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Play Streets Info and Support Officer

Want to be part of a small team bringing about a big change for children? If you’re good with data and information, quick to learn, organised, friendly and supportive to others, read on!

Play Streets Information and Support Officer

Based in Bristol

12 month contract initially

4 or 5 days / week

£21-£23,000 pro-rata, plus generous holiday

About Playing Out

Playing Out is a small, Bristol-based social change organisation with a national reach. Our vision is that children across the UK have freedom to play out and get around the streets and open spaces where they live – to be healthy, happy and part of their communities.

Playing Out began with a creative action by neighbours on one Bristol street in 2009. From our base at Windmill Hill City Farm in BS3, we are now leading a national and international movement for children’s freedom.

Play streets – where residents take action to close their road to traffic on a regular basis – are our main tool for change. So far, over 1,000 communities around the UK have made this happen, with 15,000 adults taking action and 30,000 children playing out regularly. Over 80 different city and county councils have now adopted supportive play street policies and many other countries have adopted and adapted the idea.

As we emerge from Covid-19 restrictions, there is a new, pressing need for children to be able to play out after long periods of life being largely indoors, isolated and inactive, with significant impact on their physical and mental health.

Over the next year, we will be particularly focusing on how play streets can help children and communities to recover from the impact of Covid-19, bringing diverse communities together and benefitting children in the most disadvantaged areas. Lockdown has given us all a chance to rethink how we use our streets and there is now a huge opportunity to grow the play streets movement across the UK. This new role will help us to seize the moment for maximum benefit and change for children.

About the role

This is an excellent opportunity for someone with the right skills to work within an innovative, change-making organisation punching above its weight. We would welcome someone very capable who is keen to learn, gain experience and grow with the role.

Coming out of lockdown, we have seen a huge surge of interest in play streets, from councils, community organisations, housing associations, parents, residents and others. This role will work closely with our Play Streets Development Officer to respond to this interest and enable as many play streets as possible to happen over the next year. This will include dealing with enquiries from residents and local authorities, monitoring Facebook groups, maintaining our contact database, supporting webinars and online training, and keeping our resources up to date.

We need someone organised, professional, resourceful and encouraging to others. You will be familiar with and enjoy using and organising data and information, have excellent attention to detail and accuracy, and take pride in your work. Working successfully to agreed plans and objectives, you will also have room and the ability to spot opportunities and have ideas. You will be personable and enjoy helping and encouraging people.

This role would suit someone who can demonstrate all the key qualities and wants to use their skills towards bringing about big change; and to learn, grow and develop with the role. You will be happy to be in a small team of five and to muck in to get things done, in return for an excellent learning opportunity and the chance to be part of significant social change. Currently the role will be a mix of home and office working but we are looking for someone who is able and willing to work from our Bristol office going forward.

Playing Out is actively seeking to achieve diversity in our team. We will ensure that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, social background, disability or nationality.

We are currently a 4-day organisation (Mon-Thurs) but are open to this role being 5 days if this is preferable.

Recruitment process

If this sounds like you, please return an application form, with reference to the full job description and person specification, together with a brief covering email explaining why you are interested in the role to ceilidh@playingout.net

Download full job description here

Download application form and guidelines here

Deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 14 June.

Please contact hello@playingout.net or 0117 953 7167 if you have any questions.

Interviews are scheduled for Thursday 17 and Friday 18 June, with the job to start in July.

Playing Out, May 2021.