9-month maternity cover, three days per week, £26,000 pro rata

About us:

Drive Forward Foundation is an award-winning charity that supports care leavers between the ages of 16 and 26 to achieve their employment goals. Our passionate team achieve this through delivering a high-quality, tailored service to our clients, inspiring them to make the most of their potential. Central to our work are the strong relationships we have built up with corporate partners, professional mentors and volunteers. This enjoyable role sees you take the lead in engaging our incredible, motivated mentors and volunteers, current and prospective. The two initiatives that you will be responsible for are our lunch club and our mentoring programme, which cumulatively have the power to positively impact hundreds of care leavers each year, really changing lives and improving outcomes for some of society’s most vulnerable.

Your main duties:

  • Organising our well-established weekly drop in lunch club, which brings young people and volunteers together in an informal, friendly setting
  • Managing our Mentoring Programme which currently consists of around 40 pairings (made up of an external, trained professional and their mentee – a care-leaver) by overseeing progress, providing advice and measuring impact
  • Recruiting, briefing and training potential volunteers and mentors, providing them with essential information on Drive Forward and establishing a positive relationship

What might come up:

  • Providing ad hoc support to the rest of the team, as required
  • Taking part in Drive Forward’s excellent training opportunities
  • Being ‘the face of the charity’ as required at external events or activities

Person Specification


  • Optimistic and personal demeanour
  • Confident in communicating with a wide range of people in person, over the phone and via email
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Enhanced DBS needs to be completed before the start date of the role


  • Experience in a mentoring/pastoral role
  • Experience delivering training sessions
  • Experience supporting vulnerable or disadvantaged groups


  • 23 days annual leave, pro rata
  • You will receive three ‘Culture Vouchers’ on top of your allotted annual leave, each entitling you to an afternoon off for a cultural activity of your choice
  • Amenable working hours of 10am – 6pm, with time in lieu awarded for any overtime
  • Excellent training opportunities
  • Small, friendly staff team

Interviews to be held in March, individual to be in post by mid-April. Position runs from April 2018 to February 2019.

To apply please send a CV and cover letter, outlining your interest in the role and relevant experience, to Lucy Jacobs at lucy@driveforwardfoundation.com

We are located on Lower Marsh, in Waterloo (Central London).

We are committed to diversity and strongly encourage applications from BAME individuals.