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Policy and Public Affairs Manager

Rainbow Trust Children's Charity
Leatherhead, Surrey
£33,000-£36,000 per annum + benefits (including 25 days annual leave and pension)
Closing date
7 Feb 2022
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Policy and Public Affairs Manager

£33,000-£36,000 per annum + benefits (including 25 days annual leave and pension)


Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity is going through an exciting time where we are rebuilding!

Following a difficult year, we are pleased to be in a position to begin growing our care teams so that we can continue to deliver a high-quality family support service to more families in need. Our strategic plan is to rebuild and then continue to grow, so this is a perfect time to join us.

About us:

Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity enables families who have a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness to make the most of time together, providing expert, practical and emotional support, where they need it for as long as it is needed. For families living with childhood illness, time is everything. Right now, there are too many families coping alone with no support, no time to think, no time to make memories and no time for each other. We believe that no family should go through this alone, so we are here to change that.

About you and the role:

We are looking to appoint a Policy and Public Affairs Manager to develop and lead the implementation of Rainbow Trust’s influencing strategy and plans, ensuring that our policy activity is needs-led, evidence-based and targeted to where change can most effectively be realised, identifying the key stakeholders with whom it needs to build relationships and further influence.

Reporting to the Director of Care Services and working closely with the Head of Care, you will increase understanding, awareness and support for Rainbow Trust’s cause and work, and engage stakeholders including policy-makers and elected representatives at a UK-wide, national and regional level.

Holding a good understanding of how government works, together with having worked in a health or social care environment, you will ensure that Rainbow Trust remains a credible and authoritative voice on the impact of the diagnosis of life-threatening or terminal illness on the whole family and on the needs of our beneficiaries.

What we’re looking for:

  • A socially focused and enthusiastic individual who builds rapport and stimulates others into action – you have a collaborative, motivating approach to achieving goals quickly by engaging the commitment of others, and work with a sense of urgency.
  • A persuasive, detail-oriented and effective written and verbal communicator - you have experience writing for a range of audiences, from in-depth policy briefings to web pages and social media posts, and have the ability to interpret policy into meaningful operational language, working closely within established guidelines and procedures.
  • Experienced in utilising a variety of campaigning tools (including e-campaigning) and having working in an SME – you’re a proactive, people-focused problem solver that delivers practical timely solutions at a faster-than-average pace, are confident in the use of MSOffice, and have an action-oriented working style.
  • Politically astute and conscientious with the energy and passion for influencing change in children’s palliative care - you thrive on having ownership of a variety of projects simultaneously and achieving organisational success with and through people
  • Applications will be particularly welcome from those who have an understanding of issues regarding children’s palliative care, who have had previous success in influencing and lobbying key stakeholders.

What we offer:

We have a range of fantastic benefits that we offer our employees. If you’d like to find out more about these benefits and working with us more information can also be found in our Candidate Pack.

How to apply:

Please send your CV and a covering letter highlighting why your application should be considered above others to us via the link.

First interviews will take place via Zoom on 16 February 2022, with second interviews on 21 February 2022. We will only contact those applicants who have been successful.

An enhanced DBS disclosure will be required for this post.

As a CQC registered organization, it is an expectation that all Rainbow Trust employees are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (unless medically exempt).

Rainbow Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all employees to share this commitment.

Rainbow Trust is an equal opportunities employer and a Best Companies Two-Star rated organisation.

Registered Charity No: 1070532


Rainbow Trust is a charity that provides emotional and practical support to families in England who have a seriously ill child. The charity is based in Leatherhead in Surrey and has nine teams operating across the English regions. Founded in 1986, the Trust has 100 employees and 350 volunteers. Its annual income is £5.1m.

Rainbow Trust was created by Surrey woman Bernadette Cleary who started the charity after she helped two close friends through the terminal illnesses of their children and realised the tremendous strain such families were under. Since then around 12,500 families have been helped. The charity supports families with children aged 0-18 years and they can receive support from the moment of their child’s diagnosis.

The charity has offices in Leatherhead, Durham and Manchester and nine teams of family support workers - in Central London, County Durham, Essex, Manchester, Southampton, Surrey, Swindon and West London.

When a referral or request for help is received, a team manager visits the family to assess their needs. Assistance may include providing transport to medical appointments, practical help in the home such as cooking, sitting with the sick child to provide the parents with a break or taking out siblings. In 2014/15, the charity supported 1,958 families, 16% more than in the previous year.

2014/15 also saw the Trust launch new drop-in groups around the country for families to meet others in the same boat. New groups for parents and bereaved siblings also provided opportunities for friendship, support and respite. In 2015, the Trust’s first Neonatal Support Worker was appointed and they helped 37 families in total.

The charity also has extended its hospital in-reach service to Cumbria, Durham, Manchester and Swindon. This service provides important information, advocacy and sign-posting to families during their child’s stay in hospital, regardless of whether they are likely to require the ongoing support of the charity’s family support workers.

Rainbow Trust’s strategy is to continually review existing care and explore new geographical areas for expansion. It also plans to focus on donor acquisition and major donor income and invest in the management and leaderships skills of its staff.

Corporate partnerships are a major part of the Trust’s strategy and partners have included Deutsche Bank, Hanover Dairies, clothing retailer Evans and investment manager, Invesco Perpetual.

The Trust prioritises flexible working, family friendly policies and offers numerous internships. In 2016, Rainbow Trust was named by the Sunday Times as one of the best 100 not for profit organisations to work for.

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