Guildford Play Deputy Leader

Fixed Term – until April 2025
13.13 per hour
Guildford Play (Challengers Play Centre)
8 hours per week in term time (Saturdays 9am – 5pm) 35 hours a week in the holidays (Easter, Summer, Half Term) Admin hours are available

Challengers is searching for an engaging and passionate Deputy Leader to join our Guildford Play Scheme. Supported by our dedicated team of Service Managers, you will plan and deliver a range of exciting and engaging activities for disabled children and young people.

Guildford Play Deputy Leader – Job Description


About us – 

Challengers is a voluntary sector organisation providing play and leisure services to disabled
children and young people across Surrey, Hampshire and in Richmond, Kingston, and Chichester.
Our values are to be Accountable, Ambitious, Inclusive, Playful and Trustworthy, if these resonate with
you find out more here –

Benefits – As a Challengers employee, you will benefit from…

  • 31 days holiday (including Bank Holidays) with extra for long service and after your first years’
    service, you’ll get your birthday off. Holiday entitlement is pro-rata for part time contracts.
  • To work for an organisation who truly consider work life balance and have high expectations
    for our outcomes not only for those who use our services but for our teams as well.
  •  Free Training – We regularly invite all our staff to free training courses including Disability and
    Inclusion Awareness, Medication Administration, Safeguarding, First Aid, Makaton and more!
  • Free DBS – As we require all staff to have a DBS before they start with us, we have decided to
    offer this free of charge.
  • Pension & Health Care Cash Plan – All our staff have access to a NEST pension and Simply
    Health health care plan.
  • Career breaks available after three years’ service, subject to approval.

Salary range: £13.13 per hour

Location: Based at our Challengers play centre  in Guildford, GU1 1TU

You’ll be great if you have…

  • Leadership experience
  •  Experience with disabled children and young people
  • A willingness to get stuck in and transform the lives of disabled children through the power of play!
  • Level 3 Qualification in Play, Youth Work or Early Years or relevant qualification



The specific duties that the Deputy Leader will undertake include, but are not limited to, are as follows:

  • To assist the Leader in the development of creative and stimulating activities and
    programmes, in line with Good Practice and in consultation with children and their families.
  • To assist the Leader with liaison between the Scheme, children and their parents, teachers,
    schools, local authority departments, other Centres and organisations in the locality.
  • To work harmoniously as a team under the general direction of the Leader, but also to have
    the ability to motivate and manage a team of people in the absence of the Leader.
  •  To assist with the supervision and training of workers, volunteers and students on placement.
  •  To encourage and facilitate effective working relationships between staff members and to
    assist the Leader with staff matters.
  •  In conjunction with the Leader ensure that holiday programmes – including projects, outings,
    entertainments, workshops and residential trips are planned and properly executed.
  •  To encourage voluntary support for the Scheme, to assist with the supervision of voluntary
    helpers and welcome visitors.
  • In conjunction with the scheme Leader and Play and Leisure Team ensure the maintenance of
    the Scheme site, building and equipment is in a safe and satisfactory condition and to be
    responsible for the implementation of Health and Safety requirements at the Scheme.
  • To maintain the security of the building and site at all times, including the supervision of all
    visitors, to ensure the complete safety and welfare of the children.
  • To ensure that full use is made of the Scheme facilities.
  • To participate in the running and development of Challengers as appropriate, and provide
    such information as the Leader, Chief Executive, Chairman of the Association or Trustees
  • To deputise in the Leader’s absence.
  • To undertake such other duties as they become necessary from time to time. These may
    include help with fundraising activities and other events which promote the charity to the


Close date: Monday 24th June



Confidence can sometimes hold us back from applying for a job- There is no such thing as the perfect candidate. Challengers is a place where everyone can grow. We follow equal opportunities so however, you identify and whatever your background you bring with you, please apply if this is a role that would make you excited to come into work every day. 

Challengers is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people
and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be
subject to an enhanced DBS Check and satisfactory references.



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