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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:

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:

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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16/11/2018

Project Coordinator at Dolphins’ Den

The following is a vacancy from Dolphins’ Den.


Dolphins’ Den Project Coordinator
Home based in Swindon/Wiltshire
Part-time: 2 days a week Salary: £7,848.28 (FTE £19,130.19)
Deadline: Thursday 29 November 2018

What is Dolphins’ Den?
Dolphins’ Den is an initiative that supports people with a learning disability to set up their own business. We run a series of workshops followed by one-to-one mentoring by volunteer mentors from the local business community.

The role
The Dolphins’ Den Project Coordinator position is a unique opportunity for someone with high attention to detail and coordination and administration experience to take on a new challenge! You will be helping us satisfy our rigorous ESF and Big Lottery funding requirements by gathering participant documentation and completing our monthly financial claims.
You will also support our Project Lead to run fun and interactive monthly workshops for people with a learning disability around Swindon and Wiltshire, so good communication and people skills are essential.

For any questions about the post or the project, please contact Petra on 07718 962308. To view the job description and apply, please visit https://www.thera.co.uk/careers/
Search for vacancy ID: 012933

The Dolphins’ Den project in Swindon and Wiltshire is part of the Building Bridges programme.
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 £3.9M local funding is part of the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) programme, which is jointly funded by the National Lottery, via the Big Lottery Fund, and the European Social Fund.

Job Description

Person Specification

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08/11/2018

Independent Advocate – Statutory Advocacy at Swindon Advocacy Movement

The following is a vacancy from Swindon Advocacy Movement.


Independent Advocate – Statutory Advocacy

Fixed Term 18 month contract.

£21,734 – £23,188 depending on qualifications and experience. Up to 37 hours per week.

Swindon Advocacy Movement (SAM) has a well established reputation of providing a range of advocacy services for people with care and support needs in Swindon.

An exciting opportunity has arisen within our advocacy team and are looking for a passionate person to speak out for the most vulnerable in our society.

We are looking for an Independent Advocate for our Care Act Advocacy Service working with people with care and support needs. SAM has created a flexible and responsive accessible advocacy service enabling people to participate as fully as possible in any decision to maintain their independence and secure the rights and services they are entitled to.

Do you have experience in Advocacy, Information and Advice or a similar role, ideally in a health, social care or a voluntary setting, or experience of working with vulnerable adults or young people? If so, we want to hear from you to join our committed and friendly team!

We are looking for a qualified Independent Advocate or someone who is interested in developing a career in advocacy and standing up for the rights of others. We offer a complete package of support, supervision and training including City & Guilds level 3 Independent Advocacy unit 301.

We need non-judgemental, compassionate, person with excellent communication skills who enjoys working with others to make positive change happen.

This is a fixed term 18 month contract.

If you would like to be part of this exciting new venture and would like more information please email us at info@swindonadvocacy.org.uk for our application pack. If you have any questions please ring 01793 542575 and ask for our Advocacy Manager, Rachel Hill.

Closing date for applications is midday Monday 3rd December 2018 for interviews being held Thursday 6th December 2018.

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. All posts are subject to Enhanced DBS check.

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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06/11/2018

Volunteer Support Officer at Healthwatch Swindon

The following is a vacancy from the Care Forum.


Are you motivated to improve health and social care?

Do you have a track record of developing teams of volunteers to make a difference?

Healthwatch Swindon, hosted at The Care Forum, is recruiting for a Volunteer Support Officer.

The post is 18.5 hours per week, £22, 401 – £25,463 pro rata (NJC 24-28)

The closing date for applications is 9am 10 December 2018. Interviews will be held on the 17 December 2018, at Sanford House in Swindon.

All applicants are reminded that applications are most likely to be successful if they are written clearly to align with the numbered points in the job description. Main tasks include:

The Care Forum is a strongly committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all members of the community. The Care Form does NOT accept CVs. This position is subject to a satisfactory DBS and eligibility to work in the UK checks.

For a job pack go to: https://www.thecareforum.org/jobs/volunteer-support-officer-swindon-part-time/ or email: admin@thecareforum.org.uk or telephone 0117 965 4444

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23/10/2018

Information and Marketing Worker at Healthwatch Swindon

The following is a vacancy from the Care Forum.


Information and Marketing Worker – Healthwatch Swindon
22.5 hours per week

Are you motivated to improve health and social care?

Do you have a track record of providing information, marketing and communications, if so, we would like to hear from you.

Healthwatch Swindon, part of The Care Forum, are recruiting for an Information and Marketing Worker based in Swindon who can:

The post is 22.5 hours per week, £18,070 – £20,661 pro rata (NJC:18-22)

Closing Date for Applications: 19 November 2018 at 9am

Interviews: 3 December 2018 to be held in Swindon.

For an informal discussion about the project and role please contact carolwillis@thecareforum.org.uk

The Care Forum is a strongly committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all members of the community.

We do NOT accept CVs/No Agencies

For a job pack visit www.thecareforum.org/jobs or email: admin@thecareforum.org.uk or telephone 0117 965 4444

The Care Forum, The Vassall Centre, Gill Ave, Fishponds, Bristol. BS16 2QQ

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