Spraoi agus Spórt Family Centre: Programme Lead

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Position: Programme Lead

Reporting to: CEO

Location: Carndonagh

Closing Date: 25th June 2024

The Programme Lead will be responsible for planning and implementing a range of activities and programmes within the Spraoi Workability Empowerment Programme (SWEP) Spraoi agus Spórt on a day-to-day basis.

They will be responsible for liaising with at least 20 employers, organising 9 annual events and manage the Personal Progression Plan Coordinator who will have responsibility for managing the initiatives in the plans of up to 350 people with disabilities. People with disabilities are defined as persons with long-term physical, mental, intellectual, or sensory impairments. Partnership with service users, statutory groups, tutors, facilitators, training institutions, and other staff team members is expected. The Programme Co-ordinator will be accountable to the CEO of Spraoi agus Spórt.

The role is for 37.5 hours per week

This role is funded through Pobal under the WorkAbility Programme Spraoi is an equal opportunities employer.

About Spraoi agus Spórt

Spraoi agus Spórt Family Centre CLG. (Spraoi) is a multi-award-winning and leading social enterprise located in Carndonagh, Co. Donegal. We exist because we believe that everyone deserves to have the same opportunities, irrespective of ability, income, or social circumstance.

Set up initially as a Parent and Toddler Group in 2010 by a group of friends to address the lack of activities for young families, we have evolved into a leading social enterprise working across five key areas:

  1. Young Families
  2. Children
  3. Young People
  4. Adults
  5. Enterprise

We find that when people come to us, they are often frustrated because they can’t access the services that they need, they feel isolated and disconnected from their community.

We listen to them and respond by delivering services that meet their needs. We know that when people feel part of something that they feel supported and connected, they grow in confidence, and they feel happier.

The result of our work is improved mental health, social inclusion, and positive economic benefit to the local area, which ultimately leads to a stronger community.

Our Mission

To provide affordable and inclusive opportunities, activities and experiences that are aligned to the needs of the community.

Development of the Centre

  • Plan and implement a range of activities and programmes within the Spraoi Workability Empowerment Programme (SWEP).
  • Manage the engagement with 62 employers ranging in industries to include retail, engineering, software development, agriculture, social enterprises, and voluntary groups.
  • Manage the Personal Progression Plan Coordinator, and the various trainers.
  • Develop and arrange a variety of initiatives to include:
    • Targeted Vocational Training and Skill-Building Courses which are flexible
    • Employer Partnership and Job Placement Programme
    • Personal Progression Plans
    • Job placements
    • Job share programmes
    • Entrepreneurial Skills Training and Self-Employment Support
    • Community Partnership and Volunteering Programme
    • Career exploration and matching programme
    • Adaptive Skills Training Modules
    • Job Readiness Bootcamp
    • Project Based Learning Capsules
    • Mentoring Programme
    • Integrated Partnership Programmes
  • Develop and manage an annual calendar of events and workshops to include:
    • Skills Discovery Workshops
    • Skills Diversification Workshops
    • Soft Skills Workshops
    • Job Networking Events
    • Job Readiness Workshops
    • Stakeholder Collaboration Forums
    • Employer Engagement and Sensitisation Workshops
    • Disability Job Fairs and Skill Showcases
  • Programmes and training opportunities are introduced in the in response to user feedback, and that all new classes organised are advertised fully within the community.
  • All user files are confidential and should be stored in a locked file.
  • Continuously aim to improve the quality of the service. This will be done with other staff members with support from the management.
  • Any other duties that may be assigned by the management.


  • Ensure the database is kept up to date on each user including details such as contact details of parents/guardians, medical issues, allergies, dietary requirements etc.
  • Ensure that all suggestions for classes by service users and the community are investigated and organised were appropriate and feasible.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of classes and activities using surveys, questionnaires, interviews and by observation, to plan for future programmes or to amend existing ones.
  • Provide information for reporting as required


  • Involve stakeholders in the design and management of the SWEP
  • Ensure stakeholders are fully informed of services policies and any developments.
  • Ensure all programmes are communicated as widely as possible to service users and the wider community.

Health and Safety

  • Work with the CEO to ensure that the service is operating to the standard and above of the Pobal Regulations.
  • Ensure that the first aid box is always fully stocked and accessible.
  • Be aware of the Health and Safety at Work Act, the Safety Statement, and its contents
  • Ensure that the environment is safe and free from hazardous conditions for both the users and other staff members.
  • Ensure that management is informed of health and safety concerns for them to rectify.

Person Specification

Job Title: Programme Lead
Base: Spraoi agus Spórt, Carndonagh



  • A third level Health and Social care qualification. - Desirable


  • At least 4 years’ experience gained as part of the programme leadfunction in a busy environment. - Essential
  • Experience of planning, implementing, and reviewing programmes for individuals with a disability. - Essential


  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. - Essential
  • Demonstrated leadership and change management skills witha continuous improvement focus.  Essential
  • Must be highly organised, forward-thinking and strategy driven. - Essential
  • Possess an excellent knowledge of MS Office Suite, particularly Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. - Essential
  • Ability to work effectively under time and delivery pressures. - Essential


  • Be motivated, flexible, and adaptable. - Essential
  • Strong team player with excellent initiative. - Essential
  • Ability to deal appropriately and sensitively with queries about Spraoi agus Spórt’s services. - Essential

To apply:

Please send your CV and a cover letter detailing how you meet the job requirements to: hr@spraoiagussport.ie


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Region: Carndonagh, Co Donegal