Places of Welcome Buddying Co-ordinator (Black Country)
Closing date: Friday 30 October 2020 | 5pm
Salary £8,736 (£21,840 FTE) + travel expenses, (fixed term contract for 12 months with possible extension subject to funding)
Places of Welcome offer safe spaces within the local community which are open to everyone and provide a friendly face, a cup of tea and a conversation if and when it is needed. We want to ensure that every neighbourhood has places where all people feel safe to belong, connect with others and contribute to their local community. There are over 60 Places of Welcome that were open regularly across the Black Country until covid 19 forced them to shut. Thoughts are now turning to reopening these important community assets and we are looking for somebody to develop a buddying scheme to support this process. You will work with local referring agencies, like PCSOs and social housing officers across Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton to link extremely vulnerable older and disabled people who are socially isolated with their local Place of Welcome, supporting their initial attendance and working with them for a period of time, if this is needed so that they are able to connect or reconnect with other community opportunity that would be of benefit to them.
If you are passionate about promoting the wellbeing of vulnerable people at risk of social isolation and have the skills to recruit, manage and support a team of volunteer buddies, we would love to hear from you. You will need to:
- Have experience of developing and managing a project
- Have an understanding of the needs of people who are older or living with disabilities
- Have experience of working or volunteering in the community sector and networking with a range of partners
- Have people management skills, especially supporting volunteers
- Be a self starter who can work independently and manage your own workload
- Be a good communicator and able to empathise with others whilst taking a problem solving approach to challenges
- Able to travel across the Black Country (and ideally have experience of working in the area)
Hours of work would be flexible over the year but likely to average at about 14 per week. This post could be combined with that of Places of Welcome Facilitator.
If you are interested in this role, please complete an application form and send to Helen Titteron of Transforming Communities Together (TCT) on email@example.com by 5pm on Friday 30th October 2020.
Interviews for this role will take place via Zoom. Provisional dates for this are Wednesday 11 and Friday 13 November 2020
TCT is a charitable joint venture between the Church Urban Fund and the Diocese of Lichfield established in 2014 to build capacity and resilience in communities in Staffordshire, northern Shropshire and the Black Country. This role is being funded by the Eveson Trust