Birmingham, West Midlands
£25,000 - £30,000 per year
Temporary, Fixed term to 31/08/2023, Full-time
Job description

The ‘All Roads Lead to Alexander’ is a 3-year program that aims to bring families and young people living with a disability across commonwealth communities in Birmingham to tell their life stories.  Through this programme we will explore the meaning of disability, diversity and inclusion from a community perspective and explore, challenge, share and develop perspectives on disability between and within commonwealth communities in Birmingham.

The post will be split between our Head Office in Staffordshire and field based work in inner-city Birmingham.  Typically, this will involve 4 days a week working in the community in Birmingham and 1 day a week at our Head office in Staffordshire, although this working pattern is subject to slight variation on occasion. 

Main Duties:

Project Management

  • Consult, plan, recruit and organise in order to deliver over 120 disability led creative workshops; 52 workshops to explore skills creation and community action and 53 training sessions aimed at building able leadership skills for both disabled and abled community champions.
  • Work in close partnership with our artistic delivery partner to co-manage the project deliverables in accordance with the “Spirit of 2012” funding agreement.
  • Work with our community partner organisations, local community groups, other external organisations and service users in co-producing and developing the ‘All Roads Lead to Alexander’ programme of engagement, workshops and events.
  • Secure appropriate venues and resources to deliver the project and negotiate to be within budget.
  • Directing the promotional and marketing activity undertaken by the Caudwell Children Marketing and Communications Team.

Community Engagement

  • Act as the central point of contact (the “face of the project”) with all participant families and volunteers, communicating workshops/performance information, resources required and resolving any access issues for participants. 
  • Act as the central point of contact for community partner groups across commonwealth demographics within Birmingham.
  • Raise awareness, identification and engagement of Caudwell Children and ‘All Roads Lead to Alexander’ through stalls, sessions, talks and community forums and any other events/festivals, in order to generate the appropriate level of beneficiary engagement and participation in the project.
  • Gather data through consultation with community groups as defined in the project plan to implement long-term community action and development plans.
  • Support young people and their families in exploring their understanding of culture, disability and context within Birmingham, including providing detailed summaries of participants needs in advance of the workshops.
  • Work as an effective link with local stakeholders including local community groups, local authority departments and health providers to share insight and enable skills exchange.

Community Team/Volunteer Management

  • Support the community partners to recruit appropriately skilled Community Assistants and co-ordinate their activities during workshops and performances.
  • Work with the community partners to establish and provide any development and progression opportunities for the Community Assistants.
  • Promote volunteering opportunities, working with local faith groups, schools and community organisations in order to generate the appropriate level of volunteer engagement and participation in the project.
  • Support the Volunteer Team at Caudwell Children to recruit, on-board and train suitable volunteers for the ‘All Roads Lead to Alexander’ projects where needed.
  • Oversee, assign roles, place and supervise volunteers and their involvement in activities in line with the project plan.

Project Specific Delivery

  • Manage and run ‘All Roads Lead to Alexander’ events across Birmingham having a visible and active presence online/face to face, including creating/carrying out risk assessments and managing all safeguarding procedures.
  • Provide 1-to-1 support throughout various sessions and ensuring that carers are able to manage behavioural or health needs.
  • Working with the Community Assistants and the artistic delivery partner to create a framework of session plans to deliver non-music creative elements of the project.
  • Reinforcement of a safeguarding awareness culture at every stage of the project plan and within every activity.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Provide the Leadership Team with current information regarding community engagement activities.
  • Ensure that appropriate accurate records are kept and evaluation activities completed in line with the project reporting standards.
  • Compile and complete all necessary data, statistics and case studies for quarterly reports from multiple databases in line with the Project Plan.
  • Arranging monthly meetings with the management team and attending meetings as and when required.

This Job Description indicates only the main duties and responsibilities of the post and is not intended as an exhaustive list.  The post holder may be asked to carry out other duties from time to time.  The Charity reserves the right to amend this Job Description from time to time, according to business needs. 

Person Specification:

Essential Criteria

  • Experience delivering community based engagement with a focus on inclusivity activities to defined outcomes and outputs.
  • Experience working with and supporting volunteers.
  • Experience of developing relationships with diverse multi-cultural community groups and stakeholders.
  • Experience working with young people and families.
  • Experience working with service users with multiple complex needs.
  • Proven experience working on engagement and co-creation projects.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills.
  • Excellent IT skills e.g., Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to engage people effectively in a one-to-one or group setting.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, written and communication skills, including working with a variety of audiences.
  • Excellent co-ordination and organisational skills, including the ability to prioritise, plan and compete workloads with tight deadlines.
  • Able and willing to travel between various sites, mainly in Birmingham and Staffordshire. 

Desirable Criteria

  • Knowledge of statutory, third sector and community services available to different communities in inner-city Birmingham.
  • Experience of working in multiple inner-city Birmingham communities.
  • Understanding of community and cultural challenges, tensions and experiences in commonwealth communities.
  • Experience of working in the Charity/Third Sector/ SEND experience would be advantageous.
  • Experience of working in CQC/ISO regulated organisations would also be advantageous.
  • Some flexibility to meet the needs of the business may be required.
  • A general knowledge of Health & Safety regulations would be advantageous.   

Please note: the closing date for applications is the 14th May 2021.

  • First stage Interviews are scheduled for the 21st May 2021.
  • Second stage interviews are scheduled for the 26th May 2021.

Disclosure & Barring Service Checks:

The Charity is committed to safeguarding children and young people and therefore adopts a safer recruitment approach through a robust recruitment and selection process.  All posts within the Charity are subject to DBS checks, in line with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974).  This role is eligible for an Enhanced with barred lists DBS check.

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Refreshed on: 02 May 2021
Closed date: 14 May 2021
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