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Benefits Advisor

Job role:
Benefits Advisor
Advice Area:
Disability
Organisation:
Reaching Families
Location:
South East
Job type:
Permanent
Working hours:
Part time
Workplace:
Hybrid
Salary:
£28000
Closing date:
04-03-2024 - 17:00
Job description:

We have an exciting opportunity for someone to join a rapidly growing caring charity with the benefits of flexible family friendly working (from home), generous holiday, pension scheme, travel expenses, laptop and phone provided.

Reaching Families was established in 2008 to empower, inform and support parent-carers and families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in West Sussex.  We achieve this through the delivery of our services providing information, training and peer support.

Our Benefits Advice Service provides support to parents of children and young people with SEND in West Sussex applying for Carer’s Allowance, Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Personal Independent Payments (PIP).  Offering 1-2-1 advice sessions on the above benefits, support with editing draft applications, information resources on benefits and other sources of financial support, and training workshops on DLA, PIP and Universal Credit.

Are you an experienced benefits advisor with a passion for maximising income for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities?
  We are looking to recruit a skilled and motivated individual to manage our Benefits Advice Service.

The Role
As well as overall project management of the service including line management of a Benefits Support Worker and Administrator, the post holder will be responsible for the delivery of advice and guidance on Carers Allowance, Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payment to parent-carers of children and young people with SEND in West Sussex.

Person Specification (essential):

  • Proven experience of providing welfare and benefits advice preferably gained with either children or adults with disabilities
    • Experience of using CRM databases
    • Understanding of challenges facing parents and carers of children with SEND
    • In-depth knowledge of Carers Allowance, Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
    • Passionate about improving the life chances of children with SEND and their parents/carers, and families

See attached job description for details and full criteria 

We welcome applications from all members of the community and value diversity in the organisation. Please contact us if you require any reasonable adjustments to be made to the application or interview process due to any disability or health requirements.

Closing date for applications is 4th March 2024 
Interviews to be held in Littlehampton on 20th March 2024 

To apply please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter explaining why you feel you fit the role and the person specification criteria. Please see attached documents

To apply, email organisation.