OWLS Bereavement Service vacancies

Location: Leeds
Closing date: 29.02.20

Launched in July 2019, OWLS (Overcoming Worry, Loss and Sadness) Bereavement Service is funded by donations to the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and provides bereavement support for children aged 4-11, and their families, in Leeds.

OWLS has four main interventions:

  1. Family support, including delivering 1:1 psychoeducation, providing resources from the OWLS Lending Library and signposting to other useful resources
  2. School support, including children’s assemblies and staff bereavement support training
  3. Monthly peer support for bereaved children and their families to come together and undertake a range of activities including mindfulness and memorial craft to support them in their grief
  4. 1-to-1 therapy delivered by a child psychotherapist for children most severely affected by their bereavement or who are experiencing complicated grief or trauma.

As the service continues to grow and develop, we are looking to recruit two people to join the team:

  • OWLS Support Worker (16-24 hours)
  • OWLS Children's Bereavement Service Therapist (16 hours)

This is an exciting time to join OWLS Bereavement Service and make a real difference to the lives of bereaved children and their families.

The successful applicants will have a reporting base in Leeds and will be required to travel regularly to schools throughout the region: own transport and a full, clean driver’s licence are essential.

In exchange, your existing skills, knowledge and experience will be developed further through our ongoing investment in your professional development. You will also benefit from a competitive salary, a defined contribution pension scheme and five weeks holiday per year (pro rata) in addition to public holidays.

Jane Tomlinson Appeal and OWLS Bereavement Service are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff to share this commitment. All successful applicants are required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check as well as mandatory pre-employment checks which may also include checking social media profiles. We positively welcome applications from all sections of the community.

OWLS Support Worker

Reporting to: Bereavement Service Co-ordinator

Hours: 16 or 24 hours a week (state preferred hours on application). Permanent

Salary: £22,500 to £24,500 per annum pro rata dependent on experience

Location: Leeds

Closing date: 29 February 2020

Start date: April/May 2020

 

The OWLS Support Worker's core duties include:

  • Assisting the Service Co-ordinator and Lead Therapist to meet the needs of the service
  • Responding to initial enquiries from families, schools and other professionals
  • Undertaking initial assessments - including delivering psychoeducation on how children experience grief - with families and schools to establish the required OWLS interventions
  • Building and maintaining positive working relationships with service users, their families, schools and other agencies
  • Delivering bereavement training to schools and external partnership agencies
  • Delivering assemblies to primary school children on the themes of remembrance and loss
  • Maintaining accurate databases and files through Microsoft Office and email
  • Commitment to confidentiality and acting in accordance with GDPR
  • Prompt reporting of safeguarding concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Pro-rata weekend working to attend a proportion of the peer support activity days as agreed by the Service Co-ordinator

OWLS Children's Bereavement Service Therapist

Reporting to: Bereavement Service Co-ordinator and Lead Therapist

Hours: 16 hours per week. Permanent

Salary: £28,000 to £31,000 per annum pro rata

Location: Leeds

Closing date: 29 February 2020

Start date: April/May 2020

 

OWLS Children’s Bereavement Service Therapist’s core duties include:

  • To deliver therapy and support to bereaved families and children
  • To manage a caseload of clients (families and children)
  • Maintain knowledge and skills in the field of therapeutic care, in line with professional best practice and research
  • To assist the Lead Therapist with the creation and development of informational resources
  • To liaise with other services and build relationships with external agencies
  • Maintaining accurate databases and files through Microsoft Office and email
  • Commitment to confidentiality and acting in accordance with GDPR
  • Prompt reporting of safeguarding concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Pro-rata weekend working to attend a proportion of the peer support activity days as agreed by the Service Co-ordinator

How to apply

Please ensure you refer to the full role description and person specification (available below) in compiling your application. Completed applications should be sent to OWLS Bereavement Service Co-ordinator Nicole Greenwood via nicole@janetomlinsonappeal.com Your completed application should be received no later than 5pm on Saturday 29 February 2020.  

Please note we will not consider CVs and we do not wish to be contacted by agencies for this role.