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15/02/2019

Shopmobility Supervisor at Voluntary Action Swindon

Role: Shopmobility Supervisor

Status: Permanent role – 35 hours per week

Salary: £20,000 – £22,000 depending on experience

Accountable to: CEO of Voluntary Action Swindon (VAS)

Voluntary Action Swindon are looking to recruit an organised, motivated and adaptable individual to supervise and run the Shopmobility service.

The successful candidate will be a self-starter, have the ability to work on their own as well as part of a team, have good IT skills and experience of supervising others.

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

Chief Executive Officer Role at Voluntary Action Swindon (VAS)

Role: Chief Executive Officer

Status: Permanent role – 35 hours per week

Salary: £38,000 – £43,000

Accountable to: VAS Board of Trustees (line managed by Chair or another designated Trustee)

VAS was established in 1932 and is the local ‘Council for Voluntary Service’. We provide infrastructure support to Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector groups and organisations in Swindon, helping them to grow in terms of capability and capacity. We also ensure the sector has a voice to help influence policy makers.

Our current CEO, Richard Hill, will be retiring in July and we are consequently seeking a replacement. We are open to the possibility of the new incumbent joining VAS a short while before Richard leaves, to help facilitate a smooth handover.

You will be responsible for delivery of all operational matters at VAS, and you will be working closely with the Trustee Board to further develop and implement strategy for the organisation. You will also have an important external facing role in terms of representing the local VCSE to key policy and decision makers in the town.

You will need to be a strong leader with a demonstrable track record of achievement, and an ability to build and sustain relationships with a wide range of (often senior) stakeholders. You will bring a balance of VCSE experience and a commercial focus to the organisation.

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 and we plan to hold interviews during the week commencing 11th March 2019

If you would like an informal conversation about the role before applying, please contact either Richard at richard@vas-swindon.org or Arthur Amos (Chair) at artamos@hotmail.co.uk

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31/01/2019

Finance and Administration Assistant at Community First

The following is a vacancy from Community First.


Devizes based
Gross salary £20,456 for 36.50 hours per week

We are looking for an organised, confident, adaptable and motivated individual to support the smooth running of the Finance Department and assist with administration within the organisation.

You will have a thorough understanding of Microsoft Office, particularly Word and Excel, and have good written and verbal communication skills. It is essential that you have a good telephone manner and that you are confident in dealing with a wide variety of people.

Benefits package include 25 days’ pro rata paid holiday, staff pension scheme, flexible working conditions, mileage allowance and training opportunities.

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 http://www.communityfirst.org.uk/vacancies. Please note we will only accept a completed application form, no CV’s.

Closing Date: Midday, 15th February 2019
Interviews: 27th February 2019

For additional information, please contact Samantha Beale on 01380 732803

Community First is an equal opportunities employer.

Community First is A leading entrepreneurial charity that values the potential of its people and champions equality of opportunity, we support the work of local communities and voluntary organisations in Swindon and Wiltshire

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24/01/2019

Funding Opportunity from the West of England AHSN

The West of England AHSN I’m delighted to invite organisations from the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector to submit proposals for funding between £500 and £10,000 to strengthen links with public contributors and encourage innovation using hyvr – the online social media platform for healthcare.

hyvr has been developed by the West of England AHSN as a platform where users can discuss innovations and health related issues with like-minded people in groups called ‘hives’. On going dialogue on hyvr between the public and other collaborators will seek to accelerate the development of new and relevant healthcare initiatives including products, gadgets and new ways of working, as well as a forum for any health or care topic discussion.

Successful proposals will achieve four objectives:

  • Benefit the applying organisation(s) in supporting a strategic aim(s)
  • Provide sufficient numbers of users on the hyvr platform to determine its efficacy as a networking tool
  • Strengthen links with public contributors putting them at the heart of the innovation process
  • Support innovators to engage directly with public contributors

Applications are invited until 5pm on 21st February 2019. If you have any enquiries please contact to Jo Bangoura on jo.bangoura@weahsn.net

Full details including application guidance and schedule are available to download here

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24/01/2019

SEND Local Offer Big Day Event

This event is being organised by Swindon Borough Council in conjunction with Swindon Families Voice, who are a voluntary organisation representing the parents/carers of children with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

The event is to promote our Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Local Offer website. The Local Offer which is available at www.mycaremysupport.co.uk explains what support and services (incorporating public, private and third sector) are available in the local community for our children and young people with SEND.

The event will consist of a range of service stands providing information and materials about their service. The themes will include:

  • Accessible activities for children and young people with SEND e.g. Wheelchair basketball, Performing Arts group for children with autism, Aiming High services
  • Transport and travel e.g. how to find accessible transport
  • Support e.g. advocacy services
  • Money matters e.g. Citizens Advice, disability grants
  • Health & Wellbeing e.g. information on the autism diagnostic pathway and collecting feedback
  • Resources e.g. wheelchair services, disabled toilet keys, dressibility
  • Transition e.g. Transition Team for Adult Social Care, PLUSS
  • Having your say and getting involved e.g. a range of areas that the local community to provide feedback on what is working well, wasn’t isn’t working well and what they want
  • Keeping safe e.g. counselling services
  • Education e.g. Specialist Advisory Teachers

To download a copy of the poster for this event please click here

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20/12/2018

Building Bridges Programme Administrator at Community First

The following is a vacancy from Community First.


Devizes based
Fixed term contract, with potential to extend subject to funding
Gross salary £20,456 for 36.50 hours per week

We are looking for an individual who is extremely organised and can support the Building Bridges Programme Manager to effectively deliver the £3.88M Building Bridges programme, jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

The role will be to provide administrative assistance and general support to the Building Bridges Programme Manager, including administration of the financial claims process across all programme delivery partners.

It will require someone with an eye for detail and process who can provide reliable support to the Building Bridges Programme Manager and lead team to ensure effective and compliant delivery of the programme.

The role will be fully funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund. It is currently a fixed term contract until the end of October 2019, with an option to extend pending a funding decision in January 2019. The salary is £20,456 gross per annum, plus 7% employer pension contribution.

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

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

Closing date: Midday, 14th January 2019
Interviews: 22nd January 2019

To download a job description, person specification and an application form for this post please visit http://www.communityfirst.org.uk/vacancies. Please note we will only accept a completed application form, no CV’s.

For additional information, please contact Dave Potts, Building Bridges Programme Manager on 01380 732826.

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 National Lottery, via 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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28/11/2018

The Pride of Swindon Awards 2019

Do you know an individual or team who have made a difference to your community by helping others?

Nominate them for this year’s Pride of Swindon Awards so that they get the recognition they deserve!

They could be:

  • A volunteer who has given their time selflessly for years
  • A child or adult who has displayed remarkable courage
  • A person who has helped reduce crime in your area
  • An exemplary young person who should be recognised as a role model
  • An extra-special neighbour
  • An employee who has gone the extra mile for those in the community

The closing date for nominations is Friday 25th January 2019.

Download a Nomination Form here

See the Swindon Advertiser website and the Mayor’s page at Swindon Borough Council’s website for more details.

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