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Swindon Social Enterprise Network Fourth Networking Event

Swindon Social Enterprise Network (SSEN) will hold its fourth “networking” event on Wednesday 5th June in Metro Bank, 1 – 4 Regent Street, Swindon, SN1 1JQ. The SSEN will be premiering its latest short movie produced by local social enterprise; Create Studios which focuses on the work of the Swindon Night Shelter and Becky Davison from the organisation will talk about their expansion in recent years.

The event will commence at 4.30pm with an opportunity to mingle with other attendees over tea/coffee/juice and biscuits. At 5pm a formal welcome, introduction to the event and update about the SSEN’s work will be delivered by a member of the steering group.

Becky Davison, who was one of the founders of the Swindon Night Shelter back in 2008, will talk about the work of the charity with the homeless and those in financial need. The organisation has grown rapidly in recent years and it now runs a hostel on a Friday night, the Haven day support centre, a busy warehouse, two “in the community” cafes and their latest venture: The Hub shop & café.

Becky realised some time ago that the charity needed to move towards becoming more financially self-supporting and initially set up two community café’s. The most recent venture: “The Hub”, shop & cafe was set up last year and James Phipps, of the SSEN steering group has been working with Becky to further develop and optimize the business over the past few months.

Becky says; “It’s been a blessing working with James. We now employ a part-time shop and a part-time café manager and alongside all the wonderful volunteers we now make an ongoing profit which makes a significant contribution to the costs of our outreach activities. Our experience has been such that we would encourage any charity to investigate creating a trading income stream”.

The event will finish with a further opportunity to network and informally talk to Becky and members of the SSEN steering group closing at around 6-6.15pm.

Places for the event are free and can be booked here:

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Link Development Officer at Community First

Hours: 25 hours per week, (flexible working basis, including occasional evening and weekends)

Salary: £15,868 gross per annum (£23,166 FTE) / Pay Scale 400

Location: Community First offices in Hopton Park, Devizes

Community First

Community First is a dynamic charity committed to supporting communities across Wiltshire and Swindon. Their team goes the extra mile to create brighter futures for those living and working in the county. Putting people first is at the heart of everything they do.

The Role

They are now looking for a dynamic self-starter to promote and support the development of Link Schemes including our new Connect 2 Wiltshire programme which aims to tackle loneliness. Experience in outreach and community organising approaches will be of benefit, along with highly established organising and administrative skills.

They are looking for an individual with a caring and patient nature, committed to making the lives of others better.

Due to the nature of the work, you will be required to undertake a satisfactory DBS check.

To download the job description, person specification and an application form for this post please visit Please note they are unable to accept CVs.

Closing date: Midday on Tuesday 28th May

Interview date: Wednesday 5th June

If you would like to find out more about this position, please contact Harry Tipple, Head of Community and Business Development on 01380 732824 or

Community First is an equal opportunities employer.

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VAS Awarded Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Bronze Award

We are proud to announce that VAS has been awarded a Bronze Award by the Ministry of Defence. As one of just over 300 businesses across the UK to have received the award so far in 2019, this is recognition of our commitment to demonstrate and advocate support to the armed forces community, and align our values with the Armed Forces Covenant.

We pledge that those who have served and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society that they serve.

VAS will be actively promoting our commitment to being armed forces-friendly and are open to employing reservists, armed forces veterans (including the wounded, injured and sick), cadet instructors and military spouses/partners.

The Armed Forces Covenant focuses on helping members of the armed forces community have the same access to services and products as any other citizen.

This support is provided in a number of areas including:

To find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant please visit

To find out more about the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme or to find out how your organisation can be a part of the scheme please visit the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Website

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Independence Project Coordinator at Swindon Advocacy Movement

Hours: Full time / Part Time (Flexible working available including job share opportunity)

Salary: £19,500 to £21,700 depending on experience.

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

SAM has the exciting opportunity to deliver a new innovative social inclusion service which will enable and empower adults with learning disabilities to develop skills for independent living, build confidence and access opportunities in the community.

They are now looking for dynamic project coordinators to develop and facilitate this work.

Do you have experience in supporting adults with learning disabilities to become more independent? Have you facilitated groups for adults with learning disabilities to access the community? If so, we want to hear from you to join our committed and friendly team!

They 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 542266 and ask for our Community Advocacy Manager, Annie Baker.

Closing date for applications is midday Monday 20th May

Interviews will take place on Thursday 23rd May

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.

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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Splash Youth Support Worker at Community First

Hours: 36.5 hrs per week, includes evening and weekend work

Salary: £23,935

Location: Office base in Devizes, county wide programme delivery including 1:1 outreach.

Supervisor: Splash and Youth Action Wiltshire Fundraising Coordinator

3-year Fixed Term contract with potential to be extended.

Splash is a youth programme providing positive activities for young people in Wiltshire who are facing challenges in their lives. Splash forms part of the youth arm of Community First known as Youth Action Wiltshire and has supported young people for over 30 years. We are seeking to recruit a well organised and motivated individual who is dedicated to the personal development of young people through the provision of 1:1 support, advocacy and positive activities.

The role focusses on providing practical and emotional support for young victims of crime in Wiltshire and Swindon aged 8-18 years, enabling them to cope and recover from their experience of crime, through increased confidence, self-esteem and resilience. The post holder will be required to work with young people, understand their individual needs and develop a positive trust-based relationship with them and support them throughout their “journey” with our service.

Ideally, you will have a relevant youth work qualification and/or two years of experience in delivering youth work and positive activities. You will hold a valid UK driving licence and will be prepared to drive a minibus and transport young people to and from activities and 1:1 meetings. There will be a need for regular evening and occasional weekend working.

Due to the nature of the work, you will be required to undertake a satisfactory DBS check.

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

Closing date: Midday on Tuesday 14th May 2019

Interviews: Wednesday 22nd May 2019

If you would like to find out more about this position, please contact Dawn Whiting, Splash and Youth Action Wiltshire Fundraising Coordinator on 01380 732829 or

Community First is an equal opportunities employer.

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Voluntary Action Swindon CEO Role

As previously communicated, our current CEO, Richard Hill, will be retiring from VAS at the end of July. As a result, over the last few weeks the VAS Trustees have been carrying out a recruitment process to appoint a successor.

The vacancy attracted a very strong field of applicants and, following a thorough selection process, supported by an external HR consultant, we have appointed Pam Webb to the position.

Pam is currently Head of Zurich’s Community Trust in the UK and has been active in the local Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector for many years. Her background also includes roles in HR, recruitment consultancy and IT project management.

As such, Pam will bring a considerable amount of experience and expertise to VAS, and is ideally placed to help us sustain and build on our success of recent years.

Pam will join VAS no later than 1st August, but in practice probably a little sooner in order to facilitate a smooth handover from Richard.

Arthur Amos

Chair – Voluntary Action Swindon

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Voluntary Action Swindon Development Manager Role

Voluntary Action Swindon is pleased to announce that Andrea Barrett has been appointed as our new Development Manager at Voluntary Action Swindon.

Andrea has worked in Swindon for the last 10 years providing support to community groups, volunteers and local residents. She will be available to provide funding and governance advice to charities and other organisations in the local voluntary and community sector.

Andrea will be in the office on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and can be contacted on 01793 538398 or to make an appointment.

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