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01/03/2018

Building Bridges Support Worker at Community First

The following is a vacancy from Community First.


Devizes based
36.50 hours per week

Fixed term contract for until September 2019, £24,717 to £25,694 gross per annum depending on experience, plus 7% employer pension contribution

We are looking for an individual who is committed to supporting young people and making a difference to their lives. Youth Action Wiltshire is part of the £3.88M Building Bridges programme, jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

The role will be to support young people in Wiltshire referred into the Building Bridges programme who are NEET or in significant danger of becoming NEET aged 15 – 21 years and help them progress into education, training and employment.

You will be able to organise and manage a range of provision through the programme to inspire and engage participants, including accredited learning and weekend, and evening and residential development activities. You will provide practical one to one support, along with where appropriate working with parents and carers to encourage their involvement to support young people.

This role will be fully funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund as part of the Building Better Opportunities programme and will be solely employed on the programme delivery.

Further information regarding the Building Bridges programme can be found via our website at www.buildingbridgessw.org.uk

Closing date: Midday, 16th March 2018
Interviews: 22nd March 2018

To download a job description, person specification and an application form for this post please visit http://www.communityfirst.org.uk/vacancies. Or for further information on this post please speak to Steve Crawley, Head of Youth Action Wiltshire on 01380 729813

Community First is an equal opportunities employer.

Building Bridges is a partnership of organisations, led by Community First, that has come together to deliver the Building Better Opportunities Programme across Swindon and Wiltshire.

The project has received up to £3.9M of funding from the European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding

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28/02/2018

Welfare and Carer Support Worker at Swindon MS & Neuro Therapy Centre

The following is a vacancy from the Swindon MS & Neuro Therapy Centre.


Welfare and Carer Support Worker

10 Hours per week spread over 3 days
Big Lottery funded – Reaching Communities

To join our small team of staff and to support our Members and Carers.

Job Purpose:

We have an opportunity for a Welfare and Carer Support Worker to join our small team of staff to support our Members, Carers and large team of volunteers. This role is contract, initially for three years with a possibility of extending this further, depending on grant funding being obtained.

As our Welfare and Carer Support Worker you will provide support to our members and carers, in particular to those needing extra assistance, and accompany them during certain therapies.

Key Skills:

Salary: £8.00 per hour

For more details and a full role description, please call 01793 481700 or e-mail: manager@msswindon.org.uk

Closing date: Tuesday 13 March 2018

CVs please by e-mail or to: Swindon Therapy Centre, Bradbury House, Swindon SN5 7ER

We provide services to children and vulnerable adults and candidates will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check. Swindon Therapy Centre is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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21/02/2018

Foodie Fundraising Opportunity for Charities & Groups

Charities, community groups and good causes are being offered support with events to help them raise funds.

Two restaurants in Swindon (Bengal Square in Peatmoor and Mantra in Old Town) are offering Swindon and Wiltshire charities, community groups and good causes support with fundraising by hosting a charity night at one of the two restaurants.

This is at no cost the the charity or group and the charity/group gets to keep all the profits from the event.

If this is of interest to you please contact 01793-887799 or email info@bengalsquare.co.uk

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21/02/2018

Safeguarding in the Charity Sector

The Charity Commission has announced a suite of measures to help ensure charities learn the wider lessons from recent safeguarding revelations involving Oxfam and other charities, and to strengthen public trust and confidence in charities. These include a summit on safeguarding in UK charities, a new taskforce to handle the recent increase in safeguarding incident reports, and additional safeguarding expertise.

Charity Commission – Steps on Safeguarding

If you have questions of concerns about your organisation's safeguarding policy, and whether it is compliant and reflects best practice, you may find the following link from Knowhow Nonprofit helpful.

Knowhow Nonprofit – Guidance on Writing a Safeguarding Policy

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13/02/2018

Central Swindon North Parish Council Vacancies

The following are vacancies from Central Swindon North Parish Council.


Central Swindon North Parish Council is a large multi-faceted Council which provides a large range of local services including Community Centres, Grounds Maintenance, Allotments, Libraries & Sports/Playing Pitches. We are currently recruiting for a range of exciting new opportunities:

ALLOTMENT OFFICER

Salary LC1 – Points 23-25 £21,057-£22,434 pro-rata

30 Hours per week PERMANENT

Central Swindon North Parish Council is seeking to appoint an Allotment Officer who will be required to perform a range of maintenance and tenant management tasks to support our 700 Allotment plots, located over 9 sites.

The work will be predominantly mobile where you will be provided with a vehicle. You may also on occasions be working from the Parish Council’s offices in Pinehurst, Swindon. The weekly hours will be worked Monday to Friday, during daylight hours. Some weekend work may occasionally be required. Due to further asset transfers there may also be a requirement to become full time (37 Hours per week) six months from appointment.


GRANTS MANAGER

Salary LC3 – Points 39-42 £17.77ph – £19.19ph

Casual Hours

Working collaboratively with external funding partners and the Parish Council, the successful candidate will be responsible for developing the systems and tools for efficient grant management and manage the ongoing reporting requirements of funders for our local community groups. There may also be a requirement to help provide funding support for the new Leisure & Libraries Trust due to be established early Spring 2018.


Community Facilities- Premises Assistant

Salary LC1 – Points 18-22 £18,070-£20,661 pro-rata

30 Hours per week SIX MONTHS FIXED TERM

The Parish Council directly manages two Community Facilities in Penhill & Pinehurst, The successful candidate will be required to ensure these buildings and their ancillary grounds are safe, welcoming, clean and conducive to learning & ensuring full accessibility to the number of diverse user groups that regularly access the Councils’ facilities for social, family, cultural and other uses.


Applications are made by way of CV to admin@centralswindonnorth-pc.gov.uk. For the full job description & person specification please visit our website www.centralswindonnorth-pc.gov.uk

To discuss these applications further please contact Andy Reeves on 01793 466499.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: February 20th 2018
INTERVIEWS HELD ON: February 21st, February 22nd or February 23rd 2018

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07/02/2018

Chef at Baker’s Community Cafe

The following is a vacancy from the Mechanics’ Institution Trust.

The Mechanics’ Institution Trust is opening an exciting new community cafe this Spring, in the former Baker’s Arms premises in Swindon’s historic Railway Village, which has recently undergone major refurbishment thanks to funding from Power to Change.

The Trust is seeking to appoint a full-time Chef who will help to successfully get the operation up and running, provide a menu for local residents as well as nearby workers, and work as part of a team to ensure long-term success.

We wish to be imaginative as well as responsive to local needs. So if you have ideas, we want to hear them!

To apply, please send a recent CV and a Cover Letter outlining why you are interested in the role, to cafe@mechanics-trust.org.uk by 12pm on Friday 16th February.

Further details and a role profile are available online: https://mechanics-trust.org.uk/jobs/

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07/02/2018

Opportunity to join the Board of Voluntary Action Swindon

We are pleased to have a settled and capable Board of Trustees who are working hard to ensure that VAS is sustainable and is doing the right things to support the voluntary sector in Swindon.

However, after nearly three years of little change in the composition of the Board, we believe it is the right time to look at strengthening its membership. The VAS constitution allows us to co-opt up to two Trustees between AGMs and so this is the route by which we want to recruit ‘new blood’ to the Board. Co-opted Trustees will then be put forward for election by members at the next AGM.

Our priority is to strengthen the skills available on the Board. We are particularly keen to hear from people who have skills and experience in legal matters; marketing and communications; or quality standards and control. In selecting Trustees, we are keen to ensure a move towards a Board that reflects the diverse Swindon communities and has a more balanced gender mix.

If you are interested, please send your CV and a covering letter to:

Richard Hill,
CEO
Voluntary Action Swindon
1 John Street
Swindon
SN1 1RT

If you would like an informal discussion, please contact Richard (on 01793 538398, or by email at richard@vas-swindon.org), and he or I will be happy to talk through how the Board works and what is involved in being a Trustee.

I would also be grateful if you could circulate this through any of your relevant networks.

Tim Ward
Chair of Trustees

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