Senior Community Development Worker
Sussex Community Development Association
£23,541 - £27,041 pro rata dependent on skills and experience (Paid)
SUSSEX COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION
Senior Community Development Worker (Newhaven)
Reporting to: Community Services Programme Manager
Work pattern: 25 hours per week
Base location: Denton Island Community Centre, Newhaven with some limited travel to outreach delivery locations across E. Sussex
Fixed term for 1 year in the first instance
SCDA was founded in 1997. Its primary purpose is the development of sustainable community-based regeneration initiatives addressing the economic, environmental, and cultural and community needs, and particularly addressing the needs of those most vulnerable in the community.
SCDA now runs a range of projects and services aimed at supporting community involvement across East Sussex. Funding has been secured from a range of sources including European, Lottery and charitable trusts as well as contracts to deliver services and run projects in both Newhaven and elsewhere in East Sussex.
Employability – supporting unemployed people across East Sussex, specialising in those who find it hardest to find and sustain paid work.
Advice & Information Services – offering access to a range of specialist advice provision through partners, and signposting and information services via a pool of trained volunteers.
Inclusion – delivering a variety of services aimed at promoting inclusion for BME communities and supporting people at risk of anti-social behaviour and hate crime.
Community Services – Delivering a range of services around food; green and open spaces; promoting physical activity and mental health and wellbeing in the community. We also deliver targeted and general Youth provision locally; raising the profile of communities in which we work through regular community events; offering a suite of Family Learning and Inclusion activities for parents and carers of Under 5’s, with this, we also manage Denton Island Nursery.
SCDA has a strong track record in partnership working and in the quality of service delivery to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in the community: helping the community help itself.
The context of the job
The organisation (SCDA), though fairly small in terms of staff at approximately 95 employees, continues to grow – especially in terms of its geographic remit and amended delivery in light of the impact of Covid-19 on our communities. One of SCDA’s Core Values is teamwork and support for colleagues, and we expect all members of staff to demonstrate flexibility within their specified job role and offer continued support to other colleagues and when required.
As lockdown measures continue to ease, there is a requirement to work some evenings and weekends to meet service user, volunteer and community needs, and to lead on community interest events. Additional remuneration is not applicable, as time off in lieu may be granted in accordance with the policy, or preferably work pattern flexed in the week before or after such events occur.
The purpose of the role of Senior Community Development Worker (Newhaven) is to encourage and support families and others in the use of Denton Island Community Centre’s programme of activities, events and learning courses. Using a range of community consultation, and working in collaboration and partnership with other outside agencies and work streams in SCDA, the Senior Community Development Worker will organise, develop and sometimes deliver a range of suitable activities and events and promote awareness and usage of the centre. The Senior Community Development Worker will additionally co-ordinate at least two annual community interest events, and two annual volunteer celebration /awareness raising events.
The post holder will support the running of the Centre, and the Community Services Programme Manager, with general H&S awareness and Centre Volunteer recruitment, support and direction as required.
With some input to funding tenders for SCDA community activities; the post holder will ensure quality of provision and that services, courses and activities run to agreed schedules & budgets.
Community activities & Centre use
• Plan, organise and ensure the delivery of community interest courses and activities
• Coordinate and or deliver workshops and activities as appropriate
• Monitor and evaluate the activities or workshops
• Collaborate on funding tenders as appropriate to meet identified need
• In collaboration with others, develop budgets and manage budgets for activities
• Liaise with relevant groups / partners / SCDA colleagues and others to understand local need
• Identify and make contact with community groups that could be approached/invited to consultation events
• Maintain and develop further contact with community members across the delivery area to facilitate ongoing community consultation.
Denton Island Community Centre
• Promote and develop DICC as a hub for children and families, supporting community groups to develop opportunities within this space.
• Monitor and review access to DICC for all community members and wider community use.
• Take and address general queries from the public re activities and services available to community members locally
• Develop opportunities for volunteering, recruit and support volunteers
• Within current Covid-19 constraints, and evolving government guidance ensure the smooth operation of DICC as a community centre
Community Events & Projects
• Co-ordinate the Community Development Team to plan and implement two annual community events and two annual volunteer events
• Recruit, co-ordinate and direct community volunteers to support health promotion messages (SPICES Project)
• Co-ordinate the Community Development Team to plan and implement additional community and fundraising events as agreed with Programme Manager or SMT
Co-ordination and accessibility of services
• Support effective joint working across statutory, voluntary and community sector services, organisations and groups
• Ensure activities are accessible to families, children & others who may be excluded from existing services in the area
• Ensure all venues are fully risk assessed and make regular updates to stored documents
• Identify and participate in network meetings relevant to Community Development.
• Monitor and evaluate promotional materials, using a range of platforms.
Informing and reporting
• Ensure that comprehensive and accessible information about activities and related services is available to all community groups in the area
• Monitor and evaluate work undertaken in line with SCDA targets
• Provide written and statistical reports, as required, to managers, funders and other partners
• Maintain appropriate administrative and recording systems.
• Work with others to contribute to the delivery of projects so that they are on time, to target and within prescribed budgets
• Collaborate and contribute to funding bids as appropriate
• Accurately collate and maintain data and information collected in line with Data Protection Law.
• The varied nature of the role requires flexibility to undertake other appropriate and relevant duties as they occur.
• Attend team briefs and SCDA staff meetings.
Sussex Community Development Association is working towards equality and has policies relating to the equality of opportunity in employment and service delivery. All staff are expected to comply with these policies.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
All staff have responsibility to maintain the health and safety of themselves and others within the performance of their duties in accordance with SCDA health and safety policies and to undertake specific health and safety responsibilities as necessary.
This job description will be reviewed from time to time or as necessary and may be amended to meet the changing needs of the organisation. It will also be used as the basis for the determination of objectives and the content is subject to annual review.
• Degree, or working towards a Degree or equivalent professional qualification
• Evidence of maintaining skills and knowledge base post qualification
• L3 Education & Training (previously known as PTTLS)
• Community Cookery Leader
• Food Safety
• First Aid
• Previous community development experience, including consultation with groups and individuals related to gathering need
• Experience of working in an outreach capacity with communities and lone working
• Experience of delivering information, advice, guidance or services to communities
• Experience of writing risk assessments and ensuring activities are well managed
• Experience of recruiting, directing and supporting volunteers
• Experience of developing, delivering and evaluating services in the community
• Experience of working in a complex environment with a range of different partner agencies
• Able to plan & deliver group work and activities
Essential skills and abilities:
• Excellent written communication skills including report writing
• Able to manage a budget and plan activities within the budget
• Strong organisational and workload management skills
• Excellent Microsoft Office skills
• Attention to detail
• The ability to create and market a needs-based and inspiring programme of activities for the local community building on existing services
• Able to inspire, motivate and encourage local people to engage in a range of activities.
Essential personal qualities:
• Approachable and able to work with a range of people, parents, professionals and children and hard to reach groups
• A commitment to team working yet able to work alone
• A commitment to parental involvement and support
• Sensitive and able to listen effectively
• Personal commitment to implementing good anti-discriminatory practice
• Understanding of and personal commitment to community and parental empowerment
• Understanding of the dynamics of community development and change
• Ability to remain positive, enthusiastic and creative under pressure
• Car driver and owner, as travel to outreach delivery locations
• Undergo enhanced DBS and health checks as required.