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Building Bridges Programme Administrator at Community First

The following is a vacancy from Community First.

Devizes based
36.50 hours per week

Fixed term contract for one year, with an option to extend – £20,456 gross per annum, plus 7% employer pension contribution

We are looking for an individual who is extremely organised and can support the Building Bridges Programme Manager to effectively deliver the £3.88M Building Bridges programme, jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

The role will be to provide administrative assistance and general support to the Building Bridges Programme Manager, including administration of the financial claims process 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 Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund.

Further information regarding the Building Bridges programme can be found via our website at

Closing date: Midday, 15th June 2018
Interviews: 21st June 2018

To download a job description, person specification and an application form for this post please visit

For additional information, please contact Dave Potts, Building Bridges Programme Manager on 01380 729826.

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 £3.9M of funding from the European Social Fund and the Big Lottery 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

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Funding Officer at the Big Lottery Fund

The following is a vacancy from the Big Lottery Fund.

Funding Officer, Ref 18/042

Hours per week: 37 hours per week. Part-time will be considered.

Location: Gloucestershire and Wiltshire

Salary: £21,000 to £24,000 per annum + generous benefits (salary will be dependent upon skills and experience)
Permanent contract
External secondees are welcome to apply

Are you a confident communicator who enjoys working with people?
Are you able to build excellent working relationships and partnerships?
Do you see the potential in ideas as well as the challenges?
Are you interested in learning how to make excellent grants and supporting people and local communities?

About us

The Big Lottery Fund (the Fund) distributes around £650 million of National Lottery Funding across the UK each year supporting health, educational, environmental and charitable projects. We are fortunate to be able to support around 12,000 projects each year with grants ranging from as little as £500 to multi million pound programmes. By funding good causes, the Fund makes a real difference to local communities all over England.

Through our regional work in England we work to tackle disadvantage by focusing on what people can contribute, supporting communities (geographical or otherwise) to be better prepared for future challenges.

The Role

This is a fantastic opportunity to join the Big Lottery Fund team in the South West. We’re changing the way we work by moving closer to the communities we fund. This new Funding Officer role will cover Gloucestershire and Wiltshire and you will be the main point of contact for communities. You will take responsibility for working effectively alongside people and organisations in these areas to develop their ideas. This will be from the initial proposal and application stage, overseeing Grant management, and through to project completion. You will be part of a dynamic team and supported and encouraged by Big Lottery Fund colleagues locally and nationally.

You will help us to bring our funding to even more people than now, creating opportunities for groups to come together.

The Person

As a Funding Officer in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, you will need to demonstrate your knowledge, abilities and experience in the following areas:

For you

We seek to develop our staff and offer a wide range of personal development opportunities.
We offer a wide range of generous benefits including:

How to apply

To apply online and further details about our application process, the Fund’s work, and our range of excellent benefits, please visit

Closing date: Monday 28th May 2018 at 23:59 pm
Interview date: Monday June 18th 2018 in Bristol. Please can all candidates make sure they are available all day on this date.

For more information, or if you would like to discuss this opportunity in more detail please contact Rowan Miller at

The Fund is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

We are committed to increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities and will respond positively to meet individual needs throughout the recruitment process. Once in post, the Fund will ensure that any appropriate reasonable adjustments to our workplace are made, in order to support colleagues with any form of disability.

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Charity Team Manager at Healthwatch Swindon

The following is a vacancy from Healthwatch Swindon.

Salary/Rate: £24964.00 – £28485.00 per annum
Job Type: Permanent
Location:Swindon, Wiltshire

Job Description:

The main duties include the responsibility for the following:

The ideal candidate for this role should have the following skills & qualifications:

Apply Here. Applicants are encouraged to go via the link in order to find out more, rather than contacting Healthwatch Swindon or The Care Forum directly.

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Local Healthwatch Response to Proposal for New Patient Transport Call Centre

The NHS Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has announced that it plans to commission a new call centre service together with other NHS groups.

It is hoped that this will make it easier for people to book non-emergency patient transport to get to and from hospital appointments.

Responding to NHS Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) plans, Jason Ferris, Healthwatch Swindon’s Communications Officer, said: “we are the independent champion for people who use health and social care, we exist to make sure that those running services, and the government, put people at the heart of care. We welcome the proposal that could make it easier for people to book non-emergency patient transport, this includes both patients and care professionals.

“This could make booking transport more convenient and accessible, particularly for those who are not eligible for the service, but still need support getting to their appointments and struggle to find alternatives. We know that the patient transport service is operated using an eligibility criteria (set by the Department for Health) to ensure the service is protected for those who, due to a medical need, have no other way of attending a healthcare appointment.

“When told that they are not eligible for non-emergency patient transport people have told Healthwatch Swindon that there is little or no information provided about alternative options that are available to them, which could help them get to their appointments. People have a right to be properly informed so that they can make the right decisions about where they go for advice and treatment.

“We support people to navigate the maze that is the health and care system, through our information and signposting service. We look forward to working with patients and partners to ensure that this new arrangement delivers an accessible, fair and quality service for people.”

If you have an experience of non-emergency transport, health or social care that, you would like to share, get in touch with Healthwatch Swindon by emailing or call 01793 497777.

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Preparing for Adulthood: Transition Roadshow

The Preparing for Adulthood Transition Roadshow is a drop in event for parents, carers and professionals who care for young people with additional needs.

Presentations will include:

Time will be available for questions.

Date, time and venue:

Wednesday 20th June
12pm to 6pm
Swindon Borough Council
Civic Offices
Euclid Street, Swindon, SN1 2JH

Limited parking available via Beckhampton Street. Please place a copy of this poster or invitation letter on your dashboard.

Over 30 stallholders, most will be for 18+ with some offering services for 16+.
Full disabled access and facilities available.

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Service Delivery Assistant at Victim Support

The following is a vacancy from Victim Support.

Victim Support is looking to recruit a Service Delivery Assistant based in our Devizes office.

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: 28 – 37.5 hours – hours negotiable
Basic Salary: £17,600 FTE per annum
Contract type: Permanent
DBS required?: Yes
Police vetting required?: Yes
Closing Date: 07/05/2018
Ref No: 1297

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.

In this role you will provide comprehensive administrative support to the Service Delivery team in accordance with our national standards and local procedures.

Main duties include; general administration and office management to support our Service Delivery team to help victims of crime, developing and maintaining manual and computerised records, participating in local fundraising

Your experience is in implementing and maintaining efficient administrative systems in a public-facing service, with strong IT skills, and the ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with a wide range of people

The successful applicant will need satisfactory clearance of an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and Police Vetting. Contact Katie Maclean on 01380 738878 if you wish to discuss the role further.

The closing date for applications is midnight on Monday 7th May 2018. Interviews will take place on Thursday 10th May 2018.

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 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.

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.


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CEO at The Harbour Project

The Harbour Project is recruiting an experienced CEO – deadline to apply Friday 27th April

Our new CEO of The Harbour Project will be taking up this opportunity at a time of strategy refresh which will see the charity build a strong base of diversified income streams with a focussed strategic direction. We want a CEO who will infuse the organisation with confidence, vision and a clear strategy for the future.

By managing the relationship between the staff and the Board of Trustees, the CEO will provide the leadership to ensure that The Harbour Project continues to build its profile, breadth and depth of service delivery. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is committed to delivering a service that makes a genuine difference to the lives of asylum seekers and refugees in Swindon.

For further details, including key responsibilities and how to apply, go to:


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