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Closed: 25 June 2017

Health & Well-being development worker (part-time)

Posted by South Hampstead and Kilburn Community Partnership

Location Camden, London, Greater London
Part-time

Join a resident led charity on the iconic Alexandra and Ainsworth estate tackling deprivation and poverty through learning and empowerment.

Job Description

Shak (South Hampstead and Kilburn Community Partnership) is a resident led charity based on the iconic Alexandra and Ainsworth estate in the Kilburn ward of Camden NW London which is an area with high rates of deprivation and poverty but big potential. Our mission is to enable young people and adults to overcome barriers to economic and social inclusion.  We engage with residents through a range of activities based at the SHELL Centre (a well-equipped community resource centre) and the ARC youth club and music studio.

Shak is now looking to appoint a Part-Time -21hrs per week Health & Wellbeing development worker who will:

1) Launch and lead an innovative Well-being project recruiting, training and supporting residents as volunteer “Health Champions” to deliver their own healthy cooking groups, deliver positive health messages and lead community discussions about ways to improve physical and mental health. Ideas arising from these conversations will be progressed into action using a co-production approach led by the project participants.

2) Support the Community Engagement Manager working on a Lottery funded project that puts residents at the heart of researching and meeting community needs around the themes of “Creating new routes to employment”, “Increasing access to new technologies”, “Bridging basic skill gaps”, “ Positive impacts of creative activities” and “ Exploring local heritage”.

Both strands of work will involve supporting volunteers and helping them identify progression routes to employment and further self-development.

Knowledge/Qualifications:

  • Practical knowledge, experience and understanding of community development practices, principles and values and of effective approaches in enhancing health & well-being. 
  • Level 2 literacy and numeracy or equivalent
  • Desirabley with some experience of delivering learning

Skills/Abilities

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to relate to, and work with, people from a wide range of backgrounds in a respectful and empowering way
  • Good group work skills 
  • Ability to identify, and build on, people's assets, taking a strengths-based approach
  • Ability to engage and motivate others
  • Strong organisational and time management skills
  • Proficient in microsoft office applications, and in use of social media
  • A skilled negotiator, able to operate with tact and diplomacy and manage tensions between different personalities

Experience

  • Track record of working with and for local people to develop and deliver community-based initiatives in areas of multiple deprivation
  • Track record of working with a diverse range of groups and individuals, using a range of techniques to develop their confidence and skills
  • Track record of taking a person-centred approach to help individuals overcome barriers to inclusion and employment and/or access available support
  • Track record of networking and collaborative inter-agency work
  • Track record of volunteer recruitment, training, motivation and support

Personal qualities

  • Self-starter, able to be pro-active and work on own initiative and as part of a team
  • Adaptable: open to new learning and ideas  and able to respond to new needs as they emerge.
  • Commitment to identifying and overcoming barriers to health, equality and inclusion

Benefits include: 25 days annual leave + bank holidays; a contributory pension scheme, bike to work scheme, access to training opportunities with Camden Council's training & development scheme.

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