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22/03/2019

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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22/03/2019

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 Andrea@vas-swindon.org to make an appointment.

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14/03/2019

Operations Manager at Victim Support

Operations Manager based in Wiltshire: c£29,000 FTE per annum (£19,333 per annum pro-rata): 25 hours per week

Victim Support (VS) is an independent charity for people affected by crime in England and Wales. We work towards a world where people affected by crime or traumatic events get the support they need and respect they deserve.

We are looking for an outstanding leader to join Victim Support as the Operations Manager for our Wiltshire Victim Service. This is an exciting and challenging opportunity for an experienced manager who can demonstrate the ability, passion and determination to lead all aspects of an effective and innovative service that can transform the lives of victims of crime and antisocial behaviour.
You will be responsible for the recruitment, management and development of staff and volunteers, and for ensuring we provide high quality services that meet the needs of victims of crime and that exceed our contract targets

You will work in close partnership with service users, Wiltshire Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, police, local authorities and other key stakeholders, where you will play a key role in the development of victim services and ensuring the voices and experiences of victims are heard in the criminal justice system.

On occasion you may also be involved in bid writing and fund raising activity, and with local print and broadcast media

VS are committed to recruiting with care and to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Background checks and Disclosed Barring Service checks will be required.

Please contact Wayne Stevens on 01380 738873 if you would like to discuss the role further.

The closing date for this role is midnight on Sunday 24 March 2019 and interviews will be held on Wednesday 03 April 2019

Victim Support offers competitive rewards and benefits including pension and life assurance, 25 days annual leave (pro-rata), voluntary benefits such as season ticket loans, and the opportunity to play a key role in a national charity providing world-class services to victims and witnesses and being a vital force for change.

Applications should provide good evidence against the shortlisting criteria, which are marked in the person specification as (s). In order to apply, please create a profile in our website https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/more-us/jobs, complete and submit an online application form.

If you have the drive to make a difference within an organisation which makes a difference we look forward to hearing from you. Victim Support takes pride in being a diverse organisation, enriched by the participation of all individuals and communities. Diversity matters and we value it.

To download a copy of the job advert please click here

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07/03/2019

Launch of the Swindon Connecting People Network

Wiltshire Community Foundation is working together with Swindon Borough Council, Age UK Wiltshire and Bath University on the Swindon Connecting People Network. The Network has been inspired by Robert Buckland MP’s Loneliness Summit which has raised the profile of loneliness in Swindon.

The purpose of convening the Connecting People Network is to bring organisations together from across Swindon, who have an interest in or provide day to day activities that connect people and address loneliness, to complement the strategic activities of the Campaign to End Loneliness.

Initial aims will be to:

The first meeting of the Network will take place on Tuesday 26 March 2019 from 10 am – 1.30pm at Toothill Community Centre, Village Centre, Toothill, Swindon SN5 8DH. Wiltshire Community Foundation would be delighted for any interested individuals, voluntary or community groups to join them to help shape the network.

The launch will comprise a short introduction to the Network and it will be followed by workshop sessions which will look at the issues surrounding loneliness in Swindon, what is currently being done to address these issues and what more could be done.

To book a place please contact Maggie Watson on 01380 729284 or email Maggie.watson@wiltshirecf.org.uk

This initiative forms part of Wiltshire Community Foundation’s Loneliness Uncovered project which is supported by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Community Fund.

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15/02/2019

Community Sight Loss Adviser (Swindon & NE Wiltshire) at Wiltshire Sight

Wiltshire Sight exists to reduce the impact of sight loss, supporting blind and partially sighted people to lead independent lives and to secure equal access to services.

Wiltshire Sight are looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated Community Sight Loss Adviser to take a lead role in providing our Information, Advice and Guidance Service for people with sight loss in Swindon and North East Wiltshire (covering Swindon, Cricklade, Royal Wootton Bassett, Lyneham, Devizes and Pewsey). The role will work 1-1 with clients, assessing their needs and preparing appropriate action plans to ensure that they are accessing support, equipment and training to help them adjust to their sight loss. You will work alongside the Head of Services to plan and organise community drop-in surgeries in key locations in the area.

To download a job description, person specification and details on how to apply for this post, please visit https://www.visionwofe.org.uk/pages/23-work-for-us

Sight loss services are delivered in Wiltshire by Vision West of England, under the banner of Wiltshire Sight and the successful candidate will be an employee of Vision West of England. Vision West of England is committed to quality, equality and valuing diversity, and welcome applications from all backgrounds. As a sight loss charity, we particularly encourage applicants who are visually impaired to apply.

Closing Date: Monday 11th March 2019 at 5pm.

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15/02/2019

Development Officer at Voluntary Action Swindon

Role: Development Officer

Status: 21 hours per week

Salary: £15,178 (£25,296 FTE)

Accountable to: CEO at Voluntary Action Swindon

Voluntary Action Swindon are looking to recruit an organised, confident, creative and self motivated individual. The successful candidate should also be flexible and adaptable whilst having the ability to build good working relationships with a wide range of people.

The successful candidate will encourage the identification and raising of equality issues and promote the views of the local community on equality issues to stakeholders/decision makers. Working with your job share colleague, you will design and deliver an annual ‘Community Fair’, engaging as many Swindon residents as possible.

To download a copy of the job description please click here

To download a copy of the application form please click here

The closing date for applications is Friday, 1st March 2019

Please return completed application form to:
Richard Hill, CEO, Voluntary Action Swindon, 1 John Street, Swindon SN1 1RT or email to: richard@vas-swindon.org

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15/02/2019

Development Manager at Voluntary Action Swindon

Role: Development Manager

Status: 35 hours per week

Salary: £24,000 to £28,000 depending on experience

Accountable to: CEO at Voluntary Action Swindon

Voluntary Action Swindon are looking to recruit an organised, confident and motivated individual to provide funding and governance advice to charities and other organisations. Also, to provide support to the Volunteer Centre in delivering the Involve Swindon (corporate volunteering) work.

The successful candidate will have experience of the voluntary sector, sound knowledge of governance in the sector, and good awareness of potential funding sources and a track record of helping organisations/groups through the process of making funding bids.

Information technology skills are essential, along with good people skills with the ability to build good working relationships with a wide range of people.

To download a copy of the job description please click here

To download a copy of the application form please click here

The closing date for applications is Friday, 1st March 2019

Please return completed application form to:
Richard Hill, CEO, Voluntary Action Swindon, 1 John Street, Swindon SN1 1RT or email to: richard@vas-swindon.org

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