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Play Streets Development Officer (maternity cover)

Want to be part of a small team bringing about a big change for children and communities? If you have experience of working with local authorities and a passion for transforming streets, read on!

Based in Bristol

10 month contract starting January 2022

22.5hrs (0.6) – flexible

£26,000 pro-rata, plus generous holiday

About Playing Out

Playing Out is a small yet highly effective 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. We are now a small but influential Community Interest Company, leading a national and international movement for change, driven by grassroots community action and, increasingly, local government and third sector support. 

Our main work is promoting and supporting the resident-led ‘temporary play street’ model which has so far been taken up by over 1,000 street communities and 80 local authorities across the UK. We are now at a point of significant growth in communities and councils coming on board. 

We also work in all kinds of other ways to shift thinking and policy about children, streets and cities. 

Over the next couple of years, we will be particularly focusing on how playing out can bring diverse communities together and benefit children in the most disadvantaged areas. 

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 and to gain deep learning about the many aspects of our play streets work with councils, organisations and residents on the ground. 

After 12 years of developing and supporting the play street model at all levels, we have a good understanding of what is needed to make it work within a local area and to scale it up across the UK. Our aims include: getting all 400 local authorities to put supportive policies in place (as 87 have done so far); ensuring there is support on the ground in more disadvantaged areas; and encouraging thousands more street communities to play out by inspiring and supporting local individuals and groups to take action. Finding the right person to fit this temporary this role is essential to making this happen. 

You would work alongside our Play Streets Info and Support Officer to engage, motivate, support and learn from parents and residents on the ground. This role would also aim to get more councils on board; gather learning and provide support for play streets in more challenging areas; identify and unblock barriers to play streets and build partnerships with other organisations whose aims overlap with ours (e.g. physical activity; active travel/liveable streets; community building; addressing inequality; environmental sustainability; children’s rights). All your work would be informed by a strong understanding of ‘bottom up’ social change. 

This important role would suit someone with experience in a similar role, who understands the local authority and sustainable transport sectors, who wants to use their skills towards bringing about big change; and to apply their knowledge and gain learning. You will be happy to be in a small team of five and happy to muck in to get things done, in return for an excellent learning opportunity and the chance to be part of making significant social change happen. 

The role is based in Bristol but there is the possibility to do some work remotely, as well as some travel to meetings and events outside Bristol. 

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 [email protected]

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 would also be open to a secondment from a like-minded partner organisation.

Download full job description and person specification

Download Application form and guidelines

Deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 22 November

Please contact [email protected] or 0117 953 7167 if you have any questions.

Interviews are scheduled for Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th November, with the job to start in early January 2022 (to overlap with Lucy before she goes on maternity leave).

Playing Out, November 2021