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04/07/2018

Heat Wave Plan for England 2018

Are you prepared for the heat wave challenges?

Some might like it hot, but extreme heat can overpower the human body. In fact the excess deaths and illness related to a heat wave occur in part due to our inability to adapt and cool ourselves sufficiently. That is why Swindon Borough Council, via its Public Health Directorate, is recommending that every organisation should make sure that its heat wave plan is in place, updated, reviewed and workable.

The objective of the Heat wave plan for England is to protect the population from heat-related harm to health. It recommends a series of steps, to be taken throughout the year and indeed during summer time by:

If we are well prepared for the heat wave challenges, the risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke will be low.

For more information, please visit the PHE and Met Office sites on Heat wave:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/heatwave-plan-for-england
https://metoffice.gov.uk

You can also contact:

Dr Ayoola Oyinloye (Consultant in Public Health) AOyinloye@swindon.gov.uk or Mr Phillip Woodward (Civil Protection and Health Emergency Planning Officer) pwoodward@swindon.gov.uk

Best regards,

Phillip Woodward
Civil Protection and Health Emergency Planning Officer

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03/07/2018

Vacancies at Swindon Advocacy Movement

The following vacancies are from Swindon Advocacy Movement.


General Administration Assistant

Fixed 6 month contract

Up to 15 hours per week. £8.50 per hour.

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. We are passionate about speaking out for the most vulnerable in our society and have created a flexible and responsive advocacy service enabling people to access their rights within health and social care services.

We are now looking for a General Administration Assistant to provide support for our advocacy teams on a day to day basis. The work will include answering the telephone, taking minutes, preparing information packs, data entry, booking meeting rooms, filing and typing.

Do you have experience of working in a busy office, ideally for a charity? Do you enjoy working as part of a team? Are you detailed focused with a high level of data entry accuracy? If you are interested in this varied and flexible part time role then email us at info@swindonadvocacy.org.uk for our application pack. If you have any questions please ring 01792 542575 and ask for our CEO, Dawn Dixon. Closing date for applications midday 30th July with interviews being held on Tuesday 7th August.

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.

Swindon Advocacy Movement is an Equal Opportunities employer and welcomes applications from anyone regardless of disability, race, religion or sexual orientation.


Independent Advocate – Short Term Independent Advocacy

Fixed Term 1 year contract

£21,734 – £23,188 pro rata depending on qualifications and experience. 21 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. We are passionate about speaking out for the most vulnerable in our society and have created a flexible and responsive advocacy service enabling people to access their rights within health and social care services.

We are now looking for a part time Independent Advocate for our Short Term Independent Advocacy service working with people with learning disabilities, high functioning Autism, Aspergers or mental health conditions. This service enables vulnerable people to make informed decisions to maintain their independence and secure the rights and services they are entitled to. We prioritise those in crisis whose wellbeing or independence is threatened or people facing significant change in their lives.

Do you have experience in Advocacy, Information and Advice or a similar role, ideally in a health, social care, children and family services or experience of working with vulnerable adults? 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. This is a fixed term one year contract.

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

If you would like more information please email us at info@swindonadvocacy.org.uk for our application pack. If you have any questions please ring 01792 542575 and ask for our Advocacy Manager, Rachel Hill.

Closing date for applications is midday 30th July for interviews being held Tuesday 7th August.

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.

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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03/07/2018

Service Delivery Manager at Victim Support

The following is a vacancy from Victim Support.


Job Description

Job title: Service Delivery Manager
Band: 6
Department: Wiltshire
Reporting to: Senior Service Delivery Manager
Responsible for: Service Delivery, Volunteers, Service Delivery Assistant.

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Main purpose of the job

To provide an effective and high quality service supporting victims of crime within a designated area. Ensuring that volunteering is at the heart of service delivery by managing, supporting and recruiting volunteers who will support victims of crime, ensuring service delivery and performance standards are maintained at all times.

Main duties and responsibilities

Performance

Change, Challenge and Improvement

Managing People & Teamwork

Tasks

Generic responsibilities

Learning, Development and Training

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Health, Safety & Environment

Data Protection

Other Duties

Key Deliverables – Measures of success

Key Dimensions

Budget

Staff & volunteers

Resources

Travel

Unsocial Hours

This job description serves to illustrate the type and scope of the role and to provide an indication of the required level and breadth of responsibility.


Person Specification

Job Title: Service Delivery Manager
Department: Wiltshire

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1. Knowledge and Experience

Essential

Desirable

2. Skills and abilities

Essential

3. Qualifications

Desirable

Special conditions

(S) = shortlisting criteria 6

Indicate which level is required for the post

DIMENSIONS Level for Post
Accountability for actions Direct decision making which could impact on others
Independence of action Considerable discretion – refers to higher levels
Complexity Work requiring discretion and judgement. Knowledge of a variety of procedures etc required
Relationships and communication skills required Frequent contact internally and externally, requires influencing, negotiation, diplomacy etc
Direction (supervision received) – Freedom to Act Work is managed, outcomes usually assessed on a monthly or agreed reporting basis
Demands of work Minimal demands on concentration

Victim Support in Wiltshire

Victim Support provides services to more than 1,200 people affected by crime and Anti-Social Behaviour in Wiltshire and Swindon.

Service Delivery Team

Our team consists of a Senior Service Delivery Manager, a Service Delivery Assistant, two full-time and two part-time Service Delivery Managers, a part-time Caseworker and an Anti-Social Behaviour Independent Victim Advocate. We also have a team of over 20 trained and supported volunteers who deliver longer-term support to people in the community. The Service Delivery Assistant’s role is to provide office management and support for the Service Delivery team. The Service Delivery Team receives daily referrals of victims of crime directly from Wiltshire Police, from victims themselves (some of whom will not have reported to the police), and from other organisations. The police force referrals are largely people who have experienced serious crime, those who are or might be vulnerable in some way, or those who have repeatedly experienced crime. The team makes prompt contact with victims in order to explore their support needs, to provide information about victim services and the criminal justice process, and to provide emotional and practical help where required. We also ensure that victims are referred on to relevant services so that other specialist needs are met.

The Service Delivery Managers allocate each victim to the specialist Caseworker or to one of the volunteers from the various communities of Wiltshire and Swindon, who themselves provide the majority of our help for victims. The Service Delivery Managers give ongoing case management support and supervision for the volunteers, and guidance and quality oversight to ensure that the support needs of victims of crime are met. Service Delivery Managers also take the lead in periodic recruitment, selection and induction of people who are interested in volunteering for Victim Support. Service Delivery Managers also undertake some of their own casework, working with people with particularly complex circumstances and needs.

All team members also contribute to the promotion and development of victim services in Wiltshire and Swindon, in community engagement and in fundraising activities.

Apply via the Victim Support website

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26/06/2018

Employment Engagement Event

The latest figures released by Mencap show that there are 1.4 million people in the UK with a learning difficulty. Historically, there has always been a significant gap between the proportion of disabled people in work compared with non-disabled people, yet people with disabilities make great workers. Evidence suggests that employees with a learning disability stay with one employer for a longer time and take less time off work.

The Building Bridges programme is jointly funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery via the Big Lottery Fund. The programme supports people across Swindon and Wiltshire who are facing significant challenges in being able to develop their skills, access education or move towards the world of work.

MP for South Swindon Robert Buckland and Swindon Borough Council have organised an Employment Engagement Event, which will be held in the Sir Daniel Gooch Theatre at STEAM Museum on Friday, 29th June from 10.00am – 12noon.

Robert explained: “Everybody should have the chance to succeed in their chosen career and having a disability should not prevent that, so I have joined forces with Building Bridges programme partner Swindon Borough Council, to encourage more local employers to recruit people with learning difficulties. Swindon and Wiltshire has a wealth of people with valuable skills, abilities and potential who are being overlooked because employers are focusing on the barriers they face rather than the skills and attributes they could bring to the workplace. The Building Bridges programme is working to change this by offering free support to local employers. This includes explorative employment/ work experience discussions, face to face meetings to better understand business requirements, introductions to appropriate candidates, practical support with any agreed reasonable adjustments, HR advice with access to specialist support agencies and support and guidance in becoming certified in employer recognition schemes.”

Cllr Brian Ford, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults, said: “The Council’s Supported Employment Team are a part of the Building Bridges programme which supports people across Swindon and Wiltshire who are facing significant challenges in being able to develop their skills, access education or move towards the world of work. We were only too happy to support this event as it provides us with a great opportunity to talk to local employers about the benefits of working with individuals with a disability or long-term health problems. It also gives businesses the chance to develop their future workforce and build a ‘talent pool’ to assist with succession planning. We can offer support to these businesses every step of the way.”

Pluss, a Social Enterprise that supports thousands of people with disabilities each year to find work and achieve a career will also be at the event. Along with Disability Experts, a local community interest company who support people with disabilities and long-term health conditions to live as independently as possible.

If you are a local employer, large or small and you would like to attend this event, please get in touch by emailing robert.buckland.mp@parliament.uk

For more information about the Building Bridges programme in Swindon and Wiltshire visit: www.buildingbridgessw.org.uk

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22/05/2018

Building Bridges Programme Administrator at Community First

The following is a vacancy from Community First.

Devizes based
36.50 hours per week

Fixed term contract for one year, with an option to extend – £20,456 gross per annum, plus 7% employer pension contribution

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.

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

Closing date: Midday, 15th June 2018
Interviews: 21st June 2018

To download a job description, person specification and an application form for this post please visit http://www.communityfirst.org.uk/vacancies

For additional information, please contact Dave Potts, Building Bridges Programme Manager on 01380 729826.

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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10/05/2018

Funding Officer at the Big Lottery Fund

The following is a vacancy from the Big Lottery Fund.


Funding Officer, Ref 18/042

Hours per week: 37 hours per week. Part-time will be considered.

Location: Gloucestershire and Wiltshire

Salary: £21,000 to £24,000 per annum + generous benefits (salary will be dependent upon skills and experience)
Permanent contract
External secondees are welcome to apply

Are you a confident communicator who enjoys working with people?
Are you able to build excellent working relationships and partnerships?
Do you see the potential in ideas as well as the challenges?
Are you interested in learning how to make excellent grants and supporting people and local communities?

About us

The Big Lottery Fund (the Fund) distributes around £650 million of National Lottery Funding across the UK each year supporting health, educational, environmental and charitable projects. We are fortunate to be able to support around 12,000 projects each year with grants ranging from as little as £500 to multi million pound programmes. By funding good causes, the Fund makes a real difference to local communities all over England.

Through our regional work in England we work to tackle disadvantage by focusing on what people can contribute, supporting communities (geographical or otherwise) to be better prepared for future challenges.

The Role

This is a fantastic opportunity to join the Big Lottery Fund team in the South West. We’re changing the way we work by moving closer to the communities we fund. This new Funding Officer role will cover Gloucestershire and Wiltshire and you will be the main point of contact for communities. You will take responsibility for working effectively alongside people and organisations in these areas to develop their ideas. This will be from the initial proposal and application stage, overseeing Grant management, and through to project completion. You will be part of a dynamic team and supported and encouraged by Big Lottery Fund colleagues locally and nationally.

You will help us to bring our funding to even more people than now, creating opportunities for groups to come together.

The Person

As a Funding Officer in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, you will need to demonstrate your knowledge, abilities and experience in the following areas:

For you

We seek to develop our staff and offer a wide range of personal development opportunities.
We offer a wide range of generous benefits including:

How to apply

To apply online and further details about our application process, the Fund’s work, and our range of excellent benefits, please visit www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/jobs.

Closing date: Monday 28th May 2018 at 23:59 pm
Interview date: Monday June 18th 2018 in Bristol. Please can all candidates make sure they are available all day on this date.

For more information, or if you would like to discuss this opportunity in more detail please contact Rowan Miller at rowan.miller@biglotteryfund.org.uk

The Fund is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

We are committed to increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities and will respond positively to meet individual needs throughout the recruitment process. Once in post, the Fund will ensure that any appropriate reasonable adjustments to our workplace are made, in order to support colleagues with any form of disability.

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08/05/2018

Charity Team Manager at Healthwatch Swindon

The following is a vacancy from Healthwatch Swindon.

Salary/Rate: £24964.00 – £28485.00 per annum
Job Type: Permanent
Location:Swindon, Wiltshire

Job Description:

The main duties include the responsibility for the following:

The ideal candidate for this role should have the following skills & qualifications:

Apply Here. Applicants are encouraged to go via the link in order to find out more, rather than contacting Healthwatch Swindon or The Care Forum directly.

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