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As a growing charity, we continue to develop new roles to meet the need we are seeing. Our staff team may be fairly small in numbers, but we are huge in passionate, empathy and dedication. 

Current Vacancies

Engagement and Communications Officer​

 

Salary Range £24,000 - £27,500 subject to experience

 

​Length of Appointment: 12 months minimum fixed term, subject to funding.​

 

Hours: 37.5 hours per week - work pattern to be agreed (we will consider part time and full time applicants)​

 

Line Manager: CEO​

 

Location: Stonehouse, Gloucestershire - 1 day per week home working available.​​

 

Overview

 

Sunflowers is seeking a dynamic and proactive Engagement and Communications Officer to join our rapidly growing charity. Reporting directly to the CEO, the Engagement and Communications Officer will play a crucial role in managing our internal and external communications and engagement, supporting the CEO and contributing to the smooth operation of our organisation.

 

Key Responsibilities

 

The successful candidate will be responsible for key stakeholder communications for Sunflowers

 

1. Website Management: Oversee and maintain the organisation's website and online platforms, ensuring content is up to date, engaging, and reflects our mission and values.

 

2. Social Media Management: Manage and curate content for our social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Foster inclusive engagement with our diverse audience, respond thoughtfully to inquiries, and cultivate a sense of belonging and community online.

 

3. Document Preparation: Support the creation, formatting, proofreading, and printing of relevant documents, ensuring accuracy and professionalism.

 

4. Press Releases and Newsletters: Develop and distribute press releases to relevant media outlets and stakeholders. Coordinate the creation and distribution of quarterly newsletters, ensuring representation and inclusivity of our service users, diverse supporters and stakeholders.

 

5. Stakeholder Communications: Provide support to the CEO and Board of Trustees, including minuting meetings, sending agendas, and managing calendars, meetings, and attendance on training sessions.

 

6. External Networking: Attend external networking events to represent Sunflowers engaging with stakeholders including the sunflowers community, supporters and funders both existing and potential.

 

7. General Support: Assist with various administrative and fundraising tasks as needed, contributing to the efficient functioning of the office.

 

Person Profile and Experience-

 

Personable and engaging able to actively communicate with a range of stakeholders including service users, the sunflowers community, supporters and funders.

 

  • Excellent communication skills, with a commitment to clear, compassionate and inclusive language.

  • Experience of managing social media platforms through Meta.

  • Experience of updating websites on Wix.

  • Self-motivated with a proactive work ethic.

  • Proficient IT skills with evidenced use of Microsoft 365.

  • Detail-oriented with strong organisational abilities.

  • Willing to offer flexibility in working and availability to support Board meetings (generally monthly on a Tuesday evening)

 

If you are passionate about our cause, want to make a difference and possess the skills and experience required for this role, we encourage you to apply.

 

Sunflowers Suicide Support is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. We strive to create a diverse and inclusive work environment.

 

Applications process: To apply, please submit your CV and a cover letter or video to describe your current experience against each of our requirements and please explain why you are interested in working for Sunflowers.

 

Closing date 14 June 2024​To apply; send a cover letter and CV ​

Family Support Worker

Salary Range £28,000 - £30,000 subject to experience

Length of Appointment: Fixed Term, subject to funding

Time Commitment: Part-time (20 hours)

Line Manager: Team Leader

Location: Gloucestershire

Overview

Reporting directly to the Team Leader, the Family Support Worker will provide a compassionate and trauma-informed suicide support service to Sunflowers' service users, with a particular focus on children and young people. Previous relevant experience in this context is essential. This role involves postvention liaison support, conducting comprehensive needs assessments, delivering appropriate psychological support, psychoeducation, risk assessment, monitoring for trauma symptoms (including secondary trauma), offering information, and directing individuals to other relevant organizations. Additionally, the coordinator will play a crucial role in safeguarding, collaborating with external organizations and partners, and coordinating suicide prevention activities in line with the Charity's mission, goals, and objectives.

Primary Responsibilities:

  1. Collaborate with the Operations Manager: Expand the Sunflowers Suicide Liaison Service, with a strong focus on providing support to children and young people, as well as adults and families.

  2. Assess Suicide Risk: Provide immediate referrals and interventions for individuals who have been bereaved through suicide, especially children and young people.

  3. Offer Psychological Support: Provide psychological support, including psychoeducation, tailored to the needs of children and young people.

  4. Timely Response: Respond to new referrals within 72 hours via telephone or email, followed by a face-to-face meeting within 7 working days where reasonably practicable to: Complete a person-focused needs assessment.

  5. Assess risks and monitor for symptoms of trauma.

  6. Organise ongoing monitoring through regular contact by face-to-face visits, telephone, and email support.

  7. Organise and signpost to provision of needs-assessed support.

  8. Advocate on behalf of the referrer where necessary.

  9. Liaise with police, mental health trust, and coroner to best support and inform the support.

  10. Develop Support Plans: Create support plans for children, young people, and families, including agreed review dates to ensure continual monitoring and assessment of needs.

  11. Maintain Database: Ensure the charity database is kept up to date with liaison service notes and client outcomes.

  12. Collaborate with External Agencies: Support the management team with developing a collaborative alliance with other agencies, such as the Police, Coroner’s staff, and NHS Trusts, to support the bereaved effectively through legal proceedings.

  13. Effective Communication: Communicate effectively with GPs, local NHS mental health community teams, and Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service providers in the locality to make appropriate and effective referrals.

  14. Network Building: Network with other external organisations to promote the Sunflowers Liaison Service, with a specific focus on children and young people.

  15. Facilitate Support Sessions: Facilitate and attend support sessions and drop-in sessions, with an emphasis on creating a safe and welcoming environment for children and young people.

  16. Confidentiality: Ensure confidential client data is recorded securely and accurately in line with the organisation’s clinical governance and confidentiality policy.

  17. Safeguarding: Ensure safeguarding processes are followed at all times.

Support:

  • The Family Support Worker must maintain good self-care practices, ensuring that if personally bereaved or affected by suicide, they are adjusted to their own loss or experience and have good emotional resilience and are ready and able to support others.

  • The Family Support Worker will be given adequate line management, supervision, support, and guidance.

If you are a compassionate and dedicated individual with a passion for making a difference in the lives of those affected by suicide, we encourage you to apply for this rewarding position with Sunflowers Suicide Support.

To apply, please submit your CV and a cover letter.

Sunflowers Suicide Support is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. We strive to create a diverse and inclusive work environment.

DBS:

This post is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check.

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