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Community Impact Bucks Vacancies

Chief Executive - Healthwatch Bucks

Healthwatch Bucks Logo Fully Vectorised bigWe’re looking for a leader to build on our record of success in listening to local people and influencing services to help them learn from the experiences of users of health and social care.

Salary: up to £50,000 per annum

Working hours: negotiable (between 28 and 35 hours per week)

Location: Monks Risborough

Job type: Permanent

Closing Date: 5pm Tuesday 30th June 2020

Interview dates: w/c Monday 6th July 2020

Our role is to ensure that health and social care services put the experiences of people at the heart of their work in shaping and improving services across Buckinghamshire.

We are looking for a Chief Executive to provide strong and inspirational leadership for the continued development of our organisation which has been awarded the contract for Healthwatch and the Independent Health Complaints Advocacy Service in Buckinghamshire through to March 2023 with the possibility of extension for a further two years.

The selected candidate will be a strategic thinker, team leader and project manager, confident in developing high level relationships and experienced in working with decision makers to exert influence and enable change.

We are seeking an outstanding communicator; someone with vision, drive and negotiation skills plus experience of building and leading teams, achieving targets and outcomes, generating income, and managing contracts and partnerships.

The post holder will work closely with a cohesive and supportive Chair and Board of Healthwatch Bucks in delivering realistic plans and activities based on intelligence gathered through our various activities.

Please download an application form and information pack from our website.

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

Pub lunch club co-ordinator

Voluntary Opportunity

We have three vacancies for a Pub Lunch Club Coordinator to work with our county coordinator to support Pub Lunch Clubs in their communities.

The Pub Lunch Club scheme is a way of helping people maintain a level of social contact in rural areas and is aimed at the over fifties, especially those who are becoming socially isolated. The project also helps village pubs which provide a great atmosphere for the lunches.

Your main tasks would include being host on the day of the lunch, maintaining a record of the names and contact details of attendees and liaising with the pub.

We are looking for someone who can give half a day a month on the day of the pub lunch as well as dealing with occasional phone calls. The role does not need any specific qualifications and would suit someone who has an outgoing personality and is a good organiser and communicator. We currently have vacancies in Wendover, Longwick and Burnham but would be interested to hear from people all across Bucks who might be interested in the role as we are continually expanding the areas we cover.

For more information download the role description  or email communities@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

Thames Valley Partnership - Volunteer Coordinator

Salary: £21,500

Full Time, 37.5 hours a week (job share and flexible working may be available on request.)

Thames Valley Partnership is an established registered charity of 25 years operating a range of support services for those affected by crime, across the three Thames Valley counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, and beyond.

Following a successful funding bid to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner Thames Valley, we are now recruiting a team of staff to run a new Victims’ First support service for adults across the Thames Valley, offering specialist support for adult victims and their families, providing them with crisis intervention, advocacy and longer term practical and emotional support. To complement the team, we need to recruit a full-time Volunteer Coordinator role to help to manage both the volunteers for the new service as well as those volunteering across the other Partnership programmes. This will allow volunteers to be recruited in a more coordinated way, and training and allocation to specific types of roles to be better managed – giving the volunteers better opportunities to develop and grow within the Partnership, and if desired to be involved in more than one programme.

Role: This is a new role which will act as the central interface between the volunteers and the various programme managers and core staff team. You will coordinate the key elements of recruiting, vetting, training, retaining and motivating volunteers in their respective roles and have responsible for developing/maintaining the necessary documentation including budgets, volunteer records, policies etc. The role is based at the Partnership’s office in Aston Sandford, Buckinghamshire HP17 8JB – however flexibility will be offered to enable home working some of the time. There will be some travel required across the three counties and reasonable expenses will be paid. Applicants must have access to a vehicle.

Closing date for applications: Monday 29th June 8am
Interviews will be held on: Thursday 2nd July

For a full Job Description and an Application Pack please visit the Thames Valley Partnership website.

High Wycombe Shopmobility - Part time Co-ordinator

High Wycombe Shopmobility requires additional part-time staff to join their small, dedicated team providing a valuable service to the community. This could be one person for two days a week or two people for 1 day a week.

The hours to be worked are 9.15am to 5pm Wednesday and Saturdays.

The role involves co-ordinating the operation and administration of the Shopmobility Service based Eden Shopping Centre, High Wycombe.

Applicants will need to be a team player and flexible with the tasks which they are asked to undertake. They will be expected to manage bookings and serve customers; this may involve some light lifting. Some computer literacy is desirable.

The ideal candidate will possess good organisational, communication and social skills. He/she will understand the needs of people with disabilities and will be able to motivate and lead a team of volunteer helpers. On occasions they may have to work on own, full on-site training will be given to successful applicant.

Salary is £67.58 per day

If you would like a job description and application form please email hw.shopmob.comms@btconnect.com, these should be completed and returned to Claire McMackin, High Wycombe Shopmobility, 2 Newland Meadow, Eden, Street, High Wycombe, Bucks. HP11 2BZ.

Closing date for applicants 16th June 2020

Interviews week commencing 22nd June 2020

If you do not receive a response from us, this unfortunately means that you have not been selected for an interview.