Angel Eyes NI is recruiting

Angel Eyes NI is recruiting for a Family Focus Early Years Parent Support Co-ordinator. The Family Focus Project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and is led by Guide Dogs NI in partnership with BCUK (NI), Angel Eyes NI and SENSE.

The aim of the Family Focus Project is to support children with sight loss aged 0-4 years and their families. We are currently recruiting for the following role to work within this project. 



Hours of work: 25 hours/week

Salary: £25,000 per annum pro rata

Location: Angel Eyes NI, City East Business Centre, 68-72 Newtowards Road, Belfast BT4 1GW

Contract: The funding for this role has been provided for 5 years initially. Any extension beyond this will be subject to further funding.

Job Purpose of the Post

To provide parent to parent support; facilitate parent networks and develop parent-friendly information.

Main Responsibilities


  • To be the first contact with parents, to offer support and information
  • To assist at the 'Time to Play' groups
  • Develop Parent-parent peer support programme
  • Develop parent friendly literature  for use in both hard and soft copy  
  • Provide reports regularly for the Project Steering Group
  • Contribute to active monitoring and evaluation measures throughout the project
  • Capture data as agreed and submit monthly reports to Project Manager
  • Support closed social media group to enable parent-to-parent networking
  • To maintain accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date records
  • To attend events where appropriate
  • To undertake any job-related training as required and specified by the Project Co-ordinator


The above detail of accountabilities is not intended to be an exhaustive listing and the post-holder may be expected to accept additional/amended responsibilities in line with the organisation's needs. Such additions/amendments will be in line with the capabilities of the post.                                                          

Person Specification

Essential Skills

  • A minimum qualification Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills or a minimum of 2 years' experience in counselling or advice-giving
  • An understanding of the impact of disability on family life
  • Experience of working in a supporting and empathetic role
  • Demonstrable ability to present to external and internal stakeholders
  • An ability to work on your own initiative 
  • I.T skills including Word, Outllok, Excel and ACCESS


  • Knowledge of a wide range of eye conditions and how these can impact child development
  • Experience of collaborative working and maintaining effective partnerships

The post holder will be expected to undertake travel throughout Northern Ireland and must be able to demonstrate how they would undertake the travel required within the role.

Flexibility in working hours will be required including activities outside of office hours.

Closing date for this post is Friday 15th April 2016 at 12 noon. Please request an application form from

For more information on the role, please contact Sara McCracken on or phone

02890 941632 



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