Stepping Out With Carers

We are recruiting for staff positions within our rejuvenated award-winning organisation which became a non-profit company in January 2020. Stepping Out is all about enhancing the lives of carers & those they care for especially those impacted by the long side-effects of Covid19 lockdowns by providing fun, fresh air, physical activity and the chance for forge new friendships within local communities. In short, we go for walks in gorgeous places and natural surroundings. We believe in the joy, informality, beauty and lunch to go with it. Our motto: Every Adventure Begins With The First Step. We would welcome your applications or indeed any queries you might have to email: hallosteppingout@gmail.com.

Deadline for all applications is the 23rd February 2021

STEPPING OUT WITH CARERS CIC – Position: CEO.
A small not for profit organisation that offers walks to carers and the people they care for is looking for a CEO to be part of this highly-successful charitable sector enterprise which operates in a number of regions round the UK. The successful applicant will
  1. demonstrate experience in overall strategy & hands-on delivery in this field;
  2. prove capable of representing Stepping Out to the public, in social care/health/sport sectors and industry/business/grant body settings;
  3. possess a track record of establishing and maintaining partnerships with other related organisations;
  4. have a background in recruitment and management of volunteers;
  5. prove capable of managing the feed back process re: evaluations, accounts, KPI’s to funders;
  6. demonstrate expertise in the production of stories, news reports, blogs, films to raise Stepping Out profile and management of high-profile individuals as allies and ambassadors;
  7. have experience of successful fundraising including via sponsorship, grants, donations;
  8. have experience in working with large stakeholder/partner organisations like Sport England, Carers UK, NHS.
  9. be a great teamwork player, happy to work within a small but dynamic management unit.
*FULL-TIME POSITION. SALARY £35,000
Email hallosteppingout@gmail.com requesting an application form and then forward a completed application form and CV.
STEPPING OUT WITH CARERS CIC – POSITION: ADMINISTRATOR
A small not for profit organisation that offers walks to carers and people they care for is looking for an administrator to be part of this highly-successful charitable sector enterprise which operates in the number of regions round the UK. The successful applicant will:
  1. demonstrate experience in the management CIC governance, safeguarding, equality, DBS checks, GDPR etc;
  2. have proven ability in the day to day running of company bank account;
  3. be prepared to act as Stepping Out’s safeguarding officer,
  4. have a track record in general administrative duties, volunteer management & service user liaison;
  5. have experience in commercial/third sector presentations;
  6. demonstrate expertise in liaison with other charities and voluntary bodies.
  7. be a great teamwork player, happy to work alongside the small but dynamic management unit.
  8. IT competence in area such as research, data collection, communications
PART TIME POSITION. SALARY  £11,000
*Email hallosteppingout@gmail.com  requesting an application form and then forward a completed application form and CV.

STEPPING OUT WITH CARERS CIC – POSITION: COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER 
A small not for profit organisation that offers walks to carers and people they care for is looking for a communications manager to be part of this highly-successful charitable sector enterprise which operates in the number of regions round the UK. The successful applicant will:
  1. possess social media/communications expertise – with proven ability to expand public-facing presence of organisation through multiple digital platforms.
  2. have the ability to run the day-to-day management of all the online communications including blogs, photos, stories, films etc;
  3. have experience in the charity sector of opening channels online with other organisation/individuals with connection to sport/caring and other related fields;
  4. be prepared to help service users with IT questions as the need arises;
  5. offer excellent contacts from the worlds of business/retail/local authorities to further Stepping Out’s profile and impact.
  6. be a great teamwork player, happy to work alongside the small but dynamic management unit.
  7. have experience in running successful Crowdfunder (or similar) campaigns
*PART TIME POSITION. SALARY £9500
Email hallosteppingout@gmail.com requesting an application form and then forward a completed application form and CV.

STEPPING OUT WITH CARERS CIC – POSITION: MARKETING AND FUNDRAISING MANAGER
A small not for profit organisation that offers walks to carers and people they care for is looking for a marketing and fundraising manager to be part of this highly-successful charitable sector enterprise which operates in the number of regions round the UK. The successful applicant will:
  1. have experience of the funding & sponsorship world to help raise funding (from commercial world, grant bodies, charity fund-raising events, sponsored events) for the delivery of Stepping Out walks;
  2. demonstrate expertise in the production of marketing material and opportunities and set up presentations;
  3. have the ability to provide regular data analysis of opportunities and responses;
  4. have demonstrable skill in the application process to grant giving organisations;
  5. possess the proven ability to identify and help organise both profile-raising opportunities, awards and media appearances.
  6. have good experience of marketing within the social care sector
  7. be a great teamwork player, happy to work alongside the small but dynamic management unit.
*PART TIME POSITION. SALARY £9000
Email hallosteppingout@gmail.com requesting an application form and then forward a completed application form and CV.
STEPPING OUT WITH CARERS CIC – POSITION: FINANCIAL OFFICER
A small not for profit organisation that offers walks to carers and people they care for is looking for a financial officer to be part of this highly-successful charitable sector enterprise which operates in the number of regions round the UK. The successful applicant will:
  1. Expertise as professional qualified account or experienced bookkeeper.
  2. Understanding of formal legal reporting requirements of CIC.
  3. Previous experience of finances in charity sector.
  4. Expertise in producing monthly and year-end accounts.
*PART TIME POSITION. SALARY £5000
Email hallosteppingout@gmail.com requesting an application form and then forward a completed application form and CV.

*All home-working positions, with opportunities to join the walks at whichever location most suitable.
*There is no head office – we work together virtually, but often meet at walks or suitable meeting places.
*The part time hours vary. 15-20 hours a week at this stage in our expansion. The financial position – no more than 1 day a week with increase around the time of annual reports and accounts.

November 2020 Crowdfunder Update

Many thanks to ALL those who contributed to our Crowdfunder campaign to help raise the funds for our Stepping Out into Nature walks, as part of the NHS’s social prescribing initiative. We were so delighted to achieve our target with just a couple of nerve-racking days to go to the deadline. In great part the achievement was due to the generous contributions from our own carers and those they care for who benefit from our walks and we can’t thank you enough for your donations.

As a result we’re thrilled to announce that Stepping Out Into Nature walks will take place next year throughout Hertfordshire, with pilots being run in Kent, Doncaster and Manchester too. The emphasis will be on fresh air, physical exercise and friendship at beautiful venues.The events will be open as always to carers and those they care for – with the welcome inclusion of those prescribed outdoor activity by various National Health practitioners in the area.

Just go to our contact page to get in touch if you would like to be part of our walking community. Whether we’re strolling along a seaside promenade, hiking through gorgeous woodland, roaming round ornamental gardens, exploring ancient castle grounds, visiting stately homes, wandering through scenic urban landscapes or enjoying spectacular countryside views – our walks (long and short) are designed to enhance everyone’s mental and physical well-being. With lunch to follow.

Look out for special events too, like our planned trip to English Heritage’s Audley End where award-winning wildlife writer Simon Barnes will be joining us and giving away copies of his magnificent book: “Rewild Yourself.”

Finally, huge thanks are due to Herts Valleys CCG, Dacorum Borough Council, Herts County Council and Sport England for their significant contributions and match funding.

No, not finally. That honour should go to Bernard, our mascot assistance dog, who starred in our film and modelled for the Christmas cards that contributors will receive as a thank you for their generosity. Typical. He gets all the attention!

Support our Crowdfunder

STEPPING OUT INTO NATURE in association with NHS Social Prescribing

Carers and the people they care for have suffered in many ways from the Covid19 pandemic. From physical inactivity, mental distress, loneliness & isolation, loss of social confidence. Walking in beautiful natural surroundings, amongst friends, enjoying fresh air and spectacular scenery is one of the simplest and finest antidotes to all they have endured. If only the walks could be offered on the NHS…..well, now they can.
Stepping Out with Carers CIC has been offering walks like these  since 2016 and has now teamed up with the NHS in Hertfordshire to offer them to people struggling after lockdown and their carers as a wonder drug with only beneficial side-effects. The positive power of walking can benefit to people with diabetes, cardiovascular health issues, cancer, lung disease, arthritis, back pain, dementia and other mental health issues and act as a life-enhancing, mood-lifting, vitamin D-absorbing, muscle-toning all-round joy.
The money we raise from this appeal will go directly to the walks – to pay for venues, transport, refreshments, walk leaders, volunteers, special support for those with particular disabilities, Covid19-related precautions, and the infrastructure to make the walks happen. The walks are free to carers and those they care for. A day out with all the stresses removed is our way of saying thank you for the quiet heroic lives they have been leading – not just for the last six months but, in some cases, for years and decades before that.
Please help us, this unique partnership between Stepping Out and the NHS, to raise the funding to support carers and the people they care for – and put a spring in their step.
Thank you.

Here’s a link to our Crowdfunder video:

Here’s a link to our Crowdfunder page:

Crowdfunder

STEPPING OUT INTO NATURE in association with NHS Social Prescribing

Every adventure begins with the first step

Welcome to Stepping Out – a series of scenic, sociable, entertaining walks in some of Britain’s greatest beauty spots, created especially for carers and the people they care for. It’s a mini-break – with all the organisational stresses removed.

Every venue hosts two walks – a brisker, longer walk around 3 miles for those who want to explore the local scenery and a shorter walk, up to a mile, on easy terrain suitable for anyone in a wheelchair or with mobility issues.

All are guided with local knowledge and expertise by volunteers from the Ramblers. Following the expeditions, all walkers come together for a convivial and communal lunch.

These walks are tailored to specific needs. Benches, disabled loos and pubs are at the forefront of our thinking. Where possible, we also provide free transport (with space for wheelchairs) for those who find it difficult to reach the venue.

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Do get in touch if you are:

A carer or someone cared for – and you would like to know more about the availability of Stepping Out in your area. So far, we operate in Kent, Manchester, Doncaster, Hertfordshire and Essex.

A Ramblers group who would like to trial a Carers’ Walk in your area.

A community group or sponsor who would like to support the life-enhancing, health-promoting, fun-inducing value of walking and talking with friends.

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Delivered by Stepping Out in association with Carer Support Organisations.

Funded by the National Lottery through Sport England 

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