Family Support Worker

Reference number: 42860

Title: Family Support Worker

Hours: 21 hours per week, part time

Location: Mallusk (with travel across Belfast, Northern and South Eastern Health and Social Care Trusts)

Contract type: Fixed Term

Closing date: Sunday 7 October 2018

Salary: 18,943 - 20,137 per annum, pro rata

Interview date: To be confirmed

To start: To be discussed at interview

Job advert:

About the project

Family Focus is a Northern Ireland wide project funded by the Big Lottery Fund and led by Guide Dogs NI in partnership with Angel Eyes NI and Sense. The project provides support to children with sight loss aged 0-4 years and their families. Sense works specifically with children who have a visual impairment and additional needs/complex needs.

About the role

The Family Support Worker will support children and families at Time to Play groups in Belfast, Broughshane, Ballynahinch and Jordanstown; in their homes and local communities through the provision of home visits, play and leisure activities.  They will also work with other services to provide information, training and support designed to create a local support network for each family. 

About you

Experience working in the Early Years sector is essential as a key feature of the role is to work alongside parents to progress developmental goals specific to each individual child.  A full driving licence and access to a vehicle for work purposes or ability to demonstrate an alternative method of being able to fulfil the travel related duties of the role is also essential.

About us

Sense is a national disability charity that supports people with complex communication needs to be understood, connected and valued.

Sense has a proven record of offering high quality, pioneering services.

Working at Sense can be incredibly rewarding; we offer the opportunity to work in a large, diverse and successful charity where people can develop their skills, knowledge and careers in a supportive and flexible environment. In addition we have excellent training and development, the opportunity for you to join our Group Personal Pension scheme and a generous annual leave entitlement.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Joyce Rainey via

To apply

Please use the link below to complete your application; CVs will not be considered. Managers will use your application to shortlist candidates in relation to the Personal Specification; therefore it is very important you complete this section thoroughly.  We would recommend that you read the candidate guidelines and job description (found at the base of this advert) before applying.

If you are a disabled candidate and require a hard copy pack or a different format for example large print, Braille or audio please contact the HR department on 0121 415 6735 or textphone 0121 415 2720.

Sense is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable children and adults and expects all employees to share this commitment. Therefore all offers of employment, where appropriate, are subject to an Access NI check.

Sense is an Equal Opportunities Employer and is committed to ensuring that all staff are motivated, skilled and rewarded by their work.

Job description: Download the job description

Candidate guidelines: Download the candidate guidelines

Related links

Who Sense supports

More about Sense, it's visions and values

Sense's People Strategy

Sense's People Strategy (Accessible)