Play and Activities Officer

Post Title                             Play and Activities Officer

Location                               Zest

Rate of Pay                         £19,240 (pro rata)

Term of Contract              1 Year in the first instance.

Hours                                    15 Hours per week

Holidays                              25 days + 8 statutory days pa pro rata

Responsible to:               Communities Manager

Purpose of Job

To organise and deliver a range of play, games, activities and sports sessions for children, young people and families. This will include afterschool clubs, holiday activities and seasonal events. This is a fun and active role which will suit an enthusiastic and lively person who really enjoys working with a range of people.


1. To develop, organise and deliver activities, play, games and sport sessions for children, young people and families
2. To establish and maintain good working relationships with the local community, schools, local groups and organisations to maximise the participation of children, young people and families.
3. To encourage parents and volunteers to participate
4. To support volunteers to deliver weekly term time homework support, in person, or online.
5. To work in partnership with partner organisations and groups, including local schools, Sheffield City Council and local organisations.
6. To monitor and evaluate activities ensuring effective data collection and to provide reports as required.
7. To organise sessions from a given budget, process orders and invoices as required and monitor the use of resources
8. To assist with the marketing and promotion of services including updating the website and social media
9. To undertake training and other development activity in line with organisational and personal development needs.
10. To carry out all duties and responsibilities as described in line with Company policies and procedures, particularly those relating to Equal Opportunities and Health and Safety.
11. Any other duties as agreed with the line manager.



Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • Experience of work with children, young people and families in a community setting
  • Experience of supervising volunteers
  • Knowledge and understanding of safeguarding
  • IT literate and confident using Microsoft Office Suite and Video calling Software
  • Knowledge of GDPR compliance in relation to data collection/sharing as part of data collection duty
  • Experience of organising and delivering one or more of the following:

1) Play sessions
2) Educational Activities
3) Sports activities
4) Arts and crafts
5) Music, theatre and dance
6) Environmental activities
7) Outdoor activities


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills – both written, verbal and face to face
  • Ability to contact, engage, inspire and motivate children, young people and families
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Flexible approach

Circumstances, Commitment and personal qualities

Willingness to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends


Experience of working in disadvantaged communities
Experience in a similar role

Download an application form here.

All applications must be on a Zest application form. Completed application forms must be returned to or posted to

Zest, 18 Upperthorpe, Sheffield S6 3NA

Closing date: Friday 18thth June at 5pm

Interviews will take place on Friday 25th June, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ZEST is working towards best-practice in equality of opportunity.