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Inclusive Play Development Officer

20 hours per week, pro rata of £24,695 FTE (37.5 hours)
Fixed term 1 year (with the possibility of extension)

Introduction
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 disabled children, and their families, to access more and better opportunities to play. The key areas of work to meet this purpose are:

  • Delivery of a pilot of hands-on support to equip families with ideas and skills for supporting their disabled child(ren) to play at home and confidence to access local parks (70% of the post at appointment)
  • Consulting on and designing further potential new services enabling equality of access to quality opportunities to play (15% of the post at appointment)
  • Development work in support of the pilot and to further the recommendations from our 2016-17 Play for All consultations (the report from which is on our website) (15% of the post at appointment)

About Play for All
The first stage of Play for All involved 183 children and young people and 328 adults across various activities and consultations, to explore disabled children’s access to quality opportunities to play (at home, in staffed settings and in playgrounds). This is documented in a report available on our website, in the ‘support on play’ section about ‘inclusive play’.

The next phase builds on that learning. We wish to pilot a new service supporting disabled children’s play with their family – at home and in their community. The post-holder will equip families with ideas and skills for supporting their disabled child(ren) to play at home, including with siblings where relevant, and build their confidence to access local parks where relevant. The post-holder will test the water and involve families in further developing this new service.

For example, the post-holder might support a family with a child with visual impairment and learning difficulties with ideas for homemade sensory play opportunities, spending several sessions with them at home, playing together and reflecting on what has been helpful. The post-holder will also trial workshops that bring small groups of families with children with specific support needs together, to share play ideas.

Where relevant the post-holder will support a family to take their disabled child(ren) out to play in parks through accompanying and advising, providing: moral support to overcome fears about how others will respond to their child; advice about what equipment will suit their children’s needs; and ideas for simple games to assist their child to get the most out of the visit.

The post-holder will also design other pilot services with children and families, where ideas are identified, drawing on ongoing consultation and evaluation results, and building on strengths and assets available locally. Development tasks will include building relationships and partnerships in support of Play for All and identifying and mapping local strengths and assets (resources, organisations and people).

We currently have 100% of the funding for the post for a year. If evaluation finds that the pilot service works and is desired, we would seek funding to continue delivery – and potentially also to pilot other new services identified. As this is a pilot, it is possible the service may develop and change from its initial form. The post-holder will help shape the future development of the service(s).

How to apply
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.

An application pack can be downloaded from the top right of this page. CVs will not be accepted. If you require further information please contact Susan on 0131 663 2243 or at susan@playmidlothian.org.uk.

The application deadline is midnight Monday 3 September 2018

Interviews will take place Tuesday 11 September 2018

Community Playworker – 3.5 hours

We will be working with a primary school in Midlothian to provide sessions for children to play freely, with a range of play resources, including ‘loose parts’. The broad aim is to support children’s attainment and wellbeing through play.

At appointment, this post will work on one school play shift per week, as part of a team of two playworkers.

The session is to support children and families to play in the school playground, after school hours. This will take place on Fridays, with the shift from 11.30am to 2.30pm (approximately, with the exact timings to be confirmed).

There is a little time within the project hours to be worked flexibly, for example to attend project meetings or training, or to plan for sessions.

How to apply
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.

An application pack can be downloaded from the top right of this page. CVs will not be accepted. If you require further information please contact Laura on 0131 663 2243 or at laura@playmidlothian.org.uk.

The application deadline is midnight Thursday 30 August 2018

Interviews will take place Monday 3 September 2018

Name change

In our 21st birthday year (2017), we changed our charity’s name from Midlothian Association of Play to Play Midlothian, to give the organisation a strong and clear identity going forward.

Inclusive Play Development Officer Application Pack

Community Playworker 3.5 Hours Application Pack