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Policy and Public Affairs Manager

Rainbow Trust Children's Charity
Post date
20 January 2022
Closing date
7 February 2022
Leatherhead, Surrey
£33,000 - £36,000
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Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity is going through an exciting time where we are rebuilding!

Following a difficult year, we are pleased to be in a position to begin growing our care teams so that we can continue to deliver a high-quality family support service to more families in need. Our strategic plan is to rebuild and then continue to grow, so this is a perfect time to join us.

About us:

Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity enables families who have a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness to make the most of time together, providing expert, practical and emotional support, where they need it for as long as it is needed. For families living with childhood illness, time is everything. Right now, there are too many families coping alone with no support, no time to think, no time to make memories and no time for each other. We believe that no family should go through this alone, so we are here to change that.

About the role:

This Best Companies Top 100 mid-sized company and Top 20 charity is looking to appoint a Policy and Public Affairs Manager to develop and lead the implementation of Rainbow Trust’s influencing strategy and plans, ensuring that our policy activity is needs-led, evidence-based and targeted to where change can most effectively be realised, identifying the key stakeholders with whom it needs to build relationships and further influence.

Reporting to the Director of Care Services and working closely with the Head of Care, you will increase understanding, awareness and support for Rainbow Trust’s cause and work, and engage stakeholders including policy-makers and elected representatives at a UK-wide, national and regional level.

Holding a good understanding of how government works, together with having worked in a health or social care environment, you will ensure that Rainbow Trust remains a credible and authoritative voice on the impact of the diagnosis of life-threatening or terminal illness on the whole family and on the needs of our beneficiaries.

Location: This role will be based at our Head Office in Leatherhead.

What we’re looking for:

  • a socially-focused and enthusiastic individual who builds rapport and stimulates others into action – you have a collaborative, motivating approach to achieving goals quickly by engaging the commitment of others, and work with a sense of urgency
  • a persuasive, detail-oriented and effective written and verbal communicator – you have experience writing for a range of audiences, from in-depth policy briefings to web pages and social media posts, and have the ability to interpret policy into meaningful operational language, working closely within established guidelines and procedures
  • experienced in utilising a variety of campaigning tools (including e-campaigning) and having working in an SME – you’re a proactive, people-focused problem solver that delivers practical timely solutions at a faster-than-average pace, are confident in the use of MSOffice, and have an action-oriented working style
  • politically astute and conscientious with the energy and passion for influencing change in children’s palliative care – you thrive on having ownership of a variety of projects simultaneously and achieving organisational success with and through people
  • applications will be particularly welcome from those who have an understanding of issues regarding children’s palliative care, who have had previous success in influencing and lobbying key stakeholders

What we offer:

We have a range of fantastic benefits that we offer our employees. If you’d like to find out more about these benefits and working with us, please visit our website:

As part of our learning and development Anne Harris skills development programme, we aim to provide a high level of training and development opportunities for all staff, so you are able to perform to the best of your ability, achieve individual and team objectives aligned to Rainbow Trusts strategic plan, supporting staff to be the best they can be and feel a valued member of a high performing organisation.

Our Family Support Teams are given the opportunity to complete a number of diverse training courses in their first 12 months, including but not limited to: Mental Health First Aid, Makaton, counselling skills, introduction to play.
The programme aims to provide a building block for you to individually tailor your own learning and development needs.

How to apply:

For a full job description and person specification visit or call 01372 220073. Please send your CV and a covering letter highlighting why your application should be considered above others to

First interviews will take place via Zoom on 16 February 2022, with second interviews on 21 February 2022. We will only contact those applicants who have been successful.

An enhanced DBS disclosure will be required for this post.

As a CQC registered organization, it is an expectation that all Rainbow Trust employees are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (unless medically exempt).

Rainbow Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all employees to share this commitment.
Rainbow Trust is an equal opportunities employer and a Best Companies Two-Star rated organisation. Registered Charity No: 1070532

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