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Working at Winston’s Wish

Working at Winston's Wish

Find out more about working with us to support bereaved children.

Winston’s Wish currently employs 39 people at our head office in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, 8 people in Horsham, West Sussex, and 5 in the North West, some of which work full-time and some part-time.

Learn more about Winston’s Wish and find a suitable role below.

Current Vacancies

We currently have no vacancies.

More Information

  • How to Apply

    Find a suitable role: All available vacancies with Winston’s Wish are advertised online. Find a position that suits you, read through the detailed job specification and follow guidelines on the advert for how to apply. If you need further instruction on the application process please email: recruitment@winstonswish.org.uk

    Once a vacancy has closed, all completed applications will be sent to the panel. We aim to complete short-listing as soon as possible, and generally achieve this within 7 days of the vacancy closing. We appreciate each candidate who takes the time to apply to a vacancy at Winston’s Wish, and therefore will contact all candidates after the short-listing process to inform them of their progress.

    If you are invited to interview, we will contact you to arrange the date, time and location of the interview.

    Interviews

    Interviews are a two-way process for us to explore further your suitability for the role and offer you the opportunity to tell us about the skills and experience outlined in your application.

    After the interview

    All candidates will be informed of the outcome of their interview and we aim to do this as soon as possible. However, this can sometimes be a few days after the interviews.

    Successful candidates will receive written confirmation of the offer. We are happy to provide feedback to candidates who are not successful at interview stage at their request.

    How to apply as a volunteer

    If you have any queries or would like an informal discussion regarding volunteering with Winston’s Wish, please feel free to contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator on 01242 515157 or email volunteer@winstonswish.org.uk

  • FAQs

    What benefits can I expect?

    • Pension – up to 4% on a matched basis, salary sacrifice scheme
    • Life insurance – up to 4 times salary
    • 25 days annual leave, plus public holidays (pro rata if part time)
    • Child care vouchers if applicable

    What is the work-life balance policy at Winston Wish?

    Here at Winston’s Wish we invest in flexible working practices (including job-share and part-time posts) that will help to ensure you find the right balance for your circumstances.

    We have generous maternity and paternity leave, carer’s leave for emergencies, adoption leave, parental leave and compassionate leave.

    Does Winston’s Wish have an equal opportunities policy?

    Winston’s Wish is an equal opportunities employer. All job applicants are judged solely on their ability to do the job for which they are applying.

    We are committed to creating a working environment which values and recognises the full potential of each person.

    Volunteering for Winston’s Wish

    Who volunteers for Winston’s Wish?
    Anybody who shares our desire to help bereaved children! Our volunteers come from all walks of life – we have volunteers who are former Winston’s Wish service users, students, retired, unemployed, employed, old or young – we aim to find a volunteering role to suit the individual.

    What are the benefits of volunteering?
    Volunteering can be a lot of fun and it’s a great way of meeting new people. Some people volunteer in order to enhance their career development whilst students volunteer to gain skills and work experience to help them get a job. Some of our volunteers have had a break from the job market and are looking to update their skills and confidence and we also have many retired people who are looking to put their experience and some of their newfound free time to good use.

    How much time do I have to give as a volunteer?
    As much as you want. We will tell you what roles we need help with and you can tell us what you can do and when you can do it. Some people volunteer for a couple of hours a week, others help out at one-off events or during school holidays.

    Can I volunteer to work directly with bereaved children?
    We occasionally have opportunities for volunteers to support bereaved children and young people, however, if positions become available, they will be advertised on our website. All of our other volunteering opportunities – from fundraising to office support – are vital in helping us to support the children and families who contact us.

    I am under 16 yrs old, can I still volunteer?
    For most of our volunteering roles, you need to be 16 years of age, or older for some roles. The only exceptions are volunteering at our fundraising events – you are welcome to do this if you are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

    What skills and experience do I need?
    This will depend on what you do. Many of our volunteer roles do not require you to have any experience or specialist skills – just enthusiasm and the ability to smile! Some of our opportunities do require particular skills but these will be clearly stated on the role descriptions.

    What training and support will I be given?
    Whatever volunteer role you choose to take on, we will ensure that you have all the training and information that you need in order to feel safe and comfortable in your role. We wish to provide the best service that we can to children and their families, therefore for those volunteers coming into contact with children we provide a high level, intensive training programme. We will always ensure that our volunteers have a named staff contact that they can go to for further advice and support.

    Where can I volunteer?
    We currently have offices in Gloucestershire and West Sussex and a lot of our volunteers live in those areas. However, there are several roles you can carry out in your local area – our volunteers can be found out and about promoting our work and fundraising in their local communities.

    What references do I need to give?
    Winston’s Wish will normally require two references before you can start volunteering with us. For certain roles that involve working with children or young people, you will need a Disclosure & Barring Service check.

    Can I claim expenses?
    Winston’s Wish volunteers do not receive any payment for their work. However, you are able to claim previously agreed travel and subsistence expenses.

    I have special skills to offer – can I volunteer?
    If you have a particular skill to offer and want to help Winston’s Wish, please get in touch with the Volunteer Co-ordinator. If you could include a copy of your CV and a brief explanation of what kind of role you would be interested in, it would help us to see how best we can utilize your skills. In the past we have benefited from the help of web designers, human resource professionals and graphic designers.

    Who do I contact for further information?
    For further information please email shughes@winstonswish.org.uk or telephone the Volunteer Co-ordinator on 01242 515157. We do aim to respond to all emails within 5 working days and all telephone messages within one working day.

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