Job Title: Community Engagement Co-ordinator Reporting to: Deputy Manager, East Durham Trust Responsible for: The coordination and management of engaged residents and volunteers, based in the Hub House, a community resource in Horden Colliery Hours: 18.5 hours per week Salary: £20,000 per annum – pro rata Duration: Fixed term up to June 2018 (with possible extension) Benefits: Contributory Pension Closing Date for Applications: Noon on Monday 20th November 2017
East Durham Trust is looking to recruit an enthusiastic and well-motivated individual to support the continued development of a community venue in Horden Colliery, known as the “Hub House”. The venue was officially launched in July 2017 and has already established a range of regular activities and services. The project is supported by the Coalfield Regeneration Trust as part of their ‘Communities that Work’ programme and this part time (0.5) role has arisen following the change in circumstances for the existing Co-ordinator, effectively meaning that the post becomes a “Job Share”.
East Durham Trust is the main Voluntary and Community Sector organisation in the area formerly known as “Easington District”. A Registered Charity of ten years standing, the Trust runs a number of key projects and initiatives that support disadvantaged individuals and Community Groups – such services range from a Food Parcel distribution service to managing a range of Community Job Clubs across the locality. The Trust also provides funding, advice and support to Community Groups and hosts the local Volunteer Centre from its base in Peterlee
Purpose of the Post Working alongside the existing Co-ordinator the post holder would be expected to:
To respond to the challenges that exist in the former mining community of Horden and beyond, link local people to support available and the activities of the CRT, East Durham Trust and East Durham AAP and other organisations.
Help to build a volunteer led network of local residents, businesses and other interested parties in Horden Colliery and the surrounding area in order to develop their collective power to act together for the common good.
To support the development of community led activities that make a positive and lasting difference to the lives of local people in line with CRT’s strategy.
To respond to the needs and priorities of local people and facilitate support where appropriate.
Build and continue to develop effective links with other Community venues in Horden.
Build a team of volunteers to help drive forward local projects, activities and events in Horden Hub House and other local venues.
To support the team of volunteers in taking an increasingly more strategic role in determining the future of the Hub House.
Support individuals as appropriate to ensure they are informed and connected to local support services. (E.g. Community Job Clubs, Debt Advice, Housing Solutions, Mental Health interventions)
Support Community activity taking place within the Hub House.
Support local leaders/entrepreneurs/activists to develop and undertake projects and actions that tackle their concerns and address community needs.
Effectively network with all public, private and third sector organisations working in the area to ensure the maximum impact/added value to existing plans and strategies.
Support community stakeholders to develop new relationships with key stakeholders such as East Durham Trust, Housing Solutions, East Durham AAP, Police, Health etc.
Work as part of a co-ordinated team including the development of effective working relationship with the Community Development Officer and the Housing Solutions Officer.
Promote the Hub House and other Community venues in Horden and venues in other former Mining Communities in East Durham.
Promote the ‘Communities that Work’ programme in any activity undertaken.
Promote the activities to gain maximum exposure of the impact being made through appropriate social media channels.
Initiate and co-ordinate events, including consultation about the area as well as more general social and promotional events.
Produce posters, banners, flyers and other visual publicity.
Funding and Development Support:
Help coordinate the delivery of any additional funding allocated to the ‘Communities that Work’ programme ensuring it complements other activities and is supported by the community.
Prepare progress reports to review performance ensuring deadlines are met.
Work with CRT and East Durham Trust colleagues to ensure the correct evidence is collected to measure social value.
Proactively seek new funding opportunities to sustain the work of the Community Engagement Coordinator and the community initiatives developed.
Develop strategic relationships with key partners and relevant organisations
Work with partners to ensure individuals who would benefit through social prescribing can access projects which are developed as part of the ‘Communities that Work Programme’ or other volunteering opportunities
Capture and share the stories of successes and failures, lessons learned and change achieved at individual, local and wider levels.
Organise training for volunteers as appropriate
Carry out their responsibilities contributing towards CRT’s strategy, which may involve other duties that are reasonable but not expressly identified in this job description.
This role is effectively a Job Share so the successful applicant will work alongside the existing Community Co-ordinator who has established the Hub House as a Community venue, teamwork will therefore play a significant part in the role.
Skills, Knowledge and Experience
Experience of Community organising.
Experience of working alongside volunteers.
Experience of working at a strategic level with key partners and stakeholders.
A full driving licence and access to a vehicle.
Excellent communication skills (written and verbal).
Excellent relationship building skills.
Ability to analyse complex information and draw out key action points.
Ability to manage information, monitor, analyse and evaluate.
Understanding of social media platforms and their effective use.
A commitment to achieving social change.
Enterprising mind set, can-do attitude, solutions focused.
Good personal organisation and time management.
Able to work on own initiative and within teams.
Flexible and able to respond to change.
Proficient in the use of modern business technologies.
Clear commitment to equal opportunities and diversity perspectives in all areas of work and experience of putting this into practice.
Geographic Location The Community Engagement Co-ordinator will be based in the Hub House in Horden to ensure easy access to stakeholders where community engagement activity is required as part of the ‘Communities that Work’ offer.
How to Apply Please complete the supplied application form and send it to the address specified on the form, no later than noon on Monday 20th November 2017. Download the Application Form here and Job Description here
East Durham Trust Community House Yoden Road Peterlee SR8 5DP T: 0191 5693511 F: 0191 5693522
WHAT WE DO
We help the communities of the former district of Easington which is made up 20 distinct areas, most of which are former Pit villages that continue to be hugely affected by deprivation following the closure of the Pits. We run a wide range of projects to help the community fight disadvantage including food parcels, telephone befriending for the socially isolated, helping people in the downward spiral of debt, supporting people to get the benefits they deserve, helping people get into employment, providing holiday activities with food, getting the disengaged engaged with the arts, support for single parents, arts on prescription, community loans and SO MUCH MORE!