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It’s a great time to work for SLOW, the charity is expanding and helping more bereaved families in London than ever before.

The people directly involved in making the SLOW project work are committed and trained bereaved parents and siblings who have first-hand experience of the devastation that comes with losing a child and fully understand the benefits of connecting with other bereaved parents and sharing their experiences.

Take a look at our current vacancies here.

Job Vacancy - Trustees

SLOW, a charity supporting bereaved families, is seeking trustees with strategic planning experience and compliance/charity law experience to move the organisation to the next level.

ABOUT SLOW

Based in London, SLOW (Surviving the Loss of Your World) has offered emotional and practical support for over thirteen years to bereaved families that have lost a child in any circumstances. Our unique approach to working with parents and siblings is highly regarded by our members and professionals and we have won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the MBE for volunteer groups. 

Our work is centred around regular support groups for bereaved parents and quarterly creative workshops for bereaved siblings. Over the years SLOW has helped numerous bereaved parents by enabling them to share their experiences and our members regularly refer to our groups as a ‘lifeline’. Our model of bereavement support is unique in London and is a direct response to what bereaved parents have told us they need. 

SLOW is a registered charity with an income of currently circa £70k each year. We have a strong group of six trustees, some of whom have been in post since the charity’s inception and others appointed more recently following a review, skills and needs audit. Each year two trustees step down but are eligible for re-election. 

The charity has a stable resource base with a range of income sources – some annual, some on 3-year commitments and other funding resulting from planned and targeted approaches. The organisation has expanded from two part-time to five part-time sessional group facilitators and has a strong voluntary commitment – some volunteers acting as group facilitators and others supporting organisational work or the maintenance of the groups. More information, including annual reports, accounts and details of trustees can be seen on the SLOW website – slowgroup.co.uk. 

ABOUT THE ROLES

SLOW is seeking individuals with skills and experience in the following areas: clinical expertise in bereavement work, charity law and compliance, IT and also parents who have lost a child themselves.

The trustees would assist with the development of SLOW’s strategic plan and vision and help increase the charity’s impact and influence. There is the opportunity for one of the trustees to move into the Chair of Trustee’s role later down the line. The applicants should be committed to helping bereaved families and have significant governance experience. 

General responsibilities 

• To ensure that SLOW complies with its governing document, charity law and any other relevant legislation or regulations. 

• To ensure that the charity applies its resources to pursue the objectives outlined in the Constitution. 

• To contribute actively to the board of trustees in giving firm strategic direction to SLOW, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets. 

• To safeguard the good name and values of the charity. 

• To ensure the effective and efficient administration and financial stability of the charity. 

Trustee Specification 

• Strategic vision and ability to think creatively. 

• Good, independent judgement. 

• Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship. 

• Ability to work effectively as a member of a team. 

• Experience of committee work and governance of a small charity. 

• Good communication and interpersonal skills. 

• An understanding of bereavement and/or social and health care systems. 

TIME COMMITMENT

There are currently four Trustee Board meetings a year, plus a strategy away day. These are usually held in Islington, North London. 

The post is unremunerated, though reasonable travel expenses will be covered. 

APPLICATIONS

Please apply by sending a CV and covering letter of no more than two A4 pages describing your interest in, and suitability for, this role to  recruitment@slowgroup.co.uk

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by the current Chair and members of the Trustee Board, in person or via video conferencing, as the situation allows. 

SLOW is committed to inclusivity and we welcome applications from all backgrounds. We encourage applications from people who have an interest in and understanding of bereavement and mental health. This role is subject to a DBS.

Job Vacancy - Bereavement Support Services Manager

SLOW, a charity supporting bereaved families, is actively looking to recruit a Bereavement Support Services Manager

About SLOW

Based in London, SLOW has offered emotional and practical support for over thirteen years to bereaved families that have lost a child in any circumstances.  Our unique approach to working with parents and siblings is highly regarded by our members and professionals

Our work is centred around regular support groups for bereaved parents, as well as support groups specifically for bereaved adult siblings and creative workshops for bereaved siblings.  Since SLOW began we have drawn on our own experience as bereaved parents or siblings and built a community, now numbering several hundred people, that supports itself. We have developed a group of volunteers who support us and themselves in our work and in 2017 we were the recipient of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

SLOW currently runs weekly daytime support groups in North and South London, as well as monthly evening support groups in North London. In March 2020 and in response to the global pandemic we made a rapid transition to online groups using Zoom, which has been appreciated and very successful, not only in offering connection and sharing in an increasingly isolated environment but allowing members who are far away from London to maintain contact. All of our bereaved parent / sibling facilitators are fully trained and we maintain a comprehensive continuing professional development programme centred around regular reflective practice groups and external courses.

Our funding comes from a variety of sources inc. longer term grants from the National Lottery Reaching Communities Fund and the John Armitage Trust alongside individual fundraising, donations and support from local council initiative funding and charitable trusts. We have developed a significant resource that is accessed via our acclaimed website and, in 2021, commenced a three-year evaluation of our work and how it helps bereaved parents in conjunction with the University of Hertfordshire.

The Role

This is a central role within SLOW with responsibility for delivering SLOW’s services: providing appropriate support for bereaved parents and siblings and overseeing and managing key relationships as the main contact on bereavement issues for external professionals.

This post:

  • Is responsible for the performance of facilitators in terms of their professional bereavement work.
  • Works closely with and in tandem with the Business and Development Manager.
  • Is a part-time employed position, working 16 hours per week throughout the year
  • Will be based primarily at home and at SLOW group venues premises in London.
  • Is offered initially on a 12-month contract.
  • Carries a salary range of £50,000- £58,000 FT equivalent.
  • Reports to the Chair of the Board of SLOW’s Trustees.

Key responsibilities:

  1. The postholder is responsible for maintaining the highest professional standards throughout the bereavement service including: –
  • Overseeing the referral process, supporting bereaved parents / siblings to join the appropriate support group and signposting where there is a more appropriate form of support;
  • Management of the content and practice of SLOW’s bereavement work, and undertaking ongoing professional development in the latest bereavement thinking/literature;
  • Maintaining good lines of communication in all aspects of SLOW’s work, both within the team and with other bereavement professionals;
  • Maintaining, understanding and application of confidentiality and professional boundaries;
  • Ensuring well-structured, regular ongoing training for SLOW’s facilitators, working with them to deliver the charity’s core work and facilitating a regular Reflective Practice Group;
  • Overseeing the work and development of the SLOWsibs creative workshops and the SLOWsibs 18+ activities;
  • Facilitating bereavement support groups as necessary; and
  • Writing regular up-to-date content for SLOW’s social media platforms including our website blog, Facebook and Instagram. 
  1. They will maintain key stakeholder relations and strong connections with other bereavement and related organisations, delivering presentations on SLOW’s work and opening opportunities for future collaboration. 
  1. They will be the safeguarding lead for the organisation and ensure thorough up-to-date safeguarding training for facilitators. 
  1. They will contribute to regular reporting and attend quarterly meetings of the Board of Trustees.

 Essential Experience

The successful candidate will bring experience and skills including:

  • Being a bereaved parent (at least 4 years), with personal knowledge and self-awareness in relation to grief and loss.
  • Trained in, and with a minimum of 2 years’ experience in, counselling, facilitation and group work skills.
  • Knowledge and experience of parents’ and children’s needs in bereavement.
  • Skills and experience in managing group dynamics.
  • Robust safeguarding experience and knowledge of best practice.
  • Strong management and training provision skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and networking skills.

Desirable Experience

  • Experience of establishing and maintaining positive working relationships with key stakeholders, including statutory and voluntary bodies to facilitate the achievement of strategic and operational goals.
  • 2 years’ experience of working within a similar organisation.
  • Computer literacy, including use of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Social media / blogging experience.

Please apply by sending a CV and covering letter of no more than two A4 pages describing your interest in, and suitability for, this role to recruitment@slowgroup.co.uk.

The deadline for applications is COB Tuesday 11th May 2021, please get in touch if this timing is problematic.

 

Volunteer for SLOW

We’re always looking for volunteers and we’d love to hear from you if you’d like to get involved with SLOW.

We need your help, could you….?

  • Welcome members and make refreshments at our South London support group
  • Assist with our SLOWsibs workshops (especially one for the creative amongst you)
  • Organise a fundraising event
  • Help out at SLOW events
  • Assist SLOW with research and feedback

Come and join us and make a difference.

Giving your time as a volunteer is greatly appreciated, please contact us if you’d like to help out.

“Seven years ago, I found SLOW. Walking into a room of bereaved parents for the first time was for me was like finding an oasis in a desert. I was with others who understood completely how I felt and it gave me strength to carry on.

As the years have gone by, I try to help SLOW regularly in small ways each week because I feel so passionately about its work. Each time I see a newly bereaved parent’s face, my heart goes out to them and I know why I am there. I am proud to be a part of SLOW.”

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