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Job Title: West Network Co-ordinator 

Responsible to: Senior Network Co-ordinator

Department: Networks & Volunteering

Location: Homeworking, plus travel throughout the relevant Network. Occasional travel elsewhere in the UK and to Sands Head Office at 11 Belgrave Road, London, SW1V 1RB will be required.

Contract: Permanent

Salary: £25,500 per annum pro rata       

Hours: 21 hours per week

About Sands

Every single day in the UK, in spite of medical advances, 15 babies are stillborn or die within the first 28 days of life.

Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, is a well-established and widely respected national charity that:

  • Supports anyone affected by the death of a baby through our Helpline and our 100 Groups nationwide across the 4 devolved nations.
  • Works in partnership with health professionals to ensure that bereaved parents and families receive the best possible care by transforming the culture and practice of perinatal bereavement care through our accredited training programmes and resources.
  • Promotes changes in care that could help to reduce the loss of babies’ lives by funding high impact research projects that identify the causes of stillbirth and point to ways of reducing their incidence.

The charity has grown its income by over 40% since 2012 and, as part of its strategic plan to 2020, is focusing on how we can make the biggest difference to improving the care and support available to bereaved parents and families, and building on our success in raising awareness of the issues relating to stillbirth and neonatal death. This is an especially exciting time at Sands as we reposition to become the leading charity in the sector.

About the role

Sands is a well-respected national charity that:

• Supports anyone affected by the death of a baby
• Works in partnership with health professionals to ensure that bereaved parents and families receive the best possible care.
• Promotes and funds research that could help to reduce loss of babies’ lives

A strength of Sands is the network of over 100 Groups around the UK, each with its own committee, local fundraising and bank account, working within the Sands Group Constitution.

Sands supports the Groups through a team of Network Co-ordinators who act as the main point of contact for the volunteers in their region. The Co-ordinators provide advice and assistance to the Groups, and work to strengthen the Network, building it into a resource for sharing good practice and a resilient structure that can complement and enhance the work of the Groups.

We are looking for a highly motivated person with a flexible approach who can take forward the work of developing the existing West Network, which covers The West and East Midlands, Cheshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire.  Sands currently has 11 Groups based in our West Network who support bereaved parents, provide materials to hospitals and promote training for professionals, and fundraise for these and other Sands projects, including our research goals.

Although this is a home based role, some travel is required around the West Network, along with occasional travel further afield for staff days.

This is a key role which helps us to promote Sands’ vision; a world where fewer babies die and when a baby dies anyone affected by the death receives the best care and support for as long as they need.

If you have a positive ‘can do’ attitude with excellent organisational and communication skills (both verbal and written), experience of working with volunteers, the ability to remain calm under pressure and work in a confidential setting, together with a strong commitment to, and belief in, the values of the services that Sands provides, then we would welcome your application for this role.

How to apply

Please return the completed application form and diversity monitoring form to by the closing date below:

Closing date for applications: 10 July 2018 (midnight)

Interview Date: 25 July 2018

Application Information

Application Form

Diversity Monitoring Form

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As we have limited staff resources we are unable to provide candidates with feedback about their applications.

All Interviews will be held at our Head Office at:

Victoria Charity Centre, Ground Floor, 11 Belgrave Road, London, SW1V 1RB

Telephone: 020 7436 7940