Community Engagement Worker

Hope for the Community
Closing date 21st July 2021

Community Engagement Worker

Part Time (16 hours) £10.50 ph Initially 12 month contract

Hope for the Community is a new initiative based at a Sharon Church, Osborne Road, Pontypool. It is being launched by the church, with a view to it evolving into a community-led group to grow grassroots responses to local needs. As such, the project exists as supplementary to, but separate from, the faith-work of the church.

The role of the community engagement worker will be to promote and develop Sharon Church’s Hope for the Community project. The post is temporary and part-time for 16 hours per week. It is fully funded by the National Lottery Community Fund for an initial period of 12 months (with the possibility of additional 2-3 years if future funding bids are successful).

Job Description

Hope for the Community is a new initiative based at a Sharon Church, Osborne Road, Pontypool. It is being launched by the church, with a view to it evolving into a community-led group to grow grassroots responses to local needs. As such, the project exists as supplementary to, but separate from, the faith-work of the church.

The role of the community engagement worker will be to promote and develop Sharon Church’s Hope for the Community project. The post is temporary and part-time for 16 hours per week. It is fully funded by the National Lottery Community Fund for an initial period of 12 months (with the possibility of additional 2-3 years if future funding bids are successful).

Responsibilities

Consulting with community members with a view to launching and supporting the growth of new community-led projects based at the church building. This will involve some door-to-door survey taking and delivering literature advertising project services.

    • The first groups to be launched must focus on the five key issues identified by residents in a recent Torfaen Council survey: (1) anti-social behaviour, (2) food poverty, (3) young families at risk, (4) social exclusion and loneliness, and (5) litter and the environment. In response to these issues, the community engagement worker will oversee the launch and growth of a Fareshare food service, a Neighbourhood Watch support group, a mother and toddler’s group, activity groups for the elderly/isolated, and a volunteer litter picking group. Recruiting and supporting project volunteers will be a key responsibility.
    • The community engagement worker will also liaise with other services, such as the local Council and other voluntary groups to encourage the use of the church building by more users, in a way which fulfils the aims of the project.
    • The role will involve some setting up for and cleaning up after project activities. It may also involve collecting items for activities (such as food parcels) and so use of your own car would be an advantage.
    • The community engagement worker will report directly to the project manager, who is the minister of the church.

Qualifications

  • Minimum 3 GCSEs or equivalent which must include English at grade C or above.

    Experience of community work essential.

    Experience of working with faith groups an advantage.

    Some knowledge of the Welsh language would also be an advantage.

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The deadline for applications is 21st July 2021. We will be holding interviews on 2nd August, so please apply early. If you do not hear from us before this date, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

Benefits of the Job

Flexible Schedule

  • Days and some evenings, but no Sunday working.

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Other Benefits

Some home working.

Holiday Entitlement

Five weeks per year plus statutory bank holidays.

Interested?! 

Call Mathew for an informal discussion on 07736035604 or send your CV to mathew@sharonchurch.co.uk