Jobs

We currently have two roles advertised:

  • Operations Manager

  • Community Playworker

Details specific to each post can be found below the general information that applies to both. 

General information

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 strive to remove barriers to play where they exist, to ensure all children have access to play that meets their needs. 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 are also a partner in the Midlothian Play Strategy, which takes a strategic approach in planning for and promoting play in Midlothian.

 

We have an office base in Gorebridge (in an attractive modern building with a great cafe downstairs) but deliver services throughout Midlothian, and if commissioned, beyond.

 

How to apply

The roles require PVG membership. The posts are subject to the record accessed prior to a post commencing. Play Midlothian will meet this cost for the successful applicants.

Operations Manager

Full-time (37.5 hours)

Salary £30,815 - £33,530

We are seeking a dynamic and effective individual with leadership skills, to enable delivery of high quality services, which enable children to thrive through play.

 

We are looking for the right person to lead our services rather than someone with a specific type of experience. Our services utilise a variety of models of delivery, and although self-directed play is always the core, they overlap with a range of fields including family support, youth work, participation work, befriending, health and social care, outdoor learning and policy work. Each service has its own set of planned outcomes, that link into our overall goals.

 

Further information on the role is in the application pack downloadable from this page. We are looking for the best applicant and therefore flexibility regarding hours and work arrangements can be negotiated. Please note that appointments are usually made to the first point on the salary scale.

An application form can be downloaded from this page. You must complete and return the application form to info@playmidlothian.org.uk. CVs will not be accepted. If you require further information please contact Susan on 01875 820 889 or at susan@playmidlothian.org.uk.

 

The application deadline is Midnight Sunday 25 July 2021

Interviews will take place Tuesday 3 August 2021

Community Playworker

25 hours per week

£18,610 - £19,698 pro rata

We are seeking a playful, adaptable and confident individual for this post, to deliver high quality services, enabling children to thrive through play.

Please note that appointments are usually made to the first point on the salary scale.

Our Community Playworkers support session planning and the day to day practicalities of our play services, carry out playwork, and support services users. 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 work as part of a team of Community Playworkers and at times volunteers.

 

It is important the postholder can be flexible enough about their hours, which will be worked over four or five days on a rota pattern. We could run sessions across the seven days of a week, and potentially evenings. At present we don’t have any Sunday sessions, only Saturdays, and four of our weekday shifts go on till around 6 or 6.30pm, so slightly into the evening. This may develop further in future as we take on new work. We value employees having work/life balance and aim to establish a rota pattern that shares out any evening and weekend working, so each employee has regular weekends off. 

A driver's license would be helpful, though it is not an essential requirement. Play Midlothian has a pool vehicle which can be used for session transport. 

 

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 are about to 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.

An application form can be downloaded from this page. You must complete and return the application form to info@playmidlothian.org.uk. CVs will not be accepted. If you require further information please contact Susan on 01875 820 889 or at susan@playmidlothian.org.uk.

The application deadline is Midnight Thursday 29 July 2021

Interviews will take place Thursday 5 and Friday 6 August 2021

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