National Volunteering and Public Engagement Co-ordinator
Aesop - National Volunteering and Public Engagement Coordinator
Location: Witney, Oxfordshire
The arts can transform people's lives, improve people's health and well-being, and have a role in solving social problems. The UK has an arts sector which is world-class and wide-reaching: commercial arts such as the music industry and publishing, voluntary arts (49,000 local arts groups involving 9.4 million people) and a publicly funded sector which helps the arts to innovate, widen access and raise quality.
Aesop is a bridge-builder between the health and arts sectors helping arts enterprises in health grow. Aesop's mission is to realise this potential to transform helping health harness the powers of the arts, and helping the arts gear up to deliver health improvement. One of their key projects: Dance to Health, is a pioneering falls prevention dance programme for older people .
There are currently 40 local Dance to Health programmes. These will transition to 22 Maintenance programmes, becoming ongoing, sustainable community dance groups, run by volunteers.
The overall aim is for volunteers, in collaboration with existing local Dance to Health Co-ordinators, to develop Dance to Health Maintenance Programmes into sustainable, user-led localised Dance to Health groups that are embedded in the local community.
Main purpose of the role:
We are looking for someone who is experienced in working with older people and knowledgeable and enthusiastic about volunteering.
This work will focus on developing and engaging with volunteers (most aged 50+), who will organise and lead local Dance to Health groups in all our national locations.
Currently there are around 450 volunteers registered with Dance to Health. This role will lead on ensuring we develop volunteering to reach our target of 800+ volunteers.
-Develop and implement a volunteer recruitment strategy to ensure the operational needs and ongoing sustainability of all Dance to Health local groups. In particular, focus on developing and supporting volunteers who will organise and lead groups.
-Work effectively with local Dance to Health Coordinators and project partners to achieve the recruitment, engagement, support and ongoing development of 800 volunteers
-Evaluate volunteering across Dance to Health.
-Develop models of good practice in working with people aged 50+ that can be rolled out nationally to coordinators to support them in the day to day management of volunteers in the regional area.
-Devise and implement volunteer management and support policies and procedures to ensure the groups become volunteer-led and sustainable by September 2019.
Public Engagement & Communications
-In collaboration with the Head of Public Engagement & Communications, devise, keep up-to-date and deliver a public engagement strategy, for joint local delivery with Local Co-ordinators.
-Conduct regular consultation and other listening exercises, and involve participants and volunteers in decision-making.
-Support volunteers to raise awareness and support in their local community for 'their' Dance to Health programme
-Develop a tool kit of advice and guidance for the various volunteer roles and responsibilities.
-Develop a quarterly newsletter and other suitable communications.
Skills and Experience required:
-Exceptional experience of developing, implementing and evaluating effective volunteering programmes.
-Successful experience of communicating with, motivating and supporting older people and older people's networks.
-Successful experience of co-ordinating public engagement delivered at a local level
-Demonstrable experience of embedding volunteering programmes and projects into the local community.
-Communications and event organising experience
Successful engagement with community groups including the hard to reach.
-Marketing and communications skills.
-Market research, 'listening' and evaluation skills and techniques.
-Education to degree level or comparable professional experience.
-Understanding and knowledge of issues affecting older people, including barriers to participation and volunteering.
-Ability to travel nationally, as this role will involve visiting the locations where the Dance to Health programmes are being run.
-Substantial and demonstrable interest in health and/or dance
Closing date for applications: 25th July