Community Connector (Dads)

About Blackpool Better Start

There are many obstacles to healthy development for our children which can lead to poorer outcomes for them,  the role of Blackpool Better Start is to ensure that our communities are supported to make positive changes in their parenting to better take care of their children’s needs and help our children achieve their full potential.

The Blackpool Better Start Partnership is one of only five locations in the UK to receive funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to support initiatives in early intervention and prevention in the early years. The partnership brings together the NSPCC, Blackpool Council, NHS health organisations, local parents and community organisations to collaboratively make the sustainable changes needed within services and systems supporting early years to ensure every baby has the best start in life.

For more information please visit www.blackpoolbetterstart.org.uk

About Blackpool Centre for Early Child Development

Blackpool Centre for Early Child Development (CECD) is the engine room of the work of the Better Start Partnership, the Centre ensures that the vision and ambition of the partnership is translated into action and results. The Centre gives leadership and strategic direction to the partnership and ensures that all partners are actively engaged in the delivery and co-production of services.

The Centre is a multidisciplinary team which includes, Programme and Community Development, Research and Evaluation, Communications, Business Support and Data Management. The centre is building local capacity and expertise by ensuring the latest knowledge and processes are adopted in Blackpool and the learning of what works then cascaded nationally and internationally. 

The Programme and Community Development team supports early years families to access services and to inform future services. The Dad’s Community Connector will engage with and connect local Dad’s/Male Role Models with existing services aimed at promoting activities for Dad’s and their children and support for their own physical and mental health and family well being. 

Core Job Purpose

The Dads Community Connector will engage with and connect local Dads/ Male Role Models to existing and developed services specifically aimed at promoting their: activities with children, mental and personal health and family well-being. Where this job pack refers to families with babies and children, it is expected that the post holder will have a focus on dads and male role models . The post will focus on:

  • Identifying, engaging and supporting- during pregnancy, with babies and with children under 4 years of age, living in the seven Better Start Wards in Blackpool.
  • Help reaching the services most appropriate to their needs and encourage the use of services in the Family Hubs, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals and Public Health.
  • Developing local community champions, using their experiences to improve access to support and information for families.
  • Supporting new parents and their young children, as well as existing contacts, to develop a strong bond within their community, have their voices and opinions heard and influence local decisions.


Above all the candidate must be organised and able to work on their own initiative, under pressure and to work flexibly as part of a team.

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Blackpool Centre For Early Child Development - Blackpool
Number One, Bickerstaffe Square, Blackpool, Lancashire, United Kingdom, FY1 3AH

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and vulnerable adults and expect all staff, volunteers, agency workers and consultants to share this commitment.

  • Annually:
    £19,500 starting salary. Travel expenses
  • Region:
    North West
  • Location:
    Blackpool Centre For Early Child Development - Blackpool
  • Department:
    Local Services
  • Vacancy Type:
  • Working Hours Per Week:
  • Closing Date:
    28 June 2021


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