Job Opportunities – February 2020
Lollard Street Adventure Playground was one of the first adventure playgrounds in England, built in 1946 on the site of a bombed out school. Starved of funding for decades, it had fallen into disrepair before being closed by Lambeth Council due to austerity cuts in 2012. The Kennington Association took over in 2013 and transformed this historic site, so that it is once again at the heart of our local community, bringing children and young people of diverse backgrounds and their families together. Since it opened the children of over one thousand local families have benefited from the opportunity to experience free play and learn how to calculate risk on carefully supervised and well-designed play structures as well as quieter areas where they can paint, garden or build with a great variety of materials.
In order to expand these activities, we are engaged on the first stage of a building programme that will eventually replace our 1956 prefabricated building and allow us to expand the services we currently offer to children aged six to sixteen and meet the needs of young people over sixteen. We also know that and families with younger children often feel isolated in our densely populated surroundings and we want to offer a comfortable and safe environment where they can develop projects whose aims and objectives are designed by them.
General Manager – Lollard Street Adventure Playground
Job title: General Manager
Location: Lollard Street Adventure Playground
Salary: £28,000/year plus NEST pension contribution
Reporting to: Board of Trustees
Hours: 28 hours/week
Duration of contract: 1 year, renewable
We are looking for the right person to oversee the LSAP project. This is an opportunity to make a real difference in lives of children and young people and the wider community in the heart of Kennington. Our new Manager will develop the vision, mission and values of the project and overseeing our funding strategy. Key to the role is ensuring the highest standards from staff and volunteers to enable the project to deliver on its priorities.
The right person must have an understanding of the importance of free play in children’s lives as this forms the backbone of what we do on this adventure playground. They must be able to lead a team of playworkers to continue to develop a space where free play is the focus, allowing children to initiate their own projects and take risks in their play. Experience of running successful community projects and an ability to network with other local organisations will be key to this role.
We are forward looking, ambitious and committed to continuous improvement with two new building projects planned for our site in the next year that will enable our project to expand what it can offer. If you find this role interesting and want to find out more please do contact us for an informal chat or meeting, we would love to hear from you.
While this is a, permanent position, we are committed to offering flexible working arrangements and are open to discussion regarding how this flexibility might be achieved.
Must have a current DBS and will be required to apply for a new one.
For more information, please contact us on 02070910841 (Anna) or visit our website www.lollardstplay.org.uk
Please apply by completing the application form and emailing it to us at Jobs@lollardstplay.org.uk or contact us on 02077939592.
Closing date: 9th April 2020
Interviews to take place the following week
Sessional Playworkers 2020
We are continuously looking for new staff to join our pool of sessional workers so please do contact us if you are interested.