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Play Streets Info and Support Officer

Want to be part of a small, dynamic team bringing about a big change for children, streets and communities across the UK? If you have great digital skills, a good understanding of data, are quick to learn and like supporting people, read on!

Based in Bristol

12 month contract (initially) starting April 2023

30 – 37.5 hours 

£24,500 pro-rata, plus generous holiday

Equalities and inclusion

Playing Out is actively seeking to achieve more diversity in our team and board. Over the past two years, we have been doing internal work and seeking external help to recognise and address unconscious bias within ourselves and within the organisation as a whole, but we know we still have a long way to go. Our vision for Playing Out is that ALL children, regardless of race, ability, social background or any other characteristics have equal opportunity to play out safely where they live. This makes it even more important that both our team and wider network are diverse and representative. On that basis, we particularly welcome applicants from under-represented groups. We will also 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.

About Playing Out

Playing Out began with conversations between parents who felt that their children (and children generally) were missing out on something vital – the opportunity to play out near home with friends. Due to increased traffic and other barriers, what was common a generation before had become increasingly rare and problematic, with huge impact for children’s health and wellbeing.

13 years later, Playing Out CIC is an internationally respected and impactful social change organisation, supporting and growing a UK-wide movement to restore ALL children’s freedom to play outside where they live, for their health, happiness and belonging in their communities. We support grassroots, community action, particularly the ever-growing play streets movement. With this ‘doing/activism’ as our platform, we also campaign for wider change towards safe, liveable streets and a prioritisation of children’s need for free outdoor play across local and national policy.

About the role

This role will support our Play Streets Programme Manager to respond to growing opportunities and interest and enable as many play streets as possible, using all our existing knowledge, contacts, information and resources. You will also provide direct, light-touch support for play streets in Bristol (about 1/5 of the job) and help us to track activity and monitor the impact of play streets nationally.

We need someone organised, professional, resourceful and encouraging to others. You will be digitally adept and enjoy 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 also be personable and enjoy helping and encouraging people.

This role would suit someone who meets the person specification and wants to use their skills towards bringing about positive change for children and communities; and to learn, grow and develop with the role. You will be happy to be in a small team (with some home/solo working) and to muck in to get things done, in return for an excellent learning opportunity and the chance to be part of an exciting social change movement.

Recruitment process

If this sounds like you, please read the Job Description and application guidelines carefully and send your completed application, along with an equal opportunities monitoring form  to: [email protected]

Deadline for applications is 9am on Tuesday 28th February 

Please contact [email protected] or call 0117 9537167 if you have any questions about the role or want to discuss it.

Interviews are scheduled for Thursday 9th March, with the job to start in April.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Playing Out, February 2023