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About KIDS

Our Mission & Strategy

We’re here for children and young people with special education needs and disabilities, young carers and families. We’re on a mission to create a world where all kinds of children and young people have all kinds of opportunities. We create life-changing opportunities by providing a wide range of support. Together, we’ll empower disabled children to stand up for their rights.

Childhood should be a joyful time. But some children and young people living with special educational needs and disabilities are defined by what they cannot do.  That’s wrong.

Every child should have an equal opportunity to play, learn, grow and thrive.

Because when the world says we can’t, kids say we can.

Our strategic plan will enable us to reach 120,000 disabled young people and their families, every year, by 2027. 

About The Role

Driver/Playworker for Kids Wellbeing Support Groups and Adventure Activity STRUT Programme

Employer – Kids

Hours – Approx. 13 hours per week (please see work pattern below)

Location – Lincoln   

Salary – £7,252 per year (£19,574 FTE)

Essential – Drivers Licence D1 entitlement on driving licence. Minimum age 25 years (due to requirements of minibus insurance requirements)

The good stuff/benefits:

  • Flexible working saving on fuel, transport charges and giving extra hours at home/ great work life balance
  • 5 weeks annual leave rising to 6 weeks after 4 years completed service
  • Bank Holiday entitlement
  • Maternity Pay
  • Paternity Pay
  • Life assurance
  • Employer Pension contribution
  • Employee benefits portal, including discounts at 100s online high street stores
  • Recommend a friend referral scheme with financial reward
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) Help’s to deal with personal and professional problems that could be affecting your home life or work life, health and general wellbeing. The confidential employee benefit provides expert advice and compassionate guidance 24/7
  • Sick Pay If you are absent from work because of sickness or injury you are entitled to statutory sick pay (SSP) provided you meet the criteria in the current SSP regulations from the fourth consecutive day of sickness
  • Family Friendly Leave Pay
  • KIDS Virtual learning: Provides a huge range of up to date and professional courses for all staff members
  • Bereavement Leave

Come and join Kids as a Playworker / Driver!

Do you have what it takes to join an amazing organisation that makes a difference to the lives of children, young people and their families?

This is a great role for an enthusiastic and dynamic Playworker who will help lead the delivery of wellbeing and adventure activities for young people and endeavour to show them a great time whilst offering an abundance of support. This is a fun and rewarding role with a mix of day trips and community setting delivery.

You will become a key member of the Kids Lincolnshire team for an established and well-respected charity who has a great reputation within the sector. You will work with a fantastic team of highly motivated individuals who love what they do.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Driving the minibus to meet the needs of the Kids Wellbeing Support Groups and Adventure Activity Programme to children and young people with disabilities.
  • Promoting and advertising our service offering to the wider community
  • You’ll build supportive relationships with service users and families.
  • Offer inspiration, direction and support to the team at all levels.
  • Ensuring that Children or Young People in our care are encouraged to participate as fully as possible in activities and decisions affecting their lives, acting as a keyworker where appropriate.

About You

Personal Qualities:

  • Excellent communication skills, including active listening 
  • Ability to form meaningful connections with our young people
  • Understanding confidentiality requirements and industry regulations
  • Patience, Acceptance, Sensitivity, Reliability, Integrity and Resilience
  • Ability to inspire and motivate.
  • Level 2 in a youth work relevant field preferred but not essential experience will be considered.

We welcome applications from disabled people or people with lived experience of disability. We demonstrate our willingness to make reasonable adjustments to enable disabled candidates/staff to access and participate in the recruitment process (for example we make our adverts accessible, and where required/requested, will make application forms available in alternative formats, i.e. large print).  Kids encourages applications from disabled people by offering any disabled person who meets the person specification an interview.

If required, support is provided to disabled applicants to complete an application form. Hiring managers are directed to the in-house Careers team to understand what support we can provide.  

KIDS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all those who come into contact with our services. Our colleagues are trained to recognise and respond to safeguarding concerns. We work closely with families and other agencies to take all reasonable steps to minimise the risk of harm to children, young people and adults. 

To fulfil our commitment to those we work with we observe safer recruitment and selection procedures and nurture a safeguarding culture which is open and transparent, where all concerns in relation to our people can be identified and spoken about openly and are dealt with promptly and appropriately. By identifying concerning, problematic or inappropriate behaviour early we aim to minimise the risk of abuse.

Please note KIDS Safer Recruitment procedures will include a DBS check and a staff suitability declaration where applicable.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We work to ensure that all of the Kids team:

  • Are committed to equality of opportunity, treatment and behaviour
  • Have equal access to employment, promotion and development
  • Have equal access to services
  • Have their needs considered as we develop services

This means that equality and human rights are:

  • Embedded in our business planning
  • Fully considered within our structures
  • Part of the personal development of all staff