote an inclusive workplace environment where our people can bring their full selves to work and we strive to ensure everyone is offered equality of opportunity to achieve their full potential. We take positive action to ensure that the recruitment decisions we make are objective, free from bias and based upon individual skills and potential.

Thanks to all of you at Keen for giving me as a parent, an opportunity to say how grateful we are for the respite we get every Saturday.It has transform our Saturday’s. We started coming to the session at the start of 2014 and we have rarely missed any sessions. My daughter who has autism and muscle dystrophy enjoys going and looks forward to the jam packed activities which are always fun and talks about them endlessly. The coaches are all very experience and help the kids and encourages them to get involve or just talk to them and listen. In the summer my daughter went to her first residential trip for 2 days.She had so much fun and still talks about it to this day.They also went to the Aquarium and soft play. Thank you all for your support.

Stella, KEEN parent

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