“The aim was never to change the world, but to make that one week, perhaps that one day, a little bit easier for that one family.”
Sue Kenrick, Founder – Flexicare
For over 30 years, our small, Oxfordshire-based charity has been providing babysitting services, free of charge, to families with a disabled child. Perhaps we can help you, or someone you know. Get in touch, refer a family, volunteer, donate.
Part-time Coordinator Flexible 7.5 -15 hours per week (approximately) £13.89 per hour Pension scheme with employer’s contribution 28 days holiday pro-rata
Flexicare is a small, local charity, which provides a home respite service for families with severely disabled children; giving a few hours of care for the child and their siblings while their parents take a break. The service is currently run by a manager (who also acts as a Coordinator), two Coordinators and a team of volunteers.
We are looking for a third Coordinator, whose role includes:
• Carrying out sits
• Arranging sits as requested by families
• Providing support for the team and ensuring high standards of care
• Assessing prospective new families and volunteers
• Facilitating training
• Assisting with the running of the charity and fundraising events
We are looking for someone who:
• has a nursing/paramedic background or experience with working with severely disabled children
• is prepared to work flexibly (including some evenings and weekends)
• is a car driver with access to a car (essential)
• is not afraid of cake baking!
This is a lovely job for the right person, the flexibility offered to the families extends to the staff and volunteers too, so working for the charity fits in around other commitments. The team is small, friendly and supportive, and the work is varied and enjoyable. If this sounds like something that would interest you, call us on 01865 321881. Applications close on the 15 April with virtual interviews to follow.
Flexicare is registered as a Domiciliary Care Agency by the Care Quality Commission and is supported by a grant from Oxfordshire County Council. The rest of our funding comes from fundraising by us and the local community. Our last CQC Inspection was November 2018 and Flexicare was rated as Good. Find a link to the associated report below.
It’s always good to give us a call and we can carry out a provisional phone assesement, once all the permissions have been recieved we can then move forward and arrange an assesment visit.
As each child is unique, it is not possible to give details of what conditions will meet our criteria. As a general rule of thumb, if a child is in mainstream school, even with support, they are unlikely to qualify for our service
We’re looking for a few GREAT VOLUNTEERS. Would you like to join us?
We are always looking for volunteer babysitters. A background in nursing or work with disabled children is helpful, but not necessary. We’ll arrange any relevant training needed. You set the terms – once a week, once a month, or more frequently.