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National Programme Manager – Family by Family

Salary Scale:            £39,858 (FTE) per annum £23, 699 pro rata

Accountable to:      Director of Development

Hours:                       22 hours a week

Contract:                   Adoption cover, initially 6 months may be extended further– secondments considered

Location:                   Flexible across England or home based, but must be willing and able to travel regularly to Stoke on Trent.

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We are the UK-wide membership network for two innovative and well-established forms of support and shared living, reaching 15,000 people between them.

We have initial funding, with the aim of winning more, to work with The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI), Stoke City Council and the Dept for Education Stoke Opportunity Area, to bring Family by Family to UK from Australia, where it has been developed with and for families for ten years. This is part of our mission to develop and scale innovative and ‘asset-based’ support approaches to supporting people. This project will use Family by Family’s approaches, tools and evidence base to develop family-to-family peer support initially in Stoke, with the aim of bringing more areas on board to the project, winning additional national funding and establishing a growing UK community of practice for Family by Family.

Main duties and responsibilities

Coordinate all aspects of the expansion programme in line with the project plan and grant agreements and contracts

  • Establish a co-design and steering group
  • Lead the co-design and adaption/adoption of Family by Family systems and processes in Stoke, ensuring that the demonstrator areas have and use effective and UK-compliant practices, policies and procedures.
  • Review existing Australian Family by Family processes and adapt them for UK legislation/ regulation/best practice compliance, working with council colleagues.
  • Support and line manage Stoke-based coaching roles, working with TACSI on UK-compatible induction, training and ongoing support for the Family by Family practitioners.
  • Support Stoke council communications colleagues to design area-specific recruitment and referral campaigns
  • Support senior council colleagues to provide ongoing leadership and support to the programme, generating referrals from a range of local council and voluntary sector agencies.
  • Support locality-based Family by Family coaches & the council to work with local partner organisations to generate referrals
  • Communicate the successes of the Stoke programme locally and nationally, generating interest and awareness amongst future partner areas
  • Engage with the programme’s evaluation and learning partners
  • Report to local and national funders and to the Shared Lives Plus senior team and board
  • Manage the budget in partnership with TACSI and the Shared Lives Plus Finance Director


  • Work in accordance with Shared Lives Plus’s aims, objectives, policies and procedures and promote a positive image of the organisation and its members.
  • Undertake such other duties as may reasonably be required, commensurate with the level of the post.

Working practice

  • to work positively and co-operatively as part of our team and with our partners
  • to work in a way which is consistent with our philosophy and values
  • to work in a way which promotes equality and celebrates diversity, empowering people from overlooked or excluded groups
  • to operate at all times in a way that is consistent with our legal responsibilities including health and safety legislation and guidance
  • to undertake any other duties commensurate with the grade of the post.


Application process

Please send updated CV and Supporting Statement to

Your Supporting Statement should be kept to a minimum of two pages and should include:

  • Why you want to work for the shared living sector
  • How you meet the requirements of each area of the person specification (please download job description for personal specification etc below) showing:
  • Relevant skills and experience
  • How your knowledge, values and attitude makes you a suitable candidate
  • How you would meet the practical requirements of the job

Closing date: 9am, Friday 4 June

Interviews to be held via zoom on 10/11 June 2021