“Working together to improve health and wellbeing in the community – with the community.”
What is Building and Celebrating Communities?
It is about improving people’s experience of health and social care. It is also about helping people living in their communities to live well, to know how to enhance their health and wellbeing and for communities to recognise their strengths, their dependencies and interdependencies.
The Building and Celebrating Communities (BCC) programme is based on the principles of Asset-based community development (ABCD). ABCD challenges the wider traditional approaches that try to solve urban and rural development challenges by focusing on the needs and deficiencies of individuals, and communities. ABCD demonstrates that people, local assets, and individual strengths are key to ensure sustainable community development, and that people have a life of their own choosing.
The overriding objective of BCC is to explore how we can generate more space for communities to create the things that matter to them - and how we can support these activities.
To drive this objective forward the BCC programme board are seeking to appoint a development coordinator, initially on an 18 month contract and hosted within South Lanarkshire’s Third Sector Interface (VASLan). The post holder will work across all four South Lanarkshire Localities with community groups, Third Sector organisations, the TSI, the Community Engagement Team, and wider stakeholders to build awareness and levels of community activity in support of the BCC capacity-building program.
This exciting opportunity will be the catalyst in the delivery of three key areas.
1. The identification of what it is that communities can and are doing best on their own. Not everything needs involvement from statutory agencies and this is not about reinventing the wheel or interfering. If anything, we want to celebrate what’s working – whilst being mindful many people want to help each other out without making a fuss.
2. Identify where communities require help. Sometimes this may require a very light touch, making a connection or offering minimal assistance to get an initiative, formal or otherwise, off the ground, like a sporting group or befriending network. Sometimes it may require a bit more assistance or involvement for a longer period of time.
3. Identify what communities need SLH&SCP and partner agencies to do for them, initially or on an ongoing basis - and take a leading role in making that happen.
If you have experience of working directly with communities and a genuine interest in
this exiting area of work then get in touch and apply.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of the Job Description and Application Form. Closing Date 30th April 2021.