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.
We are recruiting – Business Admin Level 3 Apprenticeship
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:
Attend in-house training and college as and when required
Completing a Business Administration Apprenticeship standard at Level 3
To complete the full range of administration tasks associated with the day to day running the VAS office (under supervision) by:
Developing a good working relationship with colleagues and supporting them when required in line with the apprenticeship standard
Promoting the local Voluntary Sector and VAS via social media
Enhancing the VAS printing offer
Assisting in the sourcing and providing of the VAS training offer
Providing cover for reception when necessary
Co-ordinating and marketing the car parking spaces
Supporting the production of the VAS newsletter (VAS id)
Ensuring that VAS policies are kept up to date
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.
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.
Skills and Knowledge
Good level of written English
Good organisational skills
Strong communication skills
Good IT skills and knowledge of Microsoft packages
Interest/knowledge of social media
A good general level of literacy and numeracy and a minimum pass at level 4 GCSE for English and Maths
A positive attitude
The ability to listen and follow instructions
Ability to work as part of a team and independently
Strong attention to detail
A flexible and adaptable approach to work
Ability to display discretion and maintain confidentiality
Keen to work in a diverse environment, and in an organisation that values equality, diversity and inclusion
Closing date: Friday 13th November 2020 Interview date: Wednesday 18th November 2020
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:
Salary between £31043 – £33831 pa (pay review pending)
Non-hierarchical collective working
27 days annual leave + statutory hols
5% pension contribution
Part-time and job sharing considered
Be able to self-supervise under SRA and SQM standards
Relish the opportunity to set up and run our new LAA Immigration contract
Have a minimum two years’ experience of immigration and asylum casework
Be a qualified Immigration Solicitor and hold Supervisor status to IAAS Level 2
Be experienced in close working with colleagues, local agencies and the Tribunal Service
To request an information pack including job description & specification then please email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
New Role Of Chief Executive Officer at Swindon Therapy Centre
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:
Demonstrate substantial senior operational management experience, preferably at Chief Executive or General Manager level
Have a proven track record in developing and delivering effective, high impact strategic plans and translating these into operational goals/targets
Have previously worked in a service delivery area, preferably in the voluntary sector
Be a strong and inspirational leader and team player, with experience of successfully managing and communicating organisational change
Be experienced in people management processes and leading teams
Have knowledge of charitable governance and experience of working closely with Trustees or non-executive Boards
A good understanding of budgeting and financial controls
Have experience of developing and using management information to aid decision making
Have a proven track record of generating income through fundraising, grant applications and/or tendering
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 email@example.com
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.
Kate Rowe is a facilitator, leader and manager, with over 30 years’ experience of working in community settings. She continues to find creative and positive ways to help people find a voice and brings her skills as an active listener, a clear communicator and an enabling facilitator.
Kate has worked in London and in Swindon for national and local charities, borough councils and neighbourhood renewal companies, as well as delivering training and facilitation services as a self-employed consultant all over the country. She has delivered services to adults (e.g. neighbour mediation; learning ambassadors; singing for health and wellbeing, parent carer forums) and children (e.g. family group conferencing; supervised contact; youth information café).
Kate has a degree in Peace Studies with Conflict Resolution, PGC in Psychotherapy Theory, level 6 in Leadership & Management, and teaching certificates in lifelong learning and English language.
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
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.
Working With Young People
40% of Harbour Visitors are under the age of 26. 22% are between the ages of 14 and 25. Some of these young people will be part of family units, and others will be on their own without the support of family. We also have UASC’s who engage with the Harbour who are looked after by Wiltshire Council or Swindon Borough Council. We need to ensure the needs and interests of this cohort are represented in the work that we do and in how we prioritise our resources. The primary purpose of the role of the Young Person Engagement Lead is to ensure that the voices of our young Visitors are heard and that young people are involved in the design and delivery of their projects
To engage and support young Visitors and their families offering information, and connecting them into activities to improve mental well-being
To pro-actively connect with Young Visitors and encourage participation in and access to Harbour activities
To work with a network of existing and new volunteers and to ensure that they receive appropriate training and support in order to deliver appropriate services and activities
To be a positive influence and mentor for young people, demonstrating the value education, volunteering, sport and activities, and employment
To sign-post to the Project Manager and other members of the team where additional help and support is required (such as Steps2Work or Counselling)
To sign-post the young person to other agencies as appropriate
The role holder will be responsible for existing activities such as:
o The Homework Club
o Language Lounge
The role holder may also identify other activities which are of benefit to young Visitors. The role holder will either lead such activities, or work with volunteers to ensure that the activity is safe, effective and meeting the need. This may include, for example, activities and trips during school holidays
To evaluate the impact of activities designed specifically for young Visitors. This may include, for example, producing case studies, questionnaires or utilization of other evaluation tools
Working With Other Agencies
To represent the Harbour Project, as appropriate, in meetings with funders or in local or regional liaison meetings.
To be the primary point of contact with other agencies and organisations supporting young Visitors. To build on existing relationships and initiate new contacts with a wide variety of community, third sector and statutory partners. Organisations could include:
o Social Work teams supporting UASC’s
o Nurseries, Schools, Colleges and Schools Admissions teams
o Health Visitors and Children’s Centres.
o Youth counselling services.
o National Citizenship Scheme.
To manage a budget or budgets specific to activities for young Visitors, with an understanding of sources of funding.
To support the CEO in identifying potential sources of funding, compiling funding applications and in submitting monitoring reports to funders.
To maintain records of activities (with respect to Data Protection and Retention Policies) to allow reporting of all activities involving young Visitors.
To use Harbour equipment and resources for business use only.
To work occasional additional hours if required (which is then taken as ‘Time off in lieu’)
The nature of the role will demand evening and weekend working from time to time. Overall, it is expected that the weekly hours will balance out to 25 hours a week
To work within appropriate personal boundaries to maintain a distinct professional working relationship with all young Visitors
The staff team at the Harbour is very small, requiring everyone to work together and understand interdependencies between roles. This also means that people need to occasionally step in to help when things are busy, or to help cover holidays, for example. The Young Person Engagement Lead may be asked to support other activities outside the core scope of the role but considered as priority items for the organisation at that point in time. This may include, for example, supporting funding applications or preparatory work for Trustee Meetings
Candidate Specification – Essential
Interest in the aims and activities of The Harbour Project
Reliable with the ability to work independently. The role holder will be required to work from home and from The Harbour premises. Ability to manage one’s own time with good organisational skills and high self-motivation are vital
Excellent written and verbal communication & interpersonal skills, adaptable to the breadth of different stakeholders (Visitors/Volunteers/ other members of staff/ Trustees/ other voluntary and statutory agencies)
A good understanding and application of the principles of Safeguarding, particularly in relation to young people at the Harbour
Commitment to the confidentiality of the organisation and its Visitors
I.T. skills, particularly Microsoft Office or equivalent
Evidence of entitlement to work in the UK
Willingness to work flexible hours.
Experience of working in the voluntary sector
Previous experience of working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Application Closing Date: Friday, 18th September 2020.
New online network and help for Swindon local groups
Local charities and voluntary groups around Swindon are facing tough times. Lockdown has meant a big loss of income for many organisations – just when their help and services are needed the most.
Help is at hand from Voluntary Action Swindon – usually know as VAS – which provides help and advice for charities and voluntary groups in the town. In a new initiative, VAS is launching VAS-LIVE, an online get-together for local groups and organisations.
The first online session will focus on Filling the Gap – how charities and communities can find funding to keep going in these difficult times. Two guest speakers – Carol Willis from VAS and Anthony da Souza from the Crowdfunding Academy – will share the latest top tips for fundraisers as well as where to go for more help and advice.
Every month, VAS-LIVE will be a place where staff and volunteers from local groups can get information and advice, as well as discussing their own issues or concerns.
“Local groups and organisations sometimes don’t know there is help available – or that other groups are dealing with the same issues. The new online network aims to help people connect with each other, get help and useful information” said Jol Rose, the VAS team member behind the new network.
VAS offers a range of services for the local voluntary sector, including copying and printing, meeting room hire, DBS checks and a programme of training courses. Through the lockdown VAS has also provided volunteers for food deliveries to Swindon’s most vulnerable people, as well as up-to-date information and support for people and groups via its website, www.vas-swindon.org