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Community Support Worker

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Job Summary

Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
22/06/2021 23:59
Grade 8 (SCP 31-35) £34,728 - £38,890
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Youth / Community / Leisure Services
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Employment Location:
Civic Centre, home working and agile within the community
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Job details 

Closing date:
22 Jun

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2 Year Fixed Term

Community Support Worker - helping communities bring about social change, grow community wealth and create resilient communities

Re-advertisement – previous applicants need not re-apply

Sunderland’s Vision is that by 2023 we will be a connected, international city with opportunities for all. To support delivery of this Vision, Sunderland Council continues to consult with residents, deliver Neighbourhood Investment priorities and grow community wealth and resilience.

Sunderland has a thriving Voluntary and Community Enterprise Sector (VCSE) and, alongside partners, Sunderland Council is committed to working with the sector to improve opportunities and reduce inequality for residents and to support the VCSE to increase their capacity and sustainability.

We have established an Alliance who’s first priority is to increase capacity within the sector to ensure our voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations across Sunderland are supported day-to-day, to ensure they can fundraise, manage volunteers, and to develop and increase their delivery offer, should they want to.

Sunderland Council has secured funding to create three fixed-term Community Support Worker posts, which will work within one of the geographical areas of Sunderland .

The posts will be initially for two years, with potential to extend subject to funding.

As a Community Support Worker, you'll work with voluntary and community sector organisations, social enterprise organisations, resident groups and whole communities, empowering them to:
• identify their assets, needs and opportunities
• plan what they want to achieve and take appropriate action
• develop activities and services to generate aspiration and confidence and support delivery of the City Plan, Neighbourhood Investment Plans, Community Wealth Building Strategy and Community Led Local Development Strategy

Your role will frequently involve addressing inequality and the projects you work on will often be in communities perceived to be disadvantaged for a range of reasons.

The post holder will be part of a busy and vibrant team dealing with both internal and external customers. You will be required to have excellent interpersonal communication skills both written and verbal and have excellent literacy, numeracy and customer service skills and a general understanding of Voluntary and Community Sector Procedures.

Successful candidates will have a proven track record in effective bid writing and ability to provide training to develop bid writing skills. In addition to being able to clearly demonstrate their own experience, or experience of working with VCS organisations, to:-
• Support and grow volunteers
• Secure and manage physical assets (land, buildings and equipment)
• Manage finances effectively including income generation, fundraising, managing accounts
• Work effectively together in partnership with other VCS groups and local partner agencies
• Setting up new VCS Organisations including provision of Governance Support developing constitutions or registering as a charity

This post is exempt from the rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore will be subject to a DBS check from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Please see the Job Description and Person Specification for more information.

For an informal discussion please contact Helen Peverley, Area Arrangements Strategic Manager at helen.peverley@sunderland.gov.uk

Applications should be made on-line at northeastjobs.org.uk/sunderlandcitycouncil. For further assistance contact Operational HR Services by email: jobs@sunderland.gov.uk

Please note that CVs are not acceptable.

Please note that all communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address that you have registered online with North East Jobs, including your invitation to any online assessment you are required to undertake and your invite to interview if you are short-listed. Please check your email inbox after the closing date for notifications as you may not be notified by any other means. Please remember to check your junk mail items.

Please be advised if you have not heard from us in six weeks after the closing date please assume you have not been shortlisted.

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