Wellbeing Service Manager

£32,500 - £37,500 FTE in Central Brighton. Our work is across Sussex.

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Wellbeing Service Manager

About Rockinghorse Children’s Charity

Rockinghorse Children’s Charity supports sick and disabled children across Sussex. We support babies, children and young people, along with their families, at The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and The Trevor Mann Baby Unit in Brighton and all of the specialist children’s wards and baby units throughout Sussex.

We deliver and fund projects that enable doctors and nurses to do more. All of projects are led by the needs of children and young people and their families – the lifesaving medical equipment, the support for parents and families, the toys for children spending time in hospitals across Sussex, the environments and spaces that help children feel more at home when they are in hospital and additional staff to make sure children get the best possible care when they are unwell.

Originally set up in 1967 by Dr Trevor Mann, we have been supporting children for more than 55 years, and in that time, we have supported nearly a million children and their families. As the official fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, including the Trevor Mann Baby Unit, we work with the NHS, charity partners and the Sussex community to ensure children can be children no matter now sick they are.

We do not receive any government, statutory or local authority funding and so we rely on the generous support of individuals, community groups, companies and trusts: people like you, who care about children and want Sussex to be a safe place for children to grow up.

For more information, news and events, click here

About the role

In 2022 we launched our three-year strategic plan, which prioritised our activities to enable us to support more babies, children and teenagers. As we enter the final year of this strategy the charity continues to expand and develop its projects and services for sick and disabled children all over Sussex:

Read our strategy here.

We are thrilled to embark on an exciting new project, the Rockinghorse Wellbeing Service, designed to proactively enhance the mental health and well-being of hundreds of children, young people, and families living in Sussex. This innovative service will be situated at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton.

The Wellbeing Service Manager will be responsible for delivering certain activities based on their skills and experience, collaborating with third-party providers and volunteers for others. This may involve bedside activities to improve the experience of in-patients, as well as group activities within the hospital or out in the community.

Each activity will undergo careful planning and evaluation, incorporating the voices and perspectives of young people. This approach ensures that we provide the most impactful activities to meet their needs.

Our primary goal is to support children and young people managing various illnesses, conditions, and disabilities through activities that alleviate stress and foster connections with others undergoing similar experiences.

We are currently seeking a dedicated and passionate Wellbeing Service Manager to join our team and take the lead on this new service. The ideal candidate will play a pivotal role in elevating the overall wellbeing of our young patients. The position involves coordinating and implementing a diverse range of wellbeing activities and programs focused on fostering a positive and supportive environment within the hospital.

This role sits within the Projects & Operations team. We have two other teams in the charity – the Supporter Engagement team and the Communications team. To find out more about our team, click here.

Application Process

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter outlining how you fulfil the eight essential elements of the person specification to: finance@rockinghorse.org.uk

Your covering letter must address your experience, skills and knowledge against the eight essential elements of the person spec. Applications without a covering letter will not be considered. If you also have any of the four desirable criteria, please outline these too.

If you need any support with the process or application, please get in touch. We can also talk to through the role and answer any questions you may have informally.

All applicants will be shortlisted (to go to interview) based on their ability to demonstrate they have, or can gain, most of the essential criteria for the role – as demonstrated in the covering letter.

Estimated Timeframes:

  • Application Deadline midnight 13 June 2024.
  • Shortlisting w/c 17 June 2024.
  • Interviews will be the 1 July 2024 in central Brighton.

Interviews will be with members of the Wellbeing Service Project Steering Group and will consist of a series of set questions (the same for each candidate) about your skills, experience and knowledge relating to the post (Essential, Work and Desirable skills).

The interview will also be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the role, the charity and the process of recruitment.

The role will be available from August onwards (depending on post holder’s availability).

Download the job description here: Rockinghorse Wellbeing Service Manager Job Description