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25/07/2019

Project Worker at STEP

Job Title: Project Worker

Accountable to: Project Management Team

Salary Scale: £17,500 – £23,500 pro rata (dependant on qualifications and relevant experience

Hours: 20 hours – ability to work regular evenings and weekends, plus summer and half term activities

Holidays: 22 days a year plus Bank Holidays – pro rata

Notice Period: 1 month on completion of probationary period

Pension: 5% contribution to your personal pension following successful completion of probationary period

STEP (Swindon) is a voluntary organisation delivering a range of services supporting young people aged 7-18 years across Swindon.

We are looking for a vibrant, hardworking individual who works well with young people and has experience within a youth setting.

Your job will be to support and engage young people, including those with additional needs, through delivery of therapeutic group work sessions.

The successful applicant will also need to have the skills and confidence to engage with young people in a variety of settings to support meaningful youth participation.

Acting as both supporter and group facilitator, you’ll draw up session plans to assist young people through and beyond the challenges they face, and work with them to make positive changes. You’ll need to have excellent listening skills, balanced with a team-orientated and proactive attitude.

Our aim is to enable children and young people to reflect upon their current thoughts, feelings and behaviours and to discover techniques to overcome them so they become active and productive members of their families, peer groups, schools and wider communities.

An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check will be required for this role.

To apply, or if you would like any further information, please contact Amy Law or one of the Management Team on 01793 714042 or email swindonstep@aol.com

Closing date for applications 9th August 2019, 12.00pm. Interviews will be held week commencing 19th August 2019.

‘This organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment’

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20/06/2019

Head of Finance at Community First

Hours: 24 hours per week, (flexible working basis, including occasional evening and weekends)

Salary: £42,000 – £45,000 gross per annum pro rata, depending on experience

Location: Community First offices in Hopton Park, Devizes

Community First is a dynamic charity committed to supporting communities across Wiltshire and Swindon. Our team goes the extra mile to create brighter futures for those living and working in the county. Putting people first is at the heart of everything we do.

The Role

As a leading charity based in Devizes, Wiltshire we are looking to appoint a highly experienced and dynamic finance professional to support the Chief Executive and the Board through the next phase of growth and development of the organisation. The Head of Finance is a key post within the organisation and is also the Company Secretary.

The ideal candidate will be a qualified accountant, and a good team player committed to the charity sector. You will have the ability to bring strategic financial management to multiple and complex areas of work. A recent working knowledge of charity finance is desirable but not essential.

The successful candidate will be employed on an annual contracted hours basis allowing for flexible working arrangements by agreement. Benefits package includes 25 days’ paid holiday pro rata, 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 https://www.communityfirst.org.uk/vacancies.

Please note they are unable to accept CVs.

Closing date: Midday on 17th July 2019

Interview date: 25th July 2019

If you would like to find out more about this position, please contact Sam Beale, Head of Finance on 01380 732803 or sbeale@communityfirst.org.uk

Community First is an equal opportunities employer.

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13/06/2019

Insurance Administrator at Community First

Hours: 21 hours per week, includes occasional evening and weekend work

Salary: £11,769 gross per annum (£20,456 FTE) / Pay Scale 320

Location: Community First offices in Hopton Park, Devizes

Community First is a dynamic charity committed to supporting communities across Wiltshire and Swindon. Their team goes the extra mile to create brighter futures for those living and working in the county. Putting people first is at the heart of everything they do.

The Role

This is an exciting post for a well organised, confident, adaptable and motivated individual to provide administrative support for the Village Hall and Parish Council Insurance Scheme.

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. Previous experience of working in an insurance environment is not necessary as full training will be given.

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

To download a, job description, person specification and an application form for this job, please visit http://www.communityfirst.org.uk/vacancies. Please note we are unable to accept CVs.

Closing date: Midday, 27th June 2019 Interviews: 10th July 2019

For additional information, please contact Samantha Beale, Head of Finance on 01380 732803 or sbeale@communityfirst.org.uk

Community First is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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23/05/2019

Armed Forces Day Swindon 2019

This year’s Armed Forces Day Swindon is happening on Saturday 22nd June 2019 at Faringdon Road Park, Swindon, from 11:00 – 17:00.

Celebrating the work of our Armed Forces and the dedication of our local military community, this day will be packed full of fun for all the family, for just a small entrance fee. There will be free entry for any military personnel or veterans.

The festivities will start at 11:00 with an official opening by the Mayor of Swindon and our patron Robert Buckland MP, and a gun salvo from the Garrison volunteers.

The organisers have a full programme of events taking place in our arena during the day, including pupils from Ferndale School who will be singing during the afternoon and our local Army Cadets who will be doing a marching display. Chippenham Morris Men will be dancing during the day and there will be a martial arts display and fitness displays.

A military displays provided by the Garrison Volunteers, the Dorset Regiment Living History Group, the Royal Wessex Yeomanry and cadet groups.

Stalls will be provided by several military charities, our local Nepalese community, local facilities and local welfare support services. The Swindon Morris Minors club and Swindon Town Football in the Community will be there too.

Music will be provided by Swindon 105.5. A wide variety of food, drink and refreshments will be available all day.

So come along, show your support for our Armed Forces, and have some fun along the way.

If you would like to help, there are a variety of ways that you can get involved. The deadline for submitting a participator’s application form is 08th June, so do please contact the organisers as soon as possible.

There will be a photo opportunity at Midday on Saturday 8th June 2019 at the Army Reserve Centre, Church Place, Rodbourne. The organisers would be delighted to see you there and you can talk more about their plans then.

Contacts:

David Bell, Organising Committee Chair, email: David.M.Bell@BTinternet.com

Isobel Thompson, Organising committee Secretary, email: IThompson@britishlegion.org.uk

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11/05/2019

Swindon Social Enterprise Network Fourth Networking Event

Swindon Social Enterprise Network (SSEN) will hold its fourth “networking” event on Wednesday 5th June in Metro Bank, 1 – 4 Regent Street, Swindon, SN1 1JQ. The SSEN will be premiering its latest short movie produced by local social enterprise; Create Studios which focuses on the work of the Swindon Night Shelter and Becky Davison from the organisation will talk about their expansion in recent years.

The event will commence at 4.30pm with an opportunity to mingle with other attendees over tea/coffee/juice and biscuits. At 5pm a formal welcome, introduction to the event and update about the SSEN’s work will be delivered by a member of the steering group.

Becky Davison, who was one of the founders of the Swindon Night Shelter back in 2008, will talk about the work of the charity with the homeless and those in financial need. The organisation has grown rapidly in recent years and it now runs a hostel on a Friday night, the Haven day support centre, a busy warehouse, two “in the community” cafes and their latest venture: The Hub shop & café.

Becky realised some time ago that the charity needed to move towards becoming more financially self-supporting and initially set up two community café’s. The most recent venture: “The Hub”, shop & cafe was set up last year and James Phipps, of the SSEN steering group has been working with Becky to further develop and optimize the business over the past few months.

Becky says; “It’s been a blessing working with James. We now employ a part-time shop and a part-time café manager and alongside all the wonderful volunteers we now make an ongoing profit which makes a significant contribution to the costs of our outreach activities. Our experience has been such that we would encourage any charity to investigate creating a trading income stream”.

The event will finish with a further opportunity to network and informally talk to Becky and members of the SSEN steering group closing at around 6-6.15pm.

Places for the event are free and can be booked here: www.eventbrite.com/e/swindon-social-enterprise-network-meeting-tickets-61684202109

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09/05/2019

Link Development Officer at Community First

Hours: 25 hours per week, (flexible working basis, including occasional evening and weekends)

Salary: £15,868 gross per annum (£23,166 FTE) / Pay Scale 400

Location: Community First offices in Hopton Park, Devizes

Community First

Community First is a dynamic charity committed to supporting communities across Wiltshire and Swindon. Their team goes the extra mile to create brighter futures for those living and working in the county. Putting people first is at the heart of everything they do.

The Role

They are now looking for a dynamic self-starter to promote and support the development of Link Schemes including our new Connect 2 Wiltshire programme which aims to tackle loneliness. Experience in outreach and community organising approaches will be of benefit, along with highly established organising and administrative skills.

They are looking for an individual with a caring and patient nature, committed to making the lives of others better.

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

To download the job description, person specification and an application form for this post please visit https://www.communityfirst.org.uk/vacancies. Please note they are unable to accept CVs.

Closing date: Midday on Tuesday 28th May

Interview date: Wednesday 5th June

If you would like to find out more about this position, please contact Harry Tipple, Head of Community and Business Development on 01380 732824 or htipple@communityfirst.org.uk

Community First is an equal opportunities employer.

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09/05/2019

VAS Awarded Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Bronze Award

We are proud to announce that VAS has been awarded a Bronze Award by the Ministry of Defence. As one of just over 300 businesses across the UK to have received the award so far in 2019, this is recognition of our commitment to demonstrate and advocate support to the armed forces community, and align our values with the Armed Forces Covenant.

We pledge that those who have served and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society that they serve.

VAS will be actively promoting our commitment to being armed forces-friendly and are open to employing reservists, armed forces veterans (including the wounded, injured and sick), cadet instructors and military spouses/partners.

The Armed Forces Covenant focuses on helping members of the armed forces community have the same access to services and products as any other citizen.

This support is provided in a number of areas including:

To find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant please visit https://www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk/

To find out more about the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme or to find out how your organisation can be a part of the scheme please visit the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Website

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