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Community Impact Bucks Vacancies

VCSE Health Partnership & Engagement Manager

Part Time 28 hours per week – Fixed-term – 16 months – £34,000 pro rata

Across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West with a base at Community Impact Bucks Office (Monks Risborough – our team is currently working mainly from home).

Could you provide the partnership management expertise to enable the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector in the Thames Valley to play a full role as an equal partner in the health and care system?

 About us

VCSE sector development agencies in our region are working in partnership with Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West (BOB) Integrated Care System (ICS) help improve ways of working together, as part of NHS England/NHS Improvement’s VCSE Leadership Programme.

The project will:

  • Embed partnership working, with VCSE organisations within both Integrated Care Systems (ICS) and Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) structures
  • Develop and support active, two-way communication and feedback mechanisms between the ICS and VCSE sector
  • Create and strengthen VCSE leadership groups or alliances at system, place and neighbourhood levels to enable better co-ordination and communication within the VCSE sector.

The project is governed by a Project Board made up of BOB ICS representatives and an alliance of VCSE infrastructure and support organisations, namely:

  • Community Impact Bucks
  • OCVA (Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action)
  • RVA (Reading Voluntary Action)
  • Involve Community Services (Bracknell Forest & Wokingham)
  • Volunteer Centre West Berkshire

The role is hosted by Community Impact Bucks. Our office in Monks Risborough has free parking and good bus and rail links. Our team is currently working mainly from home, but with access to the office when needed.

About you

You will be an experienced partnership manager with strong all-round project management capabilities that can be evidenced through experience. You will enjoy building partnerships, networks and alliances across sectors, working strategically with a clear understanding of practical and cultural barriers to successful collaborations.

You will have a clear understanding of the role and potential of the VCSE sector within the health and social care system, and an awareness of the local, regional and national health and care agenda from a VCSE perspective.

Key responsibilities

  • Lead the design, delivery and evaluation of the project, ensuring it meets contractual obligations, operates within budget and achieves the desired impact.
  • Develop excellent relationships with project stakeholders from VCSE and public sector ICS/ICP colleagues, including Healthwatch.
  • Develop robust partnerships between key stakeholders at all levels to ensure effective networks are created and maintained.
  • Advocate for the VCSE sector, encouraging ICS partners to consider new and innovative approaches to working closely with the sector to support the health and wellbeing needs of local communities.
  • Alongside local VCSE development bodies, organise and facilitate networks and engagement events with the VCSE sector, including sessions with ICS/ICP colleagues from outside the sector.
  • Design protocols and processes sharing insight and information between VCSE networks at system, place and neighbourhood levels.
  • Alongside local VCSE development bodies, develop the wider capacity of the VCSE sector to play a full role in the ICS/ICP, including work with partners and national bodies to identify additional opportunities and resources, and drafting bids if required.

 Key requirements

  • A natural collaborator, with the ability to establish credibility and maintain relationships with colleagues from front line staff to very senior stakeholders.
  • Experienced at working effectively at a senior level with partnership initiatives.
  • Ability to work across and understand the geographically, economically and culturally diverse communities across the partnership.
  • An understanding of the workings of the NHS and the wider health and social care landscape, the challenges and the reform agenda
  • Experienced in successfully leading projects from inception to close-down, including setting realistic delivery timeframes, meeting project objectives, and monitoring and reporting outcomes.

Diversity & Inclusion

Community Impact Bucks is committed to challenging inequality and values the diversity of our communities in Buckinghamshire. We recognise that reflecting that diversity will only ever make our organisation better. We work to ensure an inclusive culture where colleagues feel welcomed and supported to succeed and thrive. We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, particularly those from under-represented communities.

How to apply

Please apply through Charity Job where you will be asked to send a CV with a cover letter explaining how your skills, experience and interests meet the Job Description and Person Specification by 9AM on 28th January 2021
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Interviews will take place via video call – Teams or Zoom.

 

Community Impact Bucks Trustee Positions (Voluntary) 1. Trustee: Rural Issues; 2. Trustee: Brand, Marketing and Communications

  • 2020 is here.
  • Do you find yourself ready for a new challenge?
  • Are you eager to use your skills to make a difference to communities across Buckinghamshire?
  • Do you have experience and expertise in Communications / Marketing, or Rural Affairs?
  • Have you thought about becoming a Charity Board Trustee?

We could have the answer. Community Impact Bucks is seeking to recruit a number of committed and dynamic new Trustees to join our Board in 2020.

Who are we?
Community Impact Bucks is a successful, highly respected charity dedicated to achieving a better life for the people of Buckinghamshire. We have a positive impact on a multitude of people and causes across the county – as a key cornerstone charity we help other charities, volunteers and community groups to thrive by finding funding; inspiring people to volunteer; running projects; building strong communities; and helping strengthen leadership throughout the voluntary sector.

Our vision, mission and strategic goals are highlighted on our website, along with stories and case studies of the difference we make.

The Roles
We are looking for new Trustees to join our Board at an exciting time in our development. The next phase of our organisation will involve considerable change and we know that a committed and diverse Board of Trustees will be crucial to the continued success of Community Impact Bucks. We are keen to attract committed individuals who are prepared actively to contribute to decisions and support the actions required for the future development of Community Impact Bucks.

  • As a Trustee, you will provide direction, challenge and support to the talented and dedicated team who work at Community Impact Bucks.
  • You will be part of a committed team who govern the Charity and ensure that Community Impact Bucks delivers on its mission and strategic goals.
  • You will be aligned with and motivated by our vision for improving the lives of people in communities across Bucks.
  • You will be willing and available to give of your expertise.

While not essential, we particularly welcome applications from those with passion and experience of being involved in or leading charities in Bucks.

The Board seeks to recruit two new individual Trustees who will fulfil all the generic responsibilities of the position of Trustee as well as specific expertise in (one of) the following areas in order to complement the current skillset of the Board:

Communications/ Brand/ Marketing Role
The next phase of our organisation will involve considerable change and we know that communication will be vital to our successful transformation. We have identified the need for an experienced marketing or communications professional to join our Trustee Board.

Rural Affairs Role
Do you have experience and expertise in rural communities and the issues affecting them? Buckinghamshire is made up of diverse communities, urban and rural. Changing policies at national and local level is likely to drive significant change in the next decade. Developments in housing, transport, and road and rail infrastructure projects will impact on the sustainability of communities and the environment.

At Community Impact Bucks, we want to be well-equipped to meet these challenges. In particular, we want to ensure that we have the right representation on the Board to enable us to support our rural communities throughout this transformation. We have identified the need to recruit a new Trustee to the Board who will bring considerable knowledge and experience of rural communities and of the issues affecting them. If you have experience in any of the areas affecting rural communities such as housing; transport; village halls; services; sustainability and are interested in becoming a Trustee, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Interested?
For more information or to express an interest, please email: recruitment@communityimpactbucks.org.uk

 

Community Impact Bucks Volunteer Opportunities

Community and Events Fundraiser

Are you full of energy and ideas, with strong people skills, and a persuasive personality? Do you enjoy managing projects and organising successful, engaging and fun events? Do you want to get involved with a busy charity at the heart of Buckinghamshire’s voluntary and community sector?

This is an exciting time at Community Impact Bucks, and we are looking for a bright and dynamic individual to develop brilliant ideas to raise funds, organise fundraising events and inspire new supporters to raise money through events and challenges.

This will be a key role enable us to continue and grow the important work of the charity. We’re here to improve the lives of people in Buckinghamshire through helping charities, volunteers and community groups to thrive. You will also be directly supporting local charities and community groups by offering opportunities for them to extend their fundraising activities.

This could be a one-off project or an ongoing commitment. Hours and times can be flexible to suit your needs as well as ours: we anticipate one major event will require an average of 10 hours a week over a period of about 6 months. Time commitment is likely to peak around events.

This role could be split between 2 or more people.  You can volunteer from home or our office in Monks Risborough (during opening hours).  You are likely to spend some time out and about in communities around Buckinghamshire, including evenings and weekends.

If you are highly organised, able to use your initiative and capitalise on new opportunities, with the confidence to work independently, then this might be the perfect role for you!

For more information download the volunteer role description, or contact Katie Higginson, Chief Executive, on katie@communityimpactbucks.org.uk or phone 0300 111 1250.

Group Gardening

Voluntary Opportunity

Under our Group Gardening scheme which runs throughout Bucks, volunteers work as a team to carry out various gardening projects in clients’ gardens, supervised by the Community Impact Bucks gardening team leader. We always need more gardening volunteers to do valuable work and, drawing on each other’s knowledge and experience, there is always a great sense of camaraderie.

Both novice and experienced gardeners are welcome.

The scheme offers a great opportunity to learn new skills, be more physically active, make new friends and have fun whilst making a big difference to people’s lives.

For more information, click to download the role description or contact Samantha Hardy on 01844 348 831 or samantha@communityimpactbucks.org.uk

Gardening 1:1

Voluntary Opportunity

Elderly and disabled people throughout Bucks need help to maintain their gardens. Through our Gardening 1:1 programme, we match our clients with volunteers who are able to tend the garden of somebody who needs help with garden maintenance.

Volunteers do not need to be experts, just lots of enthusiasm. Tasks could include:

  • Clearance of overgrown gardens
  • General gardening maintenance
  • Decorative, defensive and sensory planting
  • Cleaning of paths and patios

For more information, click to download the role description or contact Samantha Hardy on 01844 348 831 or samantha@communityimpactbucks.org.uk

Volunteer Drivers - Aylesbury

Could you be a volunteer driver for a couple of hours a week? Join our new community transport scheme offering help to Aylesbury residents who are unable to access the bus to take them to the hospital or doctors. Drivers can claim 45p per mile for all volunteer journeys, plus any parking costs. Training and support will be provided by the scheme coordinator. You can commit as much or as little time as you want to fit in with your week. For more information download the role description here or email drivers@communityimpactbucks.org.uk

Other Bucks Charity Vacancies

Wycombe Heritage and Arts Trust - Woodland Trail Project Manager

Wycombe Museum is an independent charity that explores the history of High Wycombe and the surrounding areas, managed by Wycombe Heritage and Arts Trust (WHAT).

In early 2020 Wycombe Museum was awarded funding from #iwill through Heart of Bucks for the development of a Woodland Trail Project, to be installed in our grounds. Due to COVID19 the Museum Woodland Trail project was postponed in February 2020. The project has permission to be delayed from launching at the end of June 2020 to launching end of June 2021.We are recruiting for a Woodland Trail Project Manager to oversee and deliver on this project.

You will be supporting SEND young adult students, carers of students and any supporting gardening volunteers. Essential experience includes gardening as a job or long-term hobby, and experience of communicating with and supporting SEND students and carers.

Project Length:

20-22 weeks, term time contract only. Project will finish on 2nd July 2021.

How to apply: 

Please send a letter of interest and CV to hr@wycombemuseum.org by 5pm on 26th January 2021.

Please click here to view full Job Description and Personal Specifications.

Aylesbury Youth Action - Youth Worker

Area: Aylesbury ValeAYA logo

Contract: Fixed Term

Hours: Flexible

Salary Bracket: Experience dependent

Aylesbury Youth Action is a local charity that aims to improve life chances for young people aged 14-24 years through Youth Volunteering opportunities, enabling them to make a positive contribution to their community.

We are looking to appoint an organised, enthusiastic and motivated individual to work with young people on a variety of projects in collaboration with other local community organisations.

For full details see our advert, poster, visit our website and contact Aylesbury Youth Action

Thames Valley Partnership

The Victims First Specialist Service is an amalgamation of three existing services designed to cater for adult victims of crime with complex practical and emotional needs.

We now have vacancies for three Outreach and Inclusion Workers (working with our Oxon, Berks and Bucks delivery teams) to work specifically with BAMER communities to improve their experiences of accessing and receiving support if they are affected by sexual violence and/or other abuse. There will be an expectation of an ISVA qualification – or a willingness and interest to work towards this. You will manage a caseload of potentially complex cases, providing prevention, intervention, emotional and practical support (including crisis support) and will help to identify and engage with these individuals on a one-to-one basis, enabling them to access services and make positive, empowering choices to change their lives.

Closing date for applications: Friday 30th October 2020 at 5pm
Interviews will be held on: 5th and 6th November 2020

For details see the advert, and visit the Thames Valley Partnership website for a full Job Description and an Application Form.

Age UK Buckinghamshire - Befriending Plus Scheme Co-ordinator

Join our team to get Bucks Connected !

Age UK Buckinghamshire is a charity that supports older people overcome the obstacles and challenges of later life.

We are seeking to recruit an inspiring and engaging individual to join our team and help older residents of Bucks become digitally connected to promote independence and prevent loneliness. It is essential that you will have technical capability and able to support those people who have little or no experience of digital technology to become connected.

The role is initially a fixed term contract for 6 months working 25 hour per week and home based.

Salary : £21,218 fte

Please refer to our website AgeUK Bucks and complete a full application indicating evidence that you meet the Person Specification for the role.

Chiltern Music Therapy - Fundraising Champion

Chiltern Music Therapy is an award winning, not-for-profit organisation that provides music therapy and community music to people of all ages across England.

Chiltern Music Therapy are looking for a Fundraising Champion to join their team on a part-time basis. Their office is based in Chesham and we have an opportunity for an experienced fundraiser to join our team. Working alongside existing staff you will support with grant writing, schools based fundraising and supporting and thanking our individual donors.

The role is initially a fixed term contract for 6 months working 14 hours per week and home based. The ability to support local fundraising events in Buckinghamshire in future and to help us partner with local business would be very helpful.

Salary: £29,500 pro rata.

To apply, please send your CV and a one-page covering letter stating why you would suit this role to recruitment@chilternmusictherapy.co.uk with ‘Fundraising Champion’ in the subject line.

Deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 20th November 2020.

Interviews will take place on Zoom in the week commencing 30th November.