Vacancies

Working at People First is all about improving people’s lives. Whether through Advocacy, Healthwatch, Inclusion, or Education, our teams work hard to make a difference for our customers.

If you share our vision, and you’re looking for a job that has a big impact, take a look below at our current vacancies.

We’d love to hear from you.

 


 

Current Vacancies

Marketing and Communications Officer

Carlisle

37.5 hours per week

£24,982

Permanent

 

Attention marketeers; we're looking for a Marketing and Communications Officer to join our fast-paced and vibrant team. If you're enthusiastic and driven, and know how to craft impactful marketing campaigns and content, you could be who we're looking for.

This is an exciting opportunity that's all about improving our visibility to help us connect with more people. In a fast-paced environment you will help us portray our organisation in a vibrant and innovative way whilst increasing our voice and our reach.

You will co-ordinate our small marketing team to deliver excellent, impactful and targeted campaigns and content for our departments and the organisation.

 

The Job

Working with the Marketing and Communications Manager, you will create targeted marketing plans based on our strategic objectives.

As a line-manager, you will co-ordinate the Marketing Team’s work as they deliver our plans to connect with our varied audiences, strengthen our brand position and share our stories far and wide.

You will oversee and contribute to the production of digital and physical marketing materials, all geared towards increasing our reach and impact.

 

About you

You will be a creative and enthusiastic team player who knows how to make the most out of your own skills and the abilities of your team.

You will be driven to achieve great results; a forward thinker and flexible in approach, who enjoys a varied and challenging role.

Are you ready to help us spread the word?

 

Find out more about the role here:

 

To apply please complete and submit the following to recruitment@wearepeoplefirst.co.uk:

 

The closing date for applications is 5pm, 27th May 2022

Bid Writer

Carlisle

37.5 hours per week

£25-30k depending on experience

Permanent

 

Are you an exceptional storyteller? Do you know how to produce high quality tenders and funding applications?

We have an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated professional to join our passionate and ambitious charity as we continue to grow.

In a fast-paced environment, you will contribute to increasing our income from a diverse range of funding streams; to help us develop and meet our ambitious targets to help more vulnerable people lead their best lives across Cumbria, Lancashire and the North East.

 

The Job

As our Bid Writer you will work across the whole organisation to develop a deep understanding of People First by reviewing previous bids and tenders, working in partnership with Directors and Managers to produce high quality tenders and funding applications.

You will explore potential areas for funding, using your experience to identify opportunities.

With excellent organisation skills and a flair for creative writing, you will co-ordinate the bid writing and tender process. This will include engaging with appropriate colleagues and teams to collate information to inform high quality applications.

You will help develop the internal systems and processes for tracking, delivering and monitoring tender, grant and bid submissions, and you will line manage/supervise the Grants and Trusts Funding Officer and support them to produce high quality submissions and ensure they track, monitor and report on all activity.

 

About you

With tender, trust and grant income being our largest income stream, you will be an exceptional storyteller and problem solver, with the ability to write clearly and concisely, adhere to tight deadlines, ensure we meet bid service specifications and take a methodical and systematic approach to their work.

You will have a keen eye for detail and a passion for using communication skills to effect change.

You will have:

  • experience in strong and successful proposal, bid and tender writing
  • a thorough understanding of the bidding process and be able to demonstrate creative writing skills
  • the ability to self-motivate, work on your own initiative and be accountable for your own work

Are you ready to help us expand our work and help more people than ever before?

 

Find out more about the role here:

 

To apply please complete and submit the following to recruitment@wearepeoplefirst.co.uk:

 

The closing date for applications is 5pm, 27th May 2022

Self Advocacy Projects Manager

Carlisle, Cumbria

37.5 hours per week

£27,741.00

Permanent

 

Do you love working in collaboration with others? Are you enthusiastic and supportive, and looking for a job that helps other people and makes the most of your skills?

An opportunity has arisen for a Manager to join us to head and run our Self Advocacy Project Team and their work across Cumbria and Lancashire.

 

The Job

Self-advocacy is the ability to speak-up and share the things that are important to you.

Our Self Advocacy groups are powerful places where local people get together and connect with their peers in a welcoming and supportive environment.

The main purpose of this role is to:

  • Provide overall operational management of the Self Advocacy project work and develop the work of the team.
  • Be a proactive member of People First Management Team undertaking a range of organisational duties.

You will work closely with the Education Research and Inclusion Director, Inclusion Manager, Education Manager, Departmental Team Leaders and contribute as part of the wider organisational management team.

 

About you

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate who has an excellent understanding of the role of inclusion and the importance of self-advocacy in people’s lives.

We are looking for a person who is happiest working in collaboration and partnership with others and can support people to focus on their abilities and gifts. This person also needs to be able to undertake key management tasks within busy team and organisational environments.

You will be positive and friendly; driven by a passion to support other people and to make an impact.

Are you who we’re looking for?

 

Find out more about the role here:

 

To apply please complete and submit the following to recruitment@wearepeoplefirst.co.uk:

 

The closing date for applications is 9am, 25th May 2022

Community Worker (South Cumbria)

South Cumbria: Based in Barrow Office

30 hours per week

£22,134 FTE

Permanent

 

Do you know the power of a good chat? Are you a great communicator who can bring people together? Are you enthusiastic and supportive, and looking for a job that helps other people and makes the most of your skills?

We are on the lookout for a Community Worker to join us to connect people together and support our growing Self-Advocacy Network.

 

The Job

As a Community Worker, you will support people with learning difficulties and/or autism to speak up and share their views. You'll do this by planning and facilitating friendly and informative sessions for our Self Advocacy Groups in South Cumbria.

Self-advocacy is the ability to speak-up and share the things that are important to you.

Our Self Advocacy groups are powerful places where local people get together and connect with their peers in a welcoming and supportive environment. And as a Community Worker you'll support these groups by:

  • Devising and delivering informative and interactive sessions
  • Developing relationships with group members
  • Promoting Self Advocacy and growing group membership
  • Encouraging people to share their experiences and view

 

About you

We are looking for a motivated and creative individual who can facilitate sessions and group meetings. You must be passionate about supporting people with learning difficulties and autistic people to get their voices heard.

You will be positive and friendly; driven by a passion to support other people and to make an impact.

Are you who we’re looking for?

 

Find out more about the role here:

 

To apply please complete and submit the following to recruitment@wearepeoplefirst.co.uk:

 

The closing date for applications is 9am, 25th May 2022

Hospitality Academy Job Coach

Carlisle, Cumbria

37.5 hours per week: permanent

£20,092

 

Are you a great team player? Would people say you're kind and enthusiastic? Are you looking for a job that helps other people?

We're looking for an energetic and motivated person to join our team in Carlisle. In a rewarding role, you will help us support young people with learning difficulties to learn workplace skills as part of our Hospitality Academy.

We are seeking someone who is compassionate and understands that good support requires understanding and the ability to facilitate rather than lead. You will be an excellent team player driven to helping others to achieve their best.

 

The Job

People First's Hospitality Academy is a unique place with a unique mission: to provide life-changing learning for people with learning difficulties.

The Academy is based at The People First Conference Centre and Cafe in Carlisle and provides a place to learn real work skills in a thriving hospitality environment. And we're looking for someone to join us to help provide a great experience for our learners.

The main purpose of this role is to work and support our learners to undertake the tasks involved in running our hospitality venues.

You will be a friendly and supportive presence, working side-by-side with learners, helping them to undertake tasks and learn on the job. This includes:

  • practical jobs
  • keeping rooms tidy and prepared
  • hosting and meeting and greeting
  • reception work
  • preparing and serving food and drink.

If you're looking for a rewarding role that makes a difference to the lives of others, this is the position for you.

 

Find out more:

 

To apply please complete and submit the following to recruitment@wearepeoplefirst.co.uk:

 

The closing date for applications is 12pm, Wednesday 1st June 2022

Independent Advocate

Barrow, Cumbria

22.5 hours per week

£22.183 FTE

 

We are seeking to appoint an Independent Advocate to join our Advocacy Team based in Barrow to provide Independent Advocacy.

As an Advocate, you will work alongside a range of people to help them achieve their goals.

This will include supporting people to understand information, navigate processes and have their rights and choices respected.

You will be highly motivated with excellent communication skills and knowledge of health and social care.

You'll join an organisation that proudly looks after its people, offering flexible working arrangements, enhanced benefits, a commitment to workplace respect, training and development.

Sound good? If so, get in touch today.

 

Find out more about the role here:

 

To apply please complete and submit the following to recruitment@wearepeoplefirst.co.uk:

 

The closing date for applications is 9am, Thursday 2nd June 2022

Community Worker (West Cumbria)

West Cumbia

30 hours per week

£22,134 FTE

Permanent

 

Do you love working in collaboration with others? Are you enthusiastic and supportive, and looking for a job that helps other people and makes the most of your skills?

An opportunity has arisen for a Community Worker to join us as we develop and embed our Self Advocacy Projects across West Cumbria.

If you're a people person looking for an opportunity that makes a difference, this role is for you.

 

The Job

Self-advocacy is the ability to speak-up and share the things that are important to you.

Our Self Advocacy groups are powerful places where local people get together and connect with their peers in a welcoming and supportive environment.

As a Community Worker, you will focus on developing our Self Advocacy Network by planning and facilitating regular meetings and recruiting new members through networking and promotion

 

About you

We are seeking highly motivated, creative, and tech-savvy individuals who are confident in both their digital and interpersonal skills and abilities.

We are looking for a person who is happiest working in collaboration and partnership with others; someone who is friendly, warm, and driven to make an impact.

You must be passionate about supporting people with learning difficulties and autistic people to get their voice heard.

Are you who we’re looking for?

 

Find out more about the role here:

 

To apply please complete and submit the following to recruitment@wearepeoplefirst.co.uk:

 

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Thursday 2nd June 2022.

Youth and Community Worker x2

North or West Cumbria

Fixed-term (until 30th April 2023)

Up to 30hrs per week

 Salary: 19,680 FTE

 

Motivated? Creative? Great with people? We are seeking passionate individuals to support young people to live their best life. And you could be who we're looking for.

 

The Job

As a Youth and Community Worker, you would be working with young people aged 10-18 with learning difficulties and/or autism, supporting them to identify, plan and prepare for their life journey, through childhood and teenage years into adulthood.

This will include:

  • Planning, booking, and designing a range of face to face and remote experiences, including activities, workshops and one to one support.
  • Designing and running workshops that link to specific journeys.
  • Recruiting young people to engage in the project.
  • Ensuring that parents/carers receive regular, positive and helpful feedback on their child/young person’s activities.
  • Supporting young people to transition from our youth offer into People First’s Self Advocacy Groups.

 

About you

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who love working directly with people, have bags of energy and are driven to help young people to live full lives.

You will be a flexible team player who can adapt to changes quickly, think on your feet and be more than happy to support the wider team when needed.

If you're a compassionate and enthusiastic person looking for a new challenge, we'd like to hear from you. Find out more and apply below.

 

Find out more about the role here:

 

To apply please complete and submit the following to recruitment@wearepeoplefirst.co.uk:

 

The closing date for applications is 5pm, Wednesday 8th June

Payroll Officer

Carlisle, Cumbria

37.5 hours per week (would consider less hours for the right candidate)

Maternity Cover – could possibly lead to permanent

£21,937 FTE

 

A new opportunity has arisen for a Payroll Officer to join our Carlisle-based team. In a friendly and supportive environment, this position will form a core part of our Business Team, handling payroll for our services and supporting our customers.

Our payroll service works with people throughout Cumbria who receive Direct Payments from Cumbria County Council, or Personal Health Budgets from the local health authority.

 

The Job

As our Payroll Officer, you will provide an efficient and effective payroll administration and processing service, offering accurate and timely processing of client’s payroll.

As a friendly and trusted member of our team, you will also engage with our customers, responding to telephone enquiries as they arise.

You'll join an organisation that proudly looks after its people, offering flexible working arrangements, enhanced benefits, a commitment to workplace respect, training and development.

If this job sounds like it'd be a good fit for you, follow the information below and apply.

 

Find out more about the role here:

 

To apply please complete and submit the following to recruitment@wearepeoplefirst.co.uk:

 

The closing date for applications is 5pm, Friday 10th June 2022

Independent Living Co-ordinator

Cumbria

37.5 hours per week (permanent)

£23,541

 

Do you like meeting new people? Do you know what makes a great conversation? Are you able to connect with people in an understanding way?

We have an exciting opportunity for an Independent Living Co-ordinator to join our Cumbria-based team.

Are you who were looking for?

 

The Job

We are looking for someone to support our customers who live in Carlisle, Eden and Allerdale, who use Direct Payments and Personal Health Budgets to fund their care and support.

You would help people who are interested in setting up a Direct Payment, or Personal Health Budget, supporting them to develop their care packages, assist with Personal Assistant (PA) recruitment and provide guidance to individuals on how to manage their employees.

You would also support our clients by signposting them to other services and sources of support that can improve their lives and increase their independence

 

About you

You will need to be confident when meeting and talking to new people (either in person or over the phone) and be able to relate to them in a pleasant and understanding way.

You will be able to work with people from a wide range of backgrounds – from health and social care staff to adults and children with disabilities and their families.

Sound like you?

 

Find out more about the role here:

 

To apply please complete and submit the following to recruitment@wearepeoplefirst.co.uk:

 

The closing date for applications is 9am, Friday 10th June 2022

Senior Health and Social Care Advocate

Leyland Office, Lancashire

37.5hrs per week

£24,011

 

Are you great with people? Are you an excellent communicator looking for a new position that has a real impact on people's lives?

We are seeking to appoint a skilled individual to provide independent advocacy as part of our ‘Health and Social Care Advocacy’ project.

 

The Job

As our Senior Health and Social Care Advocate you will support Refugees and asylum seekers residing in Lancashire to understand their rights and choices and navigate health and social care systems and processes.

In a varied role, this will include:

  • facilitating group advocacy/ awareness raising/ training sessions with Refugees and asylum seekers to support people to feel more confident to speak up for themselves and understand the UK health and social care system.
  • Working with health and social care providers to raise awareness of challenges and barriers Refugees and asylum seekers face accessing UK health and social care systems to address issues and improve outcomes.

 

About you

As an Advocate, you will work alongside a range of people to help them achieve their goals. This will include supporting people to understand information, navigate processes and have their rights and choices respected.

You will be highly motivated with excellent communication skills and knowledge of health and social care.

You'll join an organisation that proudly looks after its people, offering flexible working arrangements, enhanced benefits, a commitment to workplace respect, training and development.

Sound good? If so, get in touch today.

 

Find out more about the role here:

 

To apply please complete and submit the following to recruitment@wearepeoplefirst.co.uk:

The closing date for applications is 9am, Friday 10th June 2022

Healthwatch Cumbria Chair Person

Cumbria

Voluntary position

Expenses will be paid

Additional benefits: Be a part of positive change for Cumbria’s people and communities


 

Healthwatch Cumbria is the public voice for health and social care and exists to make services work for the people who use them.

We believe that the best way to do this is by providing people with opportunities to share their views and experiences… and we’re looking for a Chairperson to lead us as we pursue this belief to deliver positive change for the people of Cumbria.

If you’re a leader who can help us create a culture of openness and support; if you’re looking for a way to use your understanding of health and care to help others, please take a look below to find out more.

 

What the role’s about

The Chairperson of Healthwatch Cumbria is responsible for the leadership of the organisation and ensures that we meet all our legal obligations.

In addition, the Chairperson will provide representation for Healthwatch Cumbria as an active member of our operator’s board of trustees attending meetings where agreed.

The Chairperson will work closely with our Chief Executive to guide the organisation’s strategic direction setting overarching goals whilst providing clear and informed leadership.

 

What’ll you be doing

As our Chairperson you will be a leader and spokesperson. You will represent Healthwatch Cumbria as a senior figure and guiding hand, including:

  • Acting as an ambassador for Healthwatch, providing representation at external functions, meetings and events
  • Providing leadership support to the staff team and volunteers
  • Supporting the development of a strategic plan for Healthwatch, ensuring that it is implemented in accordance with statutory obligations
  • Helping steer Healthwatch through changes and challenges, managing risk and ensuring its financial viability
  • Supporting the Chief Executive Officer in their role of: – Championing Healthwatch Cumbria – Relationship building with key strategic partners
  • Promoting a culture of openness, critical thinking and grounded debate
  • Promoting good governance and the execution of best practice

 

About you

We appreciate applications from anyone with a passion for promoting excellent health and care, but the ideal candidate may have:

  • Familiarity with relevant health and social care organisations in Cumbria and a good understanding of the current economy.
  • Knowledge of health and care provision
  • A commitment to the aims and objectives of Healthwatch
  • Knowledge of community engagement and involvement – with particular reference to health and wellbeing
  • Strong leadership and people management skills
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a team, contributing an independent perspective
  • Integrity in the performance of their duties, identifying and declaring any vested interests or conflict of interest
  • No political affiliation
  • Desire to participate in training and development activities associated with their role

 

Find out more about the role here:

 

To apply

Please complete and submit the following to recruitment@wearepeoplefirst.co.uk:

 

For an informal chat to discuss the role please contact Oliver Pearson on 07780 612285.

Healthwatch Lancashire Chair Person

Lancashire

Voluntary position

Expenses will be paid

Additional benefits: Be a part of positive change for Lancashire’s people and communities


 

Healthwatch Lancashire is the public voice for health and social care and exists to make services work for the people who use them.

We believe that the best way to do this is by providing people with opportunities to share their views and experiences… and we’re looking for a Chairperson to lead us as we pursue this belief to deliver positive change for the people of Lancashire.

If you’re a leader who can help us create a culture of openness and support; if you’re looking for a way to use your understanding of health and care to help others, please take a look below to find out more.

 

What the role’s about

The Chairperson of Healthwatch Lancashire is responsible for the leadership of the organisation and ensures that we meet all our legal obligations.

In addition, the Chairperson will provide representation for Healthwatch Lancashire as an active member of our operator’s board of trustees attending meetings where agreed.

The Chairperson will work closely with our Chief Executive to guide the organisation’s strategic direction setting overarching goals whilst providing clear and informed leadership.

 

What’ll you be doing

As a Chairperson you will be a leader and spokesperson. You will represent Healthwatch Lancashire as a senior figure and guiding hand, including:

  • Acting as an ambassador for Healthwatch, providing representation at external functions, meetings and events
  • Providing leadership support to the staff team and volunteers
  • Supporting the development of a strategic plan for Healthwatch, ensuring that it is implemented in accordance with statutory obligations
  • Helping steer Healthwatch through changes and challenges, managing risk and ensuring its financial viability
  • Supporting the Chief Executive Officer in their role of: – Championing Healthwatch Lancashire – Relationship building with key strategic partners
  • Promoting a culture of openness, critical thinking and grounded debate
  • Promoting good governance and the execution of best practice

 

About you

We appreciate applications from anyone with a passion for promoting excellent health and care, but the ideal candidate may have:

  • Familiarity with relevant health and social care organisations in Lancashire and a good understanding of the current economy.
  • Knowledge of health and care provision
  • A commitment to the aims and objectives of Healthwatch
  • Knowledge of community engagement and involvement – with particular reference to health and wellbeing
  • Strong leadership and people management skills
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a team, contributing an independent perspective
  • Integrity in the performance of their duties, identifying and declaring any vested interests or conflict of interest
  • No political affiliation
  • Desire to participate in training and development activities associated with their role

 

Find out more about the role here:

 

To apply

Please complete and submit the following to recruitment@wearepeoplefirst.co.uk:

 

For an informal chat to discuss the role please contact Kerry Prescott on 01524 239100.

Experts by Experience for Care (Education) and Treatment Reviews

 

Cumbria, Northumberland, Durham and Tees Valley

Hours as required

£20 per hour (up to 7 hours per day)

 

An opportunity has arisen for Experts by Experience for Care (Education) and Treatment Reviews to join an expanding charitable organisation at an exciting time of growth and development.

We are seeking experts who are passionate about the rights of people with learning disabilities and/or autism. You will work as a member of a Care (Education) and Treatment Review panel to carry out an assessment of a person’s care and treatment in an inpatient setting or in the community. We are seeking experts with lived experience and family carers with an understanding of services.

 

For more information follow the links below:

 

To apply please complete and submit the following to recruitment@wearepeoplefirst.co.uk:

 

Should you need to discuss any of the information on our website prior to application, please contact Chris Tolley, Inclusion Team Manager by email chris.tolley@wearepeoplefirst.co.uk

or call Chris on 01228 276374

 


 

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