Network Adviser (GNN)

Portsmouth, Hampshire
£25,590 pro rata for 2 days a week
28 Mar 2018
28 Apr 2018


Network Adviser (Portsmouth)

Good Neighbours Network (GNN)

Good Neighbours is a network of approximately 120 independent local good neighbour schemes, which undertake simple non-nursing tasks like taking people to health appointments, befriending those who are lonely, and in some cases simple DIY tasks such as changing a light bulb, working across Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton. Each group, being independent and knowing best its own community, decides for itself what its priorities should be and the level of work that can be managed. Groups are usually volunteer led and run, which keeps costs low.

The Network Hub is hosted by CSR on behalf of a partnership consisting of the three Anglican dioceses of Portsmouth, Winchester and Guildford that cover the county of Hampshire. The work undertaken is funded by Hampshire County Council, Portsmouth City Council and the NHS, and enables us to support groups, as well as set up new ones, and help them to run safely, confidently and effectively, with access to advice and support as necessary. Understanding the nature of volunteer groups, wining them over to improved ways of working, encouraging them and helping with recruitment of more volunteers is a key element of the work. The GNN supplies groups with free advice, free DBS checks, free insurance, free training and opportunities to meet peers from other groups for mutual collaboration and learning, often in regular resource cafés held around the county. The role of the Network Adviser is key to promoting healthy relationships for the groups and is focused on being out in the Network working with all the groups. Some work includes being based at the Hub on a regular basis, developing materials but a significant part of the role involves setting up and running the 12 (currently) regular Resource Café meetings that happen over three cycles throughout the year across the county.

The Resource Cafés are an essential component of the Network and provide a platform in which all the groups can bring their queries and access training and networking with other groups for mutual support. This role also contributes to the annual Network Event and has an on-going advocacy element to it. We are aiming to develop a new more dynamic approach to this work, which is more appealing to new generations of volunteers and community actors.

The person appointed needs to be flexible, insightful, able to think and move quickly, and willing to adapt. We are particularly looking for someone with experience and knowledge in safeguarding, governance and general voluntary sector issues. The role will involve travel across the whole county including some remote parts but especially south west Hampshire.

The post is initially offered for 2 days/week. More days may be possible subject to funding.

To apply please fill out the application form attached below and send application via the portal below.