Why Sova is a great place to work

We are proud of what we do and the impact we have on individuals, on families and on the communities to which they belong. We know that people - their skills, capacity and commitment - are the key to delivering and improving Sova services. Our commitment to our employees is to work effectively in partnership with them and to support them to support the clients and communities we work in.

The rewards of working for Sova do not just end at transforming the lives of the individuals and families we work with. We also offer a range of work based benefits.

Current jobs:

Support Worker (Sessional Hours)

Job Title – Sova Sheffield Young People’s Services – Support Worker

Job Reference: SW1243

Base: Sova Sheffield Young People’s Project – Sheffield.

Salary Range: £17,117 - £18,859 plus Benefits (pro rata)

Starting salary: £17,117 (pro rata)

Hours: Minimum 2 Hours per week, Part-time (sessional, as and when required)

Project/contract funding end date: March 2018

Sheffield City Council fund Special Inclusion Play care Service (SNIPS) Sova then work to support children with disabilities to access clubs and activities of their choice.

Sova work with a variety of different clubs in Sheffield – From football clubs and rock climbing clubs to Drama, Art and multi- activity clubs and help to break down barriers to inclusion by offering mentoring support. At SNIPS we recognise that family life can be demanding and SNIPS aim to provide families with a short break with the knowledge that their child or young person is in a club that they enjoy.

The Support Worker will have knowledge of general work routines and processes and procedures to follow.  Experience can be developed on the role but there is some need for specialised training or knowledge especially volunteer training, for example, the youth offending service/social services. The post will manage and organise their own time and can control and allocate resources, with an element of forward planning.  The post holder will persuade volunteers/clients to engage with the project and communication with partners and funders to promote the project. The Mentoring Support Worker will manage their own caseload and will have to provide a written update after each meeting.

The Support Worker will be required to work some early evenings and weekends, especially Saturdays.

Closing Date: Midday Friday 27 October 2017

Interviews will be held on: Monday 6 November2017

Please note CV’s will not be accepted as an alternative form of application.


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Volunteer Support Officer

Volunteer Support Officer – Sova METRO

Job Reference: VSO1245

Base: Stafford

Salary Range: £19,482 - £21,147 plus Benefits

Starting salary: £19,482

Hours: 35 Hours per week, Full-time

Project/contract funding end date: March 2019

This is an exciting new opportunity to join our METRO team in Stafford. 

In a single year our volunteers typically give up the equivalent of 45,000 hours to support, befriend and mentor people who need them; to let them know there is someone on their side, to offer practical help, advice and guidance, as well as motivation and understanding.  Someone who can question, challenge and encourage without judgement.

The Volunteer Support Officer role is critical in ensuring that we provide the right support for our volunteers to carry out this important work.  The role requires excellent understanding, knowledge and expertise in supporting the recruitment and training of our volunteers and supervising their activities on an ongoing basis.

The role works alongside other members of the team to ensure that volunteers are matched to the appropriate client and that their relationship is safe, effective and supportive.

The post holder will be expected to work some weekends and evenings.

Closing Date: Midday Tuesday 31 October 2017

Interviews will be held on: Thursday 9 November 2017


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Support Officer - Appropriate Adults

Support Officer - Sova Sheffield, Doncaster and Barnsley Appropriate Adult Scheme

Job Reference: SO1246

Base: Sheffield

Salary Range: £19,482 - £21,147 plus Benefits

Starting salary: £19,482

Hours: 35 Hours per week, Full time

Project/contract funding end date: March 31, 2019

The Sheffield, Doncaster and Barnsley Appropriate Adult project is fully funded by Sheffield City Council.

The Support Officer will be part of the Sheffield, Doncaster and Barnsley Appropriate Adult Scheme which recruits, trains and deploys volunteers to support children, young people and vulnerable adults in police custody and other secure settings in South Yorkshire (e.g. HMP Marshgate) as well as those attending police stations voluntarily to be interviewed by police officers about their alleged involvement in a criminal offence when parents/carers are unwilling/unable to be present.

We need to capture, report and monitor our activities which is important to our funders, but also to us as an organisation and the Support Officer will ensure that the evidence requirements for the project are consistently met.

The Support Officer will ‘stand-in’ for volunteers if none are available and in the event, albeit unlikely, the police cannot proceed without an AA. There is a requirement to be on-call on occasional weekends from 09:00 to 18:00, for which an extra ‘on-call’ fee will be paid.

Closing Date: Midday Friday 3 November 2017

Interviews will be held on: Tuesday 14 November 2017


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