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.

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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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Party in the Park 2018

Only 2 days until Party in the Park 2018! Here's a programme of all of the acts that will be performing on The Befriending Scheme's Acoustic Stage!

Acts Aimee Heloise Sheppard and Serena Grant kicking off the day's sets.

Acts Aimee Heloise Sheppard and Serena Grant kicking off the day's sets.

Closely followed by singers Matt Buckle, Chloe Hawes, TBS All Stars, and Kyle Toolan.

Closely followed by singers Matt Buckle, Chloe Hawes, TBS All Stars, and Kyle Toolan.

The Acoustic stage will also be brought to an end by Gen Irving, Alicia Hall and Ben Smith.

The Acoustic stage will also be brought to an end by Gen Irving, Alicia Hall and Ben Smith.

Party in the Park will be on from 11:00am till 9:00pm on Sunday 22nd July 2018. There will be fun-filled activities for all the family, and a bar for the adults! Pop along and come say 'Hi!' to our friendly team of staff hanging out by The Befriending Scheme stall.