Join our team and make a real difference to families with young children in Lambeth

Dartington Service Design Lab

Community Researcher (4 posts)

Location: Working across the 4 LEAP wards in Lambeth (Stockwell, Coldharbour, Tulse Hill and Vassall) .You will need to be living in one of the wards.

Pay: £15 per hour

Hours: 20 hours per month delivered flexibly according to the needs of the programme and researchers availability

Contract type: 12 months (these are new roles and we will review how they are working for all involved after 12 months). Working as an associate of Dartington*.

Applications close: 1st November

Interviews: Week beginning 22nd November

Start date: Dec 2021

Lambeth Early Action Partnership (LEAP) is a 10 year programme funded by the National Lottery Community Fund  “A Better Start” Programme. LEAP engages and supports families and communities across Lambeth wards including Stockwell, Coldharbour, Vassall and Tulse Hill, to positively impact and better the life chances of young children and babies aged 0-3 years.

Dartington is a research and design charity dedicated to supporting children and young people to thrive. We work in partnership with a range of child and family services (such as LEAP), using data and evidence to create a stronger understanding of the context they work in and the communities they serve.

We are seeking four local people who can help support Dartington to explore how well LEAP is doing in Lambeth. We are especially interested in the views of local parents who go to events in Children’s Centres or other events run or supported by LEAP. 

Although we will provide full training for this role, and no prior experience is necessary, this role is right for you if you are: 

  • Connected to many people within the LEAP ward communities, or are able to talk with people and build these connections
  • Curious about people
  • Good at getting people to talk, and good at listening to what they are saying
  • Reliable
  • Keen to work as part of a small team
  • Able to be unbiased and non-judgemental of others
  • Excited about talking with parents from a wide range of backgrounds
  • Committed to making a difference for local families
  • Organised and can plan what needs to be done 
  • Keen to be trained and supported to become one of our team of community researchers

With support from Dartington and LEAP, Community Researchers will likely be involved in some of the following activities:  

  • Supporting the planning of research activities
  • Leading information-gathering
  • Supporting analysis of the findings
  • Supporting and publicising the work
  • Be an ambassador for LEAP

You will receive:

  • Support and training for everything, through every step
  • Guaranteed 20 hours work per month at £15/hr
  • Flexibility to fit this around other parts of your life
  • The opportunity to receive a reference for any further employment you may seek

We strive for diversity in our team. Dartington encourages applications from all backgrounds and are committed to having a team that is made up of diverse skills, experiences, and abilities.

The post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate (we will process this for you).

Application Process

You can find more information and a brief application on the Dartington website.

If you would like an informal discussion, or have any questions about these posts, please attend: 

• Liz Atkinson Children Centre, on Friday 15th October 10am-12 noon

• St Stephen’s Children Centre on Thursday 14th October 1-3pm

• Jubilee Children Centre on Wednesday 13th October 10am-12 noon

or alternatively contact Dawn on or 07762186359 and she will arrange a time to call you that works for you both.

*Being an associate means that you will be contracted by Dartington for this work but will not be an official employee in the sense that there is no sick pay or annual leave in this contract. You will also be expected to manage your own tax obligations.