6 Aug 2018

36 hours 40 minutes Social Eating Project Officer (Ambition for Ageing) (Groundwork)

Groundwork – Posted by Jonathan PhilipsOldham, England, United Kingdom

Job Description

Location – Bury (+ Bolton, Oldham and Rochdale)

Hours – 36 hours 40 minutes

Salary – £17701 – £22106

Groundwork is part of a partnership with seven other organisations that have recently secured a contract with GMCVO through their Ambition for Ageing programme, to deliver a 21 month Social Eating project across Greater Manchester.

Research shows that communal eating increases social bonding and feelings of wellbeing, and enhances one’s sense of contentedness and connection with the community. In addition, people who eat socially are more likely to feel better about themselves and have a wider social network capable of providing social and emotional support.

The programme will focus on people aged over 50 in groups who are often marginalised and therefore at higher risk of social isolation, such as LGBT groups, carers, people with limiting and long term health issues, dementia and people with no family contact, a history of family conflict or no support from kin.

Older people will have a full role in every aspect of project planning design, delivery and evaluation.

This role will also form part of the wider Education and Communities team and support the design, development and delivery of projects across Bolton, Bury, Oldham and Rochdale. Our current portfolio of projects, include natural play, young ambassador, citizen science and community development activities.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work closely with Bury communities, organisations and partners to ensure that the project reaches out to vulnerable and marginalised older people in Bury and that voices from different sections of the community are heard. Build on and develop the networks and connections already in place and use learning from the AFA Bury programme to understand local needs.
  • Develop, motivate and support existing and new volunteers to enable them to contribute effectively to the activities, events and projects delivered under the banner of Ambition for Ageing.
  • Ensure the well-being and safety of volunteers by ensuring appropriate induction and support is taken into consideration.
  • Liaise with other voluntary, statutory agencies and organisations in order to plan and prepare activities complementary to existing Groundwork projects throughout the boroughs.
  • Assist in the management of an investment budget to support social eating projects co-designed by older people.
  • Be responsible for the planning and delivery of projects, which includes all the required elements as set by organisational quality standards e.g. safeguarding.
  • Meet project target outcomes as set by the Education and Communities Co-ordinator.
  • Support the Education & Communities Project Co-ordinator in monitoring and evaluating the work by gathering data, ensuring forms are completed and reviewing the information.
  • Contribute to the creation of the social eating guide, capturing and sharing learning with partners as necessary.
  • Work closely with other Groundwork projects to maximise the impact of the programme and support wider Trust targets.
  • Be responsible for completion of all paperwork relating to Groundwork activities – attendance registers, lesson planning and risk assessments for example.
  • Promote and publicise volunteering, education and community projects.
  • Represent Groundwork at partnership meetings and events.

Person Specification

  • Relevant qualification or relatedwork experience.
  • Good level of numeracy and literacy
  • Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of the potential offered by communities and social eating in addressing loneliness and isolation.
  • Knowledge of issues affecting people and communities.
  • Project management experience.
  • Experience of developing projects within specific parameters, including delivering on targets and reporting to funders.
  • Experience of working effectively with a wide variety of organisations.
  • Experience of working with marginalised groups.
  • Well-developed project management skills including: organisational skills; a problem solving approach; negotiation, communication and facilitation skills; resilience.
  • Professional and confident approach when dealing with external partners.
  • Good organisational skills and the ability to prioritise and organise own workload.
  • Ability to work with older people in an enabling way.
  • Ability to maintain high standard work practices and ensure integrity, respect and confidentiality.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to talk to people at a wide range of levels.
  • Excellent team player with strong initiative.
  • Competent in use of databases, spreadsheets, Word and other IT applications.
  • Ability to work unsupervised and take operational decisions as required.
  • Commitment to the aims, objectives and core values of the Trust.
  • Commitment to challenging age discrimination.
  • Willingness to pilot and adopt new working practices, as part of an overall commitment to improving the quality of the service provided.
  • Flexible, hardworking with excellent timekeeping.
  • Commitment to the well-being and safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
  • Full UK Driving Licence and access to own car (essential).
  • Must be able to undertake evening and weekend commitments.
  • Willingness to participate in training where relevant.
  • Attendance at team, section and other Trust meetings as required.
  • This role is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check made under the Exceptions Order to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

How to Apply – Download an Application Form and to email gwor.jobs@groundwork.org.uk  quoting the name of the job in the subject line, or return via post to;

Clare Young/ HR Manager
The Environment Centre
Shaw Road

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