Participation Officer

Together Trust
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Participation Officer

Location: Cheadle | Salary: £26,068.00

Job title: Participation Officer

Role profile and grade: OS30 grade 3

Salary band: Grade 3, point 13. £26,068.00

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Reports to: Operational Service Development Lead

Please note this role isn't to start until July 2021

This advert is being advertised internally & externally.

If you are an internal applicant please express your interest, along with your supporting statement, to


We’re one of the North West’s leading disability charities, offering individual care, support and education to thousands of people each year.

Our work wouldn’t be possible without our incredible team of staff and volunteers who are positive role models to the people we support.

You’ll be joining an organisation driven by its values and desire to see meaningful change - the people we support really are at the heart of everything we do.

We want you to grow and develop - so we’ll support you to shape the career that you want to have.

We can’t promise a job with us will be easy. But what we can say is your work will be filled with meaning.

A job at the Together Trust is more than just a job. Together we’ll change lives.

The Together Trust are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. It is a commitment we expect and require from all our staff and volunteers. All Successful applicants will undertake stringent recruitment checks including an enhanced DBS

The Participation Officer will support the development and delivery of our services and campaigning activity by developing participation and co-production systems. They will engage with the people we support and their families to ensure their voice is heard, respected and acted on in line with the Trust’s strategic plan.

The post holder will work alongside our Interim Operational Service Development Lead and the Communications and Campaigns Manager to ensure that our activity is shaped by the views and experiences of the people we support and their families. They will also work closely with wider teams to embed participation and coproduction across the Together Trust.

Candidates will have an excellent understanding of co-design and strong communication skills to engage socially excluded groups so they can be active participants. This will include working with care-experienced young people and adults, children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities, adults with disabilities, parents and carers.

Criteria Essential
Education and qualifications Degree educated or equivalent
Experience and knowledge Experience in actively engaging and supporting young people and/or adults to participate, collaborate and influence

Experience in running participation and involvement groups with children, young people, adults, parent, carers

Experience of monitoring and evaluating participation activity

Understanding of the charity sector and issues relating to the activities of the Together Trust

Experience of working with excluded groups

Good knowledge of current models and practice participation
Skills Highly creative, innovative and resourceful in promoting participation and engagement

Experience of using different communication techniques to encourage participation with children, young people or adults who may be non-verbal

Networking and strong interpersonal skills

Excellent communications skills

Can inspire confidence, trust and cooperation from colleagues and contacts

Problem solving and analytical skills – proven ability to plan, develop, monitor and evaluate programmes and activities

ICT skills – proficient in use of Microsoft Office applications (e.g. Excel, Word, Outlook) and databases

The ability to convey complex information to a range of audiences in a clear and concise manner

Presentation skills

Able to effectively and appropriately manage emotionally demanding information and situations

The ability to effectively and appropriately manage challenging behaviour
Qualities Consultative, collaborative, open and flexible

Personal integrity and capacity to carry credibility with colleagues

Pro-active and a self-starter

Inclusive approach with willingness and ability to adapt approaches to meet the varied needs and circumstances of the people we support

Flexible – able to change direction, or modify the way in which you do something; willingness to try, be adaptable and have a positive outlook

Ability to work autonomously following direction

Ability to work consultatively, in partnership

Helpful and friendly – assisting and advising other team members and colleagues



A strong appetite to learn and to add value wherever possible.


You'll get to help the people we support celebrate along the road to a brighter future and be part of an incredible team of like-minded peers. Together we work hard, laugh a lot, and support each other. We also have a range of rewards and benefits for our staff:

25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays. Pro-rated for part time roles) rising to 27 days after 5 years and 30 days after 10 years.
A company pension plan with 7% employer contribution

Opportunity to purchase a health plan to claim towards therapy, dental and more
Unlimited access to our employee assistance programme for advice and support
Support from mental health first aiders
Follow your ambitions and progress your career through on-the-job training, apprenticeships and qualifications