Home Based: with travel around Gloucestershire

Job reference: 58

Contract type: Fixed-term (12 months)

Full time: 37 hours, working Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm

Salary: £20,803.00 to £21,000.00 per annum (dependent on experience)

Benefits:

-           25 days annual leave

-           Cash Wellbeing Healthcare Plan Cover

-           Death in service benefit

-           Option to buy up to 5 days annual leave

-           Discretionary shut down days at Christmas

-           1 Community Leave Day per annum

-           Bike to work scheme

About us:

Giving people a voice – and making sure it’s heard – is something POhWER does every day. We’re all about promoting equality, challenging unfairness and giving disadvantaged and vulnerable people access to high quality information, advice and advocacy services. POhWER is a registered charity that provides a range of services across England.

We are looking to recruit people who share our core values and can demonstrate that they apply and live those values in their daily working practice.

About the role:

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Community Development Worker to join our Gloucester team. The post will be home based with work across Gloucestershire including advocacy drop ins, advocacy groups and providing training to support people to learn to advocate for themselves. You will begin to develop a team of volunteers that can support some of this work.

One of the core themes of POhWER’s five year strategy is to ‘Address the root cause of disadvantage and discrimination our beneficiaries face’.  Our project proposal is to recruit a CDW to support this theme and ensure that our service reaches all communities in the county, and that people can access support which meet their specific needs.

The focus of our CDW’s work will be on engagement with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities in the county.  Targeted work will also be completed with other residents who have a Protected Characteristic as defined by the Equality Act (age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief sex).

You will be promoting POhWER who support a wide range of vulnerable adults often with profound and multiple needs, so experience of this type of work will be valuable, along with a good working knowledge of public and voluntary organisations.

The successful applicant will be a self-starter with a proven track record in relationship establishment and development and also have experience in community engagement. You will receive a full personalised induction programme and role specific training.  Your line manager and supervisor will support you as you develop into your role.

Our ideal candidate will have experience in, or a good understanding of, advocacy, information and advice or similar role - ideally in a health, social care or voluntary setting and will have experience of promoting the support of vulnerable adults.  More importantly to us, you will need to share our values and passion about advocacy.  This is an opportunity to add real value to the lives of vulnerable people.

Because of the nature and location of the role, applicants must live within the area; have a full driver’s licence and access to their own transport. Travel expenses will only be paid once within the Gloucester border.

For further information about the role please download the job description and applicant pack here.

How to apply

We’re keen to get someone started in this role. If you think this sounds like the ideal job for you, please apply as soon as possible as we may close this job advert early if we receive a high number of applications.

 

Please submit your CV and cover letter (cover letter no longer than 1 side of A4) before the application deadline. In your cover letter please include your reasons for applying for the role, how you meet the person specification criteria, if you hold a current driving licence and have access to your own vehicle and your notice period. 

 

Please submit your CV and cover letter to [email protected] quoting reference 58.

 

Closing date: 28th June 2022

Interviews: TBC

 

We are looking to recruit people who share our core values and can demonstrate that they apply and live those values in their daily working practice.

 

For an informal discussion please contact 0300 456 2370 and ask for a call back from Danielle Vale, Community Manager.

We apologise in advance, that if you do not hear back from us within two weeks of the closing date then please presume that you have been unsuccessful.

A DBS check will be required for this post.

POhWER is an equal opportunities employer, holder of the Investors in People Silver award and a member of the MINDFUL EMPLOYER scheme. We are a member of the Positive about Disability scheme and disabled applicants who meet all the essential criteria will be guaranteed an interview.