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Join our team

Hi, I’m Jennie and I support the recruitment process at Barnwood Trust.

Photo of Jennie CurtisAs a small organisation we have a limited number of employment opportunities. Therefore, when we do advertise roles on this page, we hope they will appeal to people whatever their physical and mental ability, culture, nationality, religious persuasion, sexual orientation, gender, race or age and we are committed to ensuring everyone has the same chances of employment.

A flexible and accessible application process

We want our application process to be right for you as an individual. So, if there’s anything you think we can do to make that process more straightforward for you please email or call me directly to discuss what support we might be able to provide. Click on my name above for my contact details.

Here are some examples of things we may be able to put in place for people who request some extra support:

  • A phone call before you apply to discuss the role and ask questions.
  • Putting our application form into an alternative format – such as large print or enabling you to submit a response via video or audio clip.
  • A conversation before you interview, or the provision of digital copies of content before the day.
  • At the interview itself we may be able to provide BSL interpreters; large format materials; extra time to complete tasks, hearing loops or travel adjustments for example. You are of course more than welcome to bring along a personal assistant with you.
  • We provide feedback to every candidate who comes to interview, and this can be provided in a range of formats.

I have been working in and around recruitment for many years and am very happy to chat to you.

Guaranteed Interview

In the recruitment pack we provide for each role we describe some ‘essential skills or experience’ (a few things we really need the person applying to be able to do). If you have a disability (this includes mental health or long-term health conditions) and have these essential skills or experiences, we will guarantee you an interview*.

To be invited to interview or assessment in this way, you must detail in the answers to our ‘Competency Questions’ document how you meet the essential criteria for the role and then check the box next to the question asking if you would like your application to be considered for this.

A request under the guaranteed interview scheme does not guarantee an applicant a job. At interview, the best candidate will be offered the role. If you are invited to interview you will receive your invite and we’ll ask you about any reasonable adjustments that you may need.

*If a large number of disabled people apply it may not be possible to interview everyone, in which case those who best meet the essential criteria will be invited to interview.

Working for us

If you are offered a role with us, your new manager will continue this conversation with you. If there are any workplace adjustments that we can make to create a better working environment for you, we will. Our managers will chat through any questions or worries you might have, prior to starting your role. Some recent examples of adjustments we have made for employees (some with support from access to work) include the provision of voice activated software, adjustable desks and seating, flexible working hours, the introduction of quiet working spaces as well as workplace coaching and education for colleagues.

Cover of Barnwood Trust culture handbook. Includes photo of man smiling.

Our offices in central Cheltenham offer onsite accessible parking spaces as well as wheelchair access in all of our offices, meeting rooms, bathrooms and social spaces. We welcome assistance dogs and many of our roles can also offer flexible start times and the ability to work partly from home. We have a range of supportive wellbeing policies and almost a third of our employees, including every Head of department, are qualified mental health first aiders with Mental Health England.

Find out more about us by reading our culture handbook by clicking on the link here.

I look forward to talking to you soon.



We are a Living Wage Employer

To view our Trustee recruitment policy please click here.