VACANCY- Community Engagement and Participation Officer- Norfolk

Predominantly working directly with individuals in group settings, liaising with Housing and Voluntary
and Community Sector Organisations, (VCS) businesses and local authorities; the CEPO will be
responsible for making the necessary contacts to enable delivery of engagement projects for vulnerable and isolated people within the communities of North Suffolk and Norfolk.

The role includes the delivery of a range of community projects and interventions, the organisation of events and the development of low level mental health support within Orbit Housing across North Suffolk and Norfolk. The initial focus will be on existing projects, managing referrals and volunteer recruitment. We anticipate an increase in the successful candidate’s hours as we increase the amount of Orbit Customers we reach and the numbers of groups we run. The CEPO will engage, inform and empower individuals, encouraging them to take positive steps to improve their mental health and wellbeing, helping them to identify areas in which they need help and support whilst building links in the community. The CEPO will be responsible for seeking out new opportunities for partnerships, encouraging new and creative ideas to support the long-term aim of reducing health inequalities and increasing community resilience.

For an application form, please call 01787 371333 or e-mail info@thebefriendingscheme.org.uk.

Closing date for completed applications is Tuesday 5th February 2019

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VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITY- SUDBURY HUB

The Befriending Scheme supports vulnerable people by running HUB groups across the county. We are looking for volunteers who are willing to give some time to assist at the groups by befriending vulnerable people, running group activities, serving refreshments, helping set up for activities and clearing away at the end of a session. Our Sudbury Hub is popular, enjoys music and is a lively fun place to be.

It is important that our Hub volunteers are:-

Understanding and respectful of all who attend the HUB group

Mindful at all times of confidentiality for clients and other volunteers

Open to helping the Hub Area Co-Ordinator in running age appropriate activities

Encouraging, but respectful of a choice to refrain from taking part in activities

Patience in allowing sufficient time for clients with speech and language difficulties to verbally express themselves

Value our clients’ knowledge, experiences and opinions

Assist the Area Hub Co-Ordinator, when able, with fundraising/promotional events

Report any concerns to the Area Hub Co-Ordinator regarding clients/volunteers/other matters asap

Feel able to share ideas with the Area Hub Co-Ordinator for future activities/events

Attend the volunteer meetings, and give appropriate feedback to the AC

Attend training events/updates as and when able

Ensure the claiming of expenses is carried out on a regular monthly basis

Hub days are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and the groups run from 10am-3pm.

Please call 01787 371333 or e-mail info@thebefriendingscheme.org.uk for a volunteer expression of interest form.

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VACANCY- Community Farm HUB Coordinator

We are looking for an energetic individual with sound organisational skills who has the ability to think creatively and can be flexible and dynamic in their approach. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate how they will contribute to the development and growth of the community farm.

PURPOSE OF POST

The Coordinator will coordinate and lead engaging and meaningful day placements for vulnerable adults, particularly those with learning disabilities, and run activities for other community groups such as schools. The day placements involve day-to-day tasks on the farm such as growing fruit, vegetables and flowers, and caring for farm animals such as goats and chickens. Those attending (‘Farmers’) can also take part in training courses in life skills, enterprise development and employability skills, possibly moving on to supported volunteering roles, accredited training or supported work.

Friends Community Farm is a welcoming and inclusive place where young people and vulnerable adults can flourish, helped by the Coordinator, staff and volunteers to make friendships and fulfill their personal goals.

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Friends Community Farm Coordinator will manage the day to day running of the farm, planning and leading on practical sessions and Life Skills training for small groups of members in a farm setting. The main aim will be to help members to learn basic horticulture, animal care skills and work in a team in a safe and supportive environment. Initially your role would be to work with the Project Manager and other staff in setting up the Friends Community Farm to be ready for our members in Spring 2019.

  • Provide engaging and meaningful regular placements for small groups of vulnerable adults, ensuring their safety and engagement with the day-to-day running of the farm.

  • Engage with the local community and form productive partnerships with local groups and businesses.

  • Recruit, support and manage part-time staff and volunteers.

  • Oversee the smooth-running of the site including monitoring the well-being of animals on the farm.

  • Ensure health & safety, safeguarding and data-protection requirements are fulfilled.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £20,020.00 /year

For an application form, please call 01787 371333 or e-mail info@thebefriendingscheme.org.uk.

Closing date for completed applications is Friday 18th January 2019

Our Friends Farm HUB, situated in Otley College

Our Friends Farm HUB, situated in Otley College