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First Steps Project Co-ordinator

Company: British Blind Sport    Location: Leeds

Job Summary

British Blind Sport is delighted to announce the creation of a new role to deliver their successful First Steps project in the Yorkshire region. Funded by Children in Need, the project will identify 50 children and their families who will benefit from the scheme, all of whom will receive a First Steps activity pack and support from the First Steps Co-ordinator. The successful candidate will be an exceptional communicator who is passionate about making a difference to the lives of others. After a successful pilot project in Scotland, we are confident that the First Steps programme assists visually impaired children to take their first steps into fun physical activity to promote a healthy sporting habit for life.

Responsibilities and Duties


  • Develop and manage a project to help address the inequalities of sporting provision for visually impaired youngsters in Yorkshire.
  • Identify visually impaired children and their families to be the beneficiaries of First Steps within the Yorkshire area.
  • Develop a relationship and rapport with children and their families to provide support and motivation over the 12 month period.
  • Collate packs to ensure that all aspects of the First Steps programme are being met.
  • Ongoing monitoring and project evaluation in order to provide evidence of success to British Blind Sport, Children in Need and local collaborative partners.

Qualifications and Skills

Person specificationEssential attributes

  • Proven experience of working with children and families.
  • Exceptional communication skills.
  • Passion to make a difference to the lives of children with a visual impairment.
  • Able to manage own time and prioritise workload.
  • Willing to undertake an enhanced DBS check.
  • Willingness to travel across Yorkshire when required to meet the needs of the project participants and their families.
  • Experience in implementing project management techniques to meet set outcomes.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to a deadline.
  • Administration and IT skills, including word processing, spreadsheets and databases.
  • A commitment to equality of opportunity and the empowerment of visually impaired people.

Desirable attributes

  • Experience of working with visually impaired children and families
  • Understanding of sport development.
  • Knowledge of evaluation and monitoring methods.
  • Experience of initiating projects through to final evaluation.
  • An understanding or willingness to learn about the Child Protection Act.
  • Empathy towards disability issues, particularly related to the visually impaired community.
  • Ability to work flexibly to meet project participant needs.

Job Types: Part-time, Contract

Salary: £20,500.00 /year

Job Location:

  • Leeds, West Yorkshire