Home Based: With travel around Bristol

Job reference: 80

Contract type: Fixed term until March 2024

Part time: 22.2 hours, 3 days a week working between Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm (days of work to be discussed at interview)

Salary: £12,753.00 - £13,568.40 (full time equivalent £21,255.00 - £22,614.00) per annum (dependent on experience) + Benefits!


  • 25 days pro rata annual leave
  • Cash Wellbeing Healthcare Plan Cover
  • Death in service benefit
  • Option to buy up to 5 additional days pro rata annual leave
  • Discretionary shut down days at Christmas
  • 1 Community Leave Day per annum
  • Bike to work scheme

Job Information

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

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 work alongside an established advocacy team and add value to the lives of people with lived experiences through support and empowerment. 

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 Bristol border.

You will be a confident positive team player, able to work in partnership with clients and professionals, gaining an understanding of their issues by listening, exploring options and taking action as directed by them.  You will need to have a flexible attitude and must be comfortable handling highly sensitive information whilst able to work well independently and confidently on behalf of others. Strong communication skills and time management skills will be required and you will need to be computer literate.

Download the full Job Description and Applicant Information Pack

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 and your notice period.  

Please apply by submitting your CV and cover letter here

Closing Date: 9:00am, Thursday 21st September 2023

Interviews: TBC

Location of Interviews: Remote (via Zoom or Microsoft Teams)

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

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.

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.