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Community Volunteer Coordinator

Employer
Leonard Cheshire Disability
Location
Homebased - covering South West England, Cotswolds (Oxfordshire/Gloucestershire)
Salary
£22,322 per annum
Closing date
10 May 2021
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Job Details

This is role may include the odd evening and weekend work.

At Leonard Cheshire we support individuals to live, learn and work as independently as they choose, whatever their ability. Led by people with experience of disability, we are at the heart of local life — opening doors to opportunity, choice and support in communities around the globe.

We work to support communities to be inclusive for all, where the whole community equally values all its members because of, not despite, our differences. Where everyone within the community feels safe and has an equal voice in shaping the community and has a sense of belonging.

To support our inclusive community approach, we are currently recruiting a Community Volunteer Coordinator covering South West England Cotswolds (Oxfordshire/Gloucestershire) to deliver our volunteering programme across the region.  Leonard Cheshire volunteers lead and support a wide range of services, including community activities, employment, confidence building and digital inclusion programmes, social care services, fundraising and campaigns, so a desire to effect positive change and the ability to link effectively with a range of people will be vital to the success of this role.

Initially focussed on supporting delivery for our Wheels For All project funded by the Gloucester Foundation in the main, supporting the local community and disabled people seeking to be more active. This role will be mainly focussed on the County of Gloucestershire, at least until Sept 2021. Applicants must live in the County or close to its borders. After supporting the restructure of this project the role will cover the Cotswold area, with a broader focus on community opportunities supporting the region. The ability to adapt to this change and undertake travel across the area is essential.

We are looking for candidates who have a good knowledge of the volunteering sector, are passionate about supporting disabled people and have the motivation to make a difference.

You will have extensive knowledge of the Cotswolds community activity and be able to demonstrate your ability to connect locally and identify volunteering opportunities for people with disabilities, as well as gaps in the local community to develop peer-led group activities.

You’ll be able to demonstrate your knowledge of disability issues, your approach to networking, understanding of the Leonard Cheshire offer, and how you would utilise volunteers to support in the promotion of Leonard Cheshire.

You’ll understand the importance of co-production and the involvement of disabled people in the design of our approach and activities. Have a proven track record in identifying volunteering opportunities within the community, and social care setting, including using corporate and overseas volunteers.

You’ll have experience in working across a geographically spread location, working with multifunctional departments and managers in social care services in identifying activities which could be supported by volunteers within person centred plans (PCPs) to ensure that volunteer activity is meeting the needs of Leonard Cheshire customers, programmes and services.

You will have:

  • empathy with the values and ethos of Leonard Cheshire Disability.
  • experience of working with disabled people
  • experience of volunteer recruitment and selection procedures
  • demonstrable experience of supporting managers and staff to optimise the value of volunteers through training, coaching, motivating and developing individual and teams of volunteers as required
  • demonstrate an understanding of the needs of disabled people, including customer self-advocacy and empowerment
  • excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • good organisational skills, able to use your initiative, manage workload and to prioritise activities. Ability to work alone and as part of a team
  • presentation and event / activity organisation skills
  • able to keep accurate records, including use of databases
  • able to use standard Microsoft packages, such as Word, Excel, Outlook
  • knowledge of health and safety legislation
  • able to work flexibly to meet local volunteering needs, (including occasional weekends and evenings)
  • able to travel within a given area and occasional overnight stays

Benefits

• Substantial annual leave
• A generous employer contribution to a company pension scheme with additional life cover
• Access to a cash health plan at favourable rates
• Flexible working and lot’s more

You will have a genuine commitment to the values and ethos of Leonard Cheshire and be excited by this challenge and the opportunity to make a difference to disabled people.

Please submit with your CV a supporting statement no more than 2 pages, demonstrating how your skills, knowledge and experience meet the key criteria for the role outlined in the Job Description.

Leonard Cheshire welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We actively encourage applications from people with a disability, supporting where possible, your requirements for reasonable adjustments.

A satisfactory disclosure check (PVG membership in Scotland) is required for this post.

Shortlisting for this role may take place as applications are received. We therefore reserve the right to close this vacancy once suitable candidates have been appointed.

* No agencies please *     

Closing date: 10 May 2021

Interview: May 2021

Company

Leonard Cheshire Disability is a charity that supports disabled people in the UK and internationally. It is a major social care provider and runs numerous employment, volunteering and digital inclusion projects as well as campaigning for equality for disabled people.

Founded in 1948, Leonard Cheshire Disability has an annual income of £162m and is one of the largest employers in the voluntary sector, with 7,500 members of staff.

Leonard Cheshire Disability takes its name from its founder, former RAF pilot Leonard Cheshire. It started by establishing care homes. By the 1960s, the charity ran over fifty services in the UK and 22 other countries and, in the next decade, began to diversify into community projects and home support.

Leonard Cheshire Disability now works directly with more than 20,000 people in the UK and reaches tens of thousands more through its policy and campaign work. It has offices in London, Edinburgh, Caerleon (Wales) and Belfast.

Social care provision is still a major part of the charity’s work. It operates over 100 care homes across the UK. Residents include people with physical and sensory impairments, people with learning disabilities, children, older people and people with an acquired brain injury.

Leonard Cheshire is one of the UK’s leading providers of specialist rehabilitation for people with brain injuries, currently supporting over 500 people through its network of rehabilitation and long stay centres.

The charity also provides supported living accommodation services, personalised care in people’s own homes, day support, community outreach services and respite support.

Work and skills development is another major strand of the charity’s mission. It provides training to improve skills and support disabled people into employment. Services include providing volunteering opportunities for 16-35 year olds, arranging paid internships at top UK companies and a voluntary, government-supported programme to help disabled people looking to find or keep a job.

Leonard Cheshire also supports digital inclusion for disabled people. It operates a network of accessible IT rooms, giving access to computers and equipment, and offers access to computers and adapted equipment in disabled people’s own homes.

Leonard Cheshire Disability is also an international organisation, with regional offices in South Asia, East Asia and the Pacific, West Africa, East and North Africa and Southern Africa. It is working to a five year international strategy which aims to promote independence among more than 100,000 people with disabilities in Africa and Asia.

As one of the leading providers of services for people with disabilities in the UK, Leonard Cheshire Disability offers a variety of working environments, such as care homes, day centres and offices.

Find Us
Telephone
1902 792 060
Location
66 South Lambeth Road
Vauxhall
London
SW8 1RL
GB
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