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Independent Advocate – Statutory Advocacy at Swindon Advocacy Movement

The following is a vacancy from Swindon Advocacy Movement.

Independent Advocate – Statutory Advocacy

Fixed Term 18 month contract

£21,734 – £23,945 depending on qualifications and experience. Up to 37 hours per week.

Swindon Advocacy Movement (SAM) has a well established reputation of providing a range of advocacy services for people with care and support needs in Swindon. We are passionate about speaking out for the most vulnerable in our society and have created a flexible and responsive advocacy service enabling people to access their rights within health and social care services.

We are now looking for an Independent Advocate for our Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy Service working with people who are deemed to lack capacity and are eligible to access the advocacy service in key ‘best interest’ decisions. This service enables vulnerable people to participate as fully as possible in any decision to maintain their independence and secure the rights and services they are entitled to.

Do you have experience in Advocacy, Information and Advice or a similar role, ideally in a health, social care, children and family services or experience of working with vulnerable adults? If so, we want to hear from you to join our committed and friendly team!

We are looking for a qualified Independent Advocate or someone who is interested in developing a career in advocacy and standing up for the rights of others. We offer a complete package of support, supervision and training including City & Guilds level 3 Independent Advocacy unit 301. This is a fixed term 18 month contract.

We need a non-judgemental, compassionate, person with excellent communication skills who enjoys working with others to make positive change happen.

If you would like more information please email us at for our application pack. If you have any questions please ring 01793 542575 and ask for our IMCA Manager, Ian Reynolds.

Closing date for applications is midday Friday 26th October 2018 for interviews being held Thursday 1st November 2018.

Swindon Advocacy Movement is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. Swindon Advocacy Movement expects all staff and volunteers to share that commitment. All posts are subject to Enhanced DBS check.

Swindon Advocacy Movement is an Equal Opportunities employer and welcomes applications from anyone regardless of disability, race, religion or sexual orientation.

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VAS Community Fair 2018

The 2018 Voluntary Action Swindon (VAS) Community Fair will be taking place on Sunday 23rd September from 12 noon-3pm at Sanford House, Sanford Street, Swindon, SN1 1HE.

The theme of the event is homelessness and the aim of this event to promote the services available to people living in Swindon who are experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness of any kind.

Come along to meet local community and statutory organisations working around homelessness in Swindon, including key charities that provide essential health support services for physical, mental, or emotional well-being. Other organisations providing varied support services will also be present.

This event will be all about bringing the community together to learn about the issues that create homelessness, and to look beyond the stigmas. Service users will also have the opportunity to access support. We will also celebrate the work of charities over the years and the good work that has been done to combat homelessness.

There will be entertainment in on the day provided by a fantastic duet named Sweet Harmony, who will be the performing a range of covers on the day. We would like to encourage all members of the Swindon community to come along and join us to show support to the people that are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

To find out more please contact Jo Roberts at Voluntary Action Swindon on 01793 538398 or by email

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Solicitor at Wiltshire Law Centre

Established in 1981 Wiltshire Law Centre has an outstanding reputation locally in the free advice sector. You will have the exciting opportunity to build upon our expertise in Housing law and benefit from your highly experienced colleagues in supporting you based in our central Swindon offices.

Wiltshire Law Centre is a not for profit advice agency specialising in the areas of Housing and Immigration.

The aim of the service is to reduce the risk of homelessness, assisting clients with benefit appeal and reduce indebtedness.

We offer:

  • Salary between £28221 – £30756 pa
  • 27 days annual leave + statutory hols
  • 5% pension contribution
  • Permanent position
  • Flexible working
  • Part-time and job sharing considered

To request an information pack including job description & specification then please email:

Application closing date: 4pm, Friday 28th September 2018
Interviews: week commencing 8th October 2018

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Immigration Solicitor at Wiltshire Law Centre

The following is a vacancy from Wiltshire Law Centre

Established in 1981 Wiltshire Law Centre has an outstanding reputation locally in the free advice sector. You will have the exciting opportunity to build your Immigration advice hub as part of our recently awarded LAA Immigration & Asylum contract in our central Swindon offices.

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.

We offer:

  • Salary between £28221 – £30756 pa
  • 27 days annual leave + statutory hols
  • 5% pension Contribution
  • Permanent position
  • Flexible working
  • Part-time and job sharing considered

You shall:

To request an information pack including job description & specification then please email:

Application closing date: 4pm, Friday 28th September 2018

Interviews: week commencing 8th October 2018

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Victim Services Specialist Caseworker at Victim Support

The following is a vacancy from Victim Support.

Victim Support is looking for a Victim Services Specialist Caseworker based in Devizes.

County/Borough: Wiltshire

Office location: Unit 7a Bath Road Business Centre, Bath Road, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1XA

Full time/Part time: Full time

Hours per week: 37.5

Basic Salary: £23,345 per annum

Contract type: Fixed Term

DBS required?: Yes

End date (if fixed term): 31/03/2019

Police vetting required?: Yes

Closing Date: 27/08/2018

Ref No: 1552

Victim Support (VS) is an independent charity for people affected by crime in England and Wales. We work towards a world where people affected by crime or traumatic events get the support they need and respect they deserve.

You will contribute to Victim Support’s mission by providing a high quality, frontline service to people experiencing crime and antisocial behaviour in Swindon and Wiltshire. You will have a caseload of victims who are at high risk of harm or have complex needs. Working alongside our Community Response team, you will carry out needs and risk assessments. You will develop a personal support plan with each service user, and will support them until their needs are met. You will develop multi-agency links so that the wider needs of our service users are met.

You will have experience of managing a high, demanding and complex caseload, and experience of supporting vulnerable people in overcoming emotional, social and practical challenges. You will have excellent verbal and written communication skills. You will know how to deal sensitively with challenging and emotionally charged situations, demonstrating empathy and controlling your own emotions. You will be based in the Devizes office but will routinely travel across Wiltshire and Swindon to visit victims and to attend key meetings.

Victim Support offers competitive rewards and benefits including pension and life assurance, 25 days annual leave (pro-rata), voluntary benefits such as season ticket loans, cycle to work scheme, and the opportunity to play a key role in a national charity providing world-class services to victims and witnesses and being a vital force for change.

The role is fixed term to March 2019 but has the possibility of being extended, subject to funding.

Applications should be explicit enough to provide good evidence against the shortlisting criteria, which are marked in the person specification as (s). In order to apply, please create a profile in our website (jobs section), complete and submit an online application form.

If the vacancy has not specified the essential criteria for shortlisting, please use this section to express how your experience and skills are relevant for the role.

If you have the drive to make a difference within an organisation which makes a difference we look forward to hearing from you.

Victim Support takes pride in being a diverse organisation, enriched by the participation of all individuals and communities. Diversity matters and we value it.

The successful applicant will need satisfactory clearance of an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) and Police Vetting.

Please contact Katie Maclean on 01380 738878 if you would like to discuss the role further.

Documents: Victim Services Specialist Caseworker Aug 18 JD PS.docx (Word, 74.12kb)

Apply Now

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Employee Volunteering Advisor at Volunteer Centre Swindon

The following is a vacancy from Volunteer Centre Swindon.

Volunteer Centre Swindon

Vacancy: Employee Volunteering Advisor

Fixed Term Contract until March 2019 with a possibility of extension

Hours: Monday – Thursday 26 hours a week with occasional Friday and evening /weekend

Salary: £18,200 pro rata

Closing date: 4pm Friday August 24th 2018

To request a pack please email Sue Dunmore, Chief Executive Officer. Email and put Request for Application Pack in email title

Volunteer Centre Swindon is a nationally accredited Volunteer Development Agency that works across Swindon and surrounding area. It supports organisations to recruit, manage and support volunteers. It also works to promote and broker volunteering to individuals and groups along with providing good practice advice on volunteering.

The post holder will support the delivery of projects and work that develop volunteering in and around Swindon. This will be through working on the delivery of Involve Swindon and other initiatives. This post is ideal for someone with good administrative skills who is looking to build on their experience within the voluntary and community sector.

The post holder will work to support the development and delivery of projects for corporate partners to undertake as Employee Volunteers through working on the delivery of Involve Swindon and other work to support the work of the Centre.

The post holder will also help with interviewing potential volunteers, liaising with local volunteer involving organisations, promoting volunteering along with supporting in house volunteers and supported volunteering groups. Part of the role will also be to provide administrative support to the Centre.

Volunteer Centre Swindon is an equal opportunities employer.

The post will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.

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Temporary Finance/Administration Controller at Reach Inclusive Arts

The following is a vacancy from Reach Inclusive Arts.

Job title: Temporary Finance/Administration Controller (1 Year)

Reporting to: Operations Manager/Arts Project Manager

Salary: £12 per hour

Main purpose of job: The person will….

Duties: You will be using your professional skills to …..

Hours: 10 per week

Holidays: Equivalent to 5 weeks holiday pro-rata

Job Details
Your job is to….

1. Budgets
1.1 Prepare budgets, cash flow forecasts and expenditure reports as required.
1.2 Monitor income, expenditure and update budgets for projects and core costs.

2. Finance
2.1 Produce monthly management accounts of income and expenditure on an Excel spreadsheet system.
2.2 Prepare annual accounts in draft form to be submitted to the Reach accountants for final completion.
2.3 Liaise with payroll outsourcing – prepare staff timesheets and arrange quarterly PAYE payments.
2.4 Set up bacs payments.
2.5 Prepare Reach and other invoices as required.

3. Policies & Procedures
3.1 Ensure policies and procedures for health & safety, equal opportunities, data protection etc are up to date.

4. Office
4.1 Take responsibility for the Reach office – rental agreements and payments, supplies of stationary and letterheads, filing and equipment records etc.
4.2 Ensure that the insurance cover is reviewed annually and renewed.
4.3 Be a point of contact for people in need of information about Reach.
4.4 Ensure funders and grant-givers receive appropriate information and reports at the right time, as well as due recognition and thanks for their support.
4.5 Maintain trustee, charity commission records/reports and attendance registers.
4.6 Help prepare funding applications, evaluate and report on projects as required.

5. Meetings
5.1 Arrange management committee meetings and AGM, prepare and distribute minutes.

6. IT
6.1 Arrange backups and IT maintenance as required.
6.2 Maintain databases, mailing lists, contact details etc.

7. General
7.1 Help promote a positive image of people with disabilities.

Person Specification Accounts
& General Office Assistant

Essential Desirable
Qualifications, experience and background
  • Working as part of a team in an office
  • Cash handling experience
  • Excellent skills in Excel
  • GCSE Maths (A*-C)
  • High standard written English
  • Book keeping qualification
Specific knowledge/skills (technical)
  • Excellent knowledge of Excel, Word and Microsoft package
  • Excellent organisational skills and document management
  • Experience of keeping/preparing accounts.
  • Good telephone manner
  • Working in a third sector environment
Personal attributes
  • Friendly, helpful manner
  • “Can do” attitude
  • Organised and efficient
  • Ability to prioritise workload and work to deadlines
  • Willing to act on own initiative
  • Attention to detail
  • Trustworthy.
  • Sense of humour
Team and management skills
  • Strong, team player
  • Accurate,
  • Flexible approach to hours
  • Emotional intelligence

To apply, send a CV to

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