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

 

Finance Director

 

Carlisle, Cumbria

37.5 hours per week (alternative working patterns are negotiable)

£41,881 FTE

 

Are you ready for your next step?

At an exciting time of growth, an opportunity has arisen for a Finance Director to join the People First Team.

People First is all about supporting people to speak up and have their voices heard. We’re an ambitious and established charity that promotes equality and fairness through advocacy, training, education and opportunities.

And we’re looking for someone who shares our values to join the team.

 

The job

As our Finance Director you will be responsible for ensuring organisational effectiveness and continual improvement by providing leadership in financial and business functions.

You will help us to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the organisation by providing leadership in:

  • Overall financial management and reporting
  • Budget setting and monitoring
  • Business Systems and Processes
  • Human Resources

As a member of our Senior Leadership Team, you will play a key role in ensuring that People First continues to sustain its ongoing growth whilst finding new and innovative ways of working.

 

What we’re looking for

We are looking for someone who is business focused, someone who is an experienced finance professional who knows how to lead, manage, create and maintain excellent finance and HR systems and processes.

Leading a team of HR and finance professionals, you’ll apply sound judgement and experience to deliver robust financial and organisational direction.

You will be a leader with a commitment to efficiency, experienced working in finance and ready to play a core part in our organisational development.

 

Find out more about the role here:

 

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

 

Should you wish to discuss the role prior to making an application, you can book an informal discussion with David, our CEO, by contacting: recruitment@wearepeoplefirst.co.uk or 01228 276353

The closing date for applications is 5pm, Wednesday 26th January 2022

Payroll and Accounts Manager

 

Carlisle, Cumbria

37.5 hours per week

£27,741

 

Are you looking for a new role, something that makes a difference in people’s lives? Our Business Team is recruiting for a Payroll and Accounts Manager.

In this role you would manage and supervise the work of a team responsible for delivering our Direct Payments and Personal Health Budgets service.

The service supports users of local authority Direct Payments (DP) and health authority Personal Health Budgets (PHB) by providing payroll support and help with managing accounts.

The post-holder will manage and co-ordinate the Payroll and Managed Account Service so that it is effective and continues to develop and grow.

You will be an excellent communicator, experienced with accounting programmes such as Sage and Moneysoft Payroll Manager, and you’ll be a great leader ready to manage a dedicated team.

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, Wednesday 26th January 2022

Payroll Officer

 

Carlisle, Cumbria

37.5 hours per week

£21,937

 

A new and exciting opportunity has arisen for a Payroll Officer to join our Carlisle-based team. On a permanent basis, 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.

As our new 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, then 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, Wednesday 2nd February 2022. 

Independent Advocate

 

Based in Teesside (Stockton-on-Tees, Redcar and Cleveland and Middlesbrough)

16 hours – 37.5 hours per week

£22,183 FTE

 

We are seeking to appoint Independent Advocates in the North East 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, 28th January 2021

HERE Counsellor & Co-ordinator

 

Barrow Office

Fixed Term (6 months fixed term with the opportunity to become permanent) 37.5hrs per week

 Salary: Pro-rata £12,055.20 (FTE £20,092.00)

 

At People First, we support people to live their best lives. Engaging. Listening. Being there. Within our HERE Counselling Service, we work with a humanistic philosophy - in the belief that people are essentially good with the potential for change in our lives to be ever-present.

In the role of Counsellor and Co-ordinator, you will work with individuals with a variety of presentations, during which, longer-term issues may be revealed. You'll be assisting with the development of the HERE Counselling Service as well as providing coordination support to the Director of the ERI and HERE.

 

Your duties would include:

  • Providing face to face and remote counselling
  • Keeping up to date records in accordance with ICO and PF principles and practice.
  • Liaising with local community partners to raise the profile of HERE Counselling Services.
  • Advertising the HERE Counselling Service and assisting with information for future funding bids.
  • Attending local and county-wide meetings  to ensure HERE has full representation on relevant bodies in conjunction with the Director of ERI.
  • Writing reports and gathering data for monitoring purposes.
  • Supporting the Director in the development of the project.

Would you be a good fit? If so, apply today.

 

Find out more about the role here:

 

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

Volunteer Driver

 

Carlisle (Head Office)

 

Are you a 'can do' kind of person? Are you looking for a volunteering opportunity that supports a charity to make a real difference to the lives of local people?

We're looking for volunteer drivers to help support the People First Hospitality Academy and Cafe.

 

If you join the team, you will:

  • Drive our company van for daily food deliveries between (but not limited to) our Conference Centre on Milbourne Street and The People First Café at the Cumberland Infirmary.
  • Load and unload the van at each venue.
  • Look after the van, keeping it clean and filling fuel when required.
  • Directly make an impact on our services which are designed to help vulnerable people access meaningful training opportunities
  • Help us deliver hearty food to cancer patients at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care; brightening days in the most needed of times.

You'll join a team that passionately believes in fair opportunities and works together to make a difference to other people's lives.

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

 

Find out more about the role here:

 

To apply please contact our Conference Centre Manager, Luke Watts, on 07592043325.

Independent Advocate (Sessional Contracts)

 

Cumbria (Carlisle, Kendal, Barrow, Workington, and Whitehaven)
Teesside (Stockton-on-Tees, Redcar and Cleveland and Middlesbrough)

£12.00 per hour

 

Our Advocacy Team is looking for new sessional staff to help us support more people across Cumbria and the North East.

As an Advocate, you will work side by side with people to help them speak up and have their views heard.

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.

 

Find out more about the roles here:

 

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

Commis Chef Apprentice

 

Carlisle, Cumbria

37.5 hrs

National Apprenticeship Wage National Apprenticeship Wage

 

We are seeking an applicant with a real drive and interest in learning and growing. Someone who is keen to gain greater catering skills with some customer service elements in an environment that will provide a unique insight both into food preparation and hospitality service work within a charitable organisation.

In your role you would be working within the Riverbank Kitchen supporting the Head Cook and Catering Assistant, gaining valuable skills and insights into the daily kitchen operations providing food for both the Conference Centre and the Cancer Care Café.

You will also be part of something bigger, at People First we offer a wide range of support and information services across the North of England, aimed at helping people to live informed, respected, healthy and fulfilled lives. Our Kitchen where you will be working is an important part of this supporting our charity and our learners, young people with learning difficulties who are learning hospitality skills to help them move into work.

This apprenticeship qualification is provided through Lakes College.

 

Find out more about the role here:

 

To apply please email the Lakes College at Team-Sales@lcwc.ac.uk with your CV, entitling your email with "People First Commis chef Apprenticeship"

Volunteer Café Assistant

 

Carlisle, People First Conference Centre and People First Café

Hours on agreement

 

An opportunity has arisen for a team of volunteers to assist with the day to day running of our innovative offer of The People First Café. The main purpose of this role is to assist the Team Leader in the day to day running of the café and assist with deliveries of fresh ready to eat food made at the People First Conference Centre in Carlisle.

 

For more information follow the links below:

 

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

Experts by Experience for Care (Education) and Treatment Reviews

 

Northumberland, Durham, Tyne and Wear, Cleveland

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

Healthwatch Cumbria (HWC) Board Member

 

Voluntary Role

Cumbria

 

Healthwatch Cumbria is an independent organisation set up to champion the views of health and social care service users in Cumbria, with the goal of making services better and improving health and well-being.

Do you care about your health and care services?

Do you fundamentally believe that patients and their families are in the strongest position to know how services can and should be improved?

Do you have some time to devote to supporting a dedicated team of staff in carrying out this very worthwhile task by providing them with guidance and scrutiny to ensure they work to the best of their ability and achieve as much impact as possible?

If you have answered yes to all of the above, then a role on the Board of Healthwatch Cumbria may well help you to feel that you are making a difference.

For more information on the role, an application form, and details on how to apply, please see the Healthwatch Cumbria website:

www.healthwatchcumbria.co.uk/vacancies/

HWC is delivered by People First Independent Advocacy Registered Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee (Registered Charity No. 1184112 Company No. 5438407)