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Swindon Borough Council Seeks Independent Remuneration Panel Member

Councillor’s Allowance

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 The deadline for requesting an application form is 15th February 2018.

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Fundraising Manager at Phoenix Enterprises

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:

To be considered for this role you will require the following skills & experience:

Required experience:

CV’s with covering letter to be sent to Emma Rees, Chair of Board of Trustees – email:

Closing deadline for applications is 22nd January 2018.

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Office Manager at Citizens Advice Swindon

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.

For an application pack email: or call 01793 402110

Closing date: Friday 12th January 2018 at 10am

Interview Date: Friday 19th January 2018

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Electronic Organ Available for Free!

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.

If you are interested, please contact Chris Smith at

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Case Manager at SMASH Youth Project

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)


Primary Function:

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.

Specific Responsibilities:


Children And Young People (CYP):

Collaborating With Partners:


General Responsibilities:

Qualifications And Experience:

Aptitudes And Skills:

To apply for this role, please email your C.V. to

If you have any questions then email

Closing date for receipt of Curriculum Vitaes is 5pm on Friday 5th January 2018.

In line with our safer recruitment practices, any appointment will be subject to an enhanced DBS check, receipt of two satisfactory references and a probationary period.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Don’t Get Bitten By A Loan Shark This Christmas!

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:

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 to find your nearest credit union.

To report a loan shark:

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Volunteer Manager/Trainer at Care Home Volunteers

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.

Closing date 15th December 2017

For more information, please contact Chair, Norman Edwards, at or 07740 285289.

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