Swindon Borough Council Seeks Independent Remuneration Panel Member
The Swindon Independent Remuneration Panel is responsible for making recommendations to Swindon Borough Council about the type and level of allowances which are paid to Borough Councillors each year. The Panel is also involved in setting the level of allowances which are paid to Parish and Town Councillors in Swindon.
Swindon Borough Council is seeking a representative to join the existing Panel from the Voluntary and Community Sector.
Appointments to the Panel are for a period of four years. The time commitment required should be no more than 18 hours in any year. An allowance of £225 per year plus travelling and subsistence expenses will be payable to the successful applicant.
More information on the Panel and an application form is available from: Vicki Yull, Committee and Member Services, Swindon Borough Council on (01793) 463603 or email@example.com. The deadline for requesting an application form is 15th February 2018.
The following is a vacancy from Phoenix Enterprises.
Job title: Fundraising Manager
Reports to: Board of Trustees
Location: Groundwell Industrial Estate, Swindon
Salary: £22,000 pro-rata
Hours: 16 hours per week, hours can be agreed to support flexibility / 3 year funded contract
Application is by CV with covering letter.
Phoenix Enterprises is currently looking for an experienced Grants and Trusts Fundraiser to join the team, in order to maintain and grow our fundraising income. This role will be working across a wide range of Trust and Foundations, to:
Take a lead on researching potential new trust and foundation prospects, and write winning proposals/applications
Maintain and establish excellent relationships with Trust donors, to maximise income potential
Establish and forecast a potential pipeline of funds income, and maintain an accurate and complete record of these prospects, to support planning and forecasting
Ensure a high-standard of account management, by ensuring regular updates and requests for information are provided to trusts and grant-givers on time and to a consistently high standard
To be considered for this role you will require the following skills & experience:
Excellent face-to-face communication and negotiation skills, with experience of dealing with senior business representatives and decision-makers
At least three years’ experience in a similar role with a track record of generating income via third parties, preferably through grants and trusts
Experience of adhering to a regulatory framework, preferably that impacting charities, fundraising and marketing (e.g. data protection)
Proven track record of meeting challenging income targets
Able to build, manage and develop stakeholder relationships and partnerships
Knowledge of the fundraising environment and a range techniques and disciplines to support cost effective income generation
Convincing and persuasive written and oral communication
Highly self-motivated and able to work autonomously and take initiative
The following is a vacancy from Citizens Advice Swindon.
Salary £ 21,962-£23,398 pro rata (Actual £20,181 – £21,500) plus 5% pension contribution
Hours: 34 per week (Mon-Thurs 9am – 4.30pm ½ hr unpaid break, Fri 9am – 3pm)
Holiday 25 days plus bank holidays pro rata
Citizens Advice Swindon currently operates from three permanent offices (2 part time). We are looking for a highly organised, pro-active and efficient individual who is able to work with limited supervision to take on this vital role supporting our busy service.
A variety of tasks await the right candidate. You will enjoy being kept busy with a varied workload including managing reception, providing administrative support to Senior Management, leading on Health and Safety within the office and acting as our IT co-ordinator
You will have a proven ability to provide administrative support to large teams including Senior Management and you will be able to adapt according to changing priorities within the office.
Experience of managing or leading a team is essential and experience of working with volunteers would be an advantage.
A key part of this post is providing IT support and acting as our IT co-ordinator so experience of IT problem solving and an excellent understanding of Microsoft windows and office packages is desirable alongside a willingness to learn our bespoke IT packages.
Christ Church Community Centre have an electronic organ to give away. The organ is in good working condition; the community centre are offering to donate it because they have had the offer of a newer one. The community centre are even offering to deliver it to someone who wants it.
The following is a vacancy from the SMASH Youth Project.
Job Title: Case Manager – 28 hours per week
Reporting to: Senior Case Manager, SMASH Youth Project
Duration of post: Permanent, dependent on funding
Salary: £24,388 per annum (for 28 hour week)
Why does SMASH exist – we believe it only takes one person to change a life.
How does SMASH do that – we bring people together to give everyone the chance to make a difference.
What does SMASH do – we provide 1:1 mentoring, group work, communities and practical advice and support to give 9-19 year olds control and direction post trauma.
To supervise and manage a team of volunteer mentors, who have been matched with a child or young person (CYP), to help facilitate their self-directed positive change.
Maintain a high standard of case notes, to evidence moments of significance, through observations and feedback to achieve SMASH outcomes.
To ensure that volunteers are provided with appropriate support to meet exceptional standards, by delivering regular supervisions, identifying training needs, planning and facilitating on-going ‘booster’ training programmes and workshops, providing peer networking opportunities, promoting an ‘open door’ working policy and supporting mentors through the telephone advice line.
Children And Young People (CYP):
To promote and monitor individual CYP’s learning, social and emotional growth and development, including accurately recognising and recording Moments of Significance.
Meet with CYP and their families to assess need, eligibility and levels of engagement.
Collaborating With Partners:
Work closely with other professionals to effectively identify risk issues including substance misuse, anti-social behaviour, mental health and criminality.
Actively promote positive on-going relationships with referral and other professional agencies.
Take shared responsibility for upholding SMASH’s values and behaviours by working within the code of conduct, policies and procedures.
Attend weekly team meetings and contribute to SMASH’s operational plans.
Be flexible in your working hours, sometimes working evenings and weekends, in line with the needs of the CYP and the mentor.
Maintain and promote on-going positive relationships with CYP’s families.
Report to internal and outsider evaluators, funders and other stakeholders as required.
Achieve agreed targets.
Qualifications And Experience:
Relevant professional qualifications in youth work, education, social work or other related fields or equivalent experience.
Project management skills, including the ability to work in complex settings with a number of outcomes, stakeholders and funders
Experience of working with non-paid staff and an understanding of the motivations, needs and requirements of volunteers.
An understanding of the local community, geography and characteristics
Experience of working with CYP.
Knowledge of equality issues and the issues affecting CYP.
Good ICT skills including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Full driving licence and use of a vehicle.
Aptitudes And Skills:
The ability to work in a safe and boundaried way at all times.
Outstanding communication skills – both verbally and written.
The ability to demonstrate high levels of empathy and understanding through listening, speaking and actions.
Excellent intuitive skills – the ability to read situations outside of the functional evidence presented.
High emotional intelligence – the ability to manage yourself and others to get the best outcomes for all.
The need to be purpose led – be driven by something bigger than yourself.
People skills – to be able to work collaboratively with different personalities and behaviours.
Resilience – demonstrate an ability to stay strong and committed.
The ability to identify patterns in behaviour and record/report accordingly.
Voluntary Action Swindon are working with the England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) to steer residents away from borrowing from loan sharks in the lead up to Christmas.
A loan shark is someone who lends money illegally without the correct authorisation from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Loan sharks normally appear friendly at first, but this behaviour soon changes once monies are owed.
Christmas is a prime time for loan sharks – these criminals are swimming around on housing estates, looking for the next vulnerable person to exploit.
It’s easy to fall in to the grip of a loan shark; they seem like friendly people at first, someone who you might refer to as a close neighbour or colleague. You might find yourself short for money during the festive season, but borrowing from a loan shark could result in you paying back significantly more with extortionate interest rates and threats included. When taking out a loan from an illegal money lender, you will be left in the dark, not knowing much how much money you owe or the amount of interest you’re being charged on the loan as often no paperwork is given.
We understand it can sometimes be scary to ask for help, but if you call the England Illegal Money Lending Team’s hotline on 0300 555 2222, you can speak to a member of the team anonymously or in confidence. They are there to help, not judge, and will let you know what your options are so you can decide what to do.
In some cases, loan sharks have been known to resort to the most extreme methods to enforce repayment from borrowers. This has involved victims being subject to intimidation, threats and violence, leaving many frightened to leave their own home.
The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) can help people who have been a victim of a loan shark. The national team are a law enforcement agency who work with local Trading Standards authorities across the country to investigate and prosecute illegal money lending and related offences. The team have previously prosecuted loan sharks for other forms of criminality, including drug offences, kidnap and even rape.
The 50-strong team are made up of Investigators who work endlessly to bring loan sharks to justice and LIAISE officers who protect and support victims, and work with a number of partner agencies to raise general awareness of the issue.
The IMLT have secured more than 380 prosecutions for illegal money lending and related activity, leading to nearly 328 years’ worth of custodial sentences. They have written off nearly £72.5 million worth of illegal debt and have helped over 27,000 victims.
Residents are urged to never borrow money from someone if they:
Have been provided with no or very little paperwork on loans
Have had debts randomly increase or have had additional amounts added to a loan unexpectedly
Have personal items taken as security on a loan (passport, driving license, bank cards)
Have been subject to intimidation and threats by the money lender
Residents can check if someone is authorised to lend money by visiting the Financial Conduct Authority’s website and searching for a company, person or postcode through their Financial Services Register.
To get help with debt and budgeting, visit your local Citizens Advice Bureau. If you need a cash loan or would like to open a savings account in preparation for Christmas, visit https://www.findyourcreditunion.co.uk/ to find your nearest credit union.
To report a loan shark:
Call the 24-hour confidential hotline on 0300 555 2222
The following is a vacancy from Care Home Volunteers.
Do you want to join an exciting new charity to make a difference to the lives of older people?
We are looking for a Swindon-based Volunteer Manager/Trainer to join our growing team.
CHV volunteers befriend residents in care homes for older people to bring enjoyment of life and relieve loneliness and isolation. We are well-established in Salisbury and Chippenham where we have thriving teams of volunteers making a difference to the quality of life of older people in local care homes.
We are looking for an experienced volunteer coordinator, with an interest in adult social care, who will initiate and develop our new project in Swindon. The person will be responsible for recruiting and support of volunteers in the Swindon area and for nurturing relationships with local care homes and other agencies.
This is a part-time role with flexible working hours which are likely not to exceed the equivalent of 15 hours per week, 47 weeks of the year. Appointment will be on an engaged consultant basis. We can offer £20 per hour for a suitable person.