|Status||Fixed Term Contract until January 2023|
|Hours Per Week||Full Time - 35 Hours per Week|
Community Connectors are part of the local aspiration to move towards stronger residents and neighbourhoods: the Community Connectors work with individuals and communities building on the Asset Based Community Development work in the borough. Connectors work on what is ‘strong and not what is wrong’
Community Connectors serve as that missing link for some people to access the things they need, to feel able to move forward and look to achieve goals and improve their well-being. Community Connectors can explore the best ways to link residents into local services and activities, at the speed of trust.
80% of this job will involve connecting and door knocking at a local (street & neighbourhood) level in the community.
- Support the identification of people’s dreams and aspirations for their community including families and children, and then supporting people to identify the community assets that will help those dreams be realised.
- Identify local informal groups and associations and build relationships, encouraging collaboration between organisations and residents.
- Discover *‘Connectors’ across the community, provide opportunities to come together to exchange learning and map community assets.
- Engage a multitude of individuals who are striving to build community; better connect residents together in purposeful and meaningful social activity, volunteering and civic endeavour.
- Support local connectors and act as a resource in bringing them together to form an ad hoc collective that’s helps to weave community activities and associations.
- Capture local stories from the learning sites and share key findings with stakeholders in partnership with local residents.
- Facilitate the development of appropriate community led action in relation to community building themes.
- Be intentional throughout regarding the relocation of authority to community and away from themselves, a Community Builder never speaks for citizens.
- Contribute to participatory evaluation of the learning sites.
- To work in line with set contract targets and monitor and record all work to enable you to produce quality monthly reports.
*A Connector is someone who is a member of a community who cares about their community and has strong connections with the community.
Qualities and Attributes of a Community Connector:
- Flexible, adaptable and a good listener.
- An understanding of social isolation, health and wellbeing and some of the challenges that can be faced by different community members.
- Team player with an open honest manner & ability to build effective relationships with a wide range of individuals.
- Ability to build strong relationships and work collaboratively with leaders, local authority and professionals.
- Ability to ‘step back’ and enable communities to do for themselves.
- Able to priorities tasks, work load and good time management.
- Motivational and empowering.
- Political awareness with and ability to influence, challenge and support.
- Believes everyone has something essential to contribute to build communities regardless of past experience of the labels others have placed on them & focused on the ‘gifts’ of individuals.
- The ability to monitor and report case work & statistics and work to specific project targets.
- To ensure you represent to charity in the best manner at all times.
Skills and Experience:
- Experience of working within communities with a diverse range of stakeholders.
- Community leadership and team building skills, strong facilitation skills.
- Ability to work autonomously, remain calm and ‘Think on your feet’.
- IT literate - competent in use of internet, email and web based communication systems.
- Ability to research information from a range of sources.
- Ability to produce quality monthly reports.
- Experience of setting/maintaining appropriate boundaries with community members & professionals.
- Experience of working with a caseload of people/families within set case parameters.
- Experience of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.
- Experience and understanding of mental health and social care services.
- Monitoring and recording case work and statistics in relation to their role.
- Experience of working to set contract targets.
- Ability to drive/access a vehicle for work purposes.
- An understanding and connection working with vulnerable groups and BAME communities.
- Multi lingual would be desirable.
Interviews will be held on week 17th August 2020.
If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date then it is likely that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion, however please do not be discouraged from applying again.