Offer Details

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Summary of the Offer

Barnardo’s are passionate about supporting care experienced young people into positive destinations including employment! Barnardo’s would like to support care experienced young people through our Kickstart opportunities.

Barnardo’s is a large children’s charity supporting many children, young people and families across the UK for over 150 years! We have a large range of services as well as shops that raise vital funds to support our work.

Who is Kickstart for?
16 to 25 year olds on Universal Credit. Barnardo’s welcomes applications from care leavers (care experienced young people). You will be paid minimum wage for your age and work 25 hours per week. We will provide employability support throughout and support you to learn new skills.

More About the Offer

What are the Job Roles and where?

  1. Retail – STORE ASSOCIATES x106

Location; We have over 100 roles live on the DWP system now- these are all over the England/Scotland and Wales, so please check with your work coach if we a role in your town/city.

Role; As a Store Associate you will support the team with all aspects of running a busy store, it's the best of both worlds as you will have responsibilities but also the chance to develop and learn with an experienced store manager by your side. You'll need to be organised with good communication skills and ready to learn as a team how to maximise sales and profit and meet your stores targets.

  1. Assistant Project Worker – Care Journeys x2

Location; 1 x Brent   1 x Plymouth live now.

Role; You’ll be part of testing new ways of working for both Barnardo’s and the local authority. As part of the wider team, you will be able to shape how services are delivered for care experienced children and young people. You will help work with care experienced young people in projects designed to create systems change and help deliver a range of engagement activities such as group work.

Positivity, enthusiasm and excellent listening skills are key to this role, to enable children and young people to reach their aims and goals.

We particularly welcome applications from young people who have care experience to allow them to use their lived knowledge to shape Care Journeys strategy to improve outcomes for care experienced young people. 



How to Apply

How to Register

Note down the role you interested in and speak to your work coach at your local Job centre asap.

If you are suitable for the role/scheme they will refer you (send the manager an email) and then you will be given information how to apply (usually emailing a CV).

Once you have applied, we will let you know if you are invited for an interview (don’t worry nothing too formal or scary). After the interview we will let you know if you were successful or not. And we will make sure if not we give you some feedback.

What else is there?

If Kickstart isn’t for you, please look at our vacancies for employment or volunteering on our website!

Barnardos | Careers

Volunteer with us | Barnardo's (

We also have a fantastic opportunity for those with lived experience of care and becoming a parent- we are looking for peer researchers (paid). Please see here for more information;

Care Experienced Parents – Peer Research Project - care journeys


Is this offer a paid offer?
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