Job Title: Swindon Schools of Sanctuary Project’ Co-ordinator
Hours of work: 16 hours per week (52 weeks; statutory leave in line with Swindon City of Sanctuary staffing policies and procedures)
Salary: £11 per hour
Contract: Fixed term for one year starting January 2021 (subject to passing a three-month probationary period)
Responsible to: Executive Officer, Swindon City of Sanctuary; Board of Trustees, Swindon City of Sanctuary. You will be working as part of a small, enthusiastic, and dedicated team and supported by a similarly committed team of volunteers.
 
About Swindon City of Sanctuary:
Swindon City of Sanctuary (SCoS) is part of the national City of Sanctuary network which seeks to build a culture of welcome, inclusion and support through: work in local schools supporting learning about asylum and migration; local events to tackle social isolation, racial prejudice and increase understanding; awareness-raising; actively engaging with campaigns.
 
About Swindon Schools of Sanctuary Network:
Schools of Sanctuary is one of the many Streams of Sanctuary within the national network.
A School of Sanctuary is a safe and welcoming place, proud to be a place of safety and inclusion for everyone – especially for those who have been displaced and are seeking sanctuary.
 
About the FAB Project and the Swindon Schools of Sanctuary Project Coordinator role:
The FAB (Family Activity Boxes) Project was set up in response to Covid-19 school closures in March 2020, to meet challenges faced by school-age young people whose families are seeking asylum and were faced with further challenges beyond the difficulties already experienced being in the asylum system.
 
The FABs Extensions Project will be a conduit for bringing schools and families together, through literacy and oracy, art and craft, games and puzzles; in collaboration with local libraries and new Family Literacy developments in Swindon.
 
The FAB Extensions Project will help to boost young people’s confidence and enable them to access resources in order to maintain their engagement with learning as they continue through school. The project will also enable families to feel less isolated as new challenges arise from Covid-19 changes.
 
Purpose and Scope of the Role:

 
For the full job description and person specification please click here
 
If you think this could be you, please send a CV and cover letter (max 1-side of A4) to info@swindon.cityofsanctuary.org
Closing date for applications: 1:00pm, Tuesday, 24th November 2020
Remote interviews, by Zoom will be held on Tuesday, 1st December 2020

A number of local providers working to support mental health and financial hardship have come together to highlight the range of support on offer to everyone facing redundancy across the town.

Time to Change Swindon, who have been operational as a partnership for 18 months are now urging business leaders to promote local services to all their staff effected by organisational change and uncertainty.

The campaign video, which airs on social media on World Mental Health Day, showcases 4 business leaders across the town who support the campaign messages, signposting to a centralised website, which lists all free or low costs services available to residents of Swindon.

Time to Change Swindon also wants the friends and family members of those facing redundancy to promote the website in hope that their loved one will seek support early into a redundancy process.

Pam Webb, CEO of voluntary Action Swindon says “The Time to Change Swindon partnership brings together a range of organisations focussed on providing the best possible advice and support to local people in these unprecedented times – I would recommend everyone to find the one and half minutes to watch this short video as it’s likely we or a family member will all know somebody that will find it helpful and might just prompt them to take the first step to seek help and advice that they didn’t know was available”

Claire Newport, CEO of Citizens Advice in Swindon says “We have helped people with a huge range of issues since lockdown, but we know that as the furlough scheme draws to an end, lots of people may be feeling worried and need advice. We are here to help and can offer advice to anyone about their money worries, employment rights and benefits entitlement. The worry of redundancy and financial insecurity can be overwhelming, but you do not have to face this alone. We would urge anyone who is unsure or struggling with these issues or their mental and emotional wellbeing to take the first step to get help as soon possible”

Swindon Borough Councillor Ford says “I really comment this initiative, many people are experiencing unexpected situations or new emotional worries as a result of COVID-19 and may not be used to seeking help – this initiatives reminds us all that it’s OK to need help sometimes”

Time to Change Swindon, which is a community run initiative have opted to use the Swindon Borough Council website as it has a broad range of services on offer, but people should contact the services listed directly for more information.

Media contacts:
Charlie Paradise – Swindon Borough Council Mental Health Champion – 07584 151307 – CParadise@swindon.gov.uk
Pam Webb – CEO, Voluntary Action Swindon 07717 874880 – pam@vas-swindon.org
Claire Newport – CEO Citizens Advice Swindon 01793 402103 – chiefofficer@swindon.cabnet.org.uk

Responsible to: Funding and Governance Manager
Salary: £4.15 per hour
Hours 35 hours per week

Purpose of the post
To complete the apprenticeship training programme by:

 
Key Accountabilities
To complete the full range of administration tasks associated with the day to day running the VAS office (under supervision) by:

The list is typical of the level of duties which the post holder is expected to perform or be responsible for. It is not necessarily exhaustive and other duties of a similar type and level may be expected from time to time.
 
Person Specification
This Person Specification lists the essential skills, attributes and experience necessary to successfully carry out this apprenticeship. Please illustrate on your application form how you meet the requirements of the post.
No previous experience of business admin is required, as full training will be given. However, we do expect a good level of commitment, a ‘can do’ attitude and a willingness to learn.
Please be sure to cover each one of these points in your application form.
 
Criteria
Skills and Knowledge

 
Qualifications

 
Attributes

 
Closing date: Friday 13th November 2020
Interview date: Wednesday 18th November 2020
 
To download an application form please click here

Please email your completed application form to Carol Willis at carol@vas-swindon.org

Are you an Immigration Solicitor looking for an exciting new challenge?
 
Established in 1981 Wiltshire Law Centre has an outstanding reputation locally in the free advice sector. We are now looking for an Immigration Solicitor to establish a new legal aid immigration and asylum hub from our offices in central Swindon.
 
As a dispersal Town, your expertise will be greatly valued by the residents of Swindon and you will have the opportunity to shape the service and build relationships with other agencies all as part of a well-established Law Centre.
 
Wiltshire Law Centre offer:

 
You shall:

 
To request an information pack including job description & specification then please email: martin.kerr@wiltslawcentre.co.uk or write to us at Sanford House, Sanford Street, Swindon SN1 1HE
 
Closing date for applications; 12 noon, 9th October 2020
Interviews shall be conducted w/c 19th October 2020

Swindon Therapy Centre is seeking an exceptional individual for the newly created role of Chief Executive Officer. The ideal candidate will bring a robust understanding of leading a service delivery organisation, a strategic approach and the ability to motivate, lead and inspire the Centre’s team through a period of growth and change.

This role offers a real opportunity to make a significant difference to the Centre’s future development, and to ability of local people living with MS and other neurological conditions to live their best life.

We are rightly proud of how we have grown from a small self-help group in 1981 to an established charity operating from recently expanded premises where we provide therapy, treatment, support, advice, and counselling. Yet we are only reaching a tiny fraction of those who would benefit from our services locally.

The new CEO will play a pivotal role in enabling us to widen our reach, including by using networking and partnership working skills to form strategic links with the primary healthcare sector and by taking an innovative approach to delivering services virtually. Your ability to establish robust measurements to demonstrate the value of our work will help to build compelling proposals to funders and commissioners, thereby building a sustainable platform for growth.

We are unashamedly ambitious and excited about the next phase of our development. To make these ambitions a reality will require a candidate with the right blend of vision, empathy and passion combined with the capability to identify and seize opportunities.
Inevitably, with growth comes change, both operationally and culturally. Success will depend on your ability to articulate an engaging vision and to inspire and lead the team with a shared sense of purpose where each individual feels enabled to perform to the best of their ability.

 
The ideal candidate will:

 
To download a copy of the recruitment pack which includes the full role description please click here
 

Hours: Full time including occasional evening and weekend working

Location: Based in our facility in West Swindon, with potential for some home working and flexibility to travel in the local area.

Additional Requirements: To hold a full driving license and own transport, or other means of being able to travel independently.

Salary: £40,000 to £45,000

Closing date: 9am on Monday 5th October 2020

Interested? To apply, please send a CV and covering letter highlighting what attracts you to the role and why you are a strong candidate, for the attention of Tim Culling, Chair c/o our HR Consultant kathryn@krhrconsultancy.co.uk

Interview date: Interviews to be held in Swindon (with social distancing measures) during early-mid of October.
 
Swindon Therapy Centre commits to provide an environment which is free from harassment, bullying or discrimination and which safeguards the welfare of our Members, Volunteers and Staff. All staff and volunteers are expected to demonstrate that they embrace and support this commitment. An enhanced check will be carried out using the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) to assess applicants’ suitability for this position of trust, and Swindon therapy Centre complies fully with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes to treat all applicants fairly.

Works To: Project Manager
Salary: £10 per hour subject to annual review & availability of funds
Hours: 25 hours a week.
Contract Term: 12 month contract from date of appointment.
Holidays: 28 days per year, pro rata, plus bank holidays
Notice Period: 1 month after completion of 3 month probationary period
Location: The Harbour Drop-in Centre, St. Luke’s Hall, Broad Street, Swindon SN1 2DS
 
Job Purpose
To be the primary point of contact for all young Visitors to the Harbour Project (under 25’s), to ensure that their voices are heard and their needs are understood. To arrange, coordinate and lead activities specific to this age group with the support of volunteers and other members of staff. To be the primary point of contact with other agencies supporting young Visitors.
 
Principal Responsibilities
 
Working With Young People

 
Leading Activities

 
Working With Other Agencies

 
Resource Management

 
Other

 

Candidate Specification – Essential

 

Desirable

 
The successful candidate will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.
 
If you would like to apply for this role, please submit your CV and a covering letter explaining why you think you are suitable for the position to info@harbourproject.org.uk
 
Application Closing Date: Friday, 18th September 2020.

‘Swindon: It’s up to all of us’ is the headline call to action of a new town-wide communications campaign launched today (12 August) to reinforce a number of important public health messages to Swindon residents.

The campaign is urging all individuals in the town to play their part in minimising the spread of COVID-19 and keep themselves and the community safe.

Earlier this week over 1,000 residents shared an update social post from the Council on the current situation, which reached over 80,000 people – showing the Swindon community is keen to help spread the word.

Cases are continuing to rise within Swindon and, in an effort to reduce the Borough’s COVID-19 case rate, health chiefs in the Borough are reminding residents to protect themselves and others by continuing to wash their hands, cover their faces if in enclosed spaces, and to stay at least one-metre apart from people not in their own household.

In addition, people are being asked to stay at home, even if they have mild symptoms of coronavirus, namely: a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss of, or change to people’s sense of smell or taste.

Crucially, anyone who has any symptoms must book a test and not leave home for at least 10 days. Those living in households should self-isolate for 14 days if they or any members of the household receive a positive test.

Earlier this week, thousands of households in the SN1 and SN2 areas were sent a letter from the Council’s Director of Public Health reminding them of the advice they need to follow after the latest case and contact tracing data showed a high proportion of new confirmed cases were from residents living in those postcodes.

On Friday (7 August) the Government described Swindon as ‘an area of concern’ on its national COVID-19 watch-list following a spike in cases in the week up to 2 August involving workers at the XPO Logistics distribution centre in Penzance Drive.

The Council will be asking more than 500 community groups and hundreds of local businesses to remind residents of the need to adhere to the Government guidance, while public health messages will also be posted on social media and through the Council’s website and various e-newsletters. Leaflets will also be sent out to households and reminders put in various local magazines and newsletters.

Steve Maddern, Swindon Borough Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “The recent rise in cases and the Government highlighting us as an ‘area of concern’ is a wake-up call to us all. We cannot even begin to think we are coming to the end of this public health crisis.

“We are not at the point of implementing local restrictions, but we need to do everything we can to limit the spread of the disease and to keep our case rate down so we do not end up at that point. We need to break the chain of transmission and we need the public and the local media to really get behind this important campaign.

“The message of this campaign is simple: it’s up to each and every one of us in Swindon to play our part. Wash your hands, keep your distance and wear a face covering when you need to.

“If you think you have symptoms, no matter how mild, book a test immediately and if you test positive make sure you self-isolate for at least 10 days. If you fall ill, everyone who lives at your property must also self-isolate. Staying at home, means not going out for any reason, including to work, or to the shops.”

Dr Charlotte Forsyth, Medical Director at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The number of COVID-19 patients we are currently seeing in hospital is thankfully much lower than it was but I would urge the public not to get complacent.

“We can all do our bit to help prevent the spread of infection and it is important that everybody follows the national guidance. This includes social distancing, the wearing of face masks or coverings in public areas and frequent hand washing. This is vital not only to protect yourself, but also to protect family, friends and the public around you.

“If you do show symptoms, you should get tested and must self-isolate immediately, to reduce your risk of spreading the virus.

“We all need to work together to control this virus. Here at the hospital, everyone is working very hard to continue looking after every patient that comes through our doors, but please help us by following the national guidance and staying safe.”

Dr Amanda Webb, Clinical Chair for Swindon, Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire CCG, said: “As a GP, I know that many people in the local area like to take responsibility for their own health, and only seek help when their symptoms are no longer manageable at home.

“However, now is not the time to be a hero.

“It’s vitally important that people do not dismiss mild symptoms such as a fever, a cough or a change in taste or smell as a common cold, hayfever or a reaction to the warm weather.

“These symptoms are the warning signs that need to be acted on so, if you do begin to feel unwell, self-isolate immediately and book a coronavirus test by calling 119.”

To book a COVID-19 test in Swindon or at home visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119

Home working with some time spent in the Devizes office
Fixed term contract to December 2021
18 Hours per week – £15,032 gross per annum (FTE £30,480 gross p.a. pro rata)

 
Community First are looking for an exceptional individual to support our fundraising and marketing activity and join the Youth Action Wiltshire team who support young people aged 5-25 years including young carers, and young people not in education, employment or training.
The new role is an exciting opportunity to become a key part of the team in helping to shape the future vision of this dynamic and successful organisation, with responsibility for development and delivery of multi-channel marketing for YAW fundraising, client services, business trading and support on overall brand awareness.
 
Working alongside the delivery teams and voluntary fundraisers, candidates should be self-motivated and happy to work alone but equally confident amongst a team in organising and motivating volunteers, staff, and the young people we support. You will have a strong working knowledge of marketing and communications in the charity space and experience of delivering fundraising strategies and running digital marketing campaigns.
 
You will continue communications with the organisation’s long-standing and highly committed audience of established individual and legacy donors alongside creating and implementing new communications strategies for new audiences.
 
Ideal candidates will need to have:

 
In addition, we are looking for someone who can support the strategic development of the organisation, working closely with the Chief Executive to include partnership and relationship development, income generation and overall growth across a number of areas of our work.
Identifying potential new sources of funding and developing proposals to be submitted for external funding support to ensure the continuation and development of existing or new areas of work will also be part of the role.
 
Due to the nature of the work, you will be required to undertake a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check.
 
For additional information on the role, please contact Steve Crawley, Head of Youth Action Wiltshire at scrawley@communityfirst.org.uk or by phone on 01380 729813.
 
Closing date: Friday 4th September 2020
Interviews: w/c 14th September 2020
 
To download a job description, person specification and an application form for this post, please visit www.communityfirst.org.uk/vacancies. CVs, with a covering letter describing why you are applying and how your skills relate to the role, will also be considered.
Please send applications to Bernadette Lowe, Business Support Manager at blowe@communityfirst.org.uk

 
Community First is an Equal Opportunities Employer

Job Title: Fundraising and Marketing Manager
Department: Finance
Hours per Week: 16
Contract: 6 months contract with extension funds permitting
Salary: £18-20k full time dependent on experience (equating to £7,200 – £8000 pro-rata)
Employee Benefits: Willows offers 26 days holiday per year (pro rata), free on-site parking and flexible working hours for this post.
Application deadline is 12 noon Friday 4th September 2020.
 
Organisation
Willows is a Swindon based charity, in operation for 30 years, offering subsidised counselling particularly specialising in working with clients that have been affected by trauma and abuse. In addition to its counselling activities. Willows also runs a thriving training operation offering certified training qualifications in counselling as well as courses on well-being for local businesses and other charitable organisations.
 
About the role
This role is new to the organisation of Willows Counselling service. Willows has a current supporter base of individuals and many links to local businesses and churches.
To facilitate the future strategic vision and aims of Willows this post will take the lead on fundraising via a balanced range of income generation streams. A second key aim of this role is to enhance Willows reputation and credibility with funders and the wider community, by further developing and implementing the marketing strategy.
This post will report to the Executive Director and Finance Manager and will also be expected to work closely with other key staff members and volunteers.
 
Main Responsibilities

 
Job Requirements
 
Essential

 
Desirable

 
How to Apply
Application deadline is 12 noon Friday 4th September 2020
Applications should be made in the form of a covering letter and CV to The Executive Director Tanya Orr director@willowscounselling.org.uk

Devizes based with some home working
£20,456 gross p.a. pro rata
Fixed term contract to September 2021
30 – 36.5 hours per week negotiable

 
We are looking for an individual who is extremely organised and can support the Building Bridges Programme Manager to effectively deliver the Building Bridges programme, jointly funded by the National Lottery Communities Fund and the European Social Fund.
 
The role will be to provide financial administrative assistance and general support to the Building Bridges lead team and, in particular, compliance checking of the financial claims across all programme delivery partners.
 
It will require someone with an eye for detail and process who can provide reliable support to the Building Bridges Programme Manager and lead team to ensure effective and compliant delivery of the programme.
 
The role will be fully funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund as part of the Building Better Opportunities programme and is a fixed term contract to September 2021. The salary is £20,456 gross per annum pro rata, plus 7% employer pension contribution.
 
Due to the nature of the work, you will be required to undertake a satisfactory DBS check.
 
Further information regarding the Building Bridges programme can be found via our website at www.buildingbridgessw.org.uk
 
Closing date: 21st August 2020
Interviews: 3rd / 4th September 2020
 
To download a job description, person specification and an application form for this post, please visit www.communityfirst.org.uk/vacancies
 
For additional information, please contact Dave Potts, Building Bridges Programme Manager on 01380 732826.
Community First is an equal opportunities employer.
 
Building Bridges is a partnership of organisations, led by Community First, that has come together to deliver the Building Better Opportunities Programme across Swindon and Wiltshire.
 
The project has received up to £6.4M of funding from the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding