Relate Charity Boutique Shop Manager JOB ADVERT
Relate Mid Thames and Bucks £18,000 - 20,000 according to experience
Relate Mid Thames and Bucks are opening a small charity boutique shop in early 2014, concentrating on womenswear and accessories.
This is a full time post - 37.5 hours per week (flexible working days)
Located in a central part of Maidenhead and close to our main counselling centre, this shop will also be the shop window for our organisation %u2013selling goods to make as much money as possible to support our counselling work with local families, and also being an inspiring source of information about Relate and its aims. We are starting small but if our hopes are achieved then we haveambitions to open more retail shops across our patch in East Berkshire andBucks.
This is an opportunity for someone to prove their worth and grow the business.
We want our shop to be inspiring and a bit different %u2013 somewhere where the customer can root out some great quality purchases for a bargain!
We know the success of the shop will depend on the best manager, who will have an infectious enthusiasm to succeed and will lead a happy band of volunteers.
It is essential you have proven management experience in the retail or charity sector and you will know how to get the best from the shop as well as your team of volunteers.
You will have enthusiasm, energy, imagination and a 'can do' approach to your role.
Please e mail email@example.com for your application pack
Please note the closing date for completed applications is Monday 6th January2014.
How we can help the children of divorced and separated families -
Two recent cases have involved renegotiating contact arrangements for children of divorced parents.
In both cases the arrangements had been made when the children were under eight and had worked well but now the children were young teenagers and they were asking for changes.
In the first case it had been difficult for the parents to talk. In sessions with both parents present, the daughter was able to say that she didn't want to be asked to pass messages and the parents agreed to text / email each other. The father was re-assured that it was the teenagers who wanted the changes, not his ex-wife as he had thought.
Together they were able to agree some changes and the teenagers were able to understand why some changes they wanted wouldn't be possible. The parents were pleased that they had been able to discuss the situation in a calm way and asked if they could come back in the autumn to discuss Christmas arrangements.
In the second case the children were concerned that the parents might be upset by the changes they wanted. The adults were able to reassure they. Together they were able to agree more flexible arrangements to fit round the teenagers' activities. The mother said that having talked together in the counselling room she had realised that if she could keep calm and reasonable her ex-partner would be more likely to respond in the same way.
In both cases the children felt that they had been listened to and that changes were possible.
"Really feel (counsellor) helped me understand how myself and husband have got to where we have and feel there is hope. It has helped me as an individual keep strong and positive about life" " Relate has really helped to 'turn my life round' I gained a more positive perception about my relationship and life in general, and discovered important tools to keep me focused and optimistic" "I don't know why we waited so long to get help. I blame my wife." "A very positive experience with an experienced counsellor who supported us in all our dilemmas"
"the way [our counsellor] worked with us was excellent. [It gave us] the ability to relate."
"Very good, hard and thought provoking sessions. Thank you"
"Excellent counsellor and counselling service. Professional."
Telephone counselling is available if that suits you better.Sessions are available weekdays and evenings. In some centres, we offer Saturday mornings sessions or 7am early bird appointments for busy commuters.
We're a charity, so we don't make a profit. We charge enough to cover the costs of counselling.
We know that financial difficulties can put a huge strain on relationships, so if you're on low income or in a lot of debt, ask our appointments staff about our bursary scheme, provided by our funders. This bursary is limited, but allows us to see you regardless of your ability to pay. You may be asked for proof of income.
Counsellors receive continuing support and supervision and have access to a range of professional consultants, to ensure the higest standards of clinical practice.
Sex therapists, family counsellors and young people's counsellors are experienced relationship counsellors who have had further specialised training.
Is it confidential? Relate services are private and confidential. We will not normally give your name, or any information about you, to anyone outside of Relate. However, there are exceptional cases where Relate might ethically or legally have to give information to relevant authorities, for example:
• where we are legally compelled to do so
• where we have reason to believe that someone, especially a child, is at risk of harm
• where there is a duty to the public to disclose
• where disclosure is permitted by law and required to protect our interest
• where disclosure is made at your request or with your consent.
Here are some of the issues our clients bring to the counselling room...
• Communication and conflict
• Step Families
• Coping with major life changes (birth of children, children leaving home, retirement),
• Health or money worries,
• Sexual relationships,
• Balancing home and work,
• Renegotiating the changing needs of children in divorced families -
...the list is endless, and we will tell you if we think we are best placed to help you - and if not we can signpost you to relevant help.
Relationship counselling is open to everyone. Whether you are married, living together, in a same-sex relationship*, separated, divorced or single, our confidential service can help you deal with your relationship difficulties.
*Relate MTB have been awarded the PACE standard eQuality charter mark - supporting LGBT relationships.