This vacancy has now closed

Community Connector

  • Full time
  • £26,274
  • Dumfries
  • Closing 29th March 2020


  • Advertised from 12th March 2020
  • Salary inclusive of a 5% unsocial hours allowance. 37.5 hours per week.

Role

What is Communities2gether?

Aberlour, funded by the Scottish Governments- Investing in Communities Fund, is committed to working with the people and communities of North West Dumfries to tackle the impact of poverty and inequality. Working collaboratively with the health and social care partnership and existing community partners we will connect with people and communities to identify strengths and support local people to lead on the development of local supports and community connections. We are currently developing a Community Hub which provides an accessible community resource. We currently offer space for community groups, a small community laundry, a community clothing service, a community fridge and freezer and family rooms. Our aim is to work towards community ownership.

What is the role of Community Connector?

North West Dumfries is a recognised SIMD area of deprivation. Aberlour recognise there are many inherent strengths (skills and interests) amongst people living across the communities that make up the area referred to as North West Dumfries and on this basis are looking to recruit a Community Connector to connect with people within this geographic location, and through the facilities and resources of our Community Hub, Lincluden, support them to develop activities and/or projects that bring people together to benefit the area, reduce the impact of poverty, improve Health and wellbeing, leading to individual and community empowerment and self-efficacy

This role will involve:

  • Discovering local people’s aspirations;
  • Uncovering their skills and interest;
  • Identifying with the community what they can do for themselves and where external support or assistance may help;
  • Connecting and mobilising people;
  • Helping them take ideas forward into action including assisting with project plans and grant applications.
  • Building professional relationships with external agencies within the community to develop opportunities for volunteering, education/training, employment, companionship and health and wellbeing activities for users of the Community Hub.
  • Work in partnership with our community hub users to encourage social integration enabling them to lead meaningful, purposeful lives by promoting resilience, peer support, self-care and support with all areas of development
  • Contribute to the development and day to day running of our community hub, including the supervision and support of our volunteers.
  • Collaborate with other community partners in order to work effectively across North West Dumfries to implement a strategy personalised to each project to successfully meet community needs

You will work 37.5 hours per week, these hours will be worked flexibly to meet the needs of the service and the local community which may include evenings, weekends and public holidays. This post is offered on a fixed term basis for 2.5 years.

We are looking for candidates who have experience of working with communities and a diverse range of stakeholders. In addition, we require candidates to have a relevant qualification at SCQF level 7 or above. Further details can be found in the accompanying job description.

Why should I apply for this post?

If you have an interest in developing community led, place-based change and believe that everyone has something to contribute to their community, regardless of past experience or system labels, THEN THIS IS THE POST FOR YOU!!

You will join park of a highly motivated and skilled team to provide a personalised service for the local community. As a Community Connector you will receive a supported induction consisting of various training opportunities both internal and external. Aberlour offers excellent annual leave entitlement starting at 35 days per year rising yearly to 40 days per year. You will also have access to our excellent group pension scheme which is provided by Scottish Widows. In addition to all of the above you will have access to our Aberlour Retail Rewards discount Scheme which gives provides discount on many high street stores and well-known brands. For further information on the terms and conditions offered please see attachment below.

Application notes

If you are interested in this post please apply online at our website aberlour.org.uk/workwithus. If you have any queries please e-mail: jobs@aberlour.org.uk.

If you would like further information about the service and this post, please contact Amanda McAllister on 01387 325090 for an informal chat.

Aberlour is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of all our service users and uses a thorough and rigorous recruitment and selection process including PVG Scheme checks to ensure this commitment is not compromised.

Applications to be returned by: Midnight, Sunday 29th March 2020

Interviews are planned for Friday 3rd April 2020

A Scottish Guarantee Co No: SC312912 Scottish Charity No. SC007991