Children's Services Co-ordinator

Lower Ormeau Residents Action Group


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Shaftesbury Community and Recreation centre, Balfour Avenue, Belfast

Children's Services Co-ordinator


REPORTS TO: Healthy Living Centre Manager
SALARY: NJC Point 18 £20,343.96
LOCATION: Shaftesbury Community and Recreation Centre, 97 Balfour Avenue, Belfast, BT7 2EW
ANNUAL LEAVE: 25 Days, pro rata, plus statutory Bank Holidays
HOURS OF WORK: 37.5 Hours per Week

Monday to Sunday between 12.00 pm and 9.00 pm, as required
(Regular hours will be agreed)
Must be flexible to meet the needs of the organisation
May be required to work some weekends

The Lower Ormeau Residents Action Group (LORAG) was formed in 1987 to support the residents of Lower Ormeau. Initially set up to address many social problems in the area, the organisation has grown substantially and is now recognised as one of the leading community development organisations in the South Belfast area.

LORAG manages the Shaftesbury Community and Recreation Centre and delivers a range of programmes and projects to the local community, including youth, children, health and sports activities.

LORAG is seeking to appoint a Childrens Services co-ordinator to support the management and delivery of our First Start 2-4 year old programme and our afterschools programme for children aged 5-11 years old.

Purpose of the Post

The successful applicant will manage the two programmes and childrens staff team to ensure delivery of programmes to meet LORAG agreed outcomes and meet the needs of local community through a community development approach.

S/he will work in partnership with staff and management in the day-to-day planning, organisation and delivery of the Childrens services weekly programmes, consulting with parents and children around services and ensuring services are fit for purpose. The co-ordinator will also be responsible for communicating the childrens programme and any emerging needs through LORAG management meetings and other projects within the building.

No Smoking Policy

LORAG is committed to a no smoking policy within the buildings and grounds of the Shaftesbury Community and Recreation Centre and all staff must not smoke in the presence of children.


  • Provide and organise a safe, stimulating and varied programme of activities for children aged 2-11 years, suitable to the children’s age and stage of development
  • Promote the social, emotional, physical, creative and intellectual development of children and to work in the interest of children at all times whilst ensuring the maintenance and improvement of a welcoming child-centred environment.
  • Contribute to the planning and development of programmes and activities for children specific to their needs, in a group and individual level and to seek professional advice about any changes in a child’s wellbeing. Assisting the management and leading a team of play-workers (paid and unpaid).
  • Assist in developing and maintaining good relationships with other agencies, community groups, children, parents, volunteers and schools.
  • Ensure preparation and maintenance of all facilities required, such as rooms, materials and equipment and ensure all facilities and resources are left clean and tidy after sessions. Ensure the delivery of safe play opportunities in a safe and caring environment.
  • Ensure a good standard of hygiene and safety and observe all relevant health and safety rules and guidelines. Ensure that first aid is administered as appropriate.
  • Assist with keeping a register of attendance record of children, daily diary of events / activities and any other such records as may be required in a clear, detailed and accurate manner. Carrying out day-to-day administration, record keeping, ordering and purchasing of materials and equipment.
  • Cash handling and record-keeping. Working within an agreed budget.
  • Assist with liaising with any other relevant agencies regarding the welfare of children and implementing a planned strategy of intervention where necessary.
  • Develop supportive relationships with parents / carers. Encouraging parental involvement and support within the project.
  • Ensure confidentiality of information relating to children and families at all times.
  • Comply with LORAG policies and procedures and be aware of and work in accordance with relevant legislation at all times.
  • Participate in induction and training programmes, meetings and supervision, as required.
  • Undertake any other relevant duties as considered appropriate by LORAG Children’s Services Worker and / or Management Board.
  • Provide frequent supervision of staff.

A full Person Specification is available from the Additional Documents section below.

Interested applicants please complete the attached Application form CLICKING DOWNLOAD APPLICATION PACK

Applications should be returned to:

97 Balfour Avenue

Closing date for applications: Friday 18th October 2019 @ 4.00pm

Equal Opportunities

LORAG operates an equal opportunities policy and expects staff to demonstrate a commitment by adhering to equal opportunities policies and carrying out responsibilities and activities within an equal opportunities framework.

Additional Documents

Childrens services co-ordinator PS.docx
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Childcare & Social Work, Charity and Voluntary
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Lower Ormeau Residents Action Group

Shaftesbury Community & Recreation Centre,
97 Balfour Avenue,
Co. Antrim,

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