A children’s charity building a new team to play a key part in bringing a new model in Family Centre Services to the borough of Elmbridge, in Surrey, has been made a four-times finalist in a prestigious series of national awards.
Spurgeons Children’s Charity, which runs more than 50 services for 80,000 children and their families across the country, is now recruiting its new Surrey team to deliver a holistic, community-based service for children aged 0-11 and their families.
This is at the same time as it prepares for a gala evening at London’s Hurlingham Club, on 28 November, for this year’s Children & Young People Now Awards. Spurgeons has been made a finalist in four awards: for the Early Years, Play, Young Carers and PSHE Education categories.
As well as its 27 Children’s Centres, plus the new Family Centre Service in Elmbridge, Spurgeons also provides support services for young carers, dads, families with a parent in prison, families living with domestic violence and for separated parents, as well as running an early intervention project in Birmingham that helps protect girls from Child Criminal Exploitation.
Looking for a leader
Spurgeons is currently looking for a Children’s Service Manager to lead its new Family Services model in Elmbridge, in partnership with Surrey County Council. The charity is also recruiting for eight Family Support Workers to run its two new Family Centres at Walton-on-Thames and at Three Rivers, West Molesey, as well as a satellite centre in the south of the borough, at Cobham.
“This is a tremendously exciting time for Spurgeons as we begin to build a new team in a new location and start to shape a new service that will reach out to families in the heart of their local communities,” said Spurgeons’ Head of Practice Lorraine White.
“We’re looking for an innovative, strategic, strong leader to take this new community-based service forward and help bring young people across Elmbridge a brighter future.
“We also searching for local people to join a wider family support team that will be inspired by this exciting new programme and equally committed to making a positive difference to children and young families within a culture of learning and improvement,” she added.
Mary Lewis, County Council Cabinet Member for Children in Surrey, said: “We want to create a network of Family Centres around the county which support children right up until they’re 11, rather than five as now. Most importantly, our service will be based on outreach so that we can target the families most in need of support and provide help for them close to home.
“By targeting our resources more effectively, we can provide help early on and prevent problems escalating. We will work with families to bring about change so that they do not need more high level services later on.”
- Anyone wishing to apply for either the role of Children’s Service Manager or the eight Family Support Worker posts with Spurgeons can apply online by latest close of Thursday 5 December at spurgeons.org