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New Buddies Network Officer

  • Full time
  • £27,594
  • Renfrewshire
  • Closing 12th July 2021

  • Advertised from 24th June 2021
  • 35 hrs p/w, fixed term contract until 31st March 2022 with possible extension.
  • We are open to discussing the role as a secondment position.


ACCOUNTABLE TO: Community & Partnership Manager, Engage Renfrewshire

RESPONSIBLE FOR: Driving improvement and change through awareness of, and access to, health and employment services available to the ethnic minority communities of Renfrewshire. Supporting community cohesion through cultural programmes including events and campaigns. Further developing the Integration Network for Renfrewshire

Renfrewshire is committed to finding ways of reducing inequalities and improving quality of life for our valued minority ethnic communities, through systemic change and cultural understanding.

The New Buddies Network Officer, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, will lead our programme and act as an integration conduit for Renfrewshire’s ethnic minority groups. The officer will deliver a programme to reduce barriers as described by our target communities, and improve the wellbeing of participants by increasing access to health and employability services. As part of Renfrewshire’s ongoing commitment to using culture as a means of improving life chances, the officer will also support codesign of and involvement in local cultural programmes. The New Buddies Officer will lead an approach that includes a commitment to developing strong sustained advocacy by empowering participants to act as local advocates themselves, for their growing communities.

The New Buddies Network Officer will be aware of the need to empower participants to build confidence, skills and trusted relationships with partners. This in turn will lead to meaningful codesign and participation in service delivery improvement, and thus increased levels of health and wellbeing.

Main Duties:

  • Utilise Engage’s stakeholder networks to build relationships between colleagues in health, employability and cultural services and local people from minority ethnic backgrounds.
  • Develop and manage IN Renfrewshire (Integration Network Renfrewshire), ensuring representation from multiple ethnicities.
  • Build awareness and capacity among local partners to accelerate equality and diversity by developing and promoting a Race Equality Toolkit
  • Act to improve on the levels of awareness and accessibility to health and employability services reported by Renfrewshire’s ethnic minority communities
  • Work to improve codesign of and participation in local cultural programmes by ethnic minority communities of Renfrewshire
  • Contribute to the HSCP (Health & Social Care Partnership) Health Inequalities sub-group; identifying and advising changes to improve health outcomes for ethnic minority communities.
  • Encourage ethnic minority community members to engage with voluntary sector support and advice groups
  • Increase volunteering among ethnic minority community members.
  • Increase partners’ understanding of other barriers such as digital and poverty.
  • Work as a member of Engage Renfrewshire’s Community And Voluntary Action (CAVA) team
  • Develop a network of community advocates which is self-sustaining
  • Report to and work productively with Engage Renfrewshire’s Community & Partnership Manager, and collaborate where relevant with other CAVA staff
  • Understand and connect with the aims of Scottish Government and Renfrewshire Community Planning Partnership
  • Adhere to all Engage Renfrewshire’s policies and procedures.
  • Any other duties which are consistent with the duties and responsibilities of the post

Person specification (E = essential, D = desirable)

  • An understanding of aims of the Race Equality Framework for Scotland (E)
  • Experience of working with harder to reach groups (E)
  • Ability to work effectively remotely, and efficiently using online meeting tools (E)
  • Ability to use online platforms including social media to develop and promote campaigns and networking opportunities (E)
  • Understanding of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on marginalised groups (D)
  • Experience of contributing to and implementing network and communications plans (E)
  • Experience of working with volunteers and voluntary agencies (E)
  • Experience of collaborative working with other organisations and/or cross-sector working (D)
  • Experience of recording and utilising data for reporting (E)
  • Experience of gathering and repurposing case studies, testimonies, photos and quotes (D)
  • Experience of contributing to campaigns and/or running events (E)
  • Ability to represent Engage Renfrewshire at inter-agency meetings and events (E)
  • Ability to be well organised and to use initiative (E)
  • Ability to diary manage and to identify priorities within a busy workload (E)
  • Excellent inter-personal, communication and problem solving skills (E)
  • Excellent digital skills including social media (E)

Application notes

Closing date: 9am Monday 12 July 2021

Interview date: Monday 19 or Tuesday 20 July 2021

Post commences: Monday 16 August 2021

To apply, please email Covering Letter and CV to

For further information about the role, please email marking as 'FAO Karen McIntyre'.