Community and Partnership Worker Vacancy

Job Description and Person Specification

Role:   The main function of the role is to develop a range of flexible, creative and responsive community-based initiatives and support groups in response to the current climate.

At Blackfen Community Library we are focused on serving our community. We believe that at the heart of a great community is a focal point that is welcoming, inviting and accessible. You would be part of a friendly, dynamic team working at the heart of the Blackfen Community. The library runs a range of activities, from catering for toddlers and mums at the Library story time, to the scrabble and craft clubs for the retired.

Hours: 14 hours per week. 6 month temporary contract

Salary: £15 per hour

Responsibilities:  The successful candidate will lead on re-imagining groups in the current climate of COVID-19, while engaging and recruiting other third parties to deliver groups and programmes which meet the overarching strategic ambitions of Blackfen Community Library . These ambitions largely focus on:

· Helping Young People into education and employment

· Supporting Older People to be engaged in their community and

reducing isolation

. Providing low cost /free groups supporting babies, preschool children and their carers

· Helping the c ommunit y thrive and support themselves through sustainable interventions

The Community and Partnership worker will work with the current team to build on and reimagine our existing groups and space to meet the needs during

COVID-19. This is an exciting opportunity to be able to take ownership in delivering impactful and innovative projects which can truly shape and create a sense of community.

Skills: You will help to provide short-term practical help, positive encouragement and emotional support tailored to individual needs and available to all sections of the community within the criteria of the service. You will be responsible for developing effective working relationships with partners, stakeholders , local organisations and volunteers to create social networks and activities that can be sustained by the community in the longer-term.

The successful applicant will work to develop partnerships for activities being delivered from our community hub to both local residents andstakeholders.

● Work under your own initiative identifying the local needs of the community.

● Ability to work with local, regional, and national third-party agencies and charities to deliver programmes which will support these needs and deliver personal outcomes for those attending.

● Ensure attendees participating in the programmes will be given appropriate care, guidance and support in line with their individual needs.

● Ensure the highest levels of confidentiality, whilst communicating information and keep up to date with and adhere to all relevant legislation and policies and current guidelines.

● Be able to relate well to all members of the community and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

● Excellent administrational and monitoring skills.

● Ability to show demonstrable outcomes in line with the KPI ’s. This will include programme record keeping, outcome reporting against targets and monitoring within the community library.

● Have a lively and positive outlook.

● Creative thinking and problem-solving ability.

Other info: DBS Checks: A full DBS check through the vetting and barring scheme will be carried out.

Ethos and Values: We ask that you are able to work within the values and community focus of the Library’s vision and are able to positively reflect these through your work.

To apply please email your CV with a covering letter to hello@blackfencommunitylibrary.org by Tuesday 6th October

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