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Early Intervention Family Support Worker - Closing date: Friday 23rd August 2018 at 12 noon

The Ashton Early Intervention Family Support Programme seeks to achieve sustainable change, promote capacity and capability within families.  The post holder will provide practical home/based community supports and ensure interventions are delivered to tier 2 families referred through the Lower and Upper North Belfast Family Support Hubs

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  1. To manage a caseload and undertake a home visitation service
  2. To provide practical and emotional support to families in their own home which will support them make sustainable improvements to their lives.
  3. To contribute as appropriate to the development and implementation of an action plan for intervention and support for each family.
  4. To implement existing examples of good-practice approaches to promoting parent-child interaction.
  5. To identify baseline levels of family need and measure distance travelled over time with the service.
  6. To implement appropriate methods of assessment, recording and record keeping including computerised records.
  7. To work in an integrated manner with other members of Ashton Family Support team
  8. To build networks with other agencies working with families and children including attendance at the North Belfast Family Support Hubs
  9. To work in a confidential and professional manner that ensures client welfare and safety is of paramount importance, ensuring that child safeguarding and protection is paramount.
  10. To participate in meetings and supervision and to access relevant training opportunities as appropriate.
  11. To participate in meetings and supervision and to access relevant training opportunities as appropriate.
  12. To comply with Ashton’s policies and procedures.
  13. Any other duties as reasonably required by the Family Support Co-ordinator/Head of Childcare and Family Support.

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Smile Sure Start Family Support Worker - Closing date: Tuesday 27th August 2019 at 12 noon


The role of the Family Support Worker is to offer personal and practical support to families, children and their significant carers. In doing this the Family Support Worker will carry out home visits. The aim of this support will be to develop parent’s self-esteem and self-confidence and to link them into a wider social and community network. The Family Support Worker will have a remit to develop models of good practice with the full range of parent/child relationships that children experience, Mothers, Fathers, Teenage parents, Carers etc


  1. To carry out planned home visits to families who have requested support.
  2. To work with children and families to enhance the child’s development and support parents’ understanding of their crucial role in this.
  3. To develop and implement an action plan for support and intervention in partnership with each family.
  4. To work in a confidential and professional manner that recognises the importance of the welfare and safety of children and their families.
  5. To maintain appropriate records and file appropriately.
  6. To monitor and evaluate progress in line with Sure Start monitoring and evaluation systems.
  7. To offer one on one information and support and signpost to specialist services where appropriate.
  8. To promote parents participation in training and information sessions provided by Sure Start and also within the local community.
  9. To accompany parents whenever necessary to enable their participation in local programmes and services.
  10. To plan and deliver group programmes and sessions with a specific focus on dads and/or male carers
  11. To work as a member of the Sure Start team, attend team meetings and contribute to the ongoing development of the programme.
  12. To undertake training as required by the Sure Start project.
  13. To facilitate information sessions for parents in a group setting.
  14. To liaise with The Sure Start team, and other voluntary, statutory, community and private agencies to ensure complementary services are utilized.
  15. To promote the SureStart aims and objectives and ensure that good practice guidelines are adhered to at all times.
  16. To consult with appropriate agencies involved with families to ensure consistency of support.
  17. To carry out any other duties which may be reasonably requested

Ashton is an Equal Opportunities employer you are expected to adhere to the Equal Opportunities / Policy throughout the duration of your employment.

The duties and responsibilities outlined in this job description are not meant to be definitive nor restricted and may be modified to meet changing needs.  It should be notes therefore that duties, designation and location of the post might be subject to change in the future to meet the changing requirements of the service.

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Training Manager - Closing date: Friday 30th August 2019 at 12 noon


This post is part of the Belfast Works Project, a Belfast wide employment project implemented by a consortium of partner organisation and led by Ashton Community Trust. The Belfast Works Partnership organisations are:

  • Upper Springfield Development Trust
  • Impact Training
  • East Belfast Mission 

As the manager of the Belfast Works project training services, you will be responsible for the efficient and effective delivery of the project delivery services and outcomes.  You will directly manage one or more project co-ordinators and officers who will deliver the functions of the project to participants of the project. You will be responsible for developing and implementing project plans and ensuring that results are monitored on an ongoing basis.  You will work closely with the project steering committee, the consortium partners and Ashton as lead partner of the project including other project managers to ensure that the project is being effective and performing on target.  You will develop and maintain a network of project stakeholders and represent the project externally on a number of fora.


  1. Line manage the Belfast Works Training team including co-ordinator/s and any other project staff were requested and ensure all roles are implemented in full to ensure the effective delivery of the project including carrying out supervisions and appraisals, performance measurement, monitoring leave and sickness
  2. To manage the Training team as set out in the ESF application, Letter of Offer and ACT operational plan. This includes the delivery of all targets and objectives and monitor performance on an ongoing basis
  3. To manage the provision of the Training services in the Ashton Centre’s network of outreach centres thus ensuring the widest possible coverage of Belfast and Newtownabbey.
  4. To ensure all guidelines and processes set out by ESF and the Belfast Works project are being enforced and adhered to including all procurement processes. Act as point of contact for the ESF managing authority and any other match funders, and sign off all reports and monitoring requests to the funders
  5. To work in conjunction with the Training team in maintaining quality systems and standards into all programmes to include: ETI, JET, Matrix, ISO and EFQM in order to ensure the full delivery of quality programmes to all user groups and to ensure that all standards and processes are being met for funders
  6. Produce project analysis, data and reports at a strategic level for use by Ashton Management
  7. Take responsibility for the overarching management of Training delivery of the project, ensuring consistency and high standards across the delivery area and ensure the mentor and health delivery team operates within its budget and that any variances are reported
  8. Organise if requested project staff recruitment, panels and appointments
  9. Represent the project on a number of relevant fora and in the media
  10. This list is not exhaustive and you will be requested to perform such other relevant tasks deemed necessary by Management of the Ashton Training & Employment Services to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of the project and the organisation’s action plan and that are commensurate with the grade of the post

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