Brixton, Greater London (On-site)
Brighton, Brighton and Hove
Up to £35,000 per annum depending on skills and experience
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

We have 3 exciting vacancies at the SVP for Support Centre Managers in either Brixton, Brighton or the Wirral. SVP Community Support Centres are based in the heart of local communities across England and Wales. Centres respond to community need providing a safe and warm place to come for a meal and conversation offering  a range of services like counselling, debt advice, a community shop, language classes and much  more.


In the Wirral we partner with a foodbank and support the clients that access this service. We have partnerships with CAB and other local groups to deliver services for  the local community. We support those with drug and alcohol problems and have a clothing bank to provide people with things that they need. We are looking for a centre manager who can develop relationships with our current partners and grow activities and services that will support local need as well as making sure the centre is sustainable by fundraising. Experience working with vulnerable client groups like ex-offenders and their families would be an advantage.


In Brixton we want to develop   a range of  services to support children and young people. Focussing on arts based programmes, creative workshops and health and well being. This centre is new to the SVP,  and we are looking for a centre manager who can put our vision into reality and create a range of new programmes, develop links with the community  and recruit volunteers. Experience in working with young people, mental health and well being services would be an advantage.  


In Brighton we work with isolated older people using therapeutic arts to build confidence, have fun and improve well being. We are looking for a centre manager who can expand our activities, develop new services, forge partnerships locally and make the centre sustainable by fundraising and creating new income streams. Experience working with older people and those with dementia would be an advantage.


We are looking for  a manager who will be responsible for the overall running of the centre, managing staff and volunteers, working with our members, developing activities for the relevant client group creating local partnerships and raising funds. Experience in running a centre, working with centre specific client groups  and fundraising will be an advantage. You will need to be energetic, be willing to manage a range of services and be able to work under pressure. Centres can be demanding on your time and will require flexibility as well as stamina.


Working Hours = You will be contracted to work 37.5 hours per week

Contract = Permanent

Salary = Up to £35,000 per annum depending on skills and experience

Benefits Package = 33 days holiday (pro rata) per year inclusive of bank holidays increasing to 38 days with service, competitive pension scheme, employee assistant programme, retail discounts, birthday day off, buy / sell holiday scheme, enhanced maternity pay and lots more.



  • Develop a sustainable centre strategy in support of the Trustees strategic objectives.
  • Recruit and manage all paid staff including all the HR responsibilities that go with this.
  • Recruit, manage and train volunteers in line with national policy and procedures
  • Grow centre activities and services in terms of range and type. 
  • Ensure the centre operates at maximum capacity in terms of number of activities & services offered and days open.
  • Manage the budget and ensure financial targets are met
  • Ensure fundraising target is met by writing bids and supporting the national fundraising strategy so that the centre remains self-sustaining.
  • Develop local relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Promote the centre locally and nationally as required and engage in third sector meetings and other market events.



  • First-hand experience of organising, delivering and evaluating support centre activities
  • Fundraising experience
  • Good knowledge of local community needs and demographics
  • Line management experience
  • An understanding of safeguarding policies and procedures
  • Exceptional people skills with patience and empathy for vulnerable people
  • A good standard of education including Maths and English


It is desirable that the candidate can demonstrate the following –

  • Fundraising experience
  • Experience in developing business strategy


In return we’ll provide you with the opportunity to work for a welcoming organisation that offers support and guidance.



If you feel you have the relevant skills and experience to fulfil this role successfully, please apply in the first instance with your CV. Applicants who have been shortlisted to the second stage will then be sent a short application pack to complete.  

Previous candidates need not apply. Unfortunately, if you have not received a response within four weeks of your application, you have not been successful on this occasion.



Brighton - Closing Date for CVs = 18th May 2022 / Deadline for Application Packs = 23rd May 2022 / Interviews = 27th May 2022

Brixton - Closing Date for CVs = 10th May 2022 / Deadline for Application Packs = 13rd May 2022 / Interviews = 17th May 2022

The Wirral - Closing Date for CVs = 12th May 2022 / Deadline for Application Packs = 16rd May 2022 / Interviews = 18th & 19th May 2022



The St Vincent de Paul Society (or as it is often known - the SVP) is an international Christian voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing practical assistance to those in need. We feed the hungry, we support the homeless, we visit the lonely and we befriend the stranger.


Whilst we ask that staff have sympathy with the Christian values, religion is not taken into account in recruitment as we value people of all faiths or none.


Refreshed on: 14 May 2022
Closed date: 18 May 2022 at 23:59
Tags: Management

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