Barnardos: Well-being Project Worker (Part Time) - Laois & Offaly

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Ireland’s leading children’s charity is recruiting:

Well-being Project Worker 
 Laois and Offaly

Location: Laois & Offaly

Contract: Part-time, 30 hours, and 24 month Fixed Term Contract

Salary: €27,740 - €42,877 DOE – This is the pro-rated salary for 30hrs.

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Why work at Barnardos?

At Barnardos we seek to ensure that we have the best people working with us to support our work with children and families. The benefits of working with Barnardos are designed to promote continual professional development and a work-life balance for the most rewarding working experience.

  • Barnardos offers a competitive salary – recognising the experience you bring to the role
  • Generous annual leave entitlements
  • Positive working environment with family friendly ethos and work - life balance policy
  • Tax saver travel and bike to work schemes in operation
  • Employee Pension scheme with employer contribution
  • Training and Development
  • Health and Wellbeing initiatives including Employee Assistance programme
  • Company sick pay scheme

The National Well-being Project is an initiative by Barnardos to deliver a knowledge-based bespoke, and integrated healing response to community and individual needs; using evidence in relation to the impact of trauma and adversity on child development and well-being.

The overall aim of this model is to improve the mental health and well-being of children and their parents. This is facilitated by using a Trauma Informed approach when implementing programmes with children and families in the community, which embody and embed a heart, body, mind approach with the aim of building resilience within individuals and communities.

Barnardos Well-being sites around Ireland are currently located in;

  • Dublin North - D15 also serving wider Fingal area
  •  Dublin South and West - D24
  • Athlone, Co. Westmeath
  • Thurles, Co.Tipperary
  • Clonmel / Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary
  • Dungarvan and West Waterford

What will the Well-being Worker do?

The Well-being worker will deliver evidence informed programmes to groups of children and their parents from Ukrainian and New Communities. Barnardos Heart, Body, Mind approach to healing incorporates body-based group interventions, which are delivered as part of Wellbeing Workshops and Programmes with children and families.

  • The Well-being Worker will be responsible for the promotion of the Well-being Model locally ensuring to keep key partner agencies, community stakeholders and members regularly up-to-date and to establish positive community engagement and the overall development of the project locally.
  • Continuously connecting the development of well-being work locally into the Barnardos Organisation and its Trauma Informed Strategy at a national, regional and local level by providing regular feedback and progress reports to the National Well-being Co-ordinator and at times Barnardos staff and teams.

General operational hours are between 9am-5pm, Monday to Thursday, however the delivery of programmes will require flexibility to be responsive to community need, this means that programme delivery will need to reflect this in terms of operational days and an ability to offer service deliveries outside of 09:00 – 17:00 period, where necessary.

A full driving licence and access to the use of a suitably insured car is essential for this role.

Job purpose

To deliver a wellbeing model, which provides a bespoke integrated healing response to local community and individual needs in each, identified area. This will be based on current knowledge and evidence in relation to the impact of trauma and adversity on child development and well-being.

To work in collaboration with local community groups, leaders and members, and key partner agencies in the local implementation of this integrated Barnardos Well-being Model for children and families of Ukrainian and New Communities.

Personal attributes

  • Commitment to the delivery of quality services to children, young people, families and carers.
  • Ability to understand and assess the needs of children, parents and communities
  • Demonstrates the embodiment of a Trauma Informed and body based approach to healing with particular reference to the connection between heart, body and mind.
  • Clear understanding of social and emotional well-being.
  • To be committed to adhering to best practice in the work and be innovative, open to change and able to manage uncertainty in a developing role.
  • Ability to act on own initiative and consult where appropriate.
  • Ability to work under pressure, make decisions in consultation with the line manager when appropriate.
  • A team player, highly motivated and well organised
  • To be flexible and adaptable in all stages of the work, including an ability to manage varying degrees of uncertainty.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • To be comfortable working with a number of different groups of people, including local stakeholders, community members, parents and children to achieve a collective goal
  • To have the ability to promote a concept within a community and engage people on its journey
  • Demonstrate ongoing creativity, enthusiasm, adaptability and perseverance
  • Ability to form objective relationships with children, young people, families/carers, colleagues and other agencies.
  • Competence within digital communication


  • A minimum of 2 years’ post-qualification experience of working with vulnerable children and families
  • Experience of working in partnership with children, families and carers.
  • Experience of planning, implementing and reviewing programmes with children and/or families
  • Experience of supporting individuals or groups that have experienced multi-generational disadvantage and/or Trauma
  • Good understanding of Child Protection Legislation and Guidelines
  • Experience of working in the community or a community-based programme


  • Experience of group work facilitation
  • Experience of evidence informed practices relating to children and families
  • Experience of interagency working and membership/leadership of network/forums
  • Experience of working with adversity / disadvantage and trauma
  • Experience of working with Trauma Informed and Heart, Body, Mind practices.


  • A recognised third level practice qualification [1] (minimum Level 7 on the QQI) in one of the following:
    • Early Childhood Care and Education
    • Social Care
    • Education
    • Social Work
    • Youth Work
    • Or related discipline (Nursing, Psychology, Early Years Education).

A full driving licence and access to the use of a suitably insured car is essential.

Barnardos is an equal opportunity employer.
We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all.

For full job description and to apply please visit Current Job Vacancies – Barnardos

Closing date: Monday 24 June 2024
Interview date: Thursday 4 July 2024

Shortlisting will apply (please note, CVs are not accepted on their own, candidates must complete and submit our application form through Barnardos website).

[1] Course content should include relevant student placements

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Region: Laois & Offaly