Dreams Come True – Programme Manager

Dreams Come True – Programme Manager

Location: Anywhere in UK, required to be in head office at Liphook, Hampshire minimum of one day a week.
Salary: £45,000 (day rate can be considered)
Reporting to: Chief Executive
Contract: 12 months fixed term (starting March/April 2019)

Established in 1988, Dreams Come True is a UK charity whose mission is to enrich the lives of children and young people (aged two to 21) with serious and life-limiting conditions. They do this by fulfilling their dreams – whether this be to visit a special place, to have a piece of specialist equipment, to meet their hero, or to have an amazing adventure. And in the last 30 years they have fulfilled over 6,000 dreams.

Following a successful £1 million grant application secured to ensure the charity can extend their reach to children and young people in areas of deprivation, we are now looking for a  Programme Manager who will take ownership and drive forward the design, implementation and embedding of a dreams referral methodology and regional volunteering model in four areas of the United Kingdom.

The role will work closely with the CEO and other key stakeholders, Director of Resources, Head of Dreams, Head of Events & Volunteers and marketing and fundraising teams. The post holder will impact all areas of the charity.

This is a pivotal role offering the opportunity to shape a new programme from inception to implementation and will:

  • Identify which communities the programme will operate in
  • Recruit and train a regional structure of paid employees and a network of volunteers
  • Create the overall working methodology for the paid regional co-ordinators & volunteers
  • Deliver a fundraising & marcoms plan that explains how best to engage with local communities
  • Create and implement a methodology of dream referral that ensures that those in the most need are identified and engaged with

To shape the success of this programme you’ll play an indispensable role as Dreams Comes True develops further to be able to bring its magic and touch the lives of more young people living in some of the most deprived areas of the UK.

This is a role which requires someone who will take ownership of this programme and we are looking for an individual who has a track record of successfully launching projects from concept to implementation.

Highly organised and a self-starter you’ll be able to produce clear and persuasive action plans and effectively manage and monitor project budgets. You will be experienced in the delivery and operation of regional volunteering programmes and have a collegiate and collaborative style. Due to the width with which this role extends across the charity and externally, strong relationship building skills are vital to nurture and manage stakeholder relationships.

If you would like to have an informal conversation about this opportunity you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners and visit our microsite to download more information:


Sam Small (E: sam@peridotpartners.co.uk) (M: 07889 215999)
Philippa Fabry (E: philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk ) (M: 07772 902071)

Closing Date for applications: 9am, Monday 4th February 2019

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