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25/09/2020

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:

 
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: Monday 12th October 2020
Interview date: Week commencing Monday 18th October 2020
 
To download an application form please click here

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

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25/09/2020

Immigration Solicitor at Wiltshire Law Centre

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

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22/09/2020

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:

 
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.

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17/09/2020

Introducing our new tutor for Autumn

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.

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28/08/2020

Young Visitor Engagement Lead at Harbour Project

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.

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19/08/2020

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-LIVE kicks off on Wednesday 26th August, from 12.30 to 1.30pm – register for free at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/filling-the-funding-gap-help-for-swindons-voluntary-sector-tickets-116624544151

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

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12/08/2020

Council launches borough-wide campaign to keep all residents safe from COVID

‘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

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