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Laburnum Boat Club
London E2
£35,000 to £37,500
Closing date
4 Nov 2021

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The Co-ordinator

Do you have a track record working in inner city communities?

Are you committed to helping young people develop their own futures?

Can you fundraise?

Can you lead a small team?

Can you manage a charity?

Help young people in Hackney get the best in life and come and lead the Laburnum Boat Club into a new future!

Our Co-ordinator has retired. We are looking for the leadership and supporting skills to take this community based project forward and to build on the sense of family that binds Laburnum Boat Club together.

About us:

Located on the Regent’s Canal, the Laburnum Boat Club has, for over 38 years, provided a safe, supportive environment where young people, adults and families from the local community can access a range of water based activities including the use of our canoes, narrowboats, open space, and a climbing wall.

“We are not just a boat club; We are not just a youth club; We provide a safe and enjoyable environment  using the medium of water sports to challenge, inspire and to achieve social and personal growth.”

Find out more about us on our website at

Can you demonstrate your skills?

  • Working with young people and their families in a ‘safeguarding’ environment
  • With a track record of delivering
  • Real experience of most of the key tasks listed in the person specification
  • Listening, learning, responding
  • Developing a vision and helping others deliver it
  • Diplomacy and dedication

The role:

1. Leadership:

  • To provide the leadership and management of the organisation to ensure that it continues to deliver, from its site, a range of inclusive services that responds to the needs of the young people, adults, and families who we support.
  • The Club is proud of the services that it delivers, and your primary role is to maintain and build upon the ethos of the club as a successful provider of services that welcome the young people, adults and families who come to us, working with staff, parents, and carers, in a happy and supportive environment and with the support of funding partners.
  • You will be responsible for the development, planning and delivery of the services provided at the Club, and will lead the planning and implementation of a programme of services and activities to meet the objects of the charity as outlined in the mission statement: “ … to provide opportunities for the personal development of young people and their families in the local community through participation in a range of water-based activities.  We aim to be a positive force for changing lives in a safe and supportive environment.”
  • Ensure that in all of its functions the Club retains its core values as a facility that: Welcomes and serves all children, young people, and other users, regardless of ability, ethnicity or gender. In particular the Club has a successful and established strategy for engaging with and supporting those with a range of differing needs. This is to be sustained and developed.
  • This commitment to inclusion puts the emphasis on engaging those disadvantaged and hard-to-reach young people and their families who can most benefit from its service.
  • Enthuse our team – two senior fulltime staff, an intern, 8 skilled and trained part time and sessional staff providing youthwork and sports instruction, and a part time administrator.

2. Governance

  • You will work with the Management Committee to develop and maintain a strategic plan and a business plan for the Club, together with regular reporting on all critical issues to the Committee, and as appropriate to its two sub-committees – for finance and for employment. From time to time review the governance of the organisation.

3. Fundraising and external relationships

  • Represent the Club (and be its voice) at local government, business, community, and voluntary sector levels. Among others this will include the L.B. Hackney, youth work agencies, water sports bodies, the Canal and Rivers Trust and in particular the adjacent Bridge Academy and its sponsors.
  • Be responsible for developing and implementing a fund-raising strategy with a target of covering annual costs and building up reserves.

4. Management

  • You will be the named responsible person, working with designated staff members and committee members as appropriate, to ensure all regulatory requirements as a charity serving a wide section of the community are met, with particular emphasis on the safeguarding of young and vulnerable individuals
  • Working with the staff team you will provide a co-ordinated service bringing together staffing, fundraising, the activities and programming, the site and buildings, publicity, and external relations. For all matters you will both liaise with and report to the Committee and Officers.
  • The Boat Club is open for 7 days a week, with morning, afternoon, and evening sessions at the Club plus trips within the UK and abroad. You will be able to be flexible in how you use the contract hours to be able to have an overview of all club activities.

How to apply

Laburnum Boat Club is committed to equality and diversity of opportunity, and we encourage applications from all backgrounds.

Enhanced DBS required

To apply :

confirm that you are eligible to be employed in this role in the UK


Submit a CV and a maximum two-page covering letter explaining:

- your interest in applying for the role, and

- your relevant experience particularly over the last 5 years per the person specification attached.

Closing Date: 22nd October 2021

Shortlisting: week of 25th October 2021

Interviews:  week of 8th November 2021

Laburnum Boat Club is a Registered Charity No.801255 80125501255

A company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales No. 2360592

The Club requests no contact from agencies or media sales.

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