Westbank is a registered charity established in 1986 and became company limited by guarantee in 2007. The organisation was originally set up to provide practical and emotional support to people in the villages along the west bank of the River Exe. The organisation now works with communities and individuals across Devon. Devon Carers is one of the largest and most successful carer’s services in the UK, providing information and support to 20,000 unpaid carers of all ages, and is the focus for the delivery of a number of services for unpaid carers of all ages across Devon. These include:

  • Awareness-raising and identification of unpaid carers of all ages;
  • A countywide helpline, providing easy access to information and support;
  • A team of support staff providing Young Carers Needs Led Assessments, Transition Assessments, trips/activities and time-limited one-to-one support.

Overall Job Purpose:

  • To undertake assessments of young carers in order to identify their needs;
  • To support the provision of practical and emotional support for young carers by planning, organising, delivering, monitoring and evaluating respite breaks/trips and activities, including residentials;
  • Where relevant, support local communities (child-friendly places) e.g. schools, youth clubs to provide regular drop-ins / clubs for young carers and attend where appropriate to do so;
  • Undertake particular areas of specialisms linked to young carers issues and share knowledge with colleagues; e.g. bullying, mental ill health, digital wellbeing, neglect, CSE, radicalisation.

Full details can be found in the Job Description

To apply

Please download an application form and return it to [email protected]

We will be shortlisting on the following criteria so please use the supporting statement to evidence how you meet these.

Shortlisting Criteria:

  • Experience of working with children/young people;
  • Understanding of and sensitivity to the needs of young carers and their families;
  • Experience of carrying out assessments and identifying support needs;
  • Ability to prioritise workload and work to deadlines with good attention to detail;
  • Examples of using own initiative to resolve issues;
  • Shows a good understanding of the principles of confidentiality and equal opportunities;
  • Ability to work flexibly (incl. occasional evenings/weekends);
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills.

Closing date for applications: 09:00 Thursday 5th August 2021

Virtual Interviews will be held: Monday 16th August

An Enhanced DBS Check is required for this role.